Cats keep Rebels down ... again

Division: Women’s Volleyball Association Cup Championship

Division: Women’s Volleyball Association Cup Championship

Newbridge Wildcats

v. Cork Rebels

Only two weeks ago Newbridge Wildcats played Cork Rebels in a nail-biting five-setter match, just clinching a victory by a narrow margin. Last weekend the Wildcats played the Rebels again, this time in the first round of the Association Cup Championship.

The Wildcats came into this game with higher expectations than the previous match, with high hopes of cutting-out some of the errors that made the last game so difficult to win.

The opening set took off at a steady pace, nothing spectacular from the Wildcats but doing enough to keep a few points ahead of the Rebels throughout the set. Some long rallies worked out in favour of the Wildcats, with their patience paying off to win points that they lost more often during the last game. The Wildcats secured the first set 25-22.

It was paramount that the Wildcats didn’t become complacent because the strongly defensive Rebels wouldn’t allow them such leniencies and would race ahead if given half a chance. To the delight of coach Landers, the team stuck with the game-plan and won the second set with similar ease to the first one.

The third set saw the introduction on court of more junior players. After a run of difficulty receiving service, the Wildcats as a team appeared to withdraw from the game and offered little resistance to Rebels, letting them run away with the third set.

Wildcats were 2-1 up going into the fourth set, and spectators wondered if it was to be a repeat performance of the last match.

However coach Landers managed to regroup his team and giving them the words of advice they needed to pick up their game again. Thankfully the fourth was the final set, won by the Wildcats 25-20.

The Wildcats go forward to the next round of the Cup to be played in the early part of 2013.

The Wildcats are out again in league action against Garda this week.

Wildcats:

Winders (C), Goulding, Miley (L), Labudda, Ditrich, Pimairam, Wnek, Cioara, Langrell, Lalowicz.

Women’s Second Division National Volleyball League

Panthers v. Naas

Panthers were pitched against league toppers and unbeaten Naas A last week in what was a big match for the much younger Panthers away to a very strong Naas team. The opening set was one- sided with the Panthers showing signs of nerves against the more experienced Naas girls.

However, in sets two and three the Panthers raised their game and attitude to score respectably; with accurate attacking, solid setting from Hilliard, Davis and Coleman and a more upbeat team performance.

Despite a 3-0 loss to Naas, overall the Panthers are showing improvement each week and are growing in confidence.

Score: 25-6, 25-13, 25-14.

Panthers:

Smyth (C), Hayes, Quinlivan, Hilliard, Davis, Manning, Coleman, Ward, Ilie, Prior, Zajac, Low.