South Adelaide def AUVC 3-1
The reserve men faced a very consistent South team this week. Aggression was high, but unfortunately this was not followed up with consistency. Errors in serving and spiking were the main contributors to the 4 set loss which has dramatically reduced our chance of playing in September.
Honourable mention this week to Konrad Pilch who added much needed enthusiasm and effort to the match when he came on as a defensive sub and setter. MVP for round 12 goes to Edward Pietsch for an impressive offensive game.
Mt Lofty def AUVC 3-0
The League Reserve Women played top-of-the-table Mt Lofty this week. With some of the most aggressive serving in the division, Mt Lofty made it very hard to set up an effective attack and finish the point. The second set was a stand-out for the AU women - Mt Lofty took an early 7-0 lead before the AUVC was able to fight back and level the score. The AU women displayed some gutsy volleyball throughout the set, but Mt Lofty managed to pull away towards the end.
With an honourable mention to Laura Malcolm for her strong blocking, MVP for round 12 goes to Rebecca Larizza for her aggressive attack and presence at the net.
Division 1 Women
South Adelaide def AUVC 3-0
The Division 1 women played against South Adelaide this week in a game that had its ups and downs. We started off strong, managing to build an 8 point lead halfway through the first set. Unfortunately South cleaned up their play and fought back hard, taking the set after a couple of strong serving runs. They then managed to push out to a 16-24 set point lead in the second before the team was able to make a last minute comeback bringing the scores to 23-24 on the back of great serving under pressure from Theresa.
Unfortunately, we then lost the set 23-25. While the overall result of the game was a 0-3 loss, it’s evident that we're building our consistency and effectiveness as a team and can really go toe-to-toe with the stronger teams in the league.
Honourable mentions this week go to Kat Karpenko for effective, consistent setting, as well as to Madi Sparvell for great work in defence and serve reception. MVP for this round goes to Theresa Tung for fantastic, aggressive serving runs under pressure, as well as consistent defence, and great scrambling play.
Division 2 Men
USC Lion def AUVC (2) 3-0
The Division 2 B team were defeated by USC Lion. Overall, it was a slow start for the team, which was greatly influenced by the cold temperature on Court 5. It was a 3-0 loss, however an increase in performance was seen as the game progressed. Serving pressure and serve reception were two main areas of concern. But although improvements were evident, it was not enough to overcome the consistent USC team.
Many positives can also be taken from the game. Front court presence was a strength within the team, with some good examples of well-formed blocks and strong attacks troubling the opponent’s defence at times.
MVP goes to Tom Mansfield for overall consistency in setting and as a front court hitting option.