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Blues vs Cambridge Volleyball Club, 24/10/00

The first match of the season was a friendly against the Ladies NVL Div 3 team of the Cambridge Volleyball club. The match was not finished, due to time constraints, but the aim was to play as many sets as possible during the allocated time. For the Blues, the principal aim of the game was to play various combinations of players rather than to put out the strongest side and win.

CUVC won the first set, with a very strong side against a rather confused CVC. Veronika's short serves were very efficient, and the fast short attackes set by Steff to Sophia worked wonders. Final score 25-18. The 3 following sets were won by CVC, whose team finally sorted itself out and had the help from two NVL Div 2 women playing very hard and fast middle attacks. The second and third sets were played by a weaker CUVC side, and proved that players truly do need to understand their rotation and positioning for efficient play, as well as build on their confidence in attack. However, Pia and Emily are starting to get the hang of their middle position and did some very good attacking and blocking actions. There were some very nice outside cross courts attacks by Friederike, Amina and Jo, which were unfortunately picked up by the relentless CVC side. Maybe next time we'll try to focus more on line attacks!

Anna had her first attempt at the difficult position of Libero, and did a good job of it despite having to deal with both her confusion and that of the other players on court! Janice and Amalia are learning the hard way the very tough job of setter and the new system. The last set was played only partly, with the starting 6 of the Nottingham game (following game). A little dissapointing (although I can't remember the score), but again the team was put under a lot of pressure by the very fast attacking power of the CVC middles. Better defense will be needed if we want to use our great attacking power.

The bottom line? Better defense at the back, more blocking, and a lot more confidence will be needed in the future, but for a first true game this was very encouraging! Let's keep up the good work.

Report by Pascale Garaud

For the Blues, the principal aim of the game was to play various combinations of players rather than to put out the strongest side and win.

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