Sunday, 28 February 2016 11:35

Ladies and men face Manchester

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This weekend saw both teams host Manchester Marvels at home. First up it was the ladies. With Manchester currently holding 2nd place in the league it was sure to be a battle. The girls were also missing coach Jon and players Bella, Sylwia and Alex.

After a minutes silence for Raimonds the girls were keen to do him proud. Under stand-in coach Chris' direction the girls notched up a 3-0 lead off Clare's serve. Manchester showed they had some fire power though with strong hitting through four and the teams traded points to 9 all. Manchester then had a strong run of serves and took a five point lead. The girls kept themselves in it with some killer fast attacks from Sophie and Chris called a time out at 16-20 down. Karolina nailed a strong block on Manchesters slide attack...and another one and the girls pulled the score back to evens before Karolina put in three strong serves to close out the set 25-22. 

The first part of set two was equally tight with great defense from Netti and attacking from Jules. But Manchester had long runs of points where Riga struggled to find a return. After a time out at 13-20 Riga were keen to change the momentum and renewed enthusiasm saw Riga fighting hard for the points but the gap was too big and Manchester took the set 25-19.

The third set saw nervous play from both teams but Riga's experience shone through. Great passing from Netti, Jules and Sophie saw Clare able to mix up the attack using slide and with Hannah consistently finding the floor with her middle attack. Sophie proved she has listened in training with her attack being fast and her finding kill after kill through opposite and at four. Sophie's tactical serving caused Manchester problems and they were forced to make changes taking off their two main hitters. Riga capitalised on this and strongly closed out the set 25-19.

Riga powered out of the blocks in the fourth. Jody covered and blocked well and the whole team delivered point after point. Pressure on Manchester saw them again have to change out their hitters but they showed why they are second in the league as they fought their way back into the set. Coach Chris called a time out at 20-22 down. Returning to the court Hannah got three blocks in a row on one rally! The teams then traded points with Riga taking advantage and some strong back court attacks from Sophie saw Riga close out the set 27-25 in a nail biting finish!

It was then time for birthday cake to celebrate Lorna and Clare's birthday (Slight age difference...but needless to say we went with 10 candles for Lorna as Clare's would be a fire hazard!!!)

MVP - Netti

It was then the men's turn. They also started following a minutes silence for Raimonds. The start was strong with the passing unit working well giving Phil options and able to vary the attack. But Manchester seved and attacked well putting Riga under pressure. Manchester's number 6 served 7 in a row and the boys were 20-8 down. Freddie came on and a side out was achieved but the gap was too big and Manchester won 25-14.

The second set saw a more determined Riga, but they failed to get more than two points on any side out. Despite some strong hitting and good coverage Manchester pushed ahead. Torsten joined the fray at 12:18. The team fought for points but lost the set 25-19.

In the third set Riga played well as a team. Jannis and Tom hit well with Luca and Aramis also winning points. Riga reached the first TTO first! They pushed on with good defence from Charlie. Chris came on and served well and Riga used all tactics to stay ahead with a full 6 substitutions in this set. Manchester narrowly made it to the second TTO at 16-15. But from there Manchester took command and service errors cost Riga as Manchester took the set 25-20.

MVP - Tom


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