Athena's local league team started the new season with a spirited performance against PVC.
Athena started with Hannah and Joy setting, Liza and Rebecca playing middle and Erin and Julia as outside hitters and they started really well, keeping pace with the much more experienced PVC side. The back court coverage and service receive were particularly good but errors in attack meant that PVC won the first set 25-15.
In the second set, Emma replaced Joy as setter and Athena continued their good work. Hannah's thumb injury meant that Joy was back on court midway through the set and the change knocked their confidence and they let the set run away 25-15 again.
In the final set, Kasia came on for Erin in her first match with us and Athena played really well to build a good lead. PVC came roaring back and coach Kaerger decided to blood Emily and Bethan for their first ever matches. PVC won a much closer final set.
Despite the 3-0 loss, the team work was excellent, the energy and enthusiasm was infectious and Athena did a lot of the simple things well. We played three 17 year olds, and Charlie, Emily and Bethan played their first ever competitive volleyball matches. As coach Kaerger said "The local league team is about player development and I was so pleased to see so many great performances".