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Ladies lose out to Birmingham who gain promotion to Division 1

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This weekend the ladies travelled to local team Birmingham in their penultimate game of the season.  A win for Birmingham would see them promoted to Division 1 for next season so it was sure to be a tough game for the ladies.   However, earlier in the season Riga had been one of the only teams to beat Birmingham so it was all to play for!

Birmingham started strongly and soon demonstrated their dominance with strong serving and attacking putting the Riga passing unit under pressure.  The girls made a string of errors and found themselves calling a time out at 5-18 down!  Strong words from coach Jon and the girls fought hard to win back some points before Birmingham closed out the set 25-13.

Into the second and Riga aimed to start with renewed determination, but Birmingham soon demonstrated why they were top of the league.  Riga struggled to get a run of points or find a way through Birmingham's attack.  The second half of the set was stronger for Riga with Some strong attacking from Mim and good serving from Sophie saw the ladies lose the set a slightly more respectable 25-17.

Riga are not a team to give up though and pushed on into the third set.  The girls began to find some rhythm with passing from Jules and Netti enabling Clare to use all options with Bella and Hannah finding the winning shots.  The girls also started to get the blocks and put Birmingham under pressure.  At neck and neck 14-14 Mim took to the service line and a strong run of serves together with excellent all round team work from Riga saw the girls take a strong lead to 21-14.  Birmingham took a time out and nudged their way back into the set but Riga closed it out at 25-19.

Into the fourth and Riga kept the momentum and started strongly reaching the TTO first.  The teams traded points throughout the set with both teams attacking well and chasing down the ball.  Long rallies saw both teams hit the twenties at the same time.  The motivation of promotion saw Birmingham win through though as they clinched the set and the match 25-22.  This sees Birmingham guaranteed of promotion to Division 1 next season - good luck with the new challenges ladies!

MVP Clare Francis



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