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