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.