Monday, November 14, 2011

Men 1 win again!

For the second round of matches for the Men 1 team, we travelled to Loddon Valley in Reading to play against Spikeopaths 1 and Basingstoke. The Oxford team consisted of Steve, Rune, Jon, Jeremy, Martijn and new recruit Gabriele.

In a warm hall and a very springy floor, we dispatched Basingstoke straight forward in 2 sets (25-9, 25-17). Good passing, serving and some nice hits through the middle could not be answered by Basingstoke. MVP: Jeremy!

We knew the next match would be more difficult against last season's league winners, Spikeopaths. After we gave them a 5-1 head start, we served, blocked and defended them off the court to win the first set in style 25-13. Rune served 8 points in a row and Gabriele 6! In the second set we let them back in the game and made a few mistakes. However, passing and blocking continued at a high level. From 15-15 we traded point for point, and at 24-23 we got our first match point. After 9 match points we could still not finish the set, and eventually gave it away 32-34. There was not sufficient space on the score sheet for all these points! We picked ourselves up and with strong mental 'bouncability', at least 3 'Stonewall' blocks and some excellent all-round volleyball we won the third set 15-5! MVP: Gabriele!

Bring on next weekend!

(written by Martijn)

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