Norwood def AUVC 3-0
The reserve men played a strong team this week. Norwood performed well in all three sets and the AUVC men didn’t step up as they needed too, resulting in a straight set loss. Serve reception and spike efficiency again contributed to the poor result, although serving was stepped up this week.
An honourable mention goes to Konrad Pilch for being a positive presence on court, something that we need a lot more of. MVP for round 9 goes to Brodie McDougall for his solid all round performance as both middle and pass-hitter.
South Adelaide def AUVC 3-0
The League Reserve Women played the South Adelaide Panthers this weekend and unfortunately went down 0-3. The team played with good intensity throughout the match, but couldn't manage to make the most of our opportunities, which allowed South to have a few too many easy attacks.
Overall there were plenty of positives to take away and hopefully we can better capitalise on our efforts as we face the Northern Knights next week. Honorable mentions go to Laura Malcolm for her blocking presence at the net, and Shannon Lambert for her excellent work turning broken plays into aggressive back-court attacks. The MVP for Round 7 is Elly Surman, for her effective communication in defence and consistent passing.
Division 1 Women
Henley 2 def AUVC 3-1
The Division 1 women came up against a strong Henley 2 side this week in a close 4 set game that ended up being a 3-1 loss. We struggled to get going in the first set which our opposition quickly capitalised on. However, the second set was a different story. Our serve-reception and offensive pressure lifted significantly, and blocking was at a season high. This gave us a convincing lead and helped us to claim a well-earned set. Unfortunately, we couldn’t hold this level of consistency and intensity for the remaining sets and they ended up going Henley’s way.
Honourable mentions this week go to Charlotte Vince for consistent setting, and being a strong offensive option, as well as to Rebecca Proctor for effective blocking and great serve-reception. MVP for round 9 goes to Madi Sparvell for a strong performance as libero, in both defence and serve-reception.
Division 2 Men (1)
AUVC def Henley 1 3-1
Another solid performance this week from the division A men. Apart from 1 disappointing set, the AUVC squad were clearly the better team on the day, comfortably taking each of the 3 sets won. Serving strength and solid spikes lead the way to victory.
Honourable mentions go to Daniel Zakeri for his excellent offence and to Nick Powell for stepping up his game as middle. MVP for round 9 goes to Ming Tan for his consistent setting and excellent use of options.
Division 2 Men (2)
Austral def AUVC 3-1
A nail-biting loss this week by the division B men! After narrowly losing the second set, the squad came out firing to take the third with some excellent scramble play and string offence. Unfortunately, we went down 25-27 in the fourth after an excellent contest. Best match of the season so far for this team, a sign of good things to come!
Honourable mentions go to Matt Rayner for his solid offence and to Dan ‘Dipper’ Slorach for his strength in setting. MVP for round 9 goes to Tom Mansfield for leading his team in a great performance.