Ashcombe March Up The Table Thanks to Another Win Against Team Birmingham
Ashcombe Volleyball Club recorded another win in National Volleyball League Division 1 against Team Birmingham this week to move into 5th in the table.
Ashcombe were without regulars Katy Begley and Agnes Abraham but this enabled Head Coach James Clow to shuffle his pack giving court time to some of his squad players.
Both teams were evenly matched from the off with some scrappy play from both sides. Deirdre Wilson provided some fearsome hitting which was tough to respond to. Both sides continued to struggle for rhythum before Birmingham rode out the set 25-17.
Ashcombe came out firing in the second set thanks to Anri Saso serving up a 5 nil lead. Wilson and Camilla Ebbers Fabiani then produced some fine hitting through the outside channel. An unfortunate injury to Evelin Potocnik meant that Noopat Willis was called into the Libero role as the two sides tied at 19,21 and 24 points apiece before Fabiani hit a miraculous shot to win the set that trickled along the net before dropping cruelly at the feet of the Birmingham defender.
The third set saw Carol Fogarty impose control on the game with some quick setting to bring her booming hitters into the game. Rachel Higgins again showed how she has developed in recent months with an all round game of hard hitting, quality serving and perfect passing which gave Ashcombe some impetus. However Birmingham found a run of service at the crucial time to take the set 25-22.
Higgins gave a great start to the forth set by serving an ace and she was ably backed up by Wilson who produced a third, spectacular last ditch save of the game to keep Ashcombe in the hunt. She then capitalised on some fine serves from Anri Saso and blocking from Zuzana Resetarova before Wilson produced a fast, blasting hit to win the set 25-22 and take the match into a deciding fifth stanza.
The fifth set was tense but Ashcombe soon took a commanding lead, again thanks to some great play from the whole team who wouldn’t let the game go. Higgins again produced a massive hit to close out the game as Ashcombe won 15-10.
Coach Clow was pleased with the result ‘This was a very good win with lots of drama. Credit should go to all the players who all fought for this win.’
Ashcombe’s next National Volleyball League encounter is at home to Bristol on Saturday 21st March.