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TRINITY TRIUMPH

Essex Trinity faced Portsmouth in the last match of the season. Portsmouth needed a win to avoid relegation so Trinity knew Portsmouth were not going down without a fight. Set 1 was tight with both teams scrapping for points but Trinity had the edge winning the set 26-24. Portsmouth pulled back in Set 2 winning 25-21.

Coach Laybourne made some tactical changes in Set 3 and the team started to gel. Trinity hustled for every point and with Green’s consistently super setting, Cervantes and Pereira hit countless killer shots. The Niederquell serve also proved too much for the opposition winning 10 consecutive points for the team. Trinity dominated winning the set 25-19.

In Set 4 Trinity continued to dominate with some great blocking and hitting by Andronescu, point-saving pokies by Bohannan, super defence by Niederquell, Lambert and Sands and great support from Pollard. Every player gave everything to help win the final set and secure the victory in a true team performance. Congratulations to Niederquell for another MVP nomination.

This victory meant that Trinity finished a very credible 4th place out of 10 in their first season in Division 2 South, following promotion from Division 3 last year. Congratulations to all the team and thanks to Coach Laybourne for an awesome season! After the match, Coach Laybourne was presented with gifts from the team.

Final Score: Essex Trinity 3 v 1 Portsmouth  (26-24, 21-25, 25-19, 25-17)

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BITTERSWEET FOR ESSEX TRINITY

Essex Trinity 0 v 3 Bath Mavericks (13-25, 14-25, 18-25)
Essex Trinity 3 v 2 Plymouth (25-20, 25-22, 16-25, 12-25, 15-11)

It was a mixed bag for Essex Trinity as they took on Bath Mavericks and Plymouth in a double header. Bath put out a strong opposition with some extremely powerful servers, which put Trinity on the back foot. Trinity give back a few nice attacks but were not able to build runs of points with their inconsistent serving. Despite some super setting by Green, deservedly earning her the vote for ‘Most Valuable Player’, Trinity struggled to get their game together and were quickly defeated 3-0.

Essex Trinity now faced Plymouth. They did not fancy the long drive home win-less so after a team chat Trinity returned to the court composed and ready to play. Trinity re-found their serving game with Lambert and Williams scoring runs of 5 serves each in the first set and Bohannan’s monster serve earning her 7 consecutive points for the team in the second set. Trinity dominated Set 1 and 2 and led the match 2-0. However the table quickly turned in Sets 3 and 4 with Plymouth, who were fighting to avoid relegation, turning on the heat. Despite Pereira’s unstoppable killer attacks and Niederquell incredible defence, Plymouth controlled the game bring the set scores to 2-2.

In the fifth and final set Essex Trinity gave a fantastic team performance with Andronescu, Pollard and Sands helping the team to eventually win the set 15-11 and take the match! A special mention to Niederquell for her awesome all-round play particularly her infallible defence earning her the vote for the ‘Most Valuable Player’. And thanks to James Bernardi for being Essex Trinity’s super stand-in coach

Trinity at Bath

Back Row: Ailsa Miller, Leasa Williams, Maria Pereira Ambrosio, Rachel Bohannan, Claudia Lambert, Sidonia Andronescu

First row: Maelle Niederquell, Pauline Sands, Kirsty Green, Amanda Pollard

Posing at the front: James Bernardi

Trinity’s committed six defeat Portsmouth

Essex Trinity vs Portsmouth 3-1 (25-0, 25-10, 18-25, 25-21)
Team: Kirsty Green, Maria Pereira Ambrosio, Pauline Sands, Amanda Pollard, Ailsa Miller, Leasa Williams

Portsmouth were delayed by 1hr 15mins which meant that Trinity claimed the first set without breaking a sweat 25-0.

Portsmouth turned up for the 2nd set and with two back-to-back errors by Williams Portsmouth started 2-0 ahead. Sands served strong and Trinity took the lead 5-2. Then Pollard stepped up to the service line. Pollard’s excellence showed as she powered 12 serves over the net with Pereira killing every ball she touched. Trinity dominated the 2nd set winning 25-10.

In the 3rd set Trinity took their foot off the gas and Portsmouth now at full compliment of players were ready to play. Both teams scrapped for points but Portsmouth came out to convincingly win 25-18.

Trinity came out in the fourth set ready to be aggressive. With some superb setting by Green, Williams was able to kill a lot of ball. Miller’s solid defence and clever hitting also helped Trinity to rack up the points. Trinity worked well as a team to eventually win the fourth set 25-21 and take the match.

Mixed Emotions for Trinity

Date: Sunday 26th January 2014

Location: Tendring

Team: Sarah Mayes, Kirsty Green, Maria Pereira Ambrosio, Rachel Bohannan, Sidonia Andronescu, Claudia Lambert, Maelle Niederquell, Pauline Sands, Leasa Williams, Amanda Pollard, Irina Cervantes

Essex Trinity dropped off the promotion pace with a second loss to Tendring in a week but were consoled with a gutsy win against Plymouth.

Essex Trinity v Plymouth: 3-2 (22-25, 27-25, 12-25, 25-16, 15-10)

In Match 1 Trinity took on Plymouth. From the start the two teams were evenly matched and it looked as though it was going to be a tight match. Trinity matched Plymouth point for point in the first set with some great hitting by Pereira and Williams but Plymouth edged ahead to take the first set 25-22.

In the second set the battle continued with both sides creating some great points. Plymouth struggled to deal with the killer Bohannan serve winning 7 points on the bounce. Trinity had the first opportunity at set point but were denied by a shocking referee error – c’est la vie.  Plymouth then pulled it back to tie at 24-24 all. Both teams dug deep but Trinity had the edge and squeezed through to win the second set 27-25.

Plymouth then improved and Trinity dropped off the pace.  Plymouth played good volleyball and Trinity were in a generous mood gifting points through as many unforced errors as they could think of – rotation errors and sloppy cover all featured in the poor 25-12 3rd set loss.

Trinity now needed to take the match to 5 sets to win the game and Trinity do not give up without a fight. With some fantastic setting by Green, Cervantes and Niederquell scored some powerful line shots through the outside position. Team spirit was fantastic, helped by their vocally-superior subs and support team. Trinity chased down every ball with Lambert putting her body on the line to ensure that no ball touched the floor. Trinity dominated this fourth set to take it at 25-16.

In the deciding fifth set Trinity started with a bang racing to a 6-2 lead.  Supporters were hopeful.  However, the Trinity demons of unforced errors in clusters reared its head and inexplicably Plymouth led 8-7 at the halfway stage. Thankfully Trinity decided to play in the second half of the set.  Solid serving by Niederquell and solid team play set the base.  Then it became the Cervantes show as she walloped 3 uber-clean spikes from the wing – as one of the spectators said – ‘wow – when did she come on court?’.

And so Trinity got the win and poor Plymouth took the long trip back to the West Country still winless.

Tendring  v Trinity: 3-0 (25-13, 25-10, 25-18)

Match 2 saw a tired but spirited Trinity take on undefeated Tendring for a second time that week. Tendring dominated the match from the start with some killer serving by their whole team.  Trinity gave everything and even with some good defending Trinity’s wing hitters were blocked by Tendring’s towering middle players. Trinity fought bravely and Cervantes over-powered the Tendring defence. Andronescu was not intimidated by the 6ft middle players and dominated in the block and cleverly hit into the few spaces left on court by the tight Tendring defence. Green also showed quick thinking by following a crafty second touch winner by the Tendring setter with her own perfectly placed winning shot. Unfortunately Tendring did not allow Trinity to get into the game and they were quickly defeated 3-0.

Trinity showed great spirit and the team pulled together throughout the match for a gutsy team performance. A special mention must go to Trinity middle Andonescu, who stepped into the big league and played an amazing game – superb blocking and reliable, dynamic hitting through the middle gave Trinity a new defence and attacking dimension.

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