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

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”