October 2nd marked the beginning of our Men’s 2nd team Season.
Estonians first opponents were to be Portsmouth VC. With a debut for the newly recruited outside hitter Nick Davies, Estonians were confident going into this season. Especially after a very promising few weeks of pre-season under their belt. With Jonathon Richards and Andrew Tuck dominating through the middle. Estonians fought their way to a 1st set victory 25-22. Coach Tony Clark kept the starting team out for the 2nd set and like the first set, pushed their way to an early lead. With libero Tom Ellis continuing to dominate the pass receive, Estonians just got stronger and stronger. Despite not being able to put away 4 set points, Estonians finally won the 2nd set 25-23. Going into the 3rd set it looked like the momentum was with Portsmouth as they sprinted into a 4-0 lead. However, Estonians with all their experience were able to regain their lead and went into the 1st technical timeout 8-7 ahead. From there, Estonians went on to win the 3rd set 25-21. Congratulations to all the players and thank you for all those that came to support!
MVP= Tom Ellis (libero)
High flying TEVC Estonians stretched their unbeaten run in the league today to six matches when comprehensively beating Leicester VC 3-0. The team looked good in the new kit and played well. Estonians are now only second on points to Birmingham who they play at Boswells on December 6. Definately one to watch.
Back Row: Michael Pagalos, Cameron Schutz, Stuart Coussins, Dave Fenech, Ian Bailey, Andrew Tuck
Front Row: James Bernardi, Matt Ketley, Tony Clarke (c), Mahlon King (l), Zac Chambers
There was a nervy start to proceedings with the first four points being errors. Then a service run by Tuck “steadied the ship” to take the score to 6 – 2 then 8 – 3 by the first break. Michael then stepped up to line and served strong to increase the lead in quick time to 12-4. Estonians were serving well and dominating in offence. This made life very difficult for Leicester and there were relatively few rallies. Cameron came on later in the set and immediatley killed the ball off a great set from Dave with his first touch. Further kills from Michael and Ian kept the score moving along helping Estonians win the set 25-14.
Leicester got frustrated and were awarded yellow and red cards. Consequently, Estonians started the second set with a 2-0 lead. Whilst Leicester arguably played their best voleyball to hold the score to 8-5 at the first break it was not going to be good enough. Matt had come on for Dave and started a strong serving run and this was followed by another service run by Michael. Leicester’s passing unit were under pressure the whole set as there were very few serving errors. Strong offence was backed with enthusiastic defence. Estonians were up 22-11 and cruised to a 25-12 set win.
The third set started like the first two finished. Estonains were playing well as a team, defending and passing well. Matt had plenty of options setting but ones to Ian in the middle took the eye with clean hitting from Ian winning the points. From 16-7, Estonians eventually won the set 25 – 17.
This was a good result even with the team not at fuill strength (big John, Cameron, Kieran and Tom missing). There’s every chance Estonians can keep their unbeaten run going for some time yet.
The first round of the 2014-15 cup competition proved challenging in many ways. First of all, the Boswells School hall was unavailable because of national training commitments. This also meant a few of our players were unavailable. Then, at late notice, our alternative venue Becketts Hall Brentwood also became unavailable and so we had to put the game on at Riverside Leisure Centre, Chelmsford.
Notwithstanding this, the game went ahead with TEVC easing through against a young and talented EBC Greenhouse team. EBC Greenhouse play in Mens Div III and gave a good account of themselves. They are very athletic will be a good test for our own up and coming “Junior” team.
Mens Cup Team 2014
From left to right: Kieran Good, Luke French, Dave Fenech (C),Tony Clarke (L), Lewis Fenech, Andy Sayward, Cameron Rhodes, Cameron Schutz. Front: James Bernardi
Set 1 started with good blocking from EBC on both wings but a string of good passing and hitting from our new “lefty” Cameron Rhodes, Luke French and Andy Saward rested control back by the first break (8-7). Andy then delivered a run of penetrating serves forcing EBC to time out at 13-7. Despite more late blocking from EBC this lead proved to be more than enough. “Old hand” Dave used his experience to tip deftly at the net to win the set 25-16.
Set 2 saw TEVC faced a rejuvenated EBC quickly losing the initiative 5-8. EBC had began passing and hitting with confidence and stretched the lead to 11-16 at the second time out. However, the experience of TEVC showed once again as they tightened up their game and fought their way back into the match with strong serving from both Andy and Dave. EBC took timeouts at 17-20 and 22 -22 to try and disrupt TEVC’s progress but it was clear TEVC now had the advantage and thanks to some effective hits from Lewis through 4 we finally edged the set 26-24.
Set 3 started a little scrappy but TEVC soon pulled away leading from 8-6 to 16-9 and finally 25-15.
This was the first match this group of TEVC players had played together but generally the team maintained good passing, timing and movement and had relatively few unforced errors. This was an expected but pleasing win and means we can now look forward to the next round which is an away fixture (at either London Aces or Stowe) on 8th November 2014.