On Sunday 11th September, both our Blaze and Trinity teams made their way to South West London to play in the London Volleyball Cup. With a few weeks of pre-season under our belt, it would be interesting to see how we would fare against some top Super 8 teams.
With a Team Essex debut for Chester Searle, a first Blaze appearance for Joe Palombo and a return for setter Cameron Rhodes. Blaze started strongly against London Docklands, a team that finished 5th in last years Super 8’s. The first set was a tight encounter with both us and Docklands looking to make a statement with the other teams watching but it was Blaze that came out on top, winning the first set 26-24. With the nerves calmed after the 1st set victory, Blaze looked to push to a straight sets victory but it was not to be, the experienced Super 8 team showed their authority and claimed the 2nd set 19-25. Coming into the 3rd and final set. Following some wise words of advice and encouragement from Blaze coach Branislav Kovac, Blaze went on to claim the 3rd set and the match against London Docklands 15-10.
Following victory over London Docklands, Blaze went on to beat Division 2 side New Forest 2-0 (25-23, 25-23). And up next was Malory Eagles. Yet again, Blaze managed to push a Super 8 team to a 3rd and decisive set after Blaze won the 1st 25-23 and Malory Eagles bounced back to claim the 2nd set 30-28. With the match well underway and the majority of the crowd choosing to watch us rather than an all super 8 encounter between London Lynx and London Docklands, shows the level of performance of our team. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be as Malory showed their consistency to win 9-15 in the 3rd set.
Our final game of the day was against another Super 8 team – London Lynx. Despite some great points from both teams, it was clear that the 4th game of the day took its toll on our guys and fatigue had set in. Playing with all they had left, Blaze eventually fell to a 0-2 defeat (19-25, 19-25).
Also, this was the last time (for now) that we will see Lawrence Russell is a Team Essex top and we all would like to thank him for the all the years he has put into playing his best for this club. We wish him all the best up in Sheffield where he is going to university.
Overall it was a 3rd placed finish for Blaze and a huge congratulations is needed for everyone who took part. Also a big thank you is needed for Malory Eagles for hosting such a great tournament.
Blaze VS New Forest
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:
University of Essex players: Free; and
Juniors (anyone under age of 18): £2.75
Venue: University of Essex,
Colchester CO4 3SQ
Team Essex Volleyball Club is very proud to announce a number of new sponsors joining the TEVC family!
Self Holistic Health & Sports Performance are giving the teams vital S&C support, by offering our teams memberships to their facilities along with a number of other services.
Wibblers Brewery are supporting all TEVC events in the near future, supplying very much appreciated beverages to all those that want it.
With a number of other sponsors potentially joining the team over the summer, it’s defiantly an exciting time to be a part of the club.
On 7th November we held our Family Quiz Night.
It was a great night with our traditional supper, games, raffle and of course the Quiz. The “Chamber’s” table took a strategically central position in the hall and played their joker card to perfection scoring a maximum score, including bonus point. Very impressive indeed and this helped them secure the win, frist prize and the cup.
Mark Storkey performed admirably as quiz master keeping on top of a sometimes troublesome microphone. Steph Storkey ensured all the answers were marked correctly including the joker rounds. Many thanks to them and also Tom Storkey for helping with the music round.
Darren Lewis acted as MC and despite the best intentions of Dan Sach, kept the house in order. Darren also presided over the infamous card game presenting the £25 first prize to one lucky young winner.
At the end of the evening, Darren called out the raffle winners. Thanks to everyone’s generousity there were many winners and happy faces at the end of the evening. That includes Wayne, the Premises manager, as we were able to clear the hall a few minutes early!
Team Essex Blaze made the long trip north to face newly promoted Manchester Marvels. Missing their coaching staff and 3 members of the squad due to international duty, Team Essex knew they had a hard challenge ahead of them.
The first set started terribly for Essex. The team could not set up an effective attack and soon found themselves 9-0 down. Essex then managed to settle and traded points with Manchester but ultimately was unable to overcome the large deficit losing the set 25-17.
The second set started in the same fashion as the first finished with both teams trading point until the teens. Essex then managed to pull 4 point ahead. This lead was maintained until the end of the set to level it up at 1-1, aided by some spectacular defence by Ian Bailey.
In the third set the pattern of play was similar with both teams regularly siding out. This time however it was Manchester that managed to pull ahead near the end of the set to take it 25-21.
In the fourth set Essex’s passing unit fell apart with Manchester applying pressure on the outside hitters and avoiding the libero Mahlon King who had been passing very well. This led to Essex going 7-0 down, a position from which they were unable to recover, losing the final set 25-17.
This was a tough defeat for the team as they know they didn’t turn up and perform. Something they will be looking to rectify next weekend as they face both Manchester and Black Country at home.
MVP: Mahlon King
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.
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 multiple 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.”
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?
TEVC 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.
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.
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.