A group of Athena players are getting ready to tackle the mud and obstacles of the Midlands Toughmudder on May 12th.
It is all part of the club's attempt to raise money for the Family Fund charity and to raise money for the club's own future development. The Family Fund charity is a charity that is particularly close to the hearts of one of our players for the support they provide and we are really looking forward to raising money for them.
Our aim is to raise over £500 and I hope you will all be generous enough to help. It will certainly give the players a lot of encouragement knowing you have supported them.
Click here to access our Go Fund Me page.
East Midlands Regional League
Wednesday 18th April
Leicester Athena 2 Derby Darkstar 3
Athena and Darkstar served up an enthralling encounter at the Morningside Leicester Arena as they battled it out in this top of the table clash.
Watched on by 20 friends and family, Athena started sluggishly. After the first rotation of serves, Darkstar were 18-8 ahead as Athena failed to pass well enough to enable Sarah to create chances for Kristy, Adela, Alysia, Sam and Rebecca. Athena did rally late on thanks to solid serving by Kristy and Sam, but it wasn't enough and Darkstar won 25-20.
Coach Paul rang the changes to try and bolster the first pass. Kristy switched to middle in place of Rebecca, Petra came on for Alysia as opposite and Monika came on as outside hitter. With so many changes, it was to be expected that it take Athena take a little time to settle and Darkstar powered into a strong 9-3 lead. Athena could not rally and lost 25-16.
Two sets to nil down, it was time for some tough talking. With Petra replacing Monika outside and Alysia restored, Athena suddenly looked settled and dangerous. The first pass improved, giving Sarah much better options. Adela started to hit hard, Kristy and Sam began to make headway through the middle and Alysia's leftie hits started to find the corner. Both teams showed their determination with some outstanding rallies and chasing of "lost causes". It was a tight set, but Athena managed to eke out a small lead and hold it throughout the set to win 25-21.
With their tails up, Athena roared into a strong lead in the fourth set. Darkstar's dangerous hitters were missing their mark and hitting into the net under pressure from Sam, Kristy, Sarah and Alysia's memorable blocks. Halfway through, they were cruising at 16-11 and a small comeback by Darkstar was not enough to stop Athena levelling the match at two sets each by winning 25-19.
The deciding set was a tight affair. Both teams traded serves but Darkstar were marginally ahead at the turnaround. Great passing by Petra helped Athena draw level at 13 each but Darkstar's Shayne Hill served out to win the match.
It was a great match with both teams showing lots of determination and effort. Athena made a wonderful recovery from 2-0 down to take it to the deciding set but Athena just ran out of energy at the last.
Well done to Sarah, Alysia, Adela, Rebecca, Sam, MVP Kristy, Petra, Monika and unused sub Alex (so sorry we couldn't get you on court). We move on to the next match!
Leicestershire Local League
Wednesday 11th April
Leicester Athena 1 Hermitage 2
Athena's local league team showed signs of improvement in their home match against Hermitage despite a lot of changes in personnel throughout the match.
Athena had Charlie, Erin, Emma, Hannah, Ioanna, Teo, Algi, Nikki and Julia to call on and in the first set, coach Paul made sure they all had court time. The disruption did lead to Athena starting slowly and losing the first set 25-14.
Coach Paul put out a more settled 6 for the second set and Julia, Erin, Emma, Teo, Algi and Ioana showed a lot of great skills to win 25-17.
Teo moved from middle to outside hitter and Hannah took over setter duties for the final set. It took the new 6 players a while to click into place but, one they did, they pushed Hermitage to the end and lost out 22-25 in a very entertaining final set.
Despite the loss, the team played well and they are getting used to the new system and getting used to play with each other.