Reading Aces travelled to New Milton for their debut cup match. Missing a few key players and playing a team a division above them they knew it would be tough. In the first set Reading started confidently and took an early lead, they matched the opposition in serving and hitting; unfortunately, some lapses of concentration lead to a first set defeat 16-25.
From the start of the second set Reading found renewed determination; clever attacking from number 3 Anastasia combined with fewer unforced errors helped Reading to secure a tight second set victory 25-23.
As the teams settled into the match long rallies ensued with both teams attacking and defending well. In the third set Reading took a strong lead but a strong series of serves from New Forest changed the momentum of the set. The Reading coach took the opportunity to introduce some newcomers (Monica & Lucie), unfortunately it wasn’t enough to turn the tide resulting in New Forest winning the set 23-25.
Reading knew it was their last chance to take the match to a 5th set and despite going behind early on, a strong run of serves from number 2 Carol and later number 1 Rachel helped to energise the team and the momentum shifted in Reading’s favour. Some clever substitution from coach J. Murphy saw Reading take the fourth set 25-22.
The final set saw a dominant Reading take an early lead which they held until the change of ends. A fight back from New Forest was quickly quashed by strong middle hitting from Diane & Anete and strong defence from our opposite Anastasia. After nearly two hours Reading finally secured an upset winning the fifth set 15-12 and the game 3-2.
The second round will see a match against third division Southampton after they won their first match against division two Ashcombe Volleyball Club.
An under strength Reading Aces Team lost 3-0 to London Inter yesterday at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre. The first set saw some good passing, defence and attacking from Reading Aces, however Inter were a very strong team, tenacious in defence and with a strong serve and attack. Strong attacking coupled with too many unforced errors saw Reading lose the first set 15-25.
The second set saw Reading start playing to their full potential taking an early lead which they held for the majority of the set. With Reading leading 22-17 points a strong run of seven unanswered points from Inter completely turned the set around with Inter running out winners 25-23.
The third set saw a dispirited Reading only able to demonstrate traces of their undeniable ability with Inter running away with the set 25-16.
Recently married Anastasia was the MVP for her excellent libero work.
Next Sunday see Reading travelling to New Forest for their first Cup game of the season.
We hope you all had good Summer! Please note that we start indoor training from tomorrow.
Monday the 4th of September at Kendrick school, London Rd, Reading ( RG1 5BN ) between 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm (beginners) and from 8:30 pm (advanced).
BVA men and ladies & NVL ladies start:
Tuesday, 5th of September from 7:30 pm at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre, Rushey Way, Lower Earley ( RG6 4GD )
Hoping to see you there!
Indoor training is starting again.
Junior training at Kendrick from 19:30 on Monday 4th September
BVA and NVL training at Loddon Valley from 19:30 on Tuesday 5th September
Please not that our last indoor session will be Tuesday, the 9th of May at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre at 7pm.