SA State League Match Reports: Round 13

DIVISION TWO MEN (ROUND 12)

UNI SA DEF. AUVC (3-0)

The div 2 Men played UniSA this week and unfortunately lost. We had 6 players again this week, and again the boys really came together to put up a massive fight against the second team on the ladder. The first set AU chased for the first 15 points of the match and then managed to even the score until very close to the end (22-25). Next set the boys pulled in front early and managed to stay there until late teens where focus dropped and UniSA started hitting through the middle.

An extraordinary effort from everyone on court. Communicating efficiently and staying positive and supportive of their team mates. This week, MVP goes to Pete as he has been quietly and consistently improving (serving especially) since the first week but also for a calling for the ball at every opportunity and not allowing small mistakes dictate his attitude towards everyone around him or the game. Special mentions to Brad and Roy for playing positions they really aren’t used to and doing an exceptional job.

LEAGUE MEN

NORWOOD DEF. AUVC (3-0)

MATCH REPORT UNAVAILABLE.

LEAGUE RESERVE WOMEN

SOUTH ADELAIDE DEF. AUVC (3-0)

MATCH REPORT UNAVAILABLE.

LEAGUE RESERVE MEN

SOUTH ADELAIDE DEF. AUVC (3-1)

Round 13 we played South, an opponent and we knew we had the capability to play some quality volleyball. We went into the game keeping this in mind and began as positively as possible.

To their credit, South played great volleyball in the first set, making very little errors and forcing a lot out of us. The second set we played fantastic volleyball and won it quite convincingly.

The third set was a thriller, we were up for most of it but lost it 26-28 due to some poor decision making in key points.

South played very consistent volleyball in the fourth, and again we were better in patches but unfortunately, we couldn't maintain it for the entirety of the set.

The 3-1 loss came at a costly time of the season for us, making things significantly more difficult to make finals. However, we will come out next week with more intensity and ensure we are better with our decision making.

MVP for this week goes to Callan Bray, thanks to his fantastic impact from the back court, especially with some great hits from behind the 3m line. Honourable mention to Tom Barone for, again, showing solid defence and proving to be one of our more consistent players for the game and the season.

DIVISION ONE WOMEN

SOUTH ADELAIDE DEF. AUVC (3-0)

MATCH REPORT UNAVAILABLE. 

DIVISION ONE MEN

SOUTH ADELAIDE DEF. AUVC (3-1)

Div 1 Men had a tough game this week against South, one of the top teams this season. Our squad was smaller than usual, with a couple of our players unable to make it. Our setter Kris was back in after being away for a couple of weeks, and we had Oscar Harper playing down for reserves to fill in as a middle.

The first set was very tight, we fought very hard but just fell short at 23-25. It was an impressive show, with Alexei, Cat and Matt setting up a strong offence. Special mention to Kris for his excellent setting after coming in cold. We had a few troubles through the middles as we had not yet faced a team that ran middles well. South had quite experienced middles which made it difficult for Brad and Oscar to make much happen in the offence, however, both our middles had an excellent blocking game and did well to shut down a lot of their hits both in the middle and through the outsides.

The second set was again quite close, we went down 21-25. We tend to have trouble breaking South's serving runs, and at times we found ourselves bleeding 4 or 5 points at a time. During the middle of the set, we were able to fight back from a 6 point deficit, however, we again fell foul of a South serving run. More work needs to be done on our side out play, both in serve-receive, running the correct setting option and making smarter offensive plays.

The third was when we made the magic happen. I remember going into the very start of the set and we felt a bit lifeless as if we had already resigned ourselves to a 3 set loss. After an inspiring talk from the superstar coach, we went out there and showed South that we refused to go down that easily. We were able to take advantage of a slightly weaker South side and took a lead early on in the set. Special mentions to Bo for coming on and making a huge difference in our serve receive and defence. We took the set out at a convincing 25-17.

The fourth and final set we lost 18-25. We struggled at times to deal with the now back on, stronger South side. A few flubs with serve receive and an increase in hitting and serving errors let South get to a lead and hold it throughout the set.

Overall I was very happy with the game, I feel like we were able to play some of our best volleyball and showed that we can easily take it against one of the stronger teams. It's unfortunate that we are reaching the end of the season as I feel like we are really starting to come alive as a squad.

MVP goes to Kris, with an honourable mention to Matt Rayner. Kris had a great game, and it was the first time playing with Matt as an opposite. They both played incredibly together and managed to make some real juicy backcourt plays happen.