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
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 😎
Ipswich VC had 3 club members travel to Chelmsford with the hope to gain their level 4 refereeing qualification on Saturday 25th November 2017.
The course was tutored by Sebastian Widlarz who is the number 2 referee in English volleyball and has refereed at international level and now even introduced new rules and protocols to the sport.
Lukas Kundrotas, Everita Sokolova and Kev Abbott attended from Ipswich, along with 13 people from Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex. Other Suffolk clubs had players attending also included fellow Ipswich Club Ipswich Ravens and Newmarket.
All 3 Ipswich players passed their referee exam and now hold their level 4 qualification, they join only a handful of volleyball players in Suffolk to currently hold that qualification.
If you have an interest in gaining a refereeing or coaching qualification please email our club secretary who can advise you of the best way of achieving it.
Ipswich VC hosted another successful MaVIS volleyball tournament with over 90 Suffolk volleyball players attending Northgate Sports Centre on Sunday 29th October.
The morning saw Div1 teams play each other and so far in Lakenheath haven’t dropped a set throughout the whole tournament. Ipswich 1 put up the best fight against them leading through most of the game. The final score of that game 21 – 17 made sure Lakenheaths unbeaten run continued.
Diss also put in a good performance going the morning unbeaten, but picking up second place to Lakenheath on points difference.
Div1 Standings for 29/10/17
- Ipswich 1
- Stowmarket 2
- Ipswich 2
- Ipswich Ravens
For the overall season standings for Div1 please follow the link
League leaders Lakenheath attacking against Ipswich Ravens. Ashton with the block
The afternoon saw teams compete in Div2. Diss’ Dissasters and Stowmarket Stingers winning all of their pool matches to compete in the final against each other. Ipswich Ravens 2 and Suffolk Uni finished second in their pools to compete for 3rd and 4th place.
The playoff matches saw some great volleyball from Suffolk Uni who took the game easily 25 – 12 to finish in 3rd place. The final saw the closest game of the afternoon with Dissasters missing out on the win against Stingers 21 – 25
Div2 Standings for 29/10/17
- Suffolk Uni
- Ipswich Ravens 2
- Fill Suffolk Smashers
- Bury Bobcats Jr
- Stow Aces
For the overall season standings for Div2 follow the link
Scott from Div2 winners Stow Stingers spiking against Dissasters.