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Saturday started with a bit of a shock, against Monash with the guys a bit like deer in the headlights. The group struggled on Serve reception and played very poor defense, giving points in bunches going down 25-13 in the first set. That was the last bad volleyball the group played for the weekend, fighting back hard and winning the 2nd set convincingly. Time ran out in the 3rd set and we had to settle for a 1-1 draw. The guys continued to improve over the day, chalking up two more wins against Warrnambool 2-1, and Latrobe Uni 3-0, with everyone getting a chance to contribute. It was great to see everyone stay positive after the day started poorly and work to get positive results.
Sunday was always going to be tough, as we were playing the top two sides. Both teams had a tall, big hitter that we would have to find ways of stopping.
The game plan was the same for both these teams. To Option Block the oppositions main hitter. This was new for most of the group and while at times there was a little confusion by individuals, it was great learning for the group. We went down to the top side South Adelaide 3-0, but they were close sets and the group fought it out to their credit, with multiple contributors.
In the second game we were able to shut down their main hitter, and Nathan set well to keep the ball away from his block, as per the game plan. At 1-1 going into the 3rd set it was anyone’s game, with the winner advancing to the crossovers. While the sets was very close, and the quality was high, unfortunately Heathsfield got the couple of points they needed to get over us and end our weekend.
I was very happy with the team, it would have been very easy for young heads to drop and play badly after that very first set. To their credit they lifted, followed instruction well and implemented game plans that was new to them. I believe the boys learnt a lot over the weekend, and I certainly was able to see more of players in game situations that will help in selections going forward.
Tim Popple – Men’s Division 2 Coach