LadySpurs had a fairly comfortable win over Bench Warmers in the only women’s volleyball league match played at the weekend.
BP Sullom Voe Ladies’ League
LadySpurs 3, Bench Warmers 0
(25-14, 25-16, 25-12)
Both teams began nervously but the first point of the set went to the up and coming young Bench Warmers. LadySpurs player Stacy Laurenson stepped up to serve and gained welcomed points at this initial stage of the game, where all the players began to settle into the match.
Bench Warmers as usual rallied together and had some great pick-ups just when it counted from Gayle Johnson, Kerry Burgess and Emma Inskter. This in turn boosted the Bench Warmers’ confidence as Johnson served next gaining two more points.
There were some good rallies in this first set as both teams were keen to keep the momentum going and take advantage of their chances with their three touches. Zac Manson and Ryan Moar, who both go from strength to strength, contributed well for their team as Spurs gradually edged ahead.
Again Bench Warmers came back with some excellent play from Carly Gray, while Aimee Keith’s serving proved effective and gave Bench Warmers a boost. Once more Laurenson’s serving put an end to Bench Warmers’ hopes in this first set with the final score finishing at 25-14 to the LadySpurs.
Set two started evenly as neither team dominated with the scores resting at 5-5. Again Keith with some great serving kept her team slightly ahead with the score at 10-9.
Sarah Couper provided a welcome run of power serves for LadySpurs, which combined with some good net play by Ann Goudie and Katia Sales gave them the edge. This perhaps unnerved Bench Warmers and forced them to dig deep. Some good pick-ups from Gray and Ashley Burgess kept them in with a chance. Spurs kept the pressure on as Moar kept his nerve as he served out the set, which finished 25-16 to LadySpurs.
The first point of set three went to LadySpurs, Laurenson’s powerful serves giving Bench Warmers a lot of work to do. Bench Warmers tried to gain their composure and worked hard as a team and Keith’s accurate serving gave her team some welcomed points.
Ann Goudie then returned for Spurs and provided the result her team wanted. Couper set well for Moar and Sales, who took firm advantage of their chances with some great spikes. Some errors by LadySpurs provided Bench Warmers some opportunities, which they were unable to capitalise on.
Manson served well for Spurs, widening the score to 16-6 and Bench Warmers had their work cut out. After a timely time-out they tried to come back determined to remain in the game. LadySpurs remained in control, however, through the help of their more experienced players. Sales served out well for them as they finishing the set 25-12.
Most valuable player for LadySpurs was Stacey Laurenson while for Bench Warmers it was Aimee Keith.
Fixtures Tonight – Clickimin Centre, BP Sullom Voe Men’s League: Harry’s Hotspurs v DITT Globetrotters at 7pm; Sandwick v JBT at 9pm.