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Women 1 a set away from the Cup upset of the season!

posted 29 Nov 2011, 01:08 by Web Admin

The Women’s first team narrowly missed out on causing another big cup upset with an extremely tight defeat away at Division 1 side City of Salford. The opponents had clearly underestimated Rockets and Rockets quickly went 2 sets up, having held the lead throughout both sets. Nadia and Christin in particular were consistently hitting through Salford’s block. In the third, a switch of Jole and Christin sending Christin out to 4 didn’t pay off as Salford began to hit harder and easily avoided the block. Rockets went into the first technical 0-8 down and couldn’t repair the damage, losing the set to 14. In the fourth and fifth, Salford got into their stride with the two four players hitting several clean winners and Rockets fell behind the tempo slightly losing out to 16, and then to 10 in the deciding set. A great performance though with tough serving, some big blocks from Christin and Bahar and really strong setting from Donna even after over 200 points played!


Despite the disappointment of losing a 2 set lead it was a great opportunity to play against a top quality side and really test our squad. Salford clearly weren’t expecting such a strong performance, so yet again Rockets could trouble these top division sides! However, the squad needs to get used to these higher tempo games to be able to close out victories; unfortunately the standard of matches so far in Division 3N have been disappointing, with only Coventry & Warwick Riga causing the Rockets any problems at all. The team now must use the second half of the season to push for promotion, making sure they reverse the defeat to Riga at home next year and beat Leeds Carnegie next weekend, who also have a good win record so far.


Final score: 2 – 3 (25-22, 25-23, 14-25, 16-25, 10-15)


Squad: Sharon Nelis (captain), Christin Pelzel, Nadia Duarte, Donna Lill, Marta Larraona-Puy, Monika Kucharska, Jole Martino and Bahar Durmaz. Coach: Sian Lamb. MVP: Christin Pelzel.


In other weekend action, congratulations to the Rockets U16 boys who qualified on Saturday through the second round of the Volleyball England U16 National Championships. Hosted at Rockets’ home, Southglade, the team put in a strong performance led by England cadets Ieuan Lamb and Adam Lagerberg. They eventually finished in second place with Wigan Seahawks taking the top spot in the group. Wigan also features some Division 3N players and it seems the NVL experience of both teams paid off. Rockets now find themselves in tough group for the next round on the 21st of January, hosted by Newcastle (Staffs) and featuring both their A (National Finalists last year) and B squad!


Squad: Ieuan Lamb, Sam Reid, Adam Lagerberg, Ben Tomlinson, Alex Tomlinson, Adam Wake and George Smith


Also on Saturday, Rockets Men I got off to a strong start in the Shield Cup beating non-league side Sheffield YP away. Next up are Richmond Volleyball on the 7th of January in Surrey. Currently sitting in the mid of the Division 1 table, Richmond are likely to present a tougher challenge!