National League Division 3C
Sunday 21st October 2018
Nottingham Rockets 0 Leicester Athena 3
Athena's first National League Division 3 game on Sunday for Athena was a great success.
Against Nottingham Rockets, Athena started strong and kept their game on the same pace. The teamwork and good communication on court stayed with Athena players until the end and resulted in a 3:0 win.
Coach Gordon’s line up decision for our Bunnies was Paulina setting, Alysia opposite, Karolina and Tereza through middle, Kristy and Petra as outside hitters with an amazing support of Algi as libero. Athena’s serve and receive was good and that created a great opportunity for Paulina to set to all attacking players. A strong play and good movement helped Athena to win the first set 25:15.
In the second set Tereza, playing with a cold, was substituted for Kamila as a middle player. Support and cheering from Sarah, Diana, Monika, Tereza and Adela kept the six on the court motivated and focused. After losing 3 points, it was Kristy’s turn to serve. Great consistent serving and strong attack helped Athena to keep the serve on their side and they won the set 25:3.
The final set was a bit more intense as Athena lost their focus and made unnecessary mistakes. A strong attack through the middle from Karolina and great pick-ups from Algi as libero made sure that the bunnies did not give up and bounced back stronger then ever and turned the set around which meant they won 25:18. When the ball landed on the ground last time in the game and score changed to 25, the happiness and joy of Athena’s players and coach Gordon was amazing, after all…they had just won their first NATIONAL LEAGUE season game!
Great work on the court and off the court from all players and congratulations to Kristy to be nominated as MVP.
One last thing ... we would like to point out one thing on this picture. Look at that COVER!
Match Report by Petra Szőllősyová