The Queens ladies won their seventh match in a row, sweeping University of Ulster ladies in three sets. Moreover, the team have a 100% record having not lost a set throughout the season.
After a long break due to Christmas, New Year’s holidays and exams, the Queens ladies walked into University of Ulster’s sports centre a little bit worried and anxious. ‘We all knew it was going to be a hard and tight game’ commented the coach Irena Mihneva. That is why Queens arrived earlier in order to get a proper warm up.
Queen’s seized control early in the first set but the Elks were close behind with one or two points difference. Queen’s setter Caz Toye injured her ankle in the middle of the set, it looked very painful so she had to watch the rest of the match on the bench giving directions and advice from a distance. Although injured, the captain Jenna Coriddi came into play and was setting for the rest of the match. The two teams continued to battle until a few kills by Joanna Wiezowska and Claire Dowey ended the set at 25-19.
Queen’s ladies got off to a rocky start with points being balanced through most of the set. After a good performance from middles Virginie Boidron and Anna Lewinska, and excellent additional help from Kay Gemmert, the score kept 11-11, then 18-18. Later Queen’s ladies finally found their rhythm and pulled away with a 2 points advantage. Ulster University ladies refused to let the set go making a few impressive digs and blocks. However Queen’s won the second set 25-22.
Queen’s ladies controlled most of the third set mainly due to heavy hitting and serving from Claire Dowey and Joanna Wiezowska. Another unfortunate injury took the middle Anna Lewinska out of the game. A young and very excited Sarah Landstreet scored a few straight points and that finished the set at 25-19.
‘We knew University of Ulster was going to be a pretty good team’, the coach Irena Mihneva said. ‘With three injured players I was quite worried and I am really pleased with a 3-0 win. All the girls played very well.’
Queens’s ladies finished the first part of the season unbeaten with 7 wins and no lost sets. The team is looking forward to the start of the second part of the season in February 2011.
Queens ladies would like to thank the Ulster Elks team and referees, all lovely supporters and photographer Rod McCrory.
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