Wessex win the double in U18 National Cup Finals
3rd April 2016
Wessex resist fightback to claim National Cup
Wessex LeAF reigned supreme in the the U18 women finals after a fierce four-set battle with Beach Academy Waves on Sunday afternoon in the National Volleyball Centre, Kettering.
Wessex LeAF scored the first point of the match and gained an early lead of 5-3 but Beach Academy Waves were fighting hard to stay involved and the score was soon five-all. Wessex led by the first technical time out 8-5 and they continued to dominate through the set to the second technical time out with a score of 16-11, and ultimately the set 25-19.
The second set again saw both teams at level pegging and at the first technical time out, the score was 8-7 to Beach Academy Waves. It was Beach Academy Waves who then retained the lead and they went into the second technical time out 16-11 ahead. They squared the game up with a set win of 25-16.
Beach Academy Waves gained the early lead in the third set racking up a score of 4-1 and they held on to the lead going into the first technical time 8-5. Both team played fiercely but it was Wessex who claimed the lead at the second technical time out with a one point advantage. Two set point for Wessex were saved by Beach Academy Waves, but it was Wessex who claimed the set and took back the lead with a score of 25-19, (2-1).
Wessex led at the first technical time out by a single point ahead of their opponents. A fantastic smash hit by Wessex added to their advantage over Beach Academy Waves and they extended their lead going into the second technical time out with a score of 16-12. Wessex rapidly gained the match momentum and they took the fourth and final set 25-14, winning the match 3-1.
Lewie Lett, Wessex coach, said: “It was a fantastic final and we’re all really pleased to have come out on top. We all stuck together after we lost the second set and the belief showed at the start of the third. By the end of the fourth set we were executing our plans perfectly and played some really solid volleyball”.
Matt Rhymer, head coach at Beach Academy Waves, said: “When we were engaged with what we had to do and played our own game, we were successful. We took a lot of momentum into the second set and managed to level the match but couldn’t capitalise on that. Another tough loss for the girl’s to take but it’s another opportunity to learn and hopefully we’ll be back stronger next year”.
Wessex LeAF do the double claiming victory in the U18 Mens.
The last game of the weekend was a tense, fast-paced and passionate match in the Men’s U18 finals where Wessex seized victory from Boswells Blaze in the National Volleyball Centre, Kettering.
The first point of the final game was scored by Boswells Blaze after Wessex LeAF hit the ball out in the first few seconds. By the first technical timeout though, the score was 8-4 to Wessex. They extended that lead to 16-7 by the second technical time out in a very impressive time, before claiming the set 25-12.
Wessex gained an early lead in the second set with a two point advantage within the first couple of minutes but Boswells Blaze were hot on their heels. At the first technical time out it was 8-7 to Wessex and they progressed that lead into a healthy advantage of four points as Boswells Blaze called time out. The second technical time out of the second set saw Wessex in the lead 16-11. They consolidated that advantage and a Boswells serve into the net handed Wessex the set with a score of 25-13.
Boswells Blaze took the early lead as Wessex hit the ball out twice on succession, but they soon regained their composure and at the first technical time out the score was a close 8-6 to Wessex. A much closer set followed and at the second technical time out, the score was 16-14 to Wessex. Nearing the end of the set, Wessex led with 22-18 before calling a timeout. The team returned to court to take the set and the match with a final score of 25-21, (3-0).
Kirk Pitman, coach of Wessex, said: “It’s a sweet feeling, the boys have trained really hard so I’m really happy for them. It was a great team effort, all the boys can pass and set so we just wanted to make sure we did the basics right. Boswells are always a well drilled team so we knew we had to play well”.