Ashcombe Dorking 2 Continue Development in National Volleyball League Division 3 South.


Ashcombe Dorking 2 Continue Development in National Volleyball League Division 3 South.



Ashcombe Volleyball Club’s second National Volleyball League team, Ashcombe Dorking 2, traveled the short distance to Richmond for two matches in National League Division 3 South against Richmond 2 and Bristol 2. This was a youthful Ashcombe side under Head Coach Gordon Scott, with an average age of just 16. 14 Year old Issie Russell played a leading role throughout, showcasing her development this season.


First up Ashcombe faced Bristol 2, who provided a stern test with a side made up of very experienced European players.  Ailsa McDonald captained the Ashcombe side and led by example with powerful serving and attack shots, she also took on the role of setter with regular setters Maddy Nutt and Rachel Higgins unavailable. McDonald and Edie Adams both did an excellent job taking up the mantle as the pivots, keeping all the hitters fed with consistent passes at the net.  Blocking became a problem for the Ashcombe team with the much taller Bristol side able to dominate at the net and take the match 3-0.  


Ashcombe were strengthened for the second match with the addition of Lydia Goodwin and new signing Fiona Cotterill, both tall players who would add to the net power for the Dorking Side. The first two sets were lost by poor serving and mistakes in attack by the Ashcombe team. In the third set Ashcombefought back in the to take it 25-23. Fiona Cotterill added height to the Ashcombe net play and Asia Perkins and Pam Munsing found their hitting form. The fine play continued in the fourth set but Richmond just edged the points to 25-23 and the match 3-1. 


Next up for Ashcombe Dorking II are fixtures against Sussex Dolphins and Farnborough Devils as part of ‘Super Sunday’ when Ashcombe will host four National Volleyball League fixtures. On the same day the Ashcombe Volleyball Centre will also be the venue for the South East Leg of Volleyball England’s ‘Volleyball Voice’ event after the success of last year’s roadshow. Places are free and can be booked now