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End of NVL season round up Featured

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The NVL season has reached its end.  Here's a quick round up of the action from our two NVL teams.  The West Midlands ladies still have a few games left to play yet and a shield semi-final (and let's hope a shield final!).  


First off the NVL ladies....keeping the core of players from the 2017/8 season and under the watchful eye of Coach of the Year Jon Chetham the ladies set out with an aim to finish higher in the league than last season.  The girls first games were both a comfortable 3-0 win v local sides Telford and Loughborough respectively. The ladies had a harder test in the Cup playing Cambridge who comfortably won putting Riga in the Shield.  That tougher test proved invaluable experience for the Riga side though as they went on to face tougher opposition in the league.  In November the team suffered a 3-0 loss to Manchester followed by a much tighter 3-2 loss to Darkstar Derby.  However, they made up for this in Feb/March time beating Manchester 3-0 and also being the first team in the league to beat the league winners (Uni of Nottingham) 3-0 in a stunning display of excellent volleyball.  The ladies finished the season an impressive 3rd in the league.  Fulfilling their ambitions for the season and earning Prosecco from Coach Jon! 

The men had a tough last season.  This year they had a new coach (Tamara) and a string of new signings.  The mens first game of the season v InterVolley Manchester (a side that was promoted) was a 5 set thriller that didn't quite go Riga's way (a sign of things to come?).  In the second game they beat Nottingham Rockets 3-0.  The men finished the season having had 6 five set thrillers - all of which they lost out on!  Had those gone the other way it would have been a very different end to the season.  But as it was the losses of all those close games meant the men never did find that elusive second win and finished at the bottom of the league (strongest team, holding all the others up!).  It will see the mens team demoted to Division 3 for the next season - it will be a chance for the team to consolidate an rebuild and they will be targeting a quick return to Division 2.

Although the West Midlands ladies haven't finished their season yet they are already looking ahead to 2018/9 and are about to put in an application to join National League Division 3 next season!  The future is bright!  #goriga


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