Naas Premier Volleyball team returned to winning ways last weekend following a dramatic 3-1 win against Ballymun.
Naas Cobras 3 Ballymun 1
The Cobras have been at the receiving end of some cruel defeats in the opening matches of the season, losing two of their games by just a couple of points.
But they returned to form on Saturday with their home match against the seasoned Ballymun.
Naas get off to a dream start in the first set with everything going to plan. Good setting by Aoife Carroll and hitting from wing player Lisa Rohan allowed the home side to get into an early grove.
They took an easy lead 11-5 and kept it for the entire first set which just lasted 20 minutes. Ballymun simply couldn’t deal with Naas’s strong attack and the Cobras took the first set easily 25-13.
But things weren’t quite so simple in the second set with Ballymun fighting back with everything they had.
The Dublin side began defending like demons forcing Naas to think more tactically. The combination of sister duo Karen and Sarah Benn helped the Cobras stay in the set with the score reaching 10-10.
The set then continued like this point for point with no side able to take a clear lead. Middle player Debbie Murray did well in attack to push the score to 20-18 but Ballymun again came back with everything they had.
Naas had a chance to take the set at 25-24 but a service error handed it back to Ballymun who closed at the set 26-24.
Things then looked very shaky for the Cobras in the third set after they went 4-0 down.
Captain Claire Walsh came on to freshen things up and made a huge difference. Her solid attack and defence allowed the Cobras take back the lead 8-4. Kate Ryan, just back from injury, also came on as a setter.
She showed no sign of her six week absence and slotted straight into the game helping the girls to a 15 – 13 lead. Extremely solid defence from libero player Emily Ryan kept the girls in the game and they closed out the third set 25-23.
The end was now in sight for the Cobras with a 2-1 lead. However some nerves started to show as this is where Naas had lost the game in their past two matches.
Middle player Claire Treacy came onto the court to provide some new energy and helped the girls take the early lead 5-3. Ballymun came back into it though through exceptionally line hitting from their wing player.
However Naas adjusted and managed to take the lead again 15-13. The set continued tight enough but the Cobras always had the attacking advantage.
The home side wavered slightly as they edge into the home straight but wing played Lisa Rohan led by example and blasted balls onto the opposition’s side.
Soon it was game set and match to the Cobras 25-20.
Coach Marie Sheridan said afterwards: ‘’We never needed to win a match so badly as we did today. We can now build on this momentum and take it into our match against UCD next weekend’’.
Claire Walsh (c), Emily Ryan, Kate Ryan, Aoife Carroll, Lisa Rohan, Debbie Murray, Claire Treacy, Karen Benn, Sarah Benn, Stephanie Grogan, Orla Lynch, Aisling Clancy.