Ashcombe Anticipate Successful Season
Ashcombe Volleyball Club begin their Super8 campaign at home to London’s Malory Eagles this Sunday 28th September at The Ashcombe Volleyball Centre in Dorking.
Ashcombe are looking to build on last years 6th place finish in the competition and hope to make the finals weekend at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering in April. The Ashcombe side have made several new additions over the off season with former Sussex University hitter Daisy Mumby, Ex- Loughborough player Hannah Robinson and Monika Gmuka, Agnes Abraham and Evelin Potocnik all joining with Katie Begley and Ashcombe School student Rachel Higgins stepping up from the clubs youth programmes.
In addition to these players, the summer saw new Team Manager Robin Martin coming onboard to support Head Coach Luke Thomas.
Ashcombe have also entered two teams into the Surrey Volleyball League in order to provide a competitive outlet for the growing numbers of junior players at the club.
The team have warmed up for the season opener with a number of pre season engagements, including finishing as runners-up at the inaugural VolleyFEST tournament.
Reflecting on the upcoming season, Luke Thomas said
‘This season will present some exciting challenges for the team. We have a mixture of experience and young potential in this season’s squad and the pre-season preparations have been thorough and have given me a lot of confidence in the group we have this season. Our team will be the most competitive side we have had for many years and I hope to build on last year’s performance.’
On his appointment as Team Manager, Robin Martin expressed his enthusiasm for the role.
‘As the new Super 8 team manager I am incredibly proud to be a part of the award-winning Ashcombe Club and it’s elite squad of players. The club prides itself it developing its youth programme and a number of players in our current Super 8 squad for this season are “home-grown”.
The season ahead will have many challenges but the Ashcombe Dorking team are fully prepared to fight every battle and strive to promote the sport of volleyball in the local community.’
This weeks opposition, The Malory Eagles, are a well established top flight club with many cups and titles to their name. Malory will feature Beach Volleyball London 2012 Olympian Shauna Mullin amongst their number as well as many of the side who were beaten finalists in last seasons Volleyball England Cup Finals.
The match on Sunday begins at 1pm, entry is free so why not come and witness top flight Volleyball first hand. Refreshments will be available throughout. Ashcombe Volleyball club also run sessions for junior participants throughout the year for those who wish to get involved in this fantastic, dynamic Olympic sport. See www.ashcombevolleyball.co.uk for more information.
Ashcombe’s next fixture is again at home to high flying Wessex on Saturday 12th October 4pm.