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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

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.