Ashcombe Dorking II lose final fixture of 2014.


Ashcombe Dorking II, Ashcombe Volleyball Club’s second team hosted their last home fixture of 2014 in National Volleyball League Division 3 South where they entertained Richmond. Although the young Ashcombe team, all of whom were Under-18, put up an improved showing they still fell short against a vibrant Richmond.


At the start of the match both sides were evenly matched trading point for point to 7 apiece. This then continued with neither side able to build up a lead, partly due to the excellent defence shown by Rachel Higgins and a fine ace of serve from Asia Perkins as part of a run of 5 straight serves. An excellent diving save from Issie Russell combined with some big hitting from Ashcombe took them to win the first set 25-20.


Freya McDonald hit Ashcombe into an early lead in the second set before the visitors took the initiative and kept themselves marginally ahead. Some excellent defence from McDonald proved to be the catalyst for Ashcombe fighting back to 19-19. Issie Russell was dominant at the net however Ashcombe’s hitters struggled for timing, combined with being on the wrong end of a debatable two touch call saw Richmond take their second set 26-24.
In the third set Ashcombe struggled for fluency, both in their serving and hitting. Issie Russell’s excellent front court play could not stop Richmond racing ahead from the beginning. Despite the effort being shown from all the Ashcombe team, they kept making unforced errors which allowed Richmond to keep their lead. A few big hits from Rachel Higgins took Ashcombe back into the contest but it would proved too little too late as Richmond took a 2-1 advantage winning the set 25-22.


Richmond kept up their fearsome serving and hitting in the forth set and still Ashcombe struggled to find any sort of reply as Richmond took a 9-1 lead. Ailsa McDonald provided some solid defence along with her sister Freya and Libero Edie Adams but still Richmond kept nagging away with their solid hitting and Ashcombe again struggled to get their serves in. Richmond took the third set 25-14.


Ashcombe Coach Gordon Scott was pleased with the improved effort shown however again stressed the need for Ashcombe to train hard and get their serves in.


Ashcombe Dorking II’s next game is against Wessex at home on the 18th January.

Ashcombe II – Edie Adams, Rachel Higgins, Lydia Goodwin, Midori Koide, Ailsa McDonald, Freya McDonald.Asia Perkins, Issie Russell.