The BVA Division 1 Ladies started out against a strong and stoic Basingstoke side for the first match of the year. Although the Eagles were slow to start, they did challenge the somewhat grumbly Basingstoke side losing in two sets 20-25 and 22-25. These games were more positive than the score reflects as after a sluggish start, the team really started gelling well--much in help to some good position and ball placement guidance from stand-in coach, and injured Eagles player, Maite Braud. Despite some service errors, highlights included some great attacks, including good use of the back row, consistent and reliable setting and a fantastic series of successful blocks by Giulia. Shame about the score but I reckon this Eagles squad will fare better in a rematch... bring it on!
Written by Lauren Tucker, Izzy's mum and voluntary Eagles bench warmer/last resort sub : )