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 😎
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.
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.
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
Get your diaries ready as Ipswich VC reveal the local indoor tournament dates for 2018/19 season.
All details can be found on the club website and please pass on any questions regarding the tournament to our new tournament director Kasia Plesnar.
- The tournament will follow the same structure as last season, with division 1 playing from 9am – 12pm with a mens height net. Division 2 will be played from 12pm – 3pm on a ladies height net.
- 14th October 2018
- 11th November 2018
- 09th December 2018
- 27th January 2019
- 17th February 2019
- 17th March 2019
- 14th April 2019
If you have any feed back or amendments you would like to see with the tournament, please let us know. Hope to see you all on the courts 🙂
Ipswich ladies will be kickstarting their season with a national cup match against neighbouring team Essex. Sunday 16th September see the ladies team host the blades at Stowupland High School.
Ipswich will be hoping a good result can push some confidence into the team ready for a strong season in the league.
Last season saw the men’s and women’s teams succeeded at training and in matches. We saw blood, sweat and tears from the hard work given by our players, and the hardest working found themselves rewarded with a club award at the clubs AGM.
- Committee member of the year – Simon Papworth
- Best newcomer – Brwa A Muhamad
- Mens most improved – Ugis Miltinans
- Women’s most improved – Kasia Plesnar
- Men’s MVP – Lukas Kundrotas
- Women’s MVP – Iza Karwacka
- Tournament player of the year – Chris Watson
- Coaches player of the year – Kasia Plesnar
- Club Member of the year – Iza Karwacka & Kev Abbott
- Referee of the year – Hannah Davies
- Best Libero – Cat Wright
- Most likely to play volleyball after an all night bender – Everita Sokolova
Thank you to everyone who made last season so successful. Our new season is due to begin soon with the first indoor training sessions taking place on the first Wednesday in September at Northgate Sports Centre. Men’s training will now take place on Wednesday nights 8pm – 10pm (there will no longer be a Thursday training season).
We will endeavour to keep playing in Christchurch park over the next few weeks providing the sun keeps the ground dry enough for safe volleyball.
Ipswich ladies have finished their NVL season in 4th position, only 5 points off the play-off positions. Kev Abbott has served two years as Ipswich Ladies NVL coach, both seasons finishing in 4th position. Unfortunately with Kev recently becoming a Dad, time is becoming very stretched and he is unable to continue as ladies coach for Ipswich VC. Luckily for Ipswich Ladies Simon Browne has stepped forward to take on the ladies coaching.
Simon has previously played for Ipswich Mens team and has a long history of volleyball achievements, so the ladies will be in good hands for next season. Simon’s first fixture in charge of the team was on Wednesday 11th April against Chelmsford Ladies in the Essex league. The ladies were keen to make a good impression on Simon and worked hard.
Despite an injury setback to Michelle Abbott in the second set, the ladies pushed on and played some great volleyball to win the match 3 – 0. Iza Karwacka picking up another MVP for the ladies team as setter.
You can get a chance to see Simon Brown’s Ipswich Ladies team in action on Saturday 21st at 3pm against Brentwood at Northgate Sports Centre. Ipswich Men will be in action prior to this fixture at 1pm.
Cat Wright, Michelle Abbott, Everita Sokolova, Simon Browne, Otylia Miazga, Jen Ubasa, Iza Karwacka, Kasia Plesnar
Sunday, the women’s National Volleyball League team played Southampton in Chelmsford. Southampton started 2018 in second place in the league table, having lost only 1 game. Knowing this, the Ipswich team set out to push their opponents from the outset. The first set began well, with both teams swinging strong. It became apparent that without continued pressure Southampton would flourish, and Chris Watson (coach) asked the ladies for strong serves and continued attacks. This push and momentum enabled the Ipswich Ladies to push from 17-23 up to a close loss of 23-25.
Unfortunately, the pressure wasn’t applied in the second set as the team lost again. Southampton delivered great defense and some strong outside hitting. The block was set and won multiple times by Pav Watson, but this was not enough to save the set.
Not wanting to go home early, the ladies arrived at the third set with new energy and drive. The team pushed hard, and some great hitting from the outside hitters Julia Vidot and Kasia Plesnar delivered point after point. This match saw great passing and defense from the back court players and setter Iza Karwacka was able to push the set around to different players. This meant that the team ploughed through to their first win.
With the high spirits resounding from the last set, the fourth set was a series of great 3 touch volleyball, with the team pulling together to fight for long rallies and produce great attacks from front court and back. The result was a further win.
Heading into the deciding fifth set, the team didn’t seem to bring the same energy that they finished the fourth set with, which lead to Southampton taking an early lead. Despite this, the team pulled back and managed to fight for final points, playing as they had in the prior two sets. On high spirits, the team served strong and rose to 13-14, then played point for point, until losing at 15-17.
Ipswich men’s team ventured to Chelmsford for their 5th Essex league match of the season.
The men’s team got off to a good start to the match taking the first set 25 – 12, with a good display of attacking volleyball. The men’s team not at their best with some inconsistent passing.
The men continued to dominate in set two, picking up the set 25 – 16. Chelmsford managing to block out more of the attacks from Ipswich.
Set three saw Chelmsford pick up their game and some longer rallies. Both teams matched point for point until the scores reached 20 – 20, when Ipswich crept in front to win the set and match 25 – 20.
Lukas Kundrotas getting MVP for Ipswich with his attacking through the opposite position.
This is now Ipswich’s fifth win without dropping a set and the men are sitting top of the Essex league.