Monday, February 18, 2013

Men's 1 team still unbeaten in BVA league div 1

On Sunday 10 February, Men's 1 travelled to Aldershot again to play against Newbury and Farnborough. No snow or scenic routes meant we got there in good time for some team bondage and a good warm-up on court. OVC squad: Martijn, Gabri, Gerard, Gareth, Jon, Jamie, Jeremy, Rune, Raul

First match against Newbury
This was the first time this season that we played against the newly promoted team from division 2. Despite their position towards the bottom of the table, they had some good players in their team. We had a good start, but never really got out of second gear during the first set. However, we were well-organised and played solidly, and took the first set 25-17. In the second set, much of the same as the first set; a few replacements, including Jamie's BVA league debut for OVC. We won the second set 25-16, and another 2-0 victory for the men in Oxford blue. MVP voted by them: Martijn.

Second match against Farnborough
Farnborough had the usual players and they showed their power during the hitting in the warm-up. In the first set, they also showed that without a good pass you can't win volleyball matches. We capitalised with good serving and defending, and did not give many points away. First set was ours, 25-9. The second set started in similar fashion and we played good all-round volleyball, including some good blocking. At 23-17, we thought we had won the match and could not side-out, so let them back into the set. It became 24-24 and, at that point, the coach had used both of his time-outs! It went point for point with set points for both teams: 27-27, 28-28, 29-29, and then two points in a row for us and we won the set 31-29, and the match 2-0. MVP voted by them: Martijn.

(Written by Martijn)

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