East Midlands League
Wednesday 24th January
Leicester Athena 3 Ashfield Vipers 2 0
Athena's regional league team made short work of an inexperienced Ashfield Vipers 2 team at the Leicester Sports Arena on Wednesday night. Coach Paul decided to give three local league players a chance to play, with Liza, Erin and Julia stepping up. Liza played all three sets as middle and served and hit very well, Julia played as outside hitter in the second and third set and showed some really deft touches and, finally, Erin played as libero and her passing created a secure platform for the rest of the team.
Athena started with a strong line-up of Kristy, Petra, Sam, Liza, Alysia and Sarah (captain) and they eased into a big lead as Vipers 2 struggled with the strong serving.
Second set saw Adela take over setting duties from Sarah and Julia introduced for Kristy. Once more, the strong serving from players such as Alysia gave the team a big lead they did not relinquish.
Despite winning the set easily, the first pass to Adela was much too wayward and, in between the second and third set, Sarah showed her leadership qualities by demanding an improvement. Kristy replaced Petra. Athena played with more control of the first pass, allowing Adela more time to set.
Well done to Alysia on being voted MVP by Vipers 2 ... a reward for her great serving and clinical hitting.