The Bulls first matches of the season saw us playing against both of the Spikeopath teams. The first being against Spikeos 1 before officiating and the last game against Spikeos 2. Our coach Maite’s request before the game was that we beat Spikeos 2.
Bulls vs Spikeos 1
The first matches of the season saw us without our libero Ghislain and against last year’s runners-up.
The Bulls started out the game slightly poorly with many serves letting us down and the opposition got an early break of a few points. However the bulls were recycling a lot of what was being hit at us and at 19:16, with Spikeos in the lead, we looked to be having momentum as Spikeos took a time out. After the time out we looked strong but in the end they were too strong with us losing the set 25:21.
The second set was not as close with Spikeos taking a 12:2 lead quickly. Spikeo’s came out strong and we came to the second set dipping in level from how we ended the first. Number 58 in particular caused us problems with some very strong spikes. However, as a team we also had some very strong spikes. The final score of the set was 25:10.
The MVP of the match went to Ben.
Bulls vs Spikeos 2
After having played one game already our coach Maite had some comments – mostly on serving which had let us down in the first match. We had seen Spikeos 1 beat Spikeos 2 so had some idea of strengths and weaknesses in the team.
In the first set our serves had greatly improved – attacking the corners with power and accuracy. We managed to give ourselves a few point lead. However Spikeos wouldn’t go down easy and kept up with us. Some good hits from the team and continued strength in serving got us the first set 25:19.
The second set however despite starting strong Spikeos beat us to 15 points. Serving was the key to our game and it kept us in the set despite a slight lull half way through. There were also some impressive spikes from Arinaldo in particular and some others. In the end the second set ended 25:21 to Spikeos.
The third set was the decider going up to 15. Spikeos got serve (I think :/) but when the team changed sides the Bulls were comfortably in the lead and still with serve. The point difference was enough for the bulls to ride the waves of the remaining seven points winning it 15:7 and granting the Bulls their first win of the season.
The MVP was Seb.
Written by Ben