Ashcombe Volleyball Club Under 16 Girls Progress to Last 8 of National Cup
Ashcombe Volleyball Club’s Under 16 girls team have qualified for the final 8 of the Volleyball England National Under 16 Cup following an excellent showing in the second round tournament at the David English Sports Centre in Bournemouth on Saturday 18th January.
The first game was against Academy of Beach Sports Croyde who had beaten Ashcombe in the first round of the competition in November and are well known for their powerful serving and strong defense work. Once again Ashcombe found the serving of the ABS team too powerful and although they too won several points with ace services the match was lost 2-0.
With only two teams guaranteed a place in the last 8 competition Ashcombe had to beat both Wessex and Richmond if they wanted to proceed further. Wessex beat Richmond 2-0 in their first game so Ashcombe were under pressure to get a victory. Despite leading the first set Ashcombe were beaten by strong blocking by the Wessex side and the set was lost 25-23. Ashcombe went into the second set with a fierce determination to attack and not give up on any point and their fighting spirit paid off. Katy Begley and Lydia Goodwin blocked many of the Wessex attacks and Ailsa McDonald and Asia Perkins served strongly and they never allowed Wessex and Ashcombe won the set 25-20. Teams play the best of 3 sets at this junior competition with the deciding set played to only 15 points. Wessex started strongly and the teams changed ends with Wessex leading 8-6. Ashcombe never gave up and now the work the team has done on blocking and attack shots came into action. Anna De Pascalis and captain Rachel Higgins were dominant at the net and Ashcombe won the set 16-14.
Ashcombe then faced Richmond and coach Freda Bussey made sure that all the squad players were given some court time. Maddy Nutt, Paige Watts and Edie Adams came onto court and the side continued in their winning ways. The game was won swiftly 2-0 and now they had an anxious wait while ABS played Wessex. If Wessex were able to pull off a win then the teams would tie on points and Ashcombe could still come 3rd. The game was close fought but to the delight of the watching Ashcombe squad and the disappointment of the Wessex supporters, ABS took the match 2-0.
Ashcombe will now play in the National Under 16 Last 8 competition at The National Volleyball Centre, Kettering in March.
The Ashcombe Under 16 girls team have also experienced other success this week by being nominated for the “Teamwork Award” at the Mole Valley ” Youth Voice” Awards to be held at Dorking Halls on Friday 31st January 2014 7.30.p.m. start. This award recognises the achievements of a group or for working together as a group to achieve a goal.