National League Division 3C
Sunday 21st October 2018
Ashfield Vipers 0 Leicester Athena 3
Athena started strongly during their 2nd match of the day, this time against Ashfield Vipers. With a starting lineup of: Sarah setting, Monika opposite, Karolina and Kamila middle, and Petra and Kristy outside the only change to our usual order of play was Diana, who starred as our libero for the first time with our team as Algi couldn’t stay for the 2nd game. However, this made no difference to the way Athena usually play as they made their name known to Vipers, and with great serving and great attacking, they beat Vipers 25-6 in the first set.
Vipers started to get their heads in the game more in the second set, and with a substitution of Tereza for Kamila, and Adela for Petra, there was a slight delay in Athena getting settled in the second set. It took the team a while to really get going, losing a few points in the beginning of the set from silly mistakes which were very unlike us. However, with some brilliant defence work from Diana, it made the way for Sarah to set to all attacking players and it was just too much for Vipers to keep up with, so we soared away to a 25-20 win.
In the last set, despite some players now being tired from having played 2 matches in a row, Athena kept up their focus and with a further change of Petra back on for Kristy - the team came back from a few points deficit to a trail blazing win of 25-16. When they won, there was a huge amount of cheering because once again, Athena had won in their first National League games!
This was our first triangular ever as a club, but also our first games in National League, and Athena absolutely flew away with their performance, impressing not only their supporters, opposition, coach, but more importantly, themselves!
We play Nottingham Rockets and Ashfield Vipers in another triangular again on the 4th November in Nottingham. Lets hope we can recreate the same success as Sunday!
Match Report by Sarah Booth