Riga ladies hosted Wombourne this weekend in the next round of the Volleyball England National Cup. Riga ladies got off to a non-steady start with a run of service errors in a row - fortunately mirrored by Wombourne! Eventually the ladies began to find their form. Pass from stand-in libero Jackie saw Sophie able to distribute the ball well with attacks from Bella and Marcela. Strong serving from Mim put Riga nicely ahead. A double substitution saw Clare and Alex join the fray at 23-14. Clare served two aces and then set to Alex to enable her to clinch the winning point - what a double substitution!
This year’s season for the West Midlands Riga team began with a match against Hereford, last year’s winners of the 2nd division. The first set started with a few difficulties on both sides and ball possession being lost equally, not surprising as half of the Riga players were making their team debut. Half way through the set, Riga was noticeably winning back confidence and 2 great series of serves by Clare and Alysia put pressure on Hereford. With Riga building up their game and landing some good attacks, the set was won 25-21.
After the 'short' 50 mile trip (depressingly, the closest away game of the season by some distance!), Riga started the match well. The first set was decided relatively early when at 11-11 Bella hit a cross-court spike to bring herself to the service line. This produced a run of 4 points for Riga from some great covering by Alex and attack wins for Mim and Clare. Strong blocking from Sylwia and Alex took Riga further ahead and as Derby threatened a recovery, an ace from Slywia sealed the set for Riga.
The league fixtures for the mens and ladies NVL teams are now finalised. You can see these by either viewing Clicking teams on the top menu, then NVL Men/Women and then fixtures and results or they are all included in the calendar which you can access via the top menu.
Get those dates in your diary - particularly the home fixtures where for the majority of fixtures the men and ladies play back to back giving you two great games to watch!
Mens and ladies training also restarts w/c 15 August as the teams prepare for the new season ahead. #letsgoRiga!