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!
This year's AGM was held on 30 July at Ginny's house. We were treated to a delicious homemade chilli and curry as well as a selection of pizzas! The sun shone beautifully over the meeting as the new committee were elected to take the Club forward into 2016/7.
Click read more below to see your new committee and for some pics of the fun on the day!
This year's Riga summer tournament was a success at its new venue at the University of Warwick. The sun shone as the team's battled it out for the coveted trophies!
Riga Marvels were the winners on the day. Great fun was had by all. Thanks to Chris and John for all their hard work organising the day. Looking forward to new year! Click read more below for the pictures from the day.
This year saw Riga mens team win Mens Division 1 and Riga ladies win Ladies Division 2 (for the third year running!). Riga mixed team also put in a sterling performance narrowly missing out on a place in the final as it went down to points.
For the report and more pictures - click read more.
Thursday night Club training continues through the summer but from Thursday 7 July it will move outdoors into the Great British Sunshine (fingers crossed!). The sessions will be at the University of Warwick, Westwood Campus from 6.30pm until the light fades (or the legs fade whichever comes first!). Everyone is welcome.
As the season's coming to an end attentions change to focus on the summer volleyball tournaments! We've listed a few of the most popular ones below. A full list is available (including the beach tournaments) on the Volleyball England website. If you are running a tournament and it's not listed here, but you think it would be of interest to the Riga players, send us details via the Contact Us page and we'll add it!