Having avoided automatic relegation the boys have two games left and need to win both to avoid the play offs (one being against league leaders Sheffield). To set up that clincher though they would first need to face InterVolley Manchester which was going to be a tough ask in any event.
Under Stand-In coach Coach Jon's watchful eye the boys had a nervous start. The teams traded points and Riga missed opportunities with service errors. There was a little bit of crowd disturbance that was quickly dealt with and the game resumed! From a time out at 13-20 down the men started to close the gap but Manchester took the set 25-21.
The ladies played Team Sunderland who are pushing to finish second in the league. It was always going to be a tough game but the girls had a goal to have beat everyone in the league once during the season save for league champions Sheffield.
The girls shot out the blocks immediately applying the pressure. Sunderland called a time out at 2-7 down but could not disrupt Clare's run of 6 serves as Riga took an 11-2 lead. From there Riga were in control with Julie and Enrica commanding the pass giving Clare options to find Alex and Sophie who hit clean winners. Excellent blocking from Mim and Sylwia kept up the pressure and Sunderland's second time out came at 8-22. Riga took the set 25-10.
Volleyball England awarded Jon Chetham the title of Coach of the Year 2017 at the National Cup Finals on Saturday. The Volleyball England annual awards include a number of categories and recognise the success of so many volunteers within the Sport of Volleyball. Coach of the Year is a hotly contested category and Jon fought off competition from over 20 other entries to take the title this year. He was presented with his award at the National Volleyball Cup Finals in Kettering on Saturday by Janet Inman. After receiving his award Jon then presented the winners medals and trophy to IBB Polonia who had just beaten Sheffield in a thrilling final.
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!