Please note that there will be no more training at Kendrick school this year as it will be closed for Christmas holidays. Next training for our “Open Club night” (including Juniors) will resume on Monday the 8th of January.
All members require to submit filled membership form in the beginning of each season. Committee has been working on the improvements of the form and we are happy to announce that new membership form has been uploaded to the website https://readingaces.wordpress.com/membership/membership-forms.
Could you please fill it out as soon as possible and email to the address on the form copying your coach?
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After a difficult few weeks for Reading they travelled to Ashcombe in high spirits for what they knew would be a difficult match.
Reading started strongly and took an early lead, strong serve and determined attacking leading the way. At the first technical timeout it was neck and neck. A few unforced errors allowed Ashcombe to get back in the game but Reading fought back after a strong run of serving from Ashley Johnston-Young to take a one point lead at the second technical timeout. The tail end of the set was very nervy and despite getting to 25-25 Ashcombe eventually took the set 27-25.
The second set started much as the last set finished with both teams trading points. However, after only a few points Captain and Setter Carol Fogarty suffered an injury and although she bravely carried on for a few points she eventually had to be substituted. This allowed the momentum to swing in Ashcombe’s favour. Denisa Krcalova bravely stepped in to take over setting duties and Ashley took over as captain and although Reading showed real determination and adapted well to the changes they were unable to close the gap losing the second set 20-25.
Set three saw Reading adapt to the enforced changed line up and the hitters become more familiar with the new setter. Ashley’s attacking through the outside and strong serving were starting to tell and strong defence from Libero Stassie Antipina enabled Reading to take a 3 point lead into the first technical timeout. Ashcombe stepped up their play with some excellent defence to get back to only one point behind at 18-17 this time however Reading’s true character showed and they took the set 25-19.
The fourth set was once again very tightly contested, Ashcombe took the lead early on and Reading were unable to get their middle attack working as well as it usually did, although Anete Brivule did start to make an impact. Unlike in previous weeks Reading fought to the end and made a comeback but narrowly lost the set 23-25 and the match 3-1.
Considering their previous form and the loss of their setter this as a big step forward; Reading still have some way to go to recapture their early season form and confidence but on the evidence of this match they are more than 70% there.
Ashley Johnston-Young was deservedly voted Most Value Player by Ashcombe.
Next weekend sees Reading take on Surrey Orcas, a Super 8s Team, in the Cup away from home.
Reading Aces on the Road Birmingham was the venue for Reading Aces latest match and unfortunately following on from last week their second defeat in a row. Reading started slowly after their long trip and although they managed to pull level on a couple of occasions they eventually ended up losing the first set a respectable 25-20.
In the second set Reading continued to struggle with a strong Birmingham serve and despite a few glimpses of their true capability were soon behind. They worked hard through the second set but one particular receive rotation saw Reading struggle and Birmingham take a comfortable lead which they held to the end of the set running out winners 25-15.
The final set saw a thoroughly dispirited Reading Aces playing substantially below their capabilities. The first pass, normally a strength for Reading, was lacking and this meant that hitting options were limited, this allowed the strong Birmingham defence to focus on limited hitting options. Birmingham raced to a 7-point lead and then accelerated due to a run of strong serves. Reading had a slight comeback towards the end of the set but saw they heaviest set score defeat in the last 3 years losing the set 25-7 and the match 3-0.
Ashley Johnston Young was voted MVP for her strong defence and the best hitting performance.
Next week sees Reading Aces play Southampton at home at Kendrick School in the Cup with at 10:00 warm-up where they will look to bounce back; spectators welcomed.