A thrilling win for our NVL ladies

Another nerve-wrecking 5 sets game for our NVL ladies, who fought insatiably to take the victory home.

On Sunday, the 7th of November, the NVL team welcomed Cardiff Falcons at Kendrick School. The expectations were high and the locals brought together a full 12-players squad.

Aces began with Denisa setting and Adela opposite, Marcela and Magdalena as outside hitters, Carmel and Ellie through the middle and Stassie as libero. From the first point, our ladies looked up for the battle as the serves were strong and accurate and the attack was precise and clever. Falcons were struggling with the pass and didn’t seem to be comfortable on court. With great skills, Aces close the set 25-14.

Coach James made a couple of small tweaks and the second set started with Lana as opposite and Aga as outside with Marcela; no changes for middle players and setter. Our NVL ladies put Falcons under pressure, although they started picking up more balls and hitting more effectively. Half way through, our dear Lana got injured: an unfortunate landing post-block on one of the opposition players’ foot made her twist an ankle and had to retrieve for the remaining of the game. Adela replaced her and Zosia came in for Aga. After the incident, it took a while for Aces to focus again and they lost their lead. However, they pushed back and won the set 30-28.

With two sets already in the bag, Aces were confident they could finish the game quickly. Yet, Falcons were on full swing. They made a great comeback and seemed to be everywhere: defense was spot on and their attacks, dangerous. The entire set was neck to neck, with timeouts being called by both teams, but it was Cardiff team who took the set 21-25.

The fourth set started with Denisa, Adela, Magda, Aga, Ellie, Carmel and Stassie. Despite having a strong squad, Aces got themselves to a 10-1 deficit, also due to Falcons’ captain powerful serves. Our NVL ladies fought back, but problems with communication arose. Regardless of some really good actions, specially serves and attacks, and some key substitutions (Katie, Zosia and Federica played very well), they lost the set 11-25.

Score at 2-2, 3pm, big crowd supporting both teams… There had to be a good performance! Aces brought on the initial line-up and they didn’t disappoint. Even though Falcons put on a hard opposition, our NVL squad proved that teamwork, attitude and a powerful display win games (and make volleyball more enjoyable!). They sailed through the rest of the set to win 15-12.

Marcela’s hitting booming winners and defense, Adela’s unstoppable serving and attack, Ellie’s crucial blocks and tips, Stassie’s accurate defense/passing, Carmel’s killing serves, Denisa’s clever setting, Magda’s power and backcourt work, Zosia’s great performance, Aga’s serve, Katie’s smart placements, Federica’s accurate setting and Lana’s exceptional cover made possible this win. Everyone involved delivered, but, without a doubt, we need to thank our MVP (Marcela) for her outstanding performance that led Reading Aces to keep this win home.

On and off court there was no energy drop and the players didn’t stop cheering and supporting each other.

This NVL team has still lots in storage… Watch this space 🙂

After a win against Cardiff Falcons 7/11/21
Our MVP after Cardiff game, Marcela Bletzer
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Important new training structure – please read

Dear Club Members,

After the impressive increase in club size over the past month, we have added more weekly training sessions in order to accommodate all different levels of players fairly.

In order to allow everyone to get adequate training at an appropriate and challenging level, we will be implementing a structure for our weekly training sessions:

Mondays: Juniors (Beginners/Advanced) at 7 pm) + BVA Ladies at 8:30 pm at Kendrick school
Tuesdays: Men’s Team + NVL Ladies at 7:30 pm at Loddon Valley
Wednesdays: BVA Ladies + Adults (beginners/intermediate) at 8:30 pm at Loddon Valley
Thursdays: Experienced players only at 8:15 pm at Kendrick school

— Within the next week, emails will be sent out to everyone with details of the sessions most suitable for them —

We ask that everybody please follow this structure, and do not show up to other sessions (unless you have been invited by your coach), in order to allow everyone a fair chance to enjoy and improve their volleyball!

If you’re confused or unsure what sessions you should come to, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the committee members, or speak to the coach at a training session!

If you’d like to join us in the future, please email your name and details so we can put you on our waiting list.

Thank you,
Reading Aces Committee

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Training at Kendrick school is on as normal tonight

It’s school holidays but our Junior training is on as usual tonight (Monday). 7:00 pm beginners, 8:30 pm Advanced Juniors.

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NVL ladies came close in their third game

Our NVL ladies welcomed Ipswich Ladies at their first home game of the season last Sunday. The game was very even with long rallies and tight 5th set but ended up unfortunately in favour of the visitors 2-3 (25-18, 20-25, 25-19, 22-25, 11-15). MVP our middle, Carmel (nr 2). Next time girls!

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Reading Aces NVL Ladies bounced back

Today, 3rd of October Reading Aces NVL Ladies took a close 3-2 win against strong Cardiff side.

First set started strongly with RAVC taking an early lead with impressive and accurate line hits from Marcela Bletzer. A lapse of conversation and strong serving from opposition led Cardiff back into the set snd set up a nail biting finish to the first set. The team traded points with strong défence and attacks leading to a tight 28-28 score. A kill block from a middle Katie Fox set up a match point with Reading running out winners 30-28.

Second set saw the introduction of a number new players including the first appearance of Federica Amadeo as a setter. Cardiff started strongly in this set and quickly took a 8 point lead. Reading started its fight back and traded points equally but Cardiff went to win this set comfortably 25-18.

Third set has started similarly to the first set with Reading taking an early lead but the passing on serve-receive let us down however our setter Denisa Krcalova managed to rescue many tight balls and strong defence from Lana set us up for attacks. Cardiff’s good défence denied us to convert the attacks into the points and allowed Cardiff to win the set 25-15.

Fourth set RAVC showed a real fighting spirit and good commitment from everybody with players putting their bodies on the line especially a spectacular save from Libero Anastasia Antipina and insanely strong serving from Magdalena and Carmel being a real threat through the middle led RAVC to win a very important set 19-25.

The final set RAVC ladies maintained the strong momentum from the fourth set and took an early lead at what would have been a normal change over led 8-4. This lead was extended by intelligent hitting from Adela and strong cross court hitting from Aga. Magdalena strong and clever attacks cemented her MVP status and secured first win 15- 8 of the season for our NVL ladies. Congratulations!

Next Sunday our Ladies will be travelling to Loughborough for their first round of the Cup.

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The Long Awaited Return to Play for our NVL Ladies

Saturday Reading Aces NVL Ladies travelled to Bristol for their first game since March 2020! This was a new look team with only three players playing from prior seasons.

First set began confidently, despite this being the first game for one and a half years. Reality hit with a yellow card before the first serve! The importance of the first set caused us to falter loosing our lead and resulting in a very close finish of 26-24 to Bristol.

The second set was also a close affair however Bristol were more clinical than Reading and won out winning 25-21.

The third set was similar to the first, unfortunately with a bigger lead lost. Again the set ended closely with Reading Aces fighting resiliently. The teams fight was underpinned by a strong performance from the MVP, libero Anastasia Antipina. The final score being 26-24.

Overall the sets were hard fought, with positives across the board. Lessons can be learnt from this game to build consistentcy and ensure that as a team we effectively finish points off.

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NNL ladies are starting their season this weekend!

We are so looking forward to a start of 2021/2022 season! Our RAVC ladies National League division 2 team is travelling to Bristol tomorrow to play against Bristol VC at Avanti School, College Rd, Bristol BS16 2JP at 2:30 pm followed by the second game in Cardiff on Sunday, at 11 am at Cathedral School, Llandaff, CF5 2YH. Welcome to all new players and good luck!

The rest of the fixtures you see below or it could be found on our website.

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We are starting our indoor trainings this week!

We are delighted to let you know that we are starting our indoor season this week!

We are starting on Monday, 6th of September with Juniors / beginners at Kendrick school, Reading Road, Reading from 7:30 pm.

On Tuesday, 7th of September we start our team training for BVA ladies and men and our NVL ladies at Loddon Valley leisure centre at 7:30 pm.

On Thursday is turn for our Club night at Kendrick school from 8 pm. everyone is welcome!

See you there!

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🏐🏐🏐Indoor training and fees🏐🏐🏐

Hi everyone, indoor season is upon us and will begin next week (September 6th). The weekly training schedule is as follows:

• Monday 7-10pm Kendrick School: 7-9pm beginners only, 9-10pm BVA Women and beginners

• Tuesday 7.30-9.30pm Loddon Valley Leisure Centre: NVL Ladies, BVA Men

• Thursday 8.15-10.15pm Kendrick School: open club night for advanced players (high level juniors also welcome)

This year the club has decided to drop our annual club membership fee (usually £40 and £15 for adults and juniors respectively), therefore only regular training fees remain for the year. Two payment options are available for training fees:

• Discounted one off payment for the entire season, payable by September 17th at the latest

• Monthly direct debit payable in advance on the 4th of each month, with the last payment due April 4th, 2022

Training fees for both payment options are shown in the attached tables. They are dependent on which team you play with and whether or not you will be participating in matches. **If you are unsure of which category of fees that you fall under or have any questions regarding fees, please contact Si Collier. **

Club bank details are as follows and please make sure you include your name as a reference:

• Name: Reading Aces Volleyball Club

• Sort code: 40-47-09

• Account number: 81262386

If you haven’t already done so, make sure you fill in a membership form before coming to your first indoor session! Link here: https://readingaces.files.wordpress.com/2021/07/reading-aces-vc-registration-form-2021-2022.pdf

Gentle reminder that we are doing a mini-tournament for our last outdoor session next Sunday (5th September), followed by drinks at the pub. We will make an FB event with more details shortly.

Look forward to seeing all of you indoors and any questions please let us know!

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Today’s outdoor session has been cancelled!

Please note due to unsettled weather and absence of the coaches, today’s session at Prospect park has been cancelled. Back on Tuesday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 4 pm.

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