This week we sadly say Goodbye and Good Luck to Mumtaz who has been training with us at Bablake for the last 4 years as he moves on with work. It's been great having you Mumtaz and we hope to see you back on the court soon! A reminder Riga's recreational sessions continue every Thursday at Bablake school in Coventry from 6.30pm. Come long and get involved! #goriga
On the back of 3 wins in a row, Riga women travelled to Newcastle Staffs in confident mood, but wary of a team they have struggled to beat in recent seasons. Riga started well, with Alex hitting strongly through 4. Sophie L. placed a cross-court spike perfectly from opposite, and then served two aces to put Riga in command of the set. More service pressure from Enrica and Mim saw Riga ease through the set 25-16.
This weekend saw Riga host four NVL games at Alan Higgs Centre. Saturday both teams played Darkstar Derbyshire and on Sunday Riga ladies played Tameside and Riga Men Sunderland City Predators. It was a weekend with all to play for at a crucial point in the season.
The Mens National League team looking good in their new kit! A very generous donation from Club President Zano has enabled us to get the men a new kit in club colours! The men are also on the hunt for new players - see article below for more details. #goriga
The West Midlands ladies looking good in their new kit! A very generous donation from Club President Zano has enabled us to get the ladies a new kit and so far it is proving lucky with the ladies beating Uni of Birmingham in it twice! #goriga
Thinking about a return to Volleyball for 2017? Riga men's National League team are looking for new players and holding an open training session on Thursday 26th January at Bablake School in Coventry from 8-10pm for anyone interested. The session is FREE to attend.
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!