Monday, January 28, 2013

Men 1 take two convincing wins

On 27 January OVC Men 1 travelled to Binfield to play at Newbold College. The usual suspects made up the squad on the day: Rune, Jeremy, Anders, Raul, Jon, Gareth, Gerard, Gabri, Martijn.

First match against Basingstoke

Basingstoke are down towards the bottom end of the league table, and we put them under pressure from the start. We kept up a good level for most of the match, despite the level of our opposition. We wrapped up the match in 30 minutes, 25-9, 25-11. Some consistent powerful serving by Gareth did not gain him the MVP, instead they voted for Gerard!

Second match against Newbold

After our referee break, we all struggled to get warm again in the hall that measured 10.9 degrees Celsius. We were leading for most of the first set despite making more mistakes than usual. Newbold lifted their level and at 23-24, we failed to side-out to lose the first set of the season. 

A couple of changes for the line-up in the second set and a few encouraging words got us off to a good start again, and this time we didn’t make many mistakes and kept our level up. We made every single side-out and together with a much improved block and defence we showed them the first set was a blip, set two ours: 25-9. 

In the deciding set we slowed down a little but still 8-6 ahead at the change of ends. From there we put some more pressure on our service and closed out the set 15-9. Unfortunately Anders had to limp off to the side after twisting his ankle – but he still managed to get the MVP vote!

(Written by Martijn)

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