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Ladies continue winning streak and men suffer tough 3-2 loss v Melton

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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.


Into the set and Leeds showed some fight back. The teams traded points early on before Riga pulled away making it to the first technical time out with a healthy lead thanks to strong hitting through four from Alex and could middle attacks from Sylwia.  But Leeds kept fighting back and a strong run of serves from them forced Riga into a time out at 12:12.  Coach Jon issued some stern words.  Leeds took another point before Mim came up to the service line.  The score shot from 13-12 down to Riga being 22-13 in the lead with the whole Riga team supporting Mim's strong serving. The set was finished off in Riga's favour 25-15.

The third set saw more dominance from the Riga side.  Strong passing today from libero Jules and birthday girl Alex ensured Sophie was able to use the middle well.  Sylwia took advantage of this and continued her dominance in set three to finish the game with 100% hitting kill record for the match.  Mafalda served strongly and attacked well through 2.  The game was wrapped up in 1 hour 3 minutes with Riga taking the set 25-11.    

MVP - Sophie Zillmann

The men had a long warm up before facing Melton Lions.  In the first set the men raced off to an excellent start following in the ladies footsteps.  7 points won off tops serve and Riga went into the first technical time out 8 - 4 up.  It was a neck and neck set though as Melton fought back and each time Riga pulled away again.  Matt found the space through the middle and Chris's blocking kept the Melton attack at bay on more than one occasion.  Riga took a time out at 18-19 and Coach Tamara steadied the ship following which good serving from Matt and strong attacks from Edvin saw Riga take the set 25-23.

The second set Riga continued in good form.  Libero Charlie nailed the pass giving Robert plenty of options which meant he was able to find Paul through the middle and Tom outside and as a pipe attack to win points.  Vasco's jump serve nudged Riga ahead further and they maintained a lead of just a couple of points.  A Melton substitution gave them renewed energy but Riga maintained the momentum to take the set 25 - 18.

In the third set Riga took an equally strong start and were 8-3 up at the first technical time out with some strong attacks and good cover from Pavol and Ro.  It looked like another 3 set victory was on the cards.  But Melton Lions weren't so sure - a magnificent run of serves from them saw them take the lead at 13-12.  Riga continued to fight but mistakes started to creep into the Riga game under the pressure and Melton took the set 25-20.

The fourth set started neck and neck.  The Riga team had a renewed focus and excellent passing from Charlie and Chris or Tom gave Robert the opportunity to find Edvin through two and good middle attacks from Paul and Matt.  But as the set went on and the legs got tired the Riga block became less effective.  The back court scrambled for the ball but Melton took advantage and pushed ahead with confidence to take the set 25-18.

The decider set saw Melton continue its renewed confidence and serve and attack ell to take an early lead.  Paul and Vasco won points on their serve but the Melton lead was too much and Melton took the set 15 -7.  A lot for the Riga team to take away from this game and build on ready for the next game v Manchester Marvels.

MVP - Edvin Dudinskij

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