Queens ladies played Lisnaskea Spikers on Sunday the 13th of March. The kind hosts from Lisnaskea opened the Castle Park Centre especially for the match and so at 11am both teams were lined up, warming up trying to ignore the freezing weather and snowy conditions outside.
The first set started quite edgy for Queens probably due to the cold or the long and stressful drive but with excellent serving from the opposite Manuela Baldan the team picked up a good advantage. Then thanks to good hitting from middles Claire Dowey and Joanna Wiezowska the set was closed at 25 – 17.
By the time the second set had started, the Queens ladies had woken up and managed to play as a team, minimising all their mistakes. Moreover the setter and Captain Jenna Coriddi had the opportunity to try some new combinations with all players and break the monotony of the game. And again excellent serving from the outside Sarah Landstreet lead to great advantage for Queens and the set finished at 25 – 10.
At the third set the Queens girls demonstrated fine passing and hitting skills. The middle Joanna Wiezowska produced many very strong serves. The setter Jenna Coriddi and middle player Claire Dowey performed some very quick and unstoppable attacks at the net and so on the set easily closed at 25 – 13.
The team was satisfied and relieved with the win. After the match Queens coach Irena Mihneva said ‘I am extremely happy and proud of the team. With six girls only, last minute organisation and knowing that the Spikers are a very experienced team I was a little bit worried about this match. All the girls played excellent and deserved to win!’
Queens Ladies next match is at the Queen’s PEC on Wednesday the 23rd of March 2011 at 7.30pm against Ulster Jordanstown.