Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Some great volleyball from the Eagles!

On Sunday 9 Nov Oxford Eagles travelled to Basingstoke to take on two teams we'd already played this season: Maidenhead and Basingstoke. With only six players, the line up was: Karina and Helen as middles, Giulia and Asia outsides, Stef as setter and Izzy, out of her usual position of outside, playing opposite. Overall, there was some great volleyball displayed and a good fighting spirit amongst the team. 

As the first match of the morning the Eagles got off to their usual slow start, the scoreboard was pretty much point for point as we were giving away easy hits, not using spaces and giving back free balls. At 13-13 we decided to step it up, using our serve as a good source of attack. Stef set the pace serving strongly on Maidenhead allowing us to take the lead. After this, Asia continued great serving to pull away point by point, with the help of solid defending from Karina and blocking from Helen, we took the lead and didn't let Maidenhead back in the game. Once we switched on, we took the set convincingly 25-15.

The second set started as much as the first with long rallies and passive play from the Eagles, as we found our rhythm again we quickly pulled away. Maidenhead took a time out at 19-13 but it wasn't enough to catch up and after some great passing and strong serving, we won the set again 25-15. 

MVP: Asia
Knowing this would be a tougher match, the Eagles went onto court with high energy and good fighting spirit after the first win. The first set displayed, in Neil's own words "some of your best and worst volleyball this season". We had some brilliant passes, setting and hits, and then lost points to basic mistakes. After Basingstoke pulled ahead at 6-1 the Eagles called a timeout and took some points back putting more pressure on the opposition, some great setting from Stef and clever angles at the net helped put points on the board, but it was too little too late and Basingstoke took the lead 20-15. We couldn't close the gap and Basingstoke took the set 19-25.

The second set saw a different Eagles team who started strongly and showed some brilliant attacking thanks to outsides Asia and Giulia. Supported by some great defending of big hits from Izzy and Karina, the Eagles looked comfortable with a seven point lead at 18-11. We went from strength to strength and convincingly won the set 25-17. 

In the third set Basingstoke put the pressure on with strong serving and took the lead 8-4. After a timeout, a great run of strong serving from Stef brought the Eagles back in the game to 10-9. The Eagles continued to show great commitment to every point, covering blocks, diving for balls and impressive back court hitting- we were point for point! At 13-14 Basingstoke closed the set with strong a strong middle hit and they took the set 15-13. A close and disappointing result but a good game all round and we all had fun :) 

MVP: Karina

Written by Izzy

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