Mole Volley 2014- Successful start to Mole Volley Festival for Ashcombe Volleyball Club



Members of Ashcombe Volleyball club faced opposition from around the country as the first weekend of Mole Volley 2014 saw over 100 players take part in the various competitions on offer.

In the Indoor Dorking Invitational Tournament, Ashcombe entered two teams against fellow National Volleyball League opposition. Teams from Hertfordshire Ladies VC, Surrey Orcas (Spelthorne), Weymouth and Worthing also took part in an excellent two day tournament which was a fantastic showcase with the majority of games very close and all the teams very evenly matched. Recently promoted division 2 side Worthing caused one of the shocks of the weekend by beating Super8 newcomers Surrey Orcas in the final pool game leaving the Semi-Final placings to be decided on a countback of sets won across the two days.

New Ashcombe Head Coach James Clow used the tournament as an opportunity to integrate new players including members of the Ashcombe Under-18 Development Squad into the playing group ahead of the 2014-15 National League Division One campaign. Ashcombe School students Paige Watts, Alisa McDonald, Lydia Goodwin and Rachel Higgins joined Asia Perkins, Maddy Nutt and Katy Begley in stepping up to play as part of the National League Squad. Ashcombe were also pleased to welcome back Hannah Carey who is currently on summer vacation from Missouri Baptist University in the United States were she is on a Volleyball Scholarship.

The tournament finished on Sunday afternoon with a fine final contested between Surrey Orcas and Weymouth which saw the Dorset side run out the victors three sets to nil. 3rd place was secured by Hertfordshire Ladies with a closely fought match over forth place Ashcombe 1, Worthing finished 5th and Ashcombe 2 in sixth position.

Clow, speaking after the tournament said ‘For me, the story of the tournament were the Ashcombe Development Squad players, all 15 and 16 year old players filling the places in our depleted senior team and challenging some of the best sides in the country, the future is bright at Ashcombe with a new generation of remarkably talented players emerging’

Ashcombe will be training on Thursday evenings throughout the summer in preparation for their National League Division 1 campaign which will commence in September.