Monday, November 21, 2011

Men 1 keep on winning!

On a misty Sunday evening, Team Men 1 hosted Reading University and Farnborough Vipers in Headington. The Oxford squad existed of: Rune, Steve, Jeremy, Jon, Martijn, Gabriele, and also saw the return of Gerard and Neil. Lukasz is curing his elbow, and we hope it gets better soon!

First game against Farnborough, last season's runners up in the league. We started the game on a high, with some solid blocking in the middle and our right side - we even had some three men blocks on their main hitters to which they had no answer. We supplemented the blocking with good passing and hitting to make it an all round great volleyball game from our side. Steve served eight points in a row to give us a 17-5 lead! We won the first set comfortably 25-13. In the second set we let them back in the game, with a combination of some mistakes on our side and better play from them. Despite a good fight back from 17-23 down, we narrowly lost the set 23-25. In the deciding set, we had a good start and we continued with some strong blocking. We got into the lead, although this never got bigger than 2 points. At 14-14 we kept our nerve, and with some good defensive play we closed out the set 16-14! MVP: Martijn

Our second game was against Reading University, who had earlier taken Farnborough to a third set. We started a little slow but, by the time Rune served seven points in a row, we had a comfortable 19-9 lead. We played organised against an opposition that struggled with the pressure we put them under, and we won the first set 25-11. In the second set, we lost our focus at times, and never really got out of second gear. Perhaps this was caused by the distraction of their new (female) outside player. We still managed to finish the points when we had to and won the second set 25-19. MVP: Rune

Next matches on 4 December in Headington - OVC history will be made! Men's 1 v Men's 2. The first time OVC Men's teams clash in the BVA league!

(written by Martijn; photo by Hanna)

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