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Ipswich ladies do it the hard way

Ipswich travelled to the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering for the chance to gain promotion to National League division 2. The winner of the first game would get automatic promotion.

Ipswich Vs Cardiff

The first set was picked up by a dominant Ipswich side keeping the Cardiff attack at bay with great serving from Kasia Plesnar. The next two sets saw Cardiff get back into the game despite great passing and defence from Libero Jenny Ubasa, Ipswich couldn’t capitalise on their attacks. The next 2 sets were vital for Ipswich and with some amazing rallies and considered, calm setting from Iza Karwacka the ladies edged forward in the 4th set. With all to play for in the fifth set it was a blow for the ladies to lose out by 7 points.

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The ladies had one more chance for promotion, against Leeds RGA panthers who had lost to Norwich Spikers earlier in the day in day in another play off match.

Ipswich Vs Leeds RGA panthers

Knowing that this was the last chance for promotion, the Ipswich ladies threw their all into the game, including Ania Burejza picking up the Leeds attacks easily in her last game for the Ipswich side. A few errors crept into the Ipswich game and they lost their spark and the first two sets, the team needed to stay strong together and started an incredible fight back. The ladies proved their determination with blocks at the net from Otylia Miazga and Natalia Regucka. Ipswich really flew ahead in the next two sets, keeping the Leeds side to less than 10 points with attacking strength and solid passing from Zoe Verow. The whole team played their hearts out knowing this was their last chance for promotion and left the course victorious!

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This is a huge achievement for the Ipswich team and all the squad and coach Simon Browne should be massively proud of this seasons success. Ipswich ladies have been grateful for the support of David Lloyd Ipswich providing gym training and maintaining the teams fitness throughout the season.

This weekend saw massive success for not only Ipswich but other fellow East Anglian teams Newmarket men’s team and Norfolk Ladies were also promoted to Division 2.

Ipswich Ladies book their place in the playoffs.

Ipswich travelled to Portsmouth for their final games of the National league season against league leaders London Lionhearts and playoff rivals South Hants.

Ipswich Ladies vs London Lionhearts

First game was against undefeated Lionhearts, the Lionhearts dominated from the start with very strong serves keeping Ipswich from making any attacks. Despite great blocks at the net from Anita Cooper Ipswich couldn’t hold back the London attack allowing them to claim the first set easily. Ipswich started the next set with much more fire power particularly through Natalia Regucka’s attacks and Iza Karwacka’s serves. The ladies made up far more points this set and went into the next determined to prove themselves. This set proved to be a far more even game, Ipswich even crept ahead during the set, but just missed out by 2 points. Zoe Verow named as Ipswich’s MVP.

An unfortunate 3 – 0 loss to Ipswich and leaving the last match against South Hants a must win to secure the playoff position in the league.

Ipswich Ladies vs South Hants

In stark contrast to the previous game, Ipswich started strong and looked a confident and formidable unit. Jen Ubasa showed her defensive prowess enabling Kasia Plesnar to set up multiple attacks. Consistent serving and minimal mistakes allowed Ipswich to take the first set. The next set Ipswich showed their attacking power with both Zoe Verow and Ania Burejza gaining points through their spikes. With the second set a success, the ladies knew they just had to take the next to secure the second spot in the division. Starting confidently with consistent play and few errors, Ipswich were the dominant side meaning victory was theirs!

Ipswich ladies took the match 3 – 0 with Zoe Verow picking up MVP for the second time in a day!

Ipswich ladies have finished the NVL season in 2nd spot in the league, making this their most successful season to date and now await the playoffs for promotion to National League division 2. The Suffolk side would like to thank their sponsors David Lloyd Ipswich for their continued support in providing gym training.

Ipswich ladies team with coach Simon Browne after securing second place in the league and a playoff spot

Dig, set, SMASH!

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.

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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.

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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

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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

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MVP Zoe Verow

Zoe Verow attacking

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

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”

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

Tough competition for Ipswich Ladies 

Ipswich Ladies traveled in numbers to Kingston-on-Thames Arena taking the full NVL squad of 10. Ipswich Ladies would be facing current early league leaders Southampton and Richmond, but not before they played each other. 

The match between Richmond and Southampton finished in a very close 4th set, Richmond taking the spoils winning 3 – 1, but credit to Southampton making Richmond fight for every point. 

Southampton Vs Ipswich and Ipswich went into the match very positive after seeing their opposition defeated in the previous game. Unfortunately for the Suffolk Ladies Southampton we’re hungry for points and made light work of the ladies in the first set, winning 25 – 16. Southampton’s Number 6. M.Bresser finding all the gaps in the block. 

Ipswich Ladies responded very well, with a change of tactics and tighter blocking Ipswich took the second set convincingly 25 – 14.
Unfortunately the experienced Southampton side kept pushing and took the next set 25 – 15. Although the 4th set was much closer and Ipswich Ladies led for the majority of the set, Southampton took game point at 25 – 20. 

Emma Goosey took her first MVP of the season for Ipswich playing as their outside hitter. 

19 Emma Goosey, 8 Michelle Abbott, 18 Everita Sokolova, 17 Cat Wright, 10 Otylia Mizaga, 12 Hannah Davies, 15 Kasia Plesnar, 13 Iza Karwacka, 20 Jenny Ubasa, 11 Julia Vidot

Ipswich then faced hosts Richmond who looked strong in their first match of the day.

Richmond took an early lead but Ipswich stayed in the game, with only 6 points separating them at the second technical timeout. Unfortunately for Ipswich, Richmond stepped up a gear and won the set 25 – 13. 

The second set saw Ipswich get off to a positive start with a small points lead, but a very strong Richmond side pushed ahead and took the second set 25 – 18, Ipswich were improving and growing as a team.

The third set saw both teams battle it out with neither team managing to get ahead, the scores level at 24 – 24, both teams looks good for the set. Unfortunately for Ipswich Richmond took the next two points to win 26 – 24. 

Ipswich’s Jenny Ubasa picked up MVP for her stunning performance as the teams Libero, picking up what looked like sure point winners for Richmond to keep the rallies long and tense. 

Ipswich Ladies showed great character against two very strong teams and at times looked the stronger side. Although they finished the day with two losses the ladies put in performances to be proud of and improved in every set. 

Ipswich Ladies Team pre match with Richmond

Ipswich Ladies Positive Start in NVL

Ipswich Ladies played their first matches of the season today against Ashcombe Dorking 2 and Maidstone, both teams made the journey to Ipswich’s new home venue Northgate Sports Centre. 

Ipswich started the proceedings against visitors Ashcombe Dorking 2, the visitors got off to a strong start and looked a much stronger team. Sets 1 and 2 were both comfortable wins for the visitors. 

The 3rd set saw a massive change in the Ipswich team with Iza Karwacka winning a massive 11 serves in a row to get the ladies 11 – 0 infront. The ladies continued to play very well and took the 3rd set 25 – 14. 

The 4th set saw a much closer start to the match, but Iza Karwacka again serving up a massive 7 point serve run, the set was won by Ipswich 25 – 12 this time. 

The 5th and final set finished 15 – 6 giving Ipswich Ladies the 3 – 2 win, with Ipswich’s setter Iza taking MVP

Left – right, back row: Coach Kev, Otylia, Everita, Iza, Kasia, Cat. Front row: Michelle, Hannah, Jen, Julia


The second match between Ashcombe Dorking 2 and and Maidstone finished 3 – 0 to Ashcombe who looked comfortable throughout. 

Ipswich Ladies played Maidstone in the 3rd match of the day. A positive start saw Ipswich take the 1st set 25 – 20. Maidstone played very well and showed what they were capable of to take the second set 25 – 18. 

Ipswich took both sets 3 and 4 with the same score line 25 – 22, giving them the match 3 sets to 2. Ipswich Julia Vidot picking up MVP from some very strong attacking in the outside position. 

The 2 wins put Ipswich Ladies joint top of W3SE with Southampton VC Women’s 2, though Southampton picked up 3 – 0 wins twice today to put them ahead on sets difference. 

Ipswich Ladies next NVL match is away on Sunday 22nd October against the early league leaders Southampton and Richmond VC.