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National Volleyball League season has started!

posted 4 Oct 2011, 03:31 by Web Admin
The 2011/2012 National Volleyball League season has now begun with all the leagues now underway with matches. Rockets have 3 teams competiting this year, Rockets 1 (M2N) and new entries for Rockets 2 (M3N) and the Womens 1(W3N). So how have they started the season? ....

Men 1


After being promoted to Division 2 North unbeaten last season, Rockets 1 have continued their winning ways in 2011/2012. First up was a straightforward 3-0 win against a disappointing Leeds side at home, then an epic 5 set battle against Danes Watford. At 2-0 down, Rockets looked out of the game, but managed to pull it back, finally taking the game at 16-14 in the fifth!


New players this year include setter Phil Harrison and Dom Sharpe from the folded Worksop side who have taken the East Midlands title for the last 2 years. With a MVP vote apiece from the first two matches, they have already proved their value to the squad. Blazej Pyda has joined as the new libero after playing with Rockets in the Nottingham Riviera this summer and opposite player Georg Plesser completes the line up. Georg is spending a year at Nottingham Trent University and has previously played National League in his home country Austria. After losing several key players last season, it’s great to see some new faces filling vacant positions alongside last year’s players who helped their team to a convincing promotion.


With no restriction on junior players playing up from Rockets 2, watch out for rising stars England cadet Ieuan Lamb and Nick Shardlow featuring this year in the middle blocker position.


2011/2012 Squad: Joe Gretton, Nick Brown, Igor Lesanovsky, Steve Jones, Owen Lamb, Jakub Wojcik, Blazej Pyda, Michael Rottach, Phil Harrison, Georg Plesser and Dominic Sharpe. Coach: Paul Lamb.

Men 2


Nottingham Rockets 2 had a mixed start to their NVL campaign, starting off with a  strong away win against relegated York VC but unfortunately losing out to fellow new team South Birmingham and Loughborough Lions this weekend.


This squad is a real credit to the development of junior volleyball in the East Midlands with 7 junior players registered from Nottingham Rockets, Worksop and Lincoln all of whom have represented the East Midlands at the junior Inter Regionals. Of course you have to have that vital experience J and Rockets 2 is lucky to have setter Ping Wang controlling the play and Chris Jackson captaining the side with a return to NVL volleyball after a few years break. Pawel and Marcin take the step up from the East Midlands league and are joined by new members Marek who has just moved to Nottingham and former Nottingham University player Soon Yee. Casualties player David Gregory has also made the move to National League from their regional team and showed his value to the squad taking the first MVP vote of the season from York.


Welcome also to new coach Howard Tomlinson, who has joined Rockets from Worksop Volleyball Club where he remains the Chair. Howard is one of the regions top coaches, and a graduate of last years FIVB Level I course.


2011/2012 Squad: Chris Jackson (Captain), Pawel Widera, Ping Wang, Ieuan Lamb, Adam Lagerberg, Marcin Dabrowski, Ben Tomlinson, Andy Glossop, Daniel Harness, Marek Piekarsky, Soon Yee Lieuw and Greg Shaw.  Coach: Howard Tomlinson

Women 1


Despite several of last year’s squad missing the matches, the NVL Women’s team had a solid start to their NVL campaign with a 3-0 win against Wirral and a narrow 2-3 loss to Coventry & Warwick Riga. MVP votes went to Sharon and Primrose who consistently found holes in the opponents defence and Lucie and Donna also had excellent games, Lucie frustrating the block and Donna consistently setting up her attackers.


With departures, injuries and holidays disrupting last year’s line up, it’s been really great to welcome new players Nadia, Donna, Monika, Bahar and Stephanie to the Ladies first team! Both Nadia and Monika joined us last year at the end of the season impressing in summer training and Stephanie has progressed through from the Under 18s squad to join the full senior set up. Former Nottingham University player Bahar has represented Rockets before at the legendary 2010 Bridlington and it’s good to see her back in the indoor season. New setter Donna has come across from neighboring East Midlands side Lincoln Cannons to step up to National League volleyball and has already settled in well playing every single point in the 8 sets on Sunday!


2011/2012 Squad: Primrose Chiswo (Captain), Sharon Nelis, Christin Pelzel, Marta Larraona Puy, Jole Martino, Lucie Pekarkova, Nadia Duarte, Kate Rothery, Donna Lill, Monika Kucharska, Bahar Durmaz, and Stephanie Fu. Coach: Sian Lamb


The start of the East Midlands season is also fast approaching with Men 3 and Women 2 both competing in these regional leagues.


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