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:

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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No outdoor session today (Tuesday), come on Wednesday, 23rd of June

Due to England game tonight today’s session has been moved to tomorrow, Wednesday, the 23rd of June at 6:30 pm, still at Prospect park. apologies for this inconvenience.

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Step 4 on the roadmap has been delayed

Earlier this week the Government announced that England will not be proceeding to Step 4 of the lockdown roadmap as planned on 21st June.

Sport England has since confirmed that the existing volleyball guidance will remain the same until we reach Step 4. This could happen on 19th July at the earliest.

This means there will be no changes to their current guidance, which you can read by visiting

With this delay all outdoor grass tournaments have been cancelled or postponed and Volleyball England has received several queries related to outdoor volleyball tournaments as a result of the news. Please read the updated list of FAQs to specifically address many of those questions. Please scroll down that page to read the specific information on outdoor tournaments.

Thank to everyone that is following the return to play protocols. If you have any questions or need some support, please get in touch

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Adult indoor game returns from the 17th of May 2021

A very exciting news approaching, from today, the 17th of May it will be allowed to play indoors. More detailed information you will find here .

To help the community return to organising volleyball with confidence, Volleyball England is organising a webinar for Monday, 17th May from 6pm until 7pm. Use the following link on the day to join:

RAVC doesn’t have plans to train indoors until September giving us plenty of time to get organised. Usually we start first Monday of September at Kendrick School and on first Tuesday of September at Loddon Valley Leisure centre.

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No outdoor session today, 16th of May at 4pm due to wet weather

Dear All,

We are really sorry but the weather has turned considerably worse and unfortunately we took a decision to cancel volleyball for this afternoon.

Hopefully the weather will be better next week and we can get to play. Or book onto the session on Tuesday evening instead.

Please pass this message on to anyone else that you know was planning to go, so that we can make sure that noone is turning up unnecessarily.

Hope to see you Tuesday at 6:30 pm at Prospect Park!

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