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?
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.