Ipswich Ladies to face Team Essex in opening match

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.

2017/18 awards and news

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.

The futures bright, the future is Browne…

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.

Ipswich Ladies Team with coach Simon Browne

Cat Wright, Michelle Abbott, Everita Sokolova, Simon Browne, Otylia Miazga, Jen Ubasa, Iza Karwacka, Kasia Plesnar

Southampton Vs Ipswich Ladies

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 Ladies Vs Southend

Flawless Victory

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. Ugis with a huge block through the middle

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.

Lukas serving

This is now Ipswich’s fifth win without dropping a set and the men are sitting top of the Essex league.

Ipswich men are smiles after another 3 - 0 win

50/50 Start To The Year

Ipswich volleyball club ladies team had their first double header of the year on Sunday (21st). Starting off against Richmond, Ipswich struggled to get going and Richmond took advantage, unleashing some strong serving. The game continued like this with Ipswich struggling to wake up and defend the service. Despite this low mood the setter Iza Karwacka was in high spirits and pushed the team to improve their game. In the end Ipswich lost 3-0 and Iza Karwacka was titled Most Valuable Player (MVP).

Following a break the team came back on court to face Ashcombe, the second team of the day. Ipswich started strong and gave Ashcombe a good competition but lost the first set by just a few points. After this start Ipswich ladies came back stronger and thrashed Ashcombe, winning the 2nd set. Coming back on with a new found confidence and energy the team pushed on and a few different players came on court, varying the team. Despite trying hard, Ipswich lost the third set.

Having thrashed Ashcombe in the second set, and narrowly missing out on the third set, Ipswich came back with vengeance, the team played well together and some great hits were produced by outside hitters Everita Sokolova, and Julia Vidot. This set left Ipswich 2-2, tied with Ashcombe. The final set, played to just 15 points began shakily, with strong serves being sent Ipswich’s way. But quickly the team adapted and pulled back to 5-5. From this point on the team played confidently, leading to a win 15-10. Ipswich won the match with captain Julia Vidot being named Most Valuable Player.

Meanwhile Ipswich men remain undefeated in the Essex League with a 3-0 win against Tendering with Lukas Kundrotas being named as Most Valuable Player.

A year in volleyball

As we see our 2017 come to a close we all like to look back over the year and reflect. Ipswich Volleyball Club has had a very busy year of volleyball and seen some pretty big changes happen during the year..

At the start of 2017 the men’s and ladies NVL teams were half way through their season. The men’s team had only lost 1 game and were top of their league, the ladies team had only won 2 games and were in 7th place.

2017 turned out to be a tough start to the year for the men, who only won 1 match in the remainder of the season. The ladies team kept building and improving and managed to finished in 4th place with some impressive results against tough opposition.

The club faced some tough decisions over the summer, our home venue Maidenhall Sports Centre was closing down and the men’s team squad numbers dwindling.

The decision to move the club to Northgate wasn’t an easy one, but after looking into a few different venues around Ipswich, Northgate Sports Centre seemed the best option. The club invested in new equipment for the move to Northgate, the decision was made to enter both teams into the Essex Volleyball League and only continue with the Ladies NVL team.

Since the start of the 2017/18 the club has settled into Northgate Sports Centre very well, the beginners & social volleyball session is well attended and both the Ipswich men’s and ladies teams are unbeaten in the Essex volleyball league!

The ladies national volleyball team currently sit in 8th position in the table, but are only 4 points off 3rd position with 2 games in hand! 2018 should be an exciting year for the ladies NVL team!! If you haven’t seen the ladies play yet make sure you keep 25th March 2018 free for their next home match.

Ipswich’s MaVIS tournament has been well attended by all teams from around Suffolk and has given the chance for all our club players to mix together to enjoy volleyball, long may this continue!

I would like to thank the hardworking committee members for such a good year, it has been hard work, but with such a good group working together it hasn’t felt like work achieving what we have.

The committee would like to wish you all a happy new year! Our resolution for 2018 is to keep bringing you great volleyball sessions and building the club.

Ipswich volleyball club Xmas meal

Let’s see you all back on the court and enjoy 2018 as part of an amazing club.

Christmas fun at MaVIS

The last MaVIS tournament of 2017 saw 6 division 1 teams enter, split into two pools.

Ipswich 2 winning pool A and Lakenheath winning pool B progressed to playoff for positions 1 to 3. Ipswich Ravens with a higher points difference than Stow 2 got the 3rd playoff spot.

Lakenheath managed to win 25 – 21 against Ipswich 2. Ipswich 2 managed an easy win 25 – 11 over Ravens and then Ravens beat Lakenheath 25 – 23. With each team with 1 win, Ipswich 2 took top spot in the tournament on points difference, Lakenheath runners up and Ravens in third place.

The playoffs for positions 4 to 6 saw Diss bearing Ipswich 1 25 – 16, then Stow 2 beating Ipswich 1 25 – 21, and then Stow 2 beating Diss 25 – 19. Putting Stow 2 in 4th place, followed by Diss then Ipswich 1.

Division 2 was scheduled to begin at midday, but heavy snow delayed the start of the matches which also made time for some photos in the snow.

Hannah Davis between matches in the snow

4 teams couldn’t make the journey and some teams had some borrowed players from division 1, but Dissasters, Suffolk Uni, Stingers and Ravens 2 all made the snowy trip to the sports centre.

Stingers, Diss and Suffolk Uni all finished level on 2 wins each, Stingers taking top spot in division 2 scoring 1 more point difference than Diss, Suffolk Uni finishing third with Ravens in fourth.

Although the day saw a lot of snow and some teams forced to cancel, a lot of fun was had by everyone who attended. A big thank you to Chris Watson who added hot dogs to the buffet to keep all the MaVIS players warm!!

The MaVIS organisers and Ipswich volleyball club would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

MaVIS players in the snow at Northgate Sports Centre

Hot food and drink at the winter MaVIS tournament

Ipswich growing the volleyball community with new Referees

Ipswich VC had 3 club members travel to Chelmsford with the hope to gain their level 4 refereeing qualification on Saturday 25th November 2017.

The course was tutored by Sebastian Widlarz who is the number 2 referee in English volleyball and has refereed at international level and now even introduced new rules and protocols to the sport.

Lukas Kundrotas, Everita Sokolova and Kev Abbott attended from Ipswich, along with 13 people from Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex. Other Suffolk clubs had players attending also included fellow Ipswich Club Ipswich Ravens and Newmarket.

All 3 Ipswich players passed their referee exam and now hold their level 4 qualification, they join only a handful of volleyball players in Suffolk to currently hold that qualification.

Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and London players at the level 4 referee course in Chelmsford.

If you have an interest in gaining a refereeing or coaching qualification please email our club secretary who can advise you of the best way of achieving it.

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