Leicestershire Local League
Monday 19th February
Wyggeston and QE1 0 Leicester Athena 3
Athena's local league team eased to a well-deserved win against Wyggeston and QE1 on Monday night.
With only 6 players available, it became an excellent opportunity to bed in skills, develop team work and gain confidence. Ioana and Hannah were setters (despite Hannah having a damaged thumb), Charlie played through the middle with captain Liza and Julia and Kasia provided a youthful outside hitting pair.
Against an inexperienced Wyggy team, the key was to ensure the serves were in and accurate. The first set was close for the first 10-15 points until Athena relaxed into the game a little more and Julia's serving helped pull out a healthy lead that they never relinquished.
Some words of encouragement from coach Paul led to a much cleaner performance in the second set with a far better first pass, especially from Hannah and Charlie. Although Wyggy rallied in the middle of the set, Athena again closed the set out comfortably.
The third set turned out to be a much easier affair with Wyggy losing a bit of spirit and Athena's confidence soaring. Overall, it was an excellent performance from the team. Ioana is starting to rediscover her touch as setter after a long lay-off, Kasia's work in back court was very good and everyone contributed to the 25-14, 25-16, 25-9 victory.