Browne’s Ipswich shine in their first NVL fixture

Ipswich Ladies Vs Portsmouth

Ipswich ladies played their first national league games of the season with new head coach Simon Browne. With home advantage the ladies went into their first set against Portsmouth with positive energy. The girls passed well especially from Anita Cooper, playing her debut match for Ipswich. Unfortunately accurate passing was not enough to win the first set but the ladies fought hard with their attack in the next set. Another new Ipswich signing- Ania Burejza proved her offence prowess at the net. The next sets were extremely competitive, and Ipswich went into the fifth set with confidence, only to go down by 8 points early on giving the victory to Portsmouth. Ipswich will have finished the match knowing they have lost a game that could have been a comfortable win. Iza Karwacka was awarded MVP for her powerful serving and setting.

Final scores: 3-2






MVP Iza Karwacka

Iza Karwacka in action

Ipswich Ladies Vs Sussex

The second game against Sussex Dolphins saw Ipswich hit the form they were searching for in the first match, they stormed ahead with pressure from serves and clever plays. Ipswich comfortably took the first set. The second set saw a dip in Ipswich’s usually perfect passing, which cost them the set. However the girls fought hard in the third and with some strong serves from Emma Goosey and Kasia Plesnar the ladies dominated, only allowing Sussex 9 points. The fourth set saw Ipswich really push their attack with Marta Holton setting up fantastic options for hitters to smash. Ipswich really showed what they are capable of in this display and will be hoping to hit this form in the coming matches. Zoe Verow gained MVP this game for strong attacks and accurate passing.

Final scores: 3-1





MVP Zoe Verow

Zoe Verow attacking

The ladies have their next National League fixture away against Ashcombe Dorking 2 on 25/11/18

Ipswich Ladies vs Essex Trinity

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

Karwacka & Goosey star in end of season fixture

Ipswich Ladies hosted their last NVL matches of 2017/18 season at their home venue Northgate. They would face Maidstone and Portsmouth. Maidstone currently bottom of the league and Portsmouth just above them in 8th position.

Ipswich Ladies got off to a strong start against Maidstone with some confident attacking through Kasia Plesnar playing in the opposite position. A real combination of strong spikes and tips kept the points rolling in and the ladies took the first set 25 – 17.

Iza Karwacka made sure the ball stayed off the floor with some heroic diving after some passes became off target, she also linked really well with middle hitter Emma Goosey, who kept running quick attacks with perfect timing. The ladies really started to click as a team and the outside hitters Julia Vidot and Everita Sokolova managed some great kills. The performance in the second set meant they won it with a comfortable score of 25 – 13.

After such a comfortable second set, coach Kev Abbott shuffled a few play positions around which saw Otylia Miazga and Cat Wright playing through the middle, Michelle Abbott took the opposite position and Emma Goosey was moved to the outside position with Kasia Plesnar. The ladies got off to a shaky start as Maidstone took an early lead, but with some great blocking from Otylia and smart play from Iza they kept right in the game. Emma made the most of her time as an outside hitter leaving the Maidstone block with stinging hands as she forced the ball through the block several times. Set 3 went to Ipswich Ladies 25 – 19. Iza Karwacka gaining Most Valuable Player for the match after her heroic diving and smart tips helped the ladies secure the win.


Maidstone & Ipswich Ladies

The second match of the day between Maidstone and Portsmouth got underway, however Maidstone looked to lack some confidence and the middle attacking from Portsmouth made sure the points kept rolling in, the match ending 3  – 0 to Portsmouth.

Ipswich Ladies & Portsmouth

Ipswich Ladies would have to face Portsmouth in the last match of the day and season, Portsmouth were looking confident after their 3 – 0 win over Maidstone and got off to a good start taking the first 3 points. Ipswich responded well and with some nice attacking work from Michelle Abbott through the middle position found their way level again. The first set stayed a close fought contest, but with Cat Wright playing as libero and keeping the passing on on target, Ipswich took the first set 25 – 22.

Ipswich were now hitting through every channel and working Portsmouth hard, their confidence was flowing and the noise level growing. The second set saw some amazing volleyball with very few mistakes and Ipswich made short work of Portsmouth 25 – 10.

The third set saw Ipswich begin to tire and mistakes began to creep into the game, Portsmouth responded well with some effective middle attacking. Ipswich Ladies looked set to take the set and match leading by a point at the last technical timeout. Portsmouth worked their defence hard and took the lead. Ipswich missing out on the set by 2 points, 23 – 25.

Eager not to loose control of the game and slip into a 5th and final deciding set, a tired Ipswich ladies team took to the court and gave it everything they have! Portsmouth kept within a few points through most of the set, but Emma Goosey firing through the middle gave Ipswich the extra edge they needed and they took the final set 25 – 19. Emma Goosey gaining MVP for the game.

L- R : Kev Abbott, Cat Wright, Iza Karwacka, Julia Vidot, Otylia Miazga, Everita Sokolova, Michelle Abbott, Emma Goosey, Kasia Plesnar

Ipswich Ladies showed some real team togetherness and a fantastic attacking display to be proud of, the two wins mean they are set to finish the season in 3rd or 4th position depending on the Dulwich Tuskers final matches who currently have a game in hand on the Suffolk side. 

Ladies Flounder to Dolphins and Blaze Past Essex

Early Sunday morning saw Ipswich Ladies travel to Ashcombe Volleyball Centre to take on hosts Sussex Dolphin 2 and Team Essex 2. The ladies team come of the back to two defeats in NVL volleyball to Richmond and Southampton.

Sussex Dolphins 2 took no time in getting off to a positive start to the first set, jumping ahead with 3 points with their first server Ilona Kalasova (13). Ipswich responded well with some great attacking through the middle from Otylia Miazga (10) and brought the game back level to 14 each. The scores kept level throughout until the Dolphins Elise Dupuy (10) and Vanya Popova (20) put in a good serve run of 7 points leaving Ipswich’s defence static and unable to muster a response. Set 1 going to the Dolphins 25 – 19.

Ipswich needed to response well in the second set, but never managed to gain control of the game. Some great attacking volleyball being played by Ipswich but each positive attack was cancelled out with defensive mistakes and communication errors. Ipswich’s Julia Vidot shining with some impressive attacking displays. The Dolphins were 23 – 18 up, but Ipswich pulled their way back into the game with a great service run from Iza Karwacka (13) bringing the scores to 24 – 21. Ipswich failed to muster their defence and the Dolphins won set 2 from a shanked serve receive error, the set ending 25 – 21.

Set 3 and Ipswich Ladies were looking frustrated. Once again the defence letting the Dolphins lead the set. The scores stayed level 10 – 9 to the Dolphins. The next run of play saw Ipswich come alive and really show what they were capable of. A real team effort and attacking master class from Kasia Plesnar (15) and Emma Goosey (19) saw Ipswich take the 3rd set 25 – 16, this really showed how well the Ipswich team can play finishing with such a comfortable lead.

The fourth set and once again The Dolphins refused to let Ipswich dominate. The Dolphins made sure they limited their own mistakes and forced Ipswich to keep making theirs. Ipswich again showing some real class with their attacking and they lead in the later part of the set 24 – 21, Cat Wright with a 5 point serve run to help push Ipswich in front. Unfortunately Ipswich lacked once again in defence and let the lead slip with a 5 point serve run from The Dolphins 20.Vanya Popova. The fourth set going to 26 – 24 with The Dolphins winning the match 3 sets to 1.

Ipswich Ladies will want to forget this performance quickly as they will feel it could have gone their way, and the 3rd set showed how easy they could make it. Julia Vidot earning Ipswich’s MVP for her consistent attacking through the outside position.

Julia Vidot (11) defending a Sussex Dolphin serve

Ipswich faced a tough challenge to pick themselves up after the first loss, but pure grit and determination saw Ipswich defend well and attack even better against Team Essex 2. A very positive start gave Ipswich an early lead 16 – 13, Iza Karwacka (13) giving Ipswich a boost with her strong serving. The ladies continued to defend well and picked up some well driven hits from the Essex team. Ultimately Ipswich frustrating Team Essex 2 with a fantastic display of defence and attack. The first set going to Ipswich 25 – 22. Cat Wright and Emma Goosey making a big impact through the middle position.

Set 2 saw more of the same high energy play from Ipswich, with Team Essex 2 getting even more frustrated and resulted in Ilka Bringhenti Segnini (6) picking up a yellow card warning. Some great serving from Cat Wright (16), Emma Goosey (19) and then Kasia Plesnar (15) pushing Ipswich into a comfortable lead and set win 25 – 18.

Ipswich were on a high after such a positive display of skillful volleyball and were working well as a team. Iza Karwacka (13) setting the plays up well and keeping the opposition on their toes. With Ipswich firing on all cylinders the third set went their way 25 – 20. This 3 – 0 performance stands out as one of the best displays of volleyball Ipswich Ladies have had this season with every player giving an outstanding performance. Iza Karwacka (13) earning another MVP as setter.

10 Otylia Miazga, 8 Michelle Abbott, 13 Iza Karwacka, 16 Cat Wright, 11 Julia Vidot, 1 Jen Ubasa, 15 Kasia Plesnar, 19 Emma Goosey

The last game of the day saw Sussex Dolphins 2 take on Team Essex 2, Team Essex 2 responding well after their defeat and won 3 – 1.

Ipswich Ladies now sit in 5th position in the NVL division 3 south-east level on points with Sussex Dolphins 2 in 6th and Ashcombe Dorking 2 in 4th.

More photos can be found on the Ipswich VC website.

Ipswich Ladies Regional Results 

Ipswich Ladies attended the Eastern Region Volleyball Series for the second time in the season. The first tournament of the season saw two teams of Ladies make their way to the UEA Sports Centre in Norwich and represent Ipswich. One team finished the day in the top spot and the other in the bottom. 

Ipswich Ladies has to take on Norwich Spikers, Stowmarket Aces, Cambridge Panthers. 

The ladies started off with a close game against Norwich Spikers, unfortunatly loosing out by a single point 37 – 36. To progress to the higher league from pool stages Ipswich would need results against Stow and Cambridge. The ladies did just that and beat Stow Aces 37 – 34 and then Cambridge Panthers 42 – 32. 

The ladies faced a playoff against Norwich’s ‘is it in’ for a chance to play off for 1st or 2nd position. A close game saw ‘is it in’ victorious 39 – 34 who progressed to play in the final. Ipswich would get a playoff for 3rd or 4th position against Norwich Spikers who had already beaten Ipswich by a single point. 

Ipswich Ladies put up a fight against Norwich Spikers, but this time showing what they are capable of, the ladies had a convincing win 44 – 36. 

MVPs were awarded for each match, Iza picking up 2, Julia, Kasia and Pavla picking up 1 each. 

Ipswich Ladies Team : Julia Vidot, Otylia Miazga, Iza Karwacka, Pavla Watson, (coach) Chris Watson, Michelle Abbott, Kasia Plesnar