This time Queens were playing Ballymoney Blaze, at their home venue, the Queens PEC in Belfast.
Queens ladies were almost at full strength with 12 girls at the game. One of the main setters Jenna Coriddi did not play due to injury, so the team was anxiously looking forward to meeting Ballymoney’s ladies.
Ballymoney Blaze arrived with a very young and energetic team, lead by their young but experienced Captain Kerry Kirkpatrick. Blaze ladies played some very good volleyball and demonstrated a cheerful manner and great team spirit.
The first set did not start very well for Queens. Most of the players on the court were inexperienced and this lead to some confusion in some of the rallies. Moreover #10 for Queens Claire Dowey twisted her ankle whilst jumping and so Queens made 4 substitutions in the set. These proved effective and Queens won the set 25-18 with a great team performance.
The second set was very successful for Queens with their setter-Capitan Caz Toye performing with great serving, allowing the team to take a lead. Ballymoney libero Alice Harkness made life difficult for Queens with great passing and digging skills. But at the end spectators witnessed a comfortable set win for Queens 25-12.
The third set started well for the home team with consistent serving from Joanna Wiezowska and excellent attacks from middles Anna Lewinska and Virginie Boidron. With Queens a few points in the lead most of the experienced players from Queens were substituted for the new players on the squad. The set was very competitive but with smart hits from new players Sarah Stranks and Joanne Wilson, Queens were able to maintain their lead.
The game came to a close at 25-22 with an excellent serve by Sarah Landstreet who managed to cope with pressure of the last point and the tight score.
Queens won 3-0 versus Ballymoney Blaze in an interesting and very competitive game. After the match the coach Irena Mihneva said ‘It was very beneficial game for us and I am glad all my girls had a chance to play and learn from their mistakes. The Blaze team is very young and I am worried that we will have to play them again in 2-3 years time when they will have gained experience and more skills.’
Queens Ladies play their next game away to Aztecs Eagles on Thursday 4th November at 8pm in Portadown College where they hope to continue their winning start.
Gratitude to referees Vincent Ramirez and Lucas Shaeper and scorer Sabine Dammann.
Queens ladies would also like to thank Carly Sutherland and Sarah Landstreet for the lovely photos.
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