Ashcombe Dorking 2 Shine Brighter Than Diamonds.
An all Under-18 team from Ashcombe Volleyball Club defeated local rivals Dorking Diamonds in the Surrey Volleyball League.
In a slight quirk, two members of the Ashcombe team- Sophie Bushe and Gillian Quinn faced off against their mothers Cathy and Sue on the opposite side of the net for the first time in the county league. England Cadet Rachel Higgins took on the role of setter and captain to lead the team on court and was able to use all her options to bring her hitters into play. Throughout the game Higgins displayed confidence with her accurate setting and defence work.
Ashcombe continued their family values with sisters Ailsa and Freya McDonald leading the Ashcombe attack hitting through the outside channel. Midori Koide and Issie Russell showed the improvement they have made this season by running multiple successful quick attacks through the middle zone.
The first set was won by Ashcombe due to powerful service from Ailsa McDonald and Rachel Higgins who both scored several aces. Ashcombe shook things up in the second set by making 4 changes giving court time to Molly Fownes-Walpole and Emily Hill who were steady in passing and led the confident blocking. New player Gabriele Poderyte played her first set for Ashcombe VC and soon fitted in to the young team with steady passing and blocking. The left hander will be a great asset to the young Ashcombe side in future matches.
In the third stanza, Dorking played steadily, rarely making service or hitting errors and Ashcombe had to keep all their wits about them to keep up with the more experienced team. The game was poised at 2 sets all but yet again Ailsa McDonald hit and served powerfully to put Ashcombe in the lead and Issie Russell blocked then served the winning point to take the match 3-2.
Coach Freda Bussey was pleased with the performance from her young team and looked forward to their upcoming fixtures. Ashcombe’s next match in the Surrey League is on Tuesday 2nd December 7.30.p.m. start at The Ashcombe Volleyball Centre AD1 v Ernst and Young Wonkeys.