National League Division 3C
Sunday 4th November 2018
Ashfield Vipers 0 Leicester Athena 3
Athena put in a very strong performance against Ashfield Vipers in the reverse fixture of our first NVL triangular.
Athena started with an imposing line-up: Sarah setting, Tereza and Karolina through the middle, Diana and Kristy outside and Algi as libero. The match started tight until it came to Alysia's serve - her deep, looping serves caused Vipers problems and Athena managed to eke out a lead. Diana's hitting was assured, accurate and moved the Ashfield defence around whereas Kristy provided a number of spectacular kills. Athena won an edgy set 25-16.
Paulina replaced Sarah as setter for the second set and Athena upped the intensity. Paulina starred with her serving, as she helped the team to an 8-0 lead which Ashfield could not recover from. Athena were more vocal and sharper on the pass. This enabled Paulina to set up the hitters and Karolina and Kristy were in devastating form as they buried hit after hit.
For the third set, Monika came on for Alysia. The serving was on point as Kristy, Karolina and Paulina all caused Vipers problems with their serve. Diana and Algi were immense in back court as they picked up everything and delivered pass upon pass to Paulina's head. Athena rounded out the match with a clear win 25-16, 25-10, 25-14.
Vipers nominated Kristy as MVP but we all through that Algi was the real star. She was outstanding as libero.