On Saturday 1 December, Oxford Eagles headed off to Reading for a day of volleyball against two very closely matched teams. The team was Helen, Asia, Amra, Stefanie, Izzy, Hanna and Giulia.
First game against Basingstoke
The Eagles had a shaky start with Basingstoke taking a 5-point lead, but we finally woke up and starting playing well, keeping head to head with them almost point for point. At 17-17 and some consistent serving from Helen and Stef we finally pulled ahead to 21-17, after that we continued to put the pressure on with strong blocking and attacks to finish the set with an ace from Izzy, 25-17.
The second set started at a similar pace with the game progressing point to point – at 11-11, it was a level game. Some mistakes on the Oxford side of the net and some good serving from Basingstoke cost us some valuable points and at 14-18 we couldn't pull the game back. Basingstoke pulled ahead to win the set 25-17.
Third set saw the Eagles play good volleyball and another game of long rallies – at 12-12 the game was tense but a few panicked mistakes from Oxford and blocking from Basingstoke saw them take the set 15-12.
Second game against Spikeopaths 1
Knowing this team were going to be a tough match (as they had just beaten Basingstoke), the Eagles came out in full force and determination. The first set comprised of excellent passing, setting and attacking from the Eagles and the pressure meant that Spikeos just couldn't pull ahead of Oxford's 6-point lead at 15-9. The Eagles won the set 25-20 with great volleyball on both sides.
On a high from the first set the Eagles continued to play good three-touch volleyball until the team struggled with a few tips and scraps at the net. Once the Spikeos got a lead of 17-10 due to a tough serve and poor receiving, the Eagles couldn't pull back, losing the set 25-11.
In the third set, the Eagles went back to playing brilliant volleyball and lead the set at the half way point. Great receiving in the back court against strong hits from Spikeos lead to Oxford keeping the pressure on. With Amra using all options front and back court, we continued to keep attacking, then an awesome block by Helen saw us take the set 15-13 and coach Neil could breath a sigh of relief!
Written by Izzy
Monday, December 2, 2013
On Sunday 17 November, Oxford Eagles had their first home games this season – a fantastic performance on home grounds with a great team spirit. The whole team was present and gave their best, making it difficult for Neil to choose his starting six.
– Hanna (outside) was literally standing in the air when she did the most amazing jump ever.
– Our captain, Helen (middle) showed off with fantastic backcourt defence – no ball touched the ground.
– Asia (middle) was incredibly speedy when chasing the ball.
– Tati (opposite/setter) scored with super reverse hits.
– Steffi (our new opposite/setter) showed great setting and excellent team work with Amra.
– Amra (setter) impressed with some roof-like blocks on Maidenhead’s main spiker.
– Giulia (outside) won a well-deserved MVP in the second game for her killer smashes.
– Izzy (outside) kept the team focused and showed some good defence.
– Kerstin (outside in first game, middle in the second) won MVP in the first match for some great cover and attacks, and made her mark with some fabulous blocking in the second game.
– Neil was very pleased with how well everyone played.
We played a great game against a very strong Maidenhead (both their NVL players were present) and only just missed out in two sets (22-25, 24-26). It appeared that our will to win wasn’t as strong as our panic that we may win ;-) In addition, some referee decisions against us were frustrating, but all in all we had an amazing game. We’ll beat them next time!
As a revenge for the refereeing, we nailed Newbury in two clear sets (25-19, 25-17). We dominated from the beginning with excellent receiving, good sets and brilliant attacks. It was a good, consistent performance.
It was a great day! Well played girls!
Written by Kerstin (Helen added the bit about Kerstin’s performance)
Posted by Hanna at 12:13
Monday, November 11, 2013
Oxford Globe Trotters had their first home match ever. The squad for the day were Jon, Asia, Annika, Stef, Gabi, Martijn and Neil.
First game against Spikeos 3
In the first game, the coach (Neil) went mad and sent the team out to play each position where everyone sets. It didn't look good and, stuck with it for a full rotation, the team witnessed three of the worst passes ever seen (Jon has been promised that we wouldn't mention his name... oops). Spikeos called a time-out at 8-13 down and we changed the system back to normal, where Jon was setting Asia opposite, Stef and Annika outside and Martijn and Gabi middle. Now the passes started going nicely into Jon and all hitters started firing, so we could go on to win the set 25-12.
In the next set, Neil came on to set and, apart from his comical double touch, the set went the same way. Some good hits from front and back court and we won the set 25-17. MVP: Asia.Second game against Newbury
In the next game against Newbury, Jon came back to set and Neil went into the middle with Gabi sitting off. The whole team passed the ball well, giving Jon many options. Once again, everyone hit well, so there's not much to report other than that Gabi came on for Martijn in the second set and there was a good team effort overall. MVP: Asia.
Written by Neil
Posted by Hanna at 09:47
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
On 3 November Oxford Eagles (Helen, Izzy, Amra, Hanna, Asia and Stefanie) travelled to Newbury to play against Farnborough Sirens and Newbury Ladies.
First game: Farnborough v Eagles
After a strong start with good passing and hitting, we we won the first set easily, 25:9. In the second set, Farnborough came back stronger and we struggled to find our rhythm. We took the lead eventually and also won the second set 25:22 (MVP: Asia).
Second game: Newbury v Eagles
A determined Oxford team came on court for the second game and, with some strong hitting and blocking, we won the first set 25:21. We began to struggle again in the second set and lost by . But in the deciding tiebreak, we found our rhythm again. With great blocking, passing and hitting, we were on our way to win the third set (score 13:4). But our game grounded to a halt when two strong Newbury servers managed to score 11 points in a row. We fought hard for every single point and finally won the last set by (MVP: Izzy).
Written by Stefanie
Posted by Hanna at 12:06