Time to think about Summer tournaments!

The club will be organising 2 Summer tournaments this Summer. Of the many available we will as usual be attending Ashcombe and Whitefield.

1) Whitefield is in Bristol on 21st and 22nd July. The cost for playing will be about £10 and camping for Friday and Saturday is normally around £12. There are many standards of volleyball available. It is a six-aside tournament with play all day on Saturday and until early afternoon on Sunday. We are using a different approach to entry this year, as last year a lot of time was spent looking for spare players over the weekend due to a shortage of our own players. This is a very popular tournament. Entry is available from 28th April at 8 am, but previous years have seen leagues being fully booked up before 9 am or even earlier! So this is the approach for this year:

Anyone is welcome to attend – BVA, NVL, Junior and casual members, friends and family.

A deposit of £10 is required to reserve your place. This should be paid to Claire by Tuesday 24th April. Please contact me at claire.stent@breathe.com or on 07979692364 if you require bank details.

On entry request please let Claire know whether you would prefer to play mens, ladies, mixed, serious or casual. We cannot guarantee these requests as this year we will be entering teams based on the replies and deposits received.

If you would like to enter as a team you are very welcome, but I will need £10 per person in order to do this, rather than a single comment saying that X team would like to go, as this has resulted in previous years is us being short of players and not being able to cover the costs of the weekend.

It is normally a couple of weeks later that we have to book the camping, so no money will be required for this until a bit later and I will contact everyone to confirm requirements.

If you have any questions on the approach please contact Claire. We look forward to a tournament which is fun for all.

2) Ashcombe is in Dorking on 23rd and 24th June. Junior teams of various ages (U-18, U-16, U-14, U-12, mixed, boys and girls) play on Saturday as well as 4 aside for others. Sunday is a six aside competition. It is also possible to camp on site in Saturday. The cost for this is between £10 and £15 (less for juniors), depending on which day you play. Camping is £10 per person. The entry for this to get preferential entry rates is 31st May, so we have a bit more time and we will follow up again later, but please be thinking whether you would like to go and if so which teams you would like to play. Again there will be a deposit to be paid prior to 31st May to guarantee team entry, amount to be confirmed.

Looking forward to hearing from you all as soon as possible!

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Unexpected defeat for our NVL ladies

Reading aces travelled to Cardiff to face the Falcons. They took the lead at the start of the match, leading 8-4 at the first technical timeout which we held through to the later part of the set (16-14 at the second technical timeout) however too many errors allowed The Falcons to take the set narrowly 25-27.

Set two saw an even more determined Reading commanding an early lead (8-5 at the first technical timeout) and with strong serving and hitting from everyone on the team moved further ahead leading 16-9 at the second technical timeout. Sadly, towards the end of the set strong serving from the Falcons meant the set slipped away 20-25.

Set three the momentum was strongly in the Falcons favour who took an early lead 5-8 and increased this to 8-16 by the technical timeout and ran away with the set 12-25.

Congratulations to Rachel Steinitz who was our well-deserved most valuable player.

Our next match is tomorrow at Kendrick School 12:30 start- spectators are welcome!

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Such a close defeat for our NVL ladies!

Reading Aces NVL ladies played Bristol VC today in what must have been the closest match in the team’s history! Unfortunately we weren’t successful against Bristol, losing 3-2. Set scores were:

25-23
17-25
27-25
27-29
15-17

Congratulations to our MVP Carol Fogarty!

Come and cheer us on against Sussex Dolphins next Sunday, 18th March, 11:30 match start at Bradfield College!

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NVL ladies secured their 5th win

RAVC travelled to south today to face bottom of the league South Hants. The 1st set saw RAVC take a comfortable lead helped by strong attacking from Ashley and opposition yet to fully show their form. Set finished at 14-25.

South Hants woke up in the second set and started to challenge RAVC. This, combined with increased errors from Aces squad led to a closely fought battle which Reading narrowly won 24-26.

The third set mirrored the first. Reading served well and maintained consistent attacking thanks to a combination of back court hitting from Ashley and Rachel and front court finishing from Lucie. Christine, still recovering feom injury found her form with high quality passing. The squad looked like comfortable winners throughout and finished the set 18-25 and the match 3-0.

Denisa received her third MVP of the season.

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No Junior session next Monday

Just to let you know that there will be no Juniors session next Monday at Kendrick school due to school holidays. The ” Open” night will be running as normal between 7:30 and 9:30 pm but please note that Junior coach will be absent. Thank you!

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Don’t forget trainings start from tomorrow

Hope you had a lovely Christmas break and ready to train! We resume all trainings from tomorrow.

Juniors start tomorrow, the 8th of January at Kendrick school from 7:30 pm, followed by the Open night at 8:30 pm

BVA men & ladies and NVL ladies start on Tuesday, the 9th at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre from 7:30 pm

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our members and their families and friends!

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