Richmond win epic to claim U18 women's title
15th April 2018
Although a repeat match up of the U16 Girl’s final, the scores were reversed as Richmond took an emphatic 3-2 win to avenge their earlier loss against a gutsy Tameside team.
With nine girls appearing in both finals it was another close affair, but it was Richmond that ran away with the first set 25-17 as the nerves on the Tameside team showed through with unforced errors creeping in.
The second set was a much closer encounter as the girls found their feet and fought back against the well drilled Richmond team. It was under 16 MVP, Maria Forson that shone in the latter stages of the set gifting Tameside the upper hand, before they converted their lead into a set win 25-23.
With the scores now level, and Tameside on the comeback, they quickly took a two- point lead with big middle hitting from Bethan Appleton-Jones. Tameside continued to ramp up the pressure at the net causing problems for the Richmond defence. A long hit out the back from Katie Keefe gifted the Northerners the third set 25-18.
Set four was ebbing and flowing between the two teams but it was Richmond that pulled away enough to secure a four-point lead going into the second technical timeout. Brilliant defensive work from Remi Knight and Forson pulled Tameside back into the set but it was all too little too late as Richmond forced the decider 25-21.
Richmond took an early 6-2 lead, but Tameside fought hard to take a one point advantage at the change of ends. The scores were all square at 10 a piece, as Keefe blocks out the Tameside attack through the middle. Tough serving from Ilona McDonald caused problems for Tameside to bring up set and match point. The winning spike down the line from Martha Bullen sealed a Richmond Victory 15-10.
Richmond's Anna Keefe was awarded MVP for the match.
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