Ipswich ladies do it the hard way

Ipswich travelled to the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering for the chance to gain promotion to National League division 2. The winner of the first game would get automatic promotion.

Ipswich Vs Cardiff

The first set was picked up by a dominant Ipswich side keeping the Cardiff attack at bay with great serving from Kasia Plesnar. The next two sets saw Cardiff get back into the game despite great passing and defence from Libero Jenny Ubasa, Ipswich couldn’t capitalise on their attacks. The next 2 sets were vital for Ipswich and with some amazing rallies and considered, calm setting from Iza Karwacka the ladies edged forward in the 4th set. With all to play for in the fifth set it was a blow for the ladies to lose out by 7 points.






The ladies had one more chance for promotion, against Leeds RGA panthers who had lost to Norwich Spikers earlier in the day in day in another play off match.

Ipswich Vs Leeds RGA panthers

Knowing that this was the last chance for promotion, the Ipswich ladies threw their all into the game, including Ania Burejza picking up the Leeds attacks easily in her last game for the Ipswich side. A few errors crept into the Ipswich game and they lost their spark and the first two sets, the team needed to stay strong together and started an incredible fight back. The ladies proved their determination with blocks at the net from Otylia Miazga and Natalia Regucka. Ipswich really flew ahead in the next two sets, keeping the Leeds side to less than 10 points with attacking strength and solid passing from Zoe Verow. The whole team played their hearts out knowing this was their last chance for promotion and left the course victorious!






This is a huge achievement for the Ipswich team and all the squad and coach Simon Browne should be massively proud of this seasons success. Ipswich ladies have been grateful for the support of David Lloyd Ipswich providing gym training and maintaining the teams fitness throughout the season.

This weekend saw massive success for not only Ipswich but other fellow East Anglian teams Newmarket men’s team and Norfolk Ladies were also promoted to Division 2.

Ipswich Ladies book their place in the playoffs.

Ipswich travelled to Portsmouth for their final games of the National league season against league leaders London Lionhearts and playoff rivals South Hants.

Ipswich Ladies vs London Lionhearts

First game was against undefeated Lionhearts, the Lionhearts dominated from the start with very strong serves keeping Ipswich from making any attacks. Despite great blocks at the net from Anita Cooper Ipswich couldn’t hold back the London attack allowing them to claim the first set easily. Ipswich started the next set with much more fire power particularly through Natalia Regucka’s attacks and Iza Karwacka’s serves. The ladies made up far more points this set and went into the next determined to prove themselves. This set proved to be a far more even game, Ipswich even crept ahead during the set, but just missed out by 2 points. Zoe Verow named as Ipswich’s MVP.

An unfortunate 3 – 0 loss to Ipswich and leaving the last match against South Hants a must win to secure the playoff position in the league.

Ipswich Ladies vs South Hants

In stark contrast to the previous game, Ipswich started strong and looked a confident and formidable unit. Jen Ubasa showed her defensive prowess enabling Kasia Plesnar to set up multiple attacks. Consistent serving and minimal mistakes allowed Ipswich to take the first set. The next set Ipswich showed their attacking power with both Zoe Verow and Ania Burejza gaining points through their spikes. With the second set a success, the ladies knew they just had to take the next to secure the second spot in the division. Starting confidently with consistent play and few errors, Ipswich were the dominant side meaning victory was theirs!

Ipswich ladies took the match 3 – 0 with Zoe Verow picking up MVP for the second time in a day!

Ipswich ladies have finished the NVL season in 2nd spot in the league, making this their most successful season to date and now await the playoffs for promotion to National League division 2. The Suffolk side would like to thank their sponsors David Lloyd Ipswich for their continued support in providing gym training.

Ipswich ladies team with coach Simon Browne after securing second place in the league and a playoff spot


Ipswich Ladies vs Maidstone

Ipswich travelled to Dartford to take on Maidstone.

Ipswich had a shaky start to the first set which saw them chasing Maidstone for points. Emma Goosey won Ipswich some vital points with blocks and attacks. Ipswich fought back with strong defence from Jenny Ubasa and good serves from Otylia Miazga meaning Ipswich won the first set.

The second set started stronger for Ipswich with some clever attacks from Iza Karwacka and Ania Burejza. Gosia Loose set up some great attacks for Zoe Verow and the Ipswich side won the set convincingly.

Kasia Plesnar started the third set with some strong serves and the ladies worked hard as a team to win the third set and take the game. Ania Burejza was awarded MVP for the match.

The Ipswich side have a home game Sunday 3rd March and are hoping for another good crowd for their game against Portsmouth, all welcome for first serve at 12:30, Northgate Sports Centre.


Ipswich Make Short Work Against Top of The Table Team

Ipswich Ladies vs Sussex Dolphins 2

With a large home crowd and a full roster of players, the atmosphere for Ipswich Ladies home fixtures was amazing.

The first set saw Ipswich create a great lead against the Sussex side with strong attacks from Anita Cooper, hitting the ball near the 3m line and unstoppable serves from Iza Karwacka. Ipswich kept up their fire power through Ania Burejza and dominated the first set. In the second set, the setting from Kasia Plesnar and great defensive work from libero player Jenny Ubasa sealed the fate of the away side. Something went amiss during the third set and the ladies struggled with errors on their side of the net which resulted in them losing this set. Determined to make a strong comeback, Ipswich held nothing back, with great serving from Marta Holton and Emma Goosey. The team really showed their grit during long rallies which paid off in a deserved win for the home side. Iza Karwacka was awarded MVP for this game.

Zoe Verow finding gaps in the block to hit home for Ipswich

Ipswich ladies vs South Hants

Ipswich knew South Hants would be tough competition as they currently are sitting top of the pile in NVL Div3SE. From the outset the ladies passing and setting skills were put to the test, thankfully with consistent players such as Natalia Regucka putting in perfect passes, the ladies were able to win the first set and their fitness carried them through to the next. Zoe Verow put away some indefensible attacks through the outside and with Everita Sokolova’s passing and serves the second set was a triumph for Ipswich. Otylia Miazga showed her blocking prowess at the net and the ladies came out on top in the last set, largely due to fighting spirit and a strong sense of togetherness on court. Anita Cooper was awarded MVP this game.

Ipswich ladies would like to send a massive thank you to all who came to support, the noise and atmosphere certainly gave the home side the edge. As always, The ladies thank David Lloyd Ipswich for their sponsorship which has improved the fitness of the girls, making this a fantastically successful season so far.

The ladies next play Richmond and Maidstone away on 24.02.19

Ipswich ladies after their two wins

Ipswich move up to 4th as they brush aside top of the table South Hants

Ipswich Ladies Picking up Wins

Ipswich ladies travelled to London to play top of the table Lionhearts and Richmond.

London Lionhearts v Ipswich Ladies 3-0

The ladies started strong against the London side, with an effective block from Anita Cooper through the middle and great passing from Ania Burejza. The Lionhearts started to creep ahead with a variety of attacks and ability to defend well. Despite strong serving pressure from Iza Karwacka, Lionhearts took the first set. The Ipswich side went into the second set determined, and got more into the swing of things, displaying some great defence particularly from Emma Goosey and Marta Holton producing great setting skills. Unfortunately this wasn’t enough against the well organised London side and they won the set. The third set was much the same, attacks from the Lionhearts were strong and the Ipswich ladies battled well but lost out. MVP was awarded to Zoe Verow

Richmond v Ipswich Ladies 0-3

The Ipswich side started strong, with serving pressure from Everita Sokolova proving difficult for the Richmond side to deal with. Ipswich took the first set comfortably and looked to have the edge over the home side. The ladies continued to put the pressure on in the next set with Jenny Ubasa proving herself as a force to be reckoned with, creating sets for Zoe Verow and Emma Goosey to put away. These strong attacks and the ladies fitness levels in the game has been helped hugely by their sponsorship and team gym training with David Lloyd Ipswich. Anita Cooper showed her blocking presence at the net once again, and despite Richmond claiming more points in this set, Ipswich went on to win. The third set allowed the Ladies to really push for strong attacks thanks to the passing being on point. The home side struggled with the serves and clever attacks from the Ipswich side saw them win the game. Anita Cooper was awarded MVP in this game.

The ladies team that took on Lionhearts and Richmond

Ipswich vs Ashcombe 1 – 3

Ipswich ladies began their busy February with a game away against Ashcombe. The girls were off to flying start against the home side, with some amazing passing from Ania Burejza enabling strong attacks from the outset. The girls kept their lead to win the set thanks to some strong serves from Kasia Plesnar and Emma Goosey. The second set saw mistakes creep into Ipswich’s game despite strong attacks from Natalia Regucka. The ladies put up a good fight in the following sets with consistent setting from Iza Karwacka but unfortunately lost the game 3-1. Ania Burejza was awarded MVP this game.

Ipswich vs Maidstone 3 – 0

Despite just finishing a tough game, the Ipswich ladies started strong against Maidstone, building up a lead with good serves from Otylia Miazga and consistent setting from Marta Holton. The ladies won the first set quickly and the second set started much the same, with great defence from Jenny Ubasa and strong hitting from Zoe Verow. Ipswich took the second set but started the third set unconvincingly and had to work hard to take the win. Natalia Regucka was awarded MVP this game. Sponsorship from David Lloyd Ipswich and their gym classes certainly helped the girls through sets which saw their fitness being put to the test.

The ladies who took on Ashcombe and Maidstone

The Ipswich side play Sussex and South Hants at Northgate Sports Centre next weekend (10.02.19) first serve at 11am, all are welcome to come and support.

Fit Fridays

Ipswich ladies have been lucky enough to spend their Fridays nights at their new sponsors @davidlloyd.

The NVL ladies team have a busy month coming up with fixtures almost every weekend. The team are currently mid-table in national league 3SE, but the ladies have several games in hand on all the teams around them. Fitness will be key if the ladies are to push for a place at the top end of the table, the team is very grateful for the body combat fitness session David Lloyd have put on for them, it is the perfect session to prepare the ladies for the tough matches to come.

Fit Fridays with @ipswichvball ladies and @davidlloyd! The girls loved their body combat session in preparation for this weekends fixture 💪🏻 looking pro in their @sportswaymanagement kit 😎

Fit Fridays with @ipswichvball ladies and @davidlloyd! The girls loved their body combat session in preparation for this weekends fixture 💪🏻 looking pro in their @sportswaymanagement kit 😎

Christmas training times

It’s the last training session of the year tomorrow (19th December). We would like to thank everyone who has helped the club continue to host and play excellent volleyball sessions over 2018.

Our first training session of the new year will be on Wednesday 9th January 2019.

The committee and club wish you a merry Christmas and we will see you in 2019 with your New Years resolutions.

Dig, set, SMASH!

Ipswich Ladies travelled to Surrey to take on Ashcombe Dorking 2 in their first away fixture of the season.

The Ipswich ladies have had a mixed start to the season with a win and a loss in the league, so were keen to prove themselves as top of the table contenders against the Ashcombe side.

The first set started very much that way with middle blocker Anita Cooper establishing herself as a threat from the very beginning, by blocking out Ashcombe’s attack from every hitter. Unfortunately the ladies couldn’t keep their momentum despite accumulating a huge lead and lost the first set 25 – 22.

The next set saw Kasia Plesnar putting pressure on with her strong serve and Ania’s Copper reliable passing and defending meant the setters could create some unstoppable attacks. The Ipswich side won the second set 20 – 25 and went into the next set buzzing with confidence.

Iza Karwacka put the pressure Ashcombe with powerful serving and incredible pick ups, not letting the ball drop. The girls had to work hard in this set, with some long rallies and great saves from both sides and took this set convincingly 15 -25.

Going into the 4th set, Otylia Miazga came on just at the right moment to confuse the opposition with her serve and Emma Goosey used her attack through the middle to split their defence and score vital points. Zoe Verow produced some strong attacks through the outside which the Ashcombe defence couldn’t pick up. They won the final set 16 – 25.

Final result Ashcombe Dorking 1, Ipswich Ladies 3 with Anita Cooper awarded MVP.

  • 25 – 22
  • 20 – 25
  • 15 -25
  • 16 – 25

Ipswich had to work hard to achieve the victory and are really playing well together as a team, which they will take into their Essex League fixture against Chelmsford on Wednesday 28th November and their National Shield fixture against Richmond on Sunday 2nd December.

Ipswich Ladies thank their sponsors David Lloyd Ipswich for their continued support.


Browne’s Ipswich shine in their first NVL fixture

Ipswich Ladies Vs Portsmouth

Ipswich ladies played their first national league games of the season with new head coach Simon Browne. With home advantage the ladies went into their first set against Portsmouth with positive energy. The girls passed well especially from Anita Cooper, playing her debut match for Ipswich. Unfortunately accurate passing was not enough to win the first set but the ladies fought hard with their attack in the next set. Another new Ipswich signing- Ania Burejza proved her offence prowess at the net. The next sets were extremely competitive, and Ipswich went into the fifth set with confidence, only to go down by 8 points early on giving the victory to Portsmouth. Ipswich will have finished the match knowing they have lost a game that could have been a comfortable win. Iza Karwacka was awarded MVP for her powerful serving and setting.

Final scores: 3-2






MVP Iza Karwacka

Iza Karwacka in action

Ipswich Ladies Vs Sussex

The second game against Sussex Dolphins saw Ipswich hit the form they were searching for in the first match, they stormed ahead with pressure from serves and clever plays. Ipswich comfortably took the first set. The second set saw a dip in Ipswich’s usually perfect passing, which cost them the set. However the girls fought hard in the third and with some strong serves from Emma Goosey and Kasia Plesnar the ladies dominated, only allowing Sussex 9 points. The fourth set saw Ipswich really push their attack with Marta Holton setting up fantastic options for hitters to smash. Ipswich really showed what they are capable of in this display and will be hoping to hit this form in the coming matches. Zoe Verow gained MVP this game for strong attacks and accurate passing.

Final scores: 3-1





MVP Zoe Verow

Zoe Verow attacking

The ladies have their next National League fixture away against Ashcombe Dorking 2 on 25/11/18

Ipswich Ladies vs Essex Trinity

Ipswich ladies first fixture of the season was a cup match against Division 2 team Essex Trinity and would be a good test for the team.

Ipswich Ladies started the first set well with some strong serving from Kasia Plesnar and great team play. Unfortunately for the home side, Essex were able to gain some momentum and take the first set to a nail biting 24-26! Once again Ipswich started the second set well, looking strong and confident with middle blockers Emma Goosey and Otylia Miazga blocking out the opposition on a number of occasions, but mistakes crept in towards the middle part of the set allowing Essex to claim.

The crucial third set saw Ipswich come out with intent and Iza Karwacka put pressure on with her serves, the setters were able to create some powerful attacks through outside hitters Zoe Verow and Ania Burejza. Despite some effective passages of play- helped by good passing from Michelle Abbott, the Ipswich side lost out to a well drilled Essex side who were able to create more effective attacks.

Now Ipswich are knocked out of the National Cup they will be playing in the National Shield competition, as well as playing their regular matches in the National League. Their first National League fixture will be at home (Northgate Sports Centre) on Sunday 28th October against Portsmouth and Sussex Dolphins 2.

Ipswich attacking a well organised Essex Trinity team

Ipswich Ladies squad with coach Simon Browne