Match Reports (98)

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Saturday, 11 January 2014 00:00

West Midlands ladies have a winning start to 2014

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On Sat 11th Jan Riga ladies travelled to Walsall to play NEST in the West Midlands league. The opposition’s results so far lead the team to believe that they were in for an easy ride – big mistake! In the first set the girls struggled to find their rhythm and despite some strong serving from middle hitter Sandra Mangwiro Riga couldn’t establish a lead and finally lost the set 22 – 25.

Saturday, 04 January 2014 17:55

Hollow victory but Riga women go top

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With half the country still on holiday, and new year parties fresh in
the mind, the women were back into league action away at Nottingham.
Fortunately there was no sign of hangovers amongst the Riga girls and
they dominated from the start, playing positive volleyball throughout
the first set.

Sunday, 15 December 2013 21:40

Ladies lose to strong Sheffield side

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Riga travelled to Sheffield for their final match of 2013. Riga's normal meticulous pre-match preparations were disrupted with coach, Jon, only arriving 2 minutes before the start due to a puncture on the motorway. Not ideal against a strong Sheffield team who after two early season defeats had strengthened their squad and since won 5 in a row.

Sunday, 08 December 2013 22:10

Ladies beat Nottingham Rockets in double header

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After playing xford in a five set match, a tired squad then faced Nottingham Rockets who had shown in their game v Oxford that they were a clever team.  With Ana as libero the passing unit worked well allowing Clare to use options.  Sophie hit well through two and Britt and Mille won a string of points at four.  Clare had a run of seven serves and Riga were 17-7 ahead. Good blocks from Mim saw Riga close the set 25-12.

Sunday, 08 December 2013 22:02

Ladies lose five set thriller v Oxford

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This weekend the ladies had a double header playing Oxford and then Nottingham Rockets.  Oxford are also unbeaten in the league so it was sure to be a tight match.

Sunday, 08 December 2013 09:44

Riga men in tight 5 set thriller versus Malory

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The men faced Malory Eagles at home on Saturday.  After a feisty warm up Malory took an early lead showing an organised team that were out for a win.  Wyles connected well with Howe and edged up the points. Atzeni joined the fray at 10:16  but Malory powered on and took the set 25-16.

Some strong words from Freddie Fairbourn and Riga returned to the Court. Good passing from libero Young allowed Wyles to find Haensel well.  However, Malory maintained momentum and won the set 25-17.

Sunday, 24 November 2013 08:29

Women continue winning streak v Leeds

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After a shaky start to the first set which saw Riga drop the first few points, a strong service run of 8 from Kat Manklow saw Riga break away and enter into the first technical time out on top. With confident tip cover and continued strong serving from Annabel Glenn and Clare Francis, Riga were able to dominate the first set and take a comfortable 25-12 set win.

Saturday, 23 November 2013 17:27

Men lose 3-0 to Wessex

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Riga men faced Team Wessex at home this weekend.  Wessex have been going from strength to strength after a very successful 2012/3 season.  The first set started steady and the teams traded points until Wessex made a break following a strong run of serves from Olympian Dan Hunter.  Riga's Andy Elliot and Matt Howe hit well but Riga struggled to recycle the ball against a strong Wessex attack and Wessex took the set 25-14.

Riga started strongly in the second set with a strong run of serves from captain Phil Wyles.  Good blocking from Torsten Haensel and Dan Turnbull in the middle meant the teams were operating point by point.  A run of serves from Wessex bought them back into the game but coach Freddie Fairbairn called a time out and that put an end to Wessex's service run.  A tremendous rescue from Phil Wyles and some good hitting from Francesco Atzeni saw Wessex forced into a time out at 23-21.  Wessex sided out and took the set 25-21.

Sunday, 17 November 2013 20:44

NVL ladies beat Cambridge 3-0

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Riga made a flying start with 5-0 lead, forcing Cambridge to an early
timeout. Continued strong serving from Ana Frolova and Bella Glenn,
combined with good block defence, meant Riga dominated the set and
took it 25-7.

Sunday, 10 November 2013 14:24

Ladies beat Cleobury 3-0

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Riga West Midlands ladies played Cleobury today in a Division 1 game.  The girls were keen to get a win under their belt having been unlucky in a run of recent close league games.  Riga came out of the blocks strongly and a good run of serves from Ilona saw Riga 8-2 up at the first technical time out.  The passing unit moved well giving Clare a good ball to distribute.  Strong middle hitting from Sandra and Kaitlyn saw Riga power ahead to take the set 25-14.

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