Hartlepool Volleyball Club
at Nov 21, 2014 3:12:47 PM
Hartlepool Div 2 took on Marske Birds at St Hild’s on the 20th November 2014.
Our illustrious team were Sandra Nowaczek, Angelika Nowaczek, Dawn Dalby, Gemma Askew, Dan Mayes, Caitlin Donnelly and Tony Stewart (C).
In the first set, we got off to our traditional slow start. However, our serving stood out, with some great serves from a young Mrs Dawn Dalby and Sandra Nowaczek. Unfortunately for us, Marske were picking up every ball and getting it directly to the setter, then finishing off with an attacking spike nearly every time. This made things difficult for our middle blockers Tony Stewart and Dan Mayes. They worked hard in the middle, but Marske made good progress and took the first set by 25 points to 8.
In the second set, we switched on a bit more. As individuals, we played really well, but as a team we lacked a bit of confidence and cohesion. We were quiet, looked nervous, not calling for the ball, and making life too easy for Marske. However, our first balls into setters Gemma Askew (testing out her new XXXXXXXXXXL knee pads for the first time) and Dawn Dalby, were a bit more consistent. This allowed us to get our attack working, with Tony Stewart belting home some strong spikes. Unfortunately, half way through the set, our big hitter Dan Mayes had to leave as he was meeting his date for the night, TOWIE’s Miss Gemma Collins, straight from Teesside airport after a horrendous time in the Celebrity Jungle. A very, very, very, noisy Caitlin Donnelly took his place, and this lifted the team with her cheeky cheerfulness. By this time though, Marske were in control and took the set by 25 points to 11.
Before the third set started, our die hard hero’s had a word with themselves in the team talk and came out fighting. They were more upbeat, looked more confident and ready for a fight !! They were a team transformed. They worked hard back court, with some great pick-ups from Angelika Nowaczek and Tony Stewart. This gave our setters a chance to set some great balls for hitters Caitlin and Sandra to place into the Marske side. The scores were pretty much level most of the way through the set. Unfortunately, Marske just edged it and took the third and winning set by 25 points to 19.
Div 2 know there is work to be done to get them into a winning mode. They need to practice more as a team, be more confident in their ability, call for the ball early and then commit to getting it, and start to attack more over the net. It’s early in the season and plenty of time to make good progress.
For her constantly brilliant serving, and great pick-ups back court, Miss Sandra Nowaczek won the MVP for Hartlepool – Well done Sandra :-)
Well done team, stick with it !! ;-)
And thanks for a great game Marske :-)