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”