Leicestershire Local League
Thursday 15th March
Hermitage 2 Leicester Athena 1
After a very lethargic start, Athena's local league team fought back well to push Hermitage all the way.
Athena started with Emma and Ioana setting, Liza and Kamila through the middle and Teo and Julia as outside hitters. But the first set was disappointing as the team took time to gel. Hermitage played solid volleyball and won the set 25-14.
With Algi making her debut for Teo and Charlie replacing Liza, Athena started the second set in a much better shape. There was a lot more movement and a higher work-rate and it meant that they edged a tight set 25-22.
Liza came back on for Charlie and Athena looked a lot more settled now. They worked well to pull out a strong lead, Julia's calmness and vision creating lots of points, and they were leading 22-18 until a case of nerves struck the team and they let the set (and the match) slip 25-22.
It was a real shame because, after such a sluggish start, the team had done really well to get into a winning position. But team is still inexperienced and, having not won many games, it is understandable that they don't yet have the resilience to close games out.