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Ex TEVC Opposite Robert Poole is Player of the Week

Since leaving TEVC to study in USA at Mount Olive Robert has been going from strength to strength. He is one of the senior star players in the league and is helping Mount Olive build an impressive run of wins.    

Recently, the league named Robert the player of the week. Well done Robert; keep it up. Full details are through the link below.


Casino Night 2016

The 16th of September saw our annual Casino fundraising night. Thank you to everyone that came to the event and helped the club raise a significant amount of money. For those that couldn’t make it, make sure you keep a look out as another event should be coming soon! 


Congratulations to all the prize winners that won their tables and a huge thank you to our sponsor Wibblers Brewery for helping support the event. Another thank you is needed to The Gardeners Pub that hosted the event at such short notice and we look forward to a growing partnership with in the future.



TEVC Men’s Summer Training 2016

We welcome the return of our Men’s summer training for ALL players.

The training starts on Thursday 21st July at the University of Essex and will run for 4 weeks. Times will be 8pm-10pm

The focus is on the skills crucial to improve your game. Each session will include exercises and drills tailored towards personal growth, with a healthy mix of competitive match situation training thrown in for good measure. So if you are looking to be able to hit harder, set more accurately, or just dig hundreds of ball until you become a passing machine, this is the place for you.

Session are designed for Essex league players looking to play at National League level whether in Division 1, 2 or 3 as well as National League players either wanting to practice prior to the official pre-season start.

Team Essex coaches for this event are BK and Sean (1st team National League coaches for TEVC) who are looking forward to 4 weeks of top volleyball this summer.

Cost per session will be:

Adults: £5.50;

University of Essex players: Free; and

Juniors (anyone under age of 18): £2.75


Venue: University of Essex,

Wivenhoe Park

Colchester CO4 3SQ

Improving Blaze vs Manchester Marvels and Black Country

With a disappointing result and performance the previous week against Manchester Marvels, Team Essex knew this weekend’s double header was extremely important.

On the Saturday, Team Essex once again faced Manchester Marvels. This time it was Blaze 07.11 (2) Team Essex who pulled away in the first set with some much improved defending and blocking, as Essex were reading Manchester’s attackers. Then, when Essex had the ball they were clinical in offence, with Laurence Russell attacking with confidence and looking unstoppable. With constant pressure from the service line Essex were always in control of the set and took it comfortably 25-14. This was due to some good confident play from Essex and maybe a hint of complacency from Manchester.

Blaze 07.11 (4)

In the second set Team Essex once again got off to a strong start and has pulled out a 4 point lead. Then in the mid-teens a series of errors in decision making and attacking allowed Manchester back into the set, who gained confidence and went on to take the it 25-17.

In the third and fourth set both teams were playing some great defence creating some spectacular rallies. Team Essex took the third set 25-18 and Manchester replied winning the fourth 25-19 taking it into a decider. Strong vocal support from the home team was maintained throughout the match.


In the fifth Manchester was soon 4-1 up due to some poor passing and defence by Essex. Then Manchester went through a similar patch and had to call a time out with Essex 5-4 up. At the change of ends it was still anyone’s game with Manchester leading 8-7. Manchester then managed to secure the first match point at 14-12. A confident swing from Kieran Good then put Essex within one point but Manchester hit off the block to take the set and match.

MVP: Matt Ketley

On the Sunday Essex faced Black Country who had beaten one of the league favourites in Tendring on the Saturday. Essex got off to a terrific start with targeted and powerful serving from Kieran Good giving Essex a 9-1 lead and getting one of Black Country’s players subbed off early in the match. From this position the two teams traded points and Essex took the set 25-18.

Blaze 07.111 (3)

The second set was closer with Black Country having the slight point advantage in the twenties. Essex managed to fight back from set point down to take the set 26-24 after two aces again from Good.

The third set followed a similar pattern to the second, again with Black Country slightly ahead in the twenties. Then some ill-discipline from one of the Black Country’s players resulted in a red card and shifted the momentum to Essex who took the set 26-24 giving them a 3-0 victory.

This was a vast improvement from the previous week and the only thing missing was the second win.

Team Essex Blaze vs Coventry and Warwick Riga

Front Row: Dan Sach, Kieran Good, Chris Frost, Andy Saward, Mahlon King Back Row: Sean Poole (Asst. Coach), Laurence Russell, Matthew Ketley, Zac CHambers, James Bernardi, Ian Bailey, BK (coach)

Front Row: Ben Laing, Dan Sach, Kieran Good, Chris Frost, Andy Saward (Captain), Mahlon King
Back Row: Sean Poole (Asst. Coach), Laurence Russell, Matthew Ketley, Zac Chambers, James Bernardi, Ian Bailey, BK (Coach)

Team Essex Blaze kicked of their league campaign against Coventry and Warwick Riga. A team that last season beat Blaze 3-2 on both occasions they met. This coupled with a disappointing early exit from the cup two weeks prior meant that Essex were taking nothing for granted and expected a very tough match.

Essex started the game strongly, with the passing unit working effectively allowing young setter Matt Ketley to run the offence. With Warwick’s middles having to commit block on James Bernardi and Ian Bailey the wing hitters were often left with one man blocks allowing them to attack with great efficiency. With some good defensive pickups and the only real weakness and source of Warwick’s point being service errors Team Essex built a commanding lead by the first technical time out. Essex maintained their focus and with vocal support from bench and coaches extended their lead to comfortably win the first set 25-12.IMAG0219

The Second set started where the first set left off. With Dan Sach replacing Ketley in the setting position the distribution of ball and offence remained strong and Essex quickly built up a substantial lead. Around half way through the set Zak Chambers replaced Andy Saward through four. Warwick then upped their service pressure targeting Chambers and managed to get on a small run of points. The passing unit then managed to get on top of Warwick’s serve and were siding out consistently with some great offence from Kieran Good in particular. Essex then ran away with the set to win it 25-17.

The third set saw Chris Frost back from playing in France for a few years replacing Mahlon King, who had a very solid passing performance throughout the first two sets. Team Essex again built a lead early on with some great blocking led by Bernardi and Russell. Chambers extended the lead further by going on a long service run hitting mIMAG0222ultiple aces. Ben Laing replaced Russell for his Team Essex debut and brought bringing great energy to the team and put in a solid performance. Essex secured the 3-0 win with a set score of 25-14.


This was a strong team performance for Blaze as they played with great maturity despite being a relatively young team. The performance was clinical, with very few bad errors and everyone contributing positively. The team is now looking forward to their next match against Solent who have come down from the super 8s and also managed to secure a win in their first game of the season.

Coach BK quoted “I was both excited and anxious before Blaze’s first league match but the guys made it a very enjoyable experience. The whole squad showed good confidence, team work and most importantly good volleyball. We will go one game, one point at a time but today was was a very important first step and the team executed well.”


Early Cup Exit

Team Essex Men took on London Aces today in the first round of the cup. Ultimately it ended in disappointment for TEVC but the first run out of the season proved informative for our new Blaze coaches Branislav Kovac (BK) and Sean Poole. Last year, we lost 0-3 to Aces at the same stage but went on to reach the final of the plate competition. Who’s to say that won’t be repeated?

Mens Cup team RD 1 2015TEVC started the match slowly and was down 8-4 at the first technical. Things really didn’t improve thereafter with Aces being far more clinical at the net, taking the set 25-16.

Set 2 started well with TEVC showing more energy and kept their error count low. Also, they now had more penetration from the service line serving forcing numerous errors from the visitors. Dan Sach’s ace was a highlight. TEVC kept extending their lead and eventually took the set comfortably at 25-18.

The third set was nip and tuck with TEVC taking a more than useful lead when at 23-21 Aces took a time out. The break proved decisive as TEVC were unable to put away their opportunities and lost the set 23-25.

Set 4 saw Aces continue their solid form pulling out a 7 point lead. TEVC began the fight back and got within two points at one point but couldn’t overhaul Aces

The team was drawn from each of the mens teams with many players under 18. It was good to see our two young setters Matthew Ketley and Dan Sach, opposite Zac Chambers and middle Cameron Schultz representing the club so well.

Trinity March On

Congratulations to Team Essex Trinity on a well deserved win against the Army in the Shield Competition.

Unfortunately, Trinity took a while to warm up and lost the first set 25:21. However, they then picked up the pace and found their rhythm. With their “game face ” on they took control and finished worthy winners. The last three sets were won 15:25, 20:25 and 12:25.

Some of the highlights of the game were great pressure from the service line from Bohannan and Jaeger, convincing defence from Lambert and clever attacking options from Segnini. Well done team!

Trinity will be making a trip down to the West country on the 11th January 2015 to play Bath  Mavericks in the second round.


Mens Cup team ease past gallant EBC Greenhouse

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

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.




Juniors kick off the new season

Juniors had the hounour of kicking off the new season for TEVC with a triangular match against Richmond VC2 and London Aces. Due to new teams entering the league the structure has changed. There are now three leagues in Mens Div III helping to cut journey times to away fixtures.

It was “new look” Juniors team too with new U15 players stepping up and a new match day coach, Rebecca Saunders.

Juniors 2014

Juniors 2014

Back Row: Matthew Parish, Oliver Prudence, Matthew Ketley, Cameron Schutz, Daniel Sach, Richard Ferguson

Front Row: Ross Papworth, George Hayden, Henry Blanks (L), Ashley Toomey, Thomas Ellis,  Rebecca Saunders (Coach)

First up was Richmond VC2. We lost 20-15, 18-25 and 23-25 but for a little more penetration on hitting, it could have been a lot closer. The team looked solid and was always in the hunt to take a set or two. The defensive unit played well though a slight improvement in first pass consistency would undoubtedly lead to more productive attacks.

The 3rd set could have gone either way. So let’s look forward to the return fixture as it’s only a few weeks away on 16th November at UEL.

London Aces were a step up in quality and height. The result 18-25, 17-25 and 12-25 was a fair reflection on the the strength of the teams. Again there were some great rallies and saves by Juniors as they battled to compete. London Aces were just a bit too strong and maintained their form throughout the match. Juniors showed enough again to see that they have the skills and should improve during the season. If the lads work hard in training they should be confident that they will improve on their 47 points in the return fixture.

TEVC Juniors fielded some of the youngest players in the league and demonstrated showed some great plays and potential. There is a learning curve in the National League and the tough competition is the best place to help the team improve. As last year’s Juniors squad showed, great strides can be made so come on Juniors, let’s see you continue to push hard for that first league match win.

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