It’s alright on Friday night for Ipswich Volleyball

Ipswich Men’s Volleyball team left the Friday night drinks alone and made the trip to Strawbridgeworth, Heartfordshire for their second match in the Essex League. 

The Stortford Stags were playing host to Ipswich Men, Ipswich took a 3 – 0 win last weekend against Southend and Ipswich were keen to continue their run of form. 

Ipswich started off quiet with the scores showing an even match between the two teams, but the away team began to settle and built momentum taking the lead after some impressive hitting through the middle, the hard work giving them a 6 point advantage and most importantly confidence. 
The team found their rhythm and with a great serving run from number 15 Michael Bigg, took the first set 25-17.

Ugis Miltināns hitting through the middle for Ipswich


Bishop Stortford started the second set well giving Ipswich a tough time, both teams matching each other point for point. The set then saw same strong blocking from middle player Ugis Miltinans helping take the score to 11-7. Ipswich started working as a team pulling away 20-11. Bishop Stortford fought hard and bought the score to 22-16. Kev Abbott hitting a great line shot to continue Ipswich’s lead leaving Chris Watson with the next serve. Chris served an ace followed by another strong serve to take another set 25-16.

Kev Abbott hitting down the line to make the score 23 – 16 to Ipswich.


The Stags were not defeated and continued fighting as a team with some great communication. Great hitting and blocking from Ipswich’s middle players Ugis and Rob took the score to 10-5. Kev Abbott stayed sharp blocking a tricky dumped ball from the oppositions setter to  continue Ipswich’s lead to 15-7.

This was followed with some well worked play between the setter Chris Watson and middle player Rob Negus, taking it to 20-9.

The end of the set saw some powerful serving from Lukas Kundrotas, finishing with a strong hit through the middle from Ugis, securing the set 25 – 15 and giving Ipswich their second 3-0 win of their Essex League campaign. 

Ugis Miltināns received MVP for some stunning fast attacking through the middle position and huge blocking. 

MVP Ugis Miltināns blocking out the Stortford Stags

Ipswich Rocket up Essex League Table

Ipswich faced a Sunday evening trip to Southend to take on Southend Thunder to get their Essex League campaign underway. 

Southend Thunder had already played two and lost two, with both Harlow and Brentwood Bombers beating them, so Ipswich faced a team hungry for a win. 

The first set got off to a good start with Chris Watson serving up a 6 point lead. Ugis Miltinans working well with Chris in the middle hitting fast balls. The Ipswich Men continued to out preform Southend throughout the set and comfortably take set 1, 25 – 13. 

The second set saw the hosts get off to a much better start and matched Ipswich point for point. This time Rob Negus and Lukas Kundrotas stepping up with serve runs to put Ipswich infront. The second set won 25 – 17. 

The third set saw Southend leading through most of the set, Ipswich playing catch-up to keep in the set. The set featured some much longer rallies, cleaver play from Eric Negus at the net and Kev Abbott hitting consistently well through the outside. With the passing improving with every point, Chris Watson made good use of all the attacking options to finish the set 25 – 23. 

Ipswich were firing on all cylinders with a 3 – 0 win, setter Chris Watson picking up MVP for linking well with his attacking options. The win sees Ipswich Men rocket up the league table to sit in second position with a game in hand on league leaders Brentwood. 


Ipswich will be away to mid-table Stortford Stags on Friday and hungry for a second win. For results and fixtures please see the Men’s Essex League webpage

Firework Celebrations for Ipswich Ladies

Ipswich Ladies started their Essex League campaign today against Chelmsford Ladies. 

For this match Ipswich were down to only 6 players due to injuries, but the ladies were still confident. 

Otylia Miazga 10, Everita Sokolova 18, Iza, Karwacka 13, Julia Vidot 11, Jen Ubasa 1, Emma Goosey 19.


Ipswich had a good start to the first set and with Jen Ubasa serving strong managed to get an early 10 point lead 13 – 3. The game carried on point for point until another strong serve run from Iza Karwacka. The first set going to Ipswich 25 – 13. 

The second set saw the visitors make a better start leading 5 – 3 to Chelmsford, this time Julia Vidot stepping up with a good serve run to bring the game to 11 – 6 in Ipswich’s favour. Some great link up play between Iza Karwacka (setter) and her two middles Emma Goosey and Otylia Miazga made sure the points kept coming in. The second set going again to Ipswich 25 – 14. 

The third set saw a lot more fight from Chelmsford, but some great receiving from Julia Vidot and Everita Sokolova made sure the ladies took the set 25 – 17 and the match 3 – 0. 

Jen Ubasa nominated MVP for the match. 

Otylia and Iza blocking the attack from Chelmsford whilst Everita and Jen setup the defence.

Action packed weekend in Essex

Ipswich Ladies and Ipswich Men’s teams both start their Essex League campaign this weekend. 

Ipswich Ladies host Chelmsford Ladies in Northgate Sports Centre at 2pm on Saturday, while Ipswich Men’s team travel to Southend on Sunday for a 7pm evening match. 

Both teams will be hoping for a positive start to the season, especially as this is both teams first appearance in the Essex League. 

“Come on you blues”

Ipswich Ladies Regional Results 

Ipswich Ladies attended the Eastern Region Volleyball Series for the second time in the season. The first tournament of the season saw two teams of Ladies make their way to the UEA Sports Centre in Norwich and represent Ipswich. One team finished the day in the top spot and the other in the bottom. 

Ipswich Ladies has to take on Norwich Spikers, Stowmarket Aces, Cambridge Panthers. 

The ladies started off with a close game against Norwich Spikers, unfortunatly loosing out by a single point 37 – 36. To progress to the higher league from pool stages Ipswich would need results against Stow and Cambridge. The ladies did just that and beat Stow Aces 37 – 34 and then Cambridge Panthers 42 – 32. 

The ladies faced a playoff against Norwich’s ‘is it in’ for a chance to play off for 1st or 2nd position. A close game saw ‘is it in’ victorious 39 – 34 who progressed to play in the final. Ipswich would get a playoff for 3rd or 4th position against Norwich Spikers who had already beaten Ipswich by a single point. 

Ipswich Ladies put up a fight against Norwich Spikers, but this time showing what they are capable of, the ladies had a convincing win 44 – 36. 

MVPs were awarded for each match, Iza picking up 2, Julia, Kasia and Pavla picking up 1 each. 

Ipswich Ladies Team : Julia Vidot, Otylia Miazga, Iza Karwacka, Pavla Watson, (coach) Chris Watson, Michelle Abbott, Kasia Plesnar

Lakenheath unbeaten run continues in MaVIS tournament

Ipswich VC hosted another successful MaVIS volleyball tournament with over 90 Suffolk volleyball players attending Northgate Sports Centre on Sunday 29th October. 

The morning saw Div1 teams play each other and so far in Lakenheath haven’t dropped a set throughout the whole tournament. Ipswich 1 put up the best fight against them leading through most of the game. The final score of that game 21 – 17 made sure Lakenheaths unbeaten run continued. 
Diss also put in a good performance going the morning unbeaten, but picking up second place to Lakenheath on points difference. 

Div1 Standings for 29/10/17

  1. Lakenheath 
  2. Diss
  3. Ipswich 1
  4. Stowmarket 2
  5. Ipswich 2
  6. Ipswich Ravens
  7. Bury

For the overall season standings for Div1 please follow the link

League leaders Lakenheath attacking against Ipswich Ravens. Ashton with the block

The afternoon saw teams compete in Div2. Diss’ Dissasters and Stowmarket Stingers winning all of their pool matches to compete in the final against each other. Ipswich Ravens 2 and Suffolk Uni finished second in their pools to compete for 3rd and 4th place. 

The playoff matches saw some great volleyball from Suffolk Uni who took the game easily 25 – 12 to finish in 3rd place. The final saw the closest game of the afternoon with Dissasters missing out on the win against Stingers 21 – 25

Div2 Standings for 29/10/17

  1. Stingers
  2. Dissasters
  3. Suffolk Uni
  4. Ipswich Ravens 2
  5. Fill Suffolk Smashers
  6. Bury Bobcats Jr
  7. Stow Aces
  8. Seagulls

For the overall season standings for Div2 follow the link 

Scott from Div2 winners Stow Stingers spiking against Dissasters.

Tough competition for Ipswich Ladies 

Ipswich Ladies traveled in numbers to Kingston-on-Thames Arena taking the full NVL squad of 10. Ipswich Ladies would be facing current early league leaders Southampton and Richmond, but not before they played each other. 

The match between Richmond and Southampton finished in a very close 4th set, Richmond taking the spoils winning 3 – 1, but credit to Southampton making Richmond fight for every point. 

Southampton Vs Ipswich and Ipswich went into the match very positive after seeing their opposition defeated in the previous game. Unfortunately for the Suffolk Ladies Southampton we’re hungry for points and made light work of the ladies in the first set, winning 25 – 16. Southampton’s Number 6. M.Bresser finding all the gaps in the block. 

Ipswich Ladies responded very well, with a change of tactics and tighter blocking Ipswich took the second set convincingly 25 – 14.
Unfortunately the experienced Southampton side kept pushing and took the next set 25 – 15. Although the 4th set was much closer and Ipswich Ladies led for the majority of the set, Southampton took game point at 25 – 20. 

Emma Goosey took her first MVP of the season for Ipswich playing as their outside hitter. 

19 Emma Goosey, 8 Michelle Abbott, 18 Everita Sokolova, 17 Cat Wright, 10 Otylia Mizaga, 12 Hannah Davies, 15 Kasia Plesnar, 13 Iza Karwacka, 20 Jenny Ubasa, 11 Julia Vidot

Ipswich then faced hosts Richmond who looked strong in their first match of the day.

Richmond took an early lead but Ipswich stayed in the game, with only 6 points separating them at the second technical timeout. Unfortunately for Ipswich, Richmond stepped up a gear and won the set 25 – 13. 

The second set saw Ipswich get off to a positive start with a small points lead, but a very strong Richmond side pushed ahead and took the second set 25 – 18, Ipswich were improving and growing as a team.

The third set saw both teams battle it out with neither team managing to get ahead, the scores level at 24 – 24, both teams looks good for the set. Unfortunately for Ipswich Richmond took the next two points to win 26 – 24. 

Ipswich’s Jenny Ubasa picked up MVP for her stunning performance as the teams Libero, picking up what looked like sure point winners for Richmond to keep the rallies long and tense. 

Ipswich Ladies showed great character against two very strong teams and at times looked the stronger side. Although they finished the day with two losses the ladies put in performances to be proud of and improved in every set. 

Ipswich Ladies Team pre match with Richmond

Ipswich Ladies Positive Start in NVL

Ipswich Ladies played their first matches of the season today against Ashcombe Dorking 2 and Maidstone, both teams made the journey to Ipswich’s new home venue Northgate Sports Centre. 

Ipswich started the proceedings against visitors Ashcombe Dorking 2, the visitors got off to a strong start and looked a much stronger team. Sets 1 and 2 were both comfortable wins for the visitors. 

The 3rd set saw a massive change in the Ipswich team with Iza Karwacka winning a massive 11 serves in a row to get the ladies 11 – 0 infront. The ladies continued to play very well and took the 3rd set 25 – 14. 

The 4th set saw a much closer start to the match, but Iza Karwacka again serving up a massive 7 point serve run, the set was won by Ipswich 25 – 12 this time. 

The 5th and final set finished 15 – 6 giving Ipswich Ladies the 3 – 2 win, with Ipswich’s setter Iza taking MVP

Left – right, back row: Coach Kev, Otylia, Everita, Iza, Kasia, Cat. Front row: Michelle, Hannah, Jen, Julia


The second match between Ashcombe Dorking 2 and and Maidstone finished 3 – 0 to Ashcombe who looked comfortable throughout. 

Ipswich Ladies played Maidstone in the 3rd match of the day. A positive start saw Ipswich take the 1st set 25 – 20. Maidstone played very well and showed what they were capable of to take the second set 25 – 18. 

Ipswich took both sets 3 and 4 with the same score line 25 – 22, giving them the match 3 sets to 2. Ipswich Julia Vidot picking up MVP from some very strong attacking in the outside position. 

The 2 wins put Ipswich Ladies joint top of W3SE with Southampton VC Women’s 2, though Southampton picked up 3 – 0 wins twice today to put them ahead on sets difference. 

Ipswich Ladies next NVL match is away on Sunday 22nd October against the early league leaders Southampton and Richmond VC. 

Double trouble for ladies 

The 2017/18 Eastern Region volleyball series begins this weekend on Sunday 8th October. The Ipswich ladies will be hoping to come home with gold and silver placings, as the club has two ladies teams entered into this months tournament. With the Ipswich Men’s team also entered a total of 18 players will be making the journey early on Sunday morning, this is certainly a recent club record. Keep an eye out for results from the tournament and hopefully plenty of photos. 

MaVIS tournament a success for Suffolk teams 

Ipswich Volleyball Club hosted the first of 8 indoor volleyball tournaments today at Northgate Sports Centre. The event saw 13 teams (around 80 players) from all over Suffolk attend to compete against each other.

Divisions 1 winners Lakenheath managed to complete the day without a loss and came overall first in the tournament followed by Diss in second place and Ipswich 1 in third place.

Division 2 saw Stow Stingers take first place on points difference to Stow Aces and Dissasters. The Stow Stingers team had several players making their volleyball tournament debut for the club which will make the win even more sweeter for the successful Stingers team.

All current overall standings can be found here and if you would like to enter a team or join a club please email Michelle.

Nenen Ubasa winning points for Stow Aces with strong attacks through the outside

Ravens Jr’s in action against the SCC Seagulls