NVL Round Up
Both of Ashcombe Volleyball Club’s National Volleyball League teams were in action this weekend.
Firstly on Saturday, Ashcombe Dorking 1 travelled to Essex to face league leaders Tendering VC. This proved to be a great exhibition of National Volleyball League Division 1 Volleyball. Ashcombe were on form for much of the match and battled hard with several great fight backs in points that looked lost to make several long rallies.
Evelin Potocnik was voted Ashcombe’s Most Valuable Player by the opposition for her perfect passing. Camilla Ebbers Fabiani shone throughout the fixture with her aggressive hitting and fantastic serve. Tendring showed intelligent play all afternoon as they consistently found gaps in the Ashcombe defence, constantly adapting their play to expose any weakness shown by Ashcombe.
Coach James Clow commented that ‘This was a great game against the league leaders and was good to watch for the crowd. Tendring just had a little bit more than us in attack. This was the best we have played so far this season and I look forward to more of the same in our double header next weekend’
Division 3 South side Ashcombe Dorking 2 had home games against Wessex and Sussex Dolphins on Sunday 18th January. Wessex are top of National League Division 3 south and Sussex Dolphins were unbeaten before the matches so Ashcombe were prepared for some very competitive matches.
Captained by Rachel Higgins the Ashcombe team started strongly with fine serving by Asia Perkins and Ailsa McDonald keeping the team in the lead. The set was finally won 29-27 by Ashcombe with Lydia Goodwin and Issie Russel’s blocking holding strong at the net and incredible defence work by Rachel Higgins being key. The next three sets were all close with Pam Munsing, the new Under 16 signing for Ashcombe showing her attacking and defensive abilities and Midori Koide continuing to improve. Wessex eventually took the match 3-1.
In the second game Wessex beat Dolphins 3-1 in another close fought game so Ashcombe knew they were in with a chance against the experienced Dolphins side. Again the first set was close with Dolphins closing out 25-22 but Ashcombe took the second set with another fine run of serves by Ailsa McDonald and Erika Barbato. Despite the Ashcombe team improving their block and attack hitting angles Dolphins proved too consistent for the young team and them match went 3-1 to Sussex Dolphins.
Ashcombe host two fixtures this weekend in division one, against Tameside on Saturday and Loughborough on Sunday. Ashcombe Dorking 2 have another double header on Sunday 25th January at Richmond where they play Richmond and Bristol.