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.
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.