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

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Ipswich Ladies vs Maidstone

Ipswich travelled to Dartford to take on Maidstone.

Ipswich had a shaky start to the first set which saw them chasing Maidstone for points. Emma Goosey won Ipswich some vital points with blocks and attacks. Ipswich fought back with strong defence from Jenny Ubasa and good serves from Otylia Miazga meaning Ipswich won the first set.

The second set started stronger for Ipswich with some clever attacks from Iza Karwacka and Ania Burejza. Gosia Loose set up some great attacks for Zoe Verow and the Ipswich side won the set convincingly.

Kasia Plesnar started the third set with some strong serves and the ladies worked hard as a team to win the third set and take the game. Ania Burejza was awarded MVP for the match.

The Ipswich side have a home game Sunday 3rd March and are hoping for another good crowd for their game against Portsmouth, all welcome for first serve at 12:30, Northgate Sports Centre.

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Ipswich Make Short Work Against Top of The Table Team

Ipswich Ladies vs Sussex Dolphins 2

With a large home crowd and a full roster of players, the atmosphere for Ipswich Ladies home fixtures was amazing.

The first set saw Ipswich create a great lead against the Sussex side with strong attacks from Anita Cooper, hitting the ball near the 3m line and unstoppable serves from Iza Karwacka. Ipswich kept up their fire power through Ania Burejza and dominated the first set. In the second set, the setting from Kasia Plesnar and great defensive work from libero player Jenny Ubasa sealed the fate of the away side. Something went amiss during the third set and the ladies struggled with errors on their side of the net which resulted in them losing this set. Determined to make a strong comeback, Ipswich held nothing back, with great serving from Marta Holton and Emma Goosey. The team really showed their grit during long rallies which paid off in a deserved win for the home side. Iza Karwacka was awarded MVP for this game.

Zoe Verow finding gaps in the block to hit home for Ipswich

Ipswich ladies vs South Hants

Ipswich knew South Hants would be tough competition as they currently are sitting top of the pile in NVL Div3SE. From the outset the ladies passing and setting skills were put to the test, thankfully with consistent players such as Natalia Regucka putting in perfect passes, the ladies were able to win the first set and their fitness carried them through to the next. Zoe Verow put away some indefensible attacks through the outside and with Everita Sokolova’s passing and serves the second set was a triumph for Ipswich. Otylia Miazga showed her blocking prowess at the net and the ladies came out on top in the last set, largely due to fighting spirit and a strong sense of togetherness on court. Anita Cooper was awarded MVP this game.

Ipswich ladies would like to send a massive thank you to all who came to support, the noise and atmosphere certainly gave the home side the edge. As always, The ladies thank David Lloyd Ipswich for their sponsorship which has improved the fitness of the girls, making this a fantastically successful season so far.

The ladies next play Richmond and Maidstone away on 24.02.19

Ipswich ladies after their two wins

Ipswich move up to 4th as they brush aside top of the table South Hants

Fit Fridays

Ipswich ladies have been lucky enough to spend their Fridays nights at their new sponsors @davidlloyd.

The NVL ladies team have a busy month coming up with fixtures almost every weekend. The team are currently mid-table in national league 3SE, but the ladies have several games in hand on all the teams around them. Fitness will be key if the ladies are to push for a place at the top end of the table, the team is very grateful for the body combat fitness session David Lloyd have put on for them, it is the perfect session to prepare the ladies for the tough matches to come.

Fit Fridays with @ipswichvball ladies and @davidlloyd! The girls loved their body combat session in preparation for this weekends fixture 💪🏻 looking pro in their @sportswaymanagement kit 😎

Fit Fridays with @ipswichvball ladies and @davidlloyd! The girls loved their body combat session in preparation for this weekends fixture 💪🏻 looking pro in their @sportswaymanagement kit 😎

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.

  • 25 – 22
  • 20 – 25
  • 15 -25
  • 16 – 25

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

22-25

25-21

22-25

25-18

7-15

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

25-13

20-25

25-9

25-13

MVP Zoe Verow

Zoe Verow attacking

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

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.

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