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This weekend saw the NVL host Leeds (ladies) and Melton Lions (men) at Alan Higgs on Saturday.  The ladies were up first against Leeds and shot out of the blocks with strong serving all round.  Excellent passing from Jules gave Sophie lots of options and Enrica won point after point through four.  The Riga ladies dominated the set and a time out for Leeds at 10- 23 down was too late as Riga took the set from Sylwia's serve 25-12.

Saturday, 11 November 2017 18:02

Men through in Shield comp after 3-0 win Featured

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Riga men played Newcastle Staffs this weekend - looking for a win to get through to the next round in the Volleyball England shield competition to face Melton Lions.  A change from our usual venue - this match was hosted at Centre AT7 as Alan Higgs wasn't available.  The team settled into the game slowly and got their rhythm.  Charlie passed the ball expertly giving Robert options and enabling him to find Ro through the middle for some killer hits.  Tom dominated through four and strong blocking from Matt and Paul saw Riga take the set 25 - 14.

Sunday, 29 October 2017 22:12

Riga edge epic encounter! Featured

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Riga travelled to Keele University looking to extend their winning start but all too aware that NSVC represented a step-up in the level of opposition they had faced so far. Jackie started Riga off well with some strong serves and mid-way through the set, spikes from Alex and Mafalda put the visitors in control. Jackie’s defence and some good blocking off service runs by Sylwia, and then Mafalda, gave Riga the 1st set 25-22.

Sunday, 22 October 2017 19:24

Riga lack fluency but win again Featured

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Riga had defeated Loughborough relatively easily in the cup just 13 days ago but in this game Riga discovered that students can learn very quickly, especially under the tuition of coach Bertrand Olie! The first set was an even exchange of mistakes until Riga got to grips with their serves. First Clare and then Alex hit their targets and from 12-10, the students found the set lost, 25-14.

Sunday, 22 October 2017 19:21

Riga open with strong performance Featured

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The first league match of the season saw Riga travel to newly promoted Telford. Riga applied early pressure from the service line with first Alex and then Sylwia forcing Telford errors. Mim and Marcela were clinical in attack and the block was dominant in defending a run of 6 serves from Sophie Z. Riga took the first set 25-14.

Sunday, 04 June 2017 20:06

WM Ladies West Midlands Cup Winners 2017 Featured

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This weekend saw the West Midlands Riga ladies team take on Tamworth in the West Midlands Cup Competition Final.  The team had built a steady run through to the final with some close games and tough opponents, but Tamworth were bound to be the toughest opposition yet - all to play for!  The match started strongly for Riga with Serving pressure from Susi and powerful hits from Sophie allowing Riga to take the first set 25 to 10. 

Sunday, 09 April 2017 15:20

Men beat Manchester in 5 set thriller!

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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.

Sunday, 09 April 2017 15:18

NVL Ladies end season on a high

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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.

Sunday, 05 March 2017 08:45

Resurgent Riga win again

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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.

Sunday, 19 February 2017 18:00

A Riga Winning weekend

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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.

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