On Friday, Athena's local league team played its third game ever game, this time against the Loughborough University women's team. The girls fought hard in the first set, winning it 25-19. They were focused and played a number of good rallies.
Loughborough changed their system a little bit and picked up the pace in the second set and Athena lost its captain when Annabell twisted her ankle and had to be replaced by Olga. The loss of Annabell clearly shook the team and the loss of focus resulted in Athena losing the second set 18-25.
Into the final set we went and, despite Julia's excellent serving and Erin's attacks, Athena were unable to stop Loughborough from winning the third set 18-25.
All in all the girls came off court happy with their performance and excited to play again on Monday. The girls keep improving and we can't wait to watch them play again. Well done to Joy, Rhets, Erin, Julia, Olga, Liza, Hannah, Amanda and Annabell.
Injury update - Sunday 22nd Jan
Annabell has suffered a sprain to her ankle and is up and about on crutches.