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Sunday, 18 October 2015 15:17

NVL ladies get a win against Nottingham Rockets

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This weekend Riga ladies hosted Nottingham Rockets.  It's always a tight game against the local rivals so was sure to be a good match for the first home game of the season.  It was to be a quiet game as Mim had lost her voice (although coach Jon sympathetically (!) quipped "no calling from Mim though - suppose that's the same as usual!").

 

Riga started strong with good serving from Clare and Jules which forced Nottingham into an early time out at 5-1 down.  Riga's passing unit worked well with Netti and Bella nailing pass after pass enabling Clare to distribute the ball with Mim and Sylwia finding the kills (including a great back court attack from Sylwia).  However, in the middle of the set Riga got complacent and let let Nottingham back into the set as Riga were unable to side out quick enough.  A time out at 15-15 was well called by coach John and Riga sided out to get to the second technical time out first.  The girls held on and Jules served strongly with three in a row to close out the set 25-22.

Coach Jon called for a clinical performance in the second set.  Riga continued to execute well but Nottingham kept the ball alive well.  Sophie and new signing Jody came on to change some of the hitting options and Sophie won good points through reverse.  Jody had a cracking run of seven serves showing real dominance from the service line and from there Riga never looked back with good blocks from Mim and clever placement of the ball from Netti Riga took the set 25-17.

Riga had a rocky start to set 3 and coach Jon had to call a time out as the girls found themselves 1 - 4 down.  Riga held their nerve and began to fight back point by point.  The passing unit re-gained momentum and Mim mixed up the angle of hits to find the floor which put Riga squarely back in the lead.  Nottingham Rockets had a strong run of jump serves though and pulled the score back to 21-20 when coach Jon called a time out.  Riga sided out and Clare served three in a row to get Riga to match point.  From there it was one side out with the Riga attack to take the set and the game 25-22.

MVP - Mim Anderson

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