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Women 1 Division 3 North Champions!

posted 16 Apr 2012, 02:06 by Web Admin

Nottingham Rockets Womens first team wrapped up their season yesterday with a win against Leeds 2 landing them the Division 3 North title! This is a great achievement in only their first season in the National League and the girls look forward to playing a higher level of volleyball in Division 2 North next season.

This weekend the girls had to play Leeds Carnegie 2 and Leeds 2, with a 3-2 and 3-1 win required to take the title off rivals Coventry and Warwick Riga. With Leeds Carnegie pulling out very late on Saturday afternoon – due to a lack of players despite having 17 registered for their squad! -  a 3-0 win was already in the bag meaning only a win was required against Leeds 2, with set and point score irrelevant. Leeds 2 warmed up well and with a new middle hitter swinging well, looked to be more of a threat than in our previous game against them. Rockets, however, did not let Leeds get a grip on the game at all, maintaining the lead throughout nearly all the match. The Leeds number 4 did cause some problems with strong serving and difficult to read hits, but Rockets defended well, particularly Jole and libero Marta, and were just too strong on the net for Leeds. With regular setter Donna back from illness and usual opposite Kate rested due running the

marathon next week, Sharon switched very effectively into the opposite position, hitting very well to find the gaps in the defence and racking up 5 aces on the serve earning her the MVP vote from Leeds. After a slightly tighter final set, the game finished 3-0 to Rockets, 25- 17, 25-12, 25-20 and the celebrations could begin.

In the Men’s league, Danes Watford eased past Newcastle (Staffs) 2 to take the Division 2 North title. The two games lost by Rockets earlier in the season during the absence of coach Paul and captain and first choice setter Owen (on holiday in Canada) proved to be crucial. The team now go to the playoffs this Saturday at the National Volleyball Centre, Kettering. Their opponents will be Cambridge (8th in Division 1) and Guildford International (2nd in Division 2 South) in a triangular where the winner will play in Division 1 next season. This will be tough for Rockets – the team lost 3-0 to Cambridge back in February in the Quarter Final of the Shield and Guildford International also had a strong run in this year’s shield. With a full squad and coach, however, the team can be confident of hopefully causing an upset! Good luck!