Athena had 3 position changes, with Erica making her Regional League debut as a setter, Sarah playing as an outside hitter and Kristy playing through middle. Despite some confusion every now and then, this lethal combination, combined with the great ability from all other players meant Ashfield didn’t stand a chance.
Athena slowly warmed up into their match against Ashfield Vipers on Saturday, but despite losing the first 5 points of the 1st set, we managed to claw our way back to victory winning the first set 25-23.
Despite it arguably being the hardest team we have faced yet, we went onto win the 2nd and 3rd set as 25-19 and 25-18 respectively.
Many of our frustrations came from a low ceiling which we weren’t used to, but with some cracking hits from Kinga and a great back court block from Kristy, we kept our heads held high despite the low ceiling!
Thank you to all players: Kristy, Alysia, Kinga, Rhetta, Sam, Erica, and MVP Sarah for the great game. 4 wins all defeating them 3-0.
A week ago, Sarah and Paul were invited to talk to Ben Jackson on BBC Radio Leicester about Athena. It was a real thrill and a great experience. We hope to be invited back in a couple of months time to give an update on how we are progressing!
Click here to listen to our interview: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04pmzy8. It runs from minute 25 to minute 30.
Athena continued their stunning start to their inaugural East Midlands season when they beat Lincoln 3-0.
Athena started tentatively, making a series of uncharacteristic errors in defence. Lincoln, on the other hand, were extremely strong in the backcourt with Kristy's pounding attacks being retrieved valiantly. In the end, the pressure of Athena's attacks and hard serving proved too much and they won the first set 25-19.
Athena raised their game at the start of the second and you could sense Lincoln's heads dropping slightly and Athena raced way to a 25-15 set win. With Sam pulling off a long series of clean serves, and with Athena's attack becoming increasingly clinical (including a beautiful sliding attack through 2 from Valentina), Athena managed to pull away in the third set to win the match 25-14.
Alysia, Sarah, Rhets, Kinga, Kristy, Valentina and Sam all played really solid games and Kristy became the third different MVP in three matches. Well done, Kristy.
That makes three matches and three wins by 3-0. What a great start to our first season in the regional league.