Congratulations Ladies for winning in Northampton!

Reading Aces (RAVC) travelled to Northampton last weekend with a big squad consisting of nine players to face Northampton 9th-placed team in the NVL Div 1 league.

First set had been dominated by the hosts and it took RAVC a while to warm up. In the second set strong serving from RAVC’s Christine Brown secured an early lead. They kept the lead allowing them to win second set. In the third set RAVC dominated the game by showing strong serve-receive and good team spirit. RAVC started strongly in the fourth set but serve-receive weakened letting Northampton to take the lead. With this lead Northampton won confidence and put RAVC under pressure. However RAVC’s Ally Newman nr 5 served well at the end of the set levelling 24-24. Teams were matching each other point by point 24-24, 25-25, 26-26, showing incredible fighting spirit but it wasn’t enough to win fourth set. In the tie-break Northampton tactically targeted their attacks on Ally Newman nr 5 restricting RAVC’s setter to distribute the balls. Strong hitting from Helen Dirig nr 6 kept RAVC one point down at the change-over (8-7). A few reception errors allowed Northampton to take a lead 8-12. But solid and strong serve from Ally Newman, nr 5 and clever hitting by Anastasia Antipina nr 3 and Diane Szmidt nr 8 brought RAVC from 11-14 behind to a fabulous win 14-16! Well-deserved and well needed win for Reading Aces! MVP was Ally Newman, nr 5. CONGRATULATIONS!

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