Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

As 2022 comes to a close, we wrap up this year with many amazing games, great friendships, resilience, joy, and fun.
Wishing all our members and their families and all our friends a very Merry Christmas and healthy and injury-free 2023!

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Reading Aces Christmas Tournament 2022 was a blast!

This year’s Christmas tournament was a great success, thanks everyone who turned up and Katie Fox for organising! The volleyball matches were as competitive as ever despite the festive vibes, and fortunately everyone was still friends by the end when we all got to sit around a table and share some snacks and some laughs 🌟❤️!

Congratulations to the Team B for winning the final!

Merry Christmas everybody 🎄🍾🎉!

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Match results weekend of the 18th of December

This weekend Reading Aces features three teams.

Our Mixed 1st Team finished 2022 with matches against Farnborough Panthers and Spikoepaths Mixed 1, and several of our players were still coping with illnesses on the day. Nevertheless, we were confident from the start, and with a strong team of hitters our main focus was to keep defensive errors low, and play simple efficient volleyball, without needing to over-exert ourselves. 

Dynamic hitting from Jamie and Simon, and pin-point setting from Denisa (MVP) saw us lead the whole way against Farnborough, taking a 2-0 win (25-20; 25-22).

Several wicked serving streaks from Carmel, Ram (MVP) and then Lauren saw us comfortably take another 2-0 win against Spikeopaths (25-19, 25-23) 

With two more wins, our Mixed 1st team end 2022 at 2nd place in Division 1! Congratulations!

Our both Juniors teams also played this weekend and in fact also against each other!

First game was between Basingstoke Lynx and Reading Aces B team. Unfortunately our Team B lost 25:9, 25:13. Second game was a derby between Reading Aces A team the Team B where Team A proved to be stronger and won in straight sets 6:26, 12:25. They also won against Basingstoke Lynx 25:17, 25:10.

With two wins Team A ends 2022 on the second place and Team B on the sixth. Well done to all!

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Reading Aces Christmas Dinner 🎄

Reading Aces Volleyball Club celebrated their Christmas dinner at the Boundary Reading, gathering players from all the teams: BVA ladies, Mens and NVL ladies.

Of course we wouldn’t miss it! 🎊

And we hope everyone enjoyed this fun and festive night as much as we did, as well as loving their Secret Santa presents just before Christmas! ✨It was a lovely social event bringing together our awesome members and celebrate the holiday season!

Go Aces! ❤️🖤

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Upcoming fixtures this weekend

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Don’t miss our Christmas tournament held 20th of December at 7:30 pm at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre

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Match results 11th of December

Another busy weekend again featuring three of our teams…

❤️ BVA Ladies

The ladies’ teams competed against Oxford Falcons and Farnborough on Sunday.

The first match against Oxford went well, 15-25 in the first set, 25-14 in the second set, with
some really good receiving from the ladies. Unfortunately, Oxford won the third set 13-15, but we were very close to winning. The match against Farnborough was a little more complicated, but our team delivered some incredible serves. The third set with Oxford
required all of the ladies’ energy, as we lost both sets to Farnborough, 9-25 and 13-25.
Those are the best matches so far, and I am very proud of the ladies.

Congratulation to Erin for being the MVP for both matches.

🖤 Men 2

Men’s B had a difficult game against Maidenhead Magnets and lost 2-0. Many points were lost frustratingly due to unforced errors and they weren’t able to play to the best of their ability. The match ended 25-18, 25-15. MVP was Andrei.

The second match was not played as Basingstoke Jaguars forfeited the match. Lots of learning points from the game and hopefully men’s B will come back stronger after the Christmas break.

❤️ Men 1

Unfortunate weekends for Men 1 due to the injuries and illnesses. They lost in both games.

Oxford Bulls – Reading Aces Men 1

Reading Aces Men 1 – Spikeopaths Mens

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Match results 3rd & 4th of December

Another busy weekend across five teams.

❤️ Men 2

Sunday was a busy day for the home team in Kendrick school. The first game for Men’s 2 was a home derby against Reading Aces Men 3. Men’s 2 made a strong start to the game and won by 2-0 with multiple good service. Louis was the MVP for the first game. Set stands 9-25, 8-25.

Second game was a tightly contested game with Newbury Men’s on the first set. Men’s 2 missed their chance to secure the first set despite getting the game point. The match ended 2-0 (24-26, 19-25). Nevertheless, there were a lot of positives to be taken from the match. MVP was awarded to Andrei.

🖤 BVA ladies

Due to illness and injury we had a smaller squad of 7 for this match. To add to our woes one player was injured during the warm-up but a large amount of strapping on her wrist enabled her to carry on regardless.

The match against Maidenhead was hard but we played well at times. The first set score was 25-7 whilst we got use to new positions in some cases, but we improved in the second set, losing 25-12. Well done Muryam for MVP.

Basingstoke were a much stronger team and generally we did not cope with the pressure and particularly our reception skills seemed to desert us! The score was 25-3, 25-1. Natalie received MVP for coping well setting our wayward passes. The only way from here is up!!

❤️ NVL ladies

Girls travelled to Tenbridge Volleyball Club for the another National Shield. The game was under our control and we won 3-0, which meant promotion to the next round! 💪

1⃣ 25:8 2️⃣ 25:10 3️⃣ 25:19

It was a very good match for our ladies. We were strong in every aspect, but our serve played the biggest role in this victory. Even though the Tonbridge team were fighting for every ball, we were very focused and tried to take every chance they gave us.

Watch game highlights here

🖤 Men 1

Men 1 also had 2 games. First game RAVC won against Oxford 18-25, 11-25. Second game against Basingstoke Lions finished in the favour of Basingstoke 17-25, 9:25.

One day prior these games RAVC Men 1 lost in a close game against Guildford Internatonal and are now out of the National Shield. 25-23, 26/24, 25-18.

Watch the highlight of Basingstoke game here and the highlights from our Men’s National Shield match against Guildford here 🏐

❤️ Men 3

Men 3 played Men 2 but unfortunately couldn’t secure a win finishing 0-2 (8-25, 9-25). Second game was a closer match and Men 3 played much better against strong Newbury who also won against Men 2, finished also 2-0 (25-20, 25-17)

Well done to all!

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This weekend’s fixtures

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Match results 27th of November

Last Sunday was all about our Juniors. First game was a home derby Reading Aces Juniors A – Reading Aces Team B. Team A won 2-0 was a straightforward win for the team giving a chance for all the players to have court time. Set stands 25-4, 25-8. Second game vs Farnborough was a tough 2-1 loss for Reading Team A. Our team fought well against a strong and consistent Farnborough Juniors team consisting of a couple of England cadet pool players. Our players held their own but 8 service errors gave the opponents an advantage in the first set finishing 20-25. Second set was a different story when our team A reduced their service errors and started defending and communicating better resulting them winning 25-18. The team had a very good start in the third set blocking and attacking efficiently. Leading 12-9 the team were unable to come up with a good reception to stop the Farnborough team from winning in a close 12-15. Overall the team was frustrated but at the same time are all very eager to improve on and correct the mistakes that cost them the game. Aim to keep better every training and every game.

Second game for RAVC juniors Team B vs Farnborough ended up 2-0 (25-23, 25-23) in favour of a the strong Farnborough.Well done too all players and good luck in your next games 🏐💪🏽.

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