National League and Shield Round-Up

09
December
2014

National League and Shield Round-Up

 

AD1 vs Oxford Students

In their final National Volleyball League game of the year, Ashcombe Dorking 1 lost 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 23-25, 25-15) away to Oxford Students. Agnes Abraham was named Ashcombe’s Most Valuable Player as the Dorking side never found top gear while missing several key personnel.

 

 

Weakened Ashcombe 2 beaten by determined City of Bristol Ladies

 

On Sunday 23 November Ashcombe 2 lost 3-0 in their National Volleyball League Division 3 match against City of Bristol Ladies.

 

Ashcombe were fielding a weakened side due to the absence of several key players, and came upon an experienced Bristol team looking to extend their third position in the league. The game saw the ever versatile Freya McDonald step up to play as middle blocker.

 

The young Ashcombe players were solid in attack orchestrated by setter and captain Rachel Higgins, and were effective in the block, but succumbed to the heavier and sustained  firepower of the more mature and experienced Bristol team. This helped them score several runs of points in each of the three sets from which the younger and less experienced Ashcombe players found it difficult to recover.

 

Coach Gordon Scott said after the match that “the game gave us lots of good learning. It reinforced that the work we have done on our setting and attacking play is beginning to pay dividends. But it also illustrated that we still need to be able to sustain our movement in defence, and  improve  our serve and service reception, if we are going to challenge and compete effectively with the better teams of a higher National League standard.”

 

 

 

AD2 National Shield Vs. Farnborough

In the National Shield match versus Farnborough on Sunday November 30th. Ashcombe 2 were beaten 3-0. Weakened by several players being on England training camp, Ashcombe 2 had to field a young team against their more experienced National League Division 3 rivals.

 

Despite a slow start, Ashcombe grew stronger as the game went on, led by their Captain for the day Ailsa McDonald. While they lost the final set a very creditable 25-22, it was the result of some impressive attacking and pick-ups in a very exciting set where the lead changed around several times. However, the late comeback was insufficient to counter-act earlier serving errors and serve receive difficulties than helped Farnborough win the first two sets more easily than the balance of play suggested.