East Midlands Regional League
Wednesday 28th March
Leicester Athena 3 Hermitage 0
With a number of players unavailable, Athena fielded a different system, played people out of position and a played a number of newer additions to the squad. Even with so much disruption, the skill and hard work of the team still cemented a satisfying 3-0 win against Hermitage.
Athena switched to a 2-setter system with Faye and Alex setting. Sarah moved to outside with Adela and Monika played middle with Sam. Erin played as libero. It was the first time that Monika had ever played as a middle hitter, but she did a fabulous job.
Athena eased themselves into the first set and the score was very even until strong serving by Alex, Faye and Monika pulled out a big lead. But it wasn't just the serving, some of the attacks by Adela, Monika and Sam were spectacular. Athena deservedly won the set 25-14.
The second set was a lot closer as Hermitage fought back. Athena's first pass become ragged meaning that the setters had to work harder to create chances. Athena struggled to build much more than a 3 point lead all through the set and it was only at the end of the set that Athena drew away to win 25-21.
Coach Paul made changes and brought Rebecca on for Monika who moved to her preferred position as outside hitter leaving Sarah on the bench. They started strongly and built a good lead and Julia came on for Adela to develop her experience. Athena closed the match out with a 25-20 set win.
Well done to Sarah for collecting her first MVP nomination of the season. Everyone played their part and it was a very good performance considering the number of new players and the new system.