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Sunday, 02 November 2014 19:06

Men have a comfortable win against Birmingham

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Following on from their win v Essex last weekend, Riga men hosted local rivals Birmingham at the Alan Higgs Centre.  The team was bolstered by Alassane's return to the squad for this season but with the absence of Jack Young, Tom stepped up and filled in as libero. 

Sunday, 02 November 2014 18:58

NVL women beat local rivals Loughborough in 3

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After failing to defeat Loughborough students last season Riga set out with determination to finally beat them. This attitude however, failed to transmit to the court where Riga appeared stationary, unable to control Loughborough’s serve. A few choice words of encouragement from coach Jon during a time out sent Riga back on court with renewed vigor. Netti took control of the pass, allowing Clare to set up a variety of attacks and Riga won the set 25:20.

Sunday, 02 November 2014 18:53

West Mids ladies lose to strong Telford side

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It was an early start for the West Midland ladies team on Sunday , as we travelled to Telford for a 10.30 start. We knew it would be a tough game as Telford also play in Division 3 of the National league. The team welcomed Pauline and Malin who were making their debuts for Riga and Anca also joined us for this game.

Sunday, 26 October 2014 09:10

Women take a lesson from deadly Durham

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The women excitedly faced the challenge of high flying, Durham, a team destined for the Super 8s based on the import of American volleyball scholarship students. Early in the first set, Riga found the Durham serve hard to deal with, and effective attacks were difficult to create. Faced with a number of 'free' balls, Durham imposed themselves with powerful hitting and raced away with the set, 8-25.

On Tuesday evening the West Midlands ladies faced NEST as their next league fixture.  With an array of new players the team settled down but it was sure to be a close match.  The teams were matching each other point for point all the way through.  Riga missed opportunities to close the game out at the end of the fourth set as a strong NEST side hit well to take it into the decider.

A gutsy performance from Riga saw the girls fight to the end but ultimately NEST clinched it 16-14.  Click read more to watch the videos

Thursday, 16 October 2014 17:32

Men beat York to progress to R2 of National Cup

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So, finally the national volleyball league cup game arrived!

This time Coventry & Warwick Riga men’s team played at our home venue.  The men’s volleyball squad arrived early to the home venue so that the new players could get used to the sports hall.   In addition, the team had two new players: Julius from Germany as outside hitter; and Piotr from Poland as an opposite player. This gave Coach Freddie an opportunity to have more options to run different tactics and combinations.

Thursday, 16 October 2014 17:26

West Midlands ladies win first game of season

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Riga's West Midlands team travelled to Birmingham University on Sunday for our first game of the new season. The team are looking to build on a successful first year in the West Mids league , where we finished third . The team has a nice balance of experienced familiar faces and some new players ; 3 ladies , Sam, Maja and Anna Laura all made their Riga debuts this weekend.

Sunday, 12 October 2014 17:11

Women beat York in under an hour

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Under the watchful eye of Torsten (while Jon is on holiday), this weekend the Riga ladies travelled to York for the first round of the Volleyball England National Cup.  The girls arrived at the sports centre and were directed to "Tent 1".  An unusual name for the court we thought...until we got there - it was literally a tent!  And very cold.  After a long long warm up the starting 6 took to the court determined to come away with a win.

Wednesday, 08 October 2014 20:02

Men's first game of the season v Leeds

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The men travelled to Leeds last weekend to play their first game in NVL Division 1.   The game was immediately after the ladies game - so after a quick shower and some food the girls were on the side line to give some support.

With a number of new signings coach Freddie had options and the starting line up included a mix of old a new together with the first game of the Young brothers playing together (Jack as libero and Tom through four).  The team settled down and traded points with Leeds.  The pass enabled the team to open up options utilising four and middle well.  It was a scramble to the end and Leeds narrowly stole the set 25-23.

The women travelled to Leeds for their second NVL fixture of the season. With players missing, the major decision of the day was to play with a libero hence no substitute and gamble on no injuries! The early exchanges were even but quietly reassuring for Riga as Jules and Anca settled-in despite little training.  At 13-11, Ana put the pressure on Leeds from the service line and Jules hit cross-court for a winner to give Riga the edge. Jules continued the good serving on the next rotation and suddenly the set was over, 25-16. 

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