Monday, December 2, 2013

Another win for Eagles

On Saturday 1 December, Oxford Eagles headed off to Reading for a day of volleyball against two very closely matched teams. The team was Helen, Asia, Amra, Stefanie, Izzy, Hanna and Giulia.
First game against Basingstoke
The Eagles had a shaky start with Basingstoke taking a 5-point lead, but we finally woke up and starting playing well, keeping head to head with them almost point for point. At 17-17 and some consistent serving from Helen and Stef we finally pulled ahead to 21-17, after that we continued to put the pressure on with strong blocking and attacks to finish the set with an ace from Izzy, 25-17.
The second set started at a similar pace with the game progressing point to point – at 11-11, it was a level game. Some mistakes on the Oxford side of the net and some good serving from Basingstoke cost us some valuable points and at 14-18 we couldn't pull the game back. Basingstoke pulled ahead to win the set 25-17.
Third set saw the Eagles play good volleyball and another game of long rallies – at 12-12 the game was tense but a few panicked mistakes from Oxford and blocking from Basingstoke saw them take the set 15-12.
Second game against Spikeopaths 1
Knowing this team were going to be a tough match (as they had just beaten Basingstoke), the Eagles came out in full force and determination. The first set comprised of excellent passing, setting and attacking from the Eagles and the pressure meant that Spikeos just couldn't pull ahead of Oxford's 6-point lead at 15-9. The Eagles won the set 25-20 with great volleyball on both sides.
On a high from the first set the Eagles continued to play good three-touch volleyball until the team struggled with a few tips and scraps at the net. Once the Spikeos got a lead of 17-10 due to a tough serve and poor receiving, the Eagles couldn't pull back, losing the set 25-11.
In the third set, the Eagles went back to playing brilliant volleyball and lead the set at the half way point. Great receiving in the back court against strong hits from Spikeos lead to Oxford keeping the pressure on. With Amra using all options front and back court, we continued to keep attacking, then an awesome block by Helen saw us take the set 15-13 and coach Neil could breath a sigh of relief!

Written by Izzy

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