East Midlands League
Sunday 4th February
Derby Darkstar 3 Leicester Athena 2
Sometimes, you play a great match, work really hard and just get pipped at the end, leaving you with a strange set of emotions, pride in the performance and disappointment in the result.
Athena took on Derby Darkstar on Sunday morning and took Darkstar all the way to five sets. The set scores showing how close it was with Athena losing out 21-25, 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 8-15.
Athena started with Kamila, Sam, Kristy, Adela and Sarah and started well, but seemed to lose their way in the middle of the set, giving Darkstar a lead. Although they worked hard to peg Darkstar back, they ran out of points as Darkstar won 25-21.
In the second set, Kristy switched to middle and Petra came on as outside hitter, Sam moved to the bench. A slow start gave Darkstar a 5 point lead before Athena started to claw their way back. A strong finish, with Petra and Adela beginning to hit well through the Darkstar block, saw Athena win the second set. The third set followed a similar path, a slow start by Athena and a strong showing in the second half of the set allowed Athena to go into a 2-1 lead. However, Darkstar powered back to win the fourth set and take the match to a decider.
At the turn-around, Athena were only 6-8 down but Darkstar served well to take the final set and the match.
Well done to Kristy who was voted MVP, but special mention to Petra who hit and served really well.