The second game was against the Essex Juniors who are our big rivals, so we knew from the beginning that both teams would have to fight to win. We have played many games against each other from U15’s to U18’s but, it’s always a great game to be involved in.
Olivia Leonardi started the set off with a great service run, but Essex Juniors managed to stay in the set with the some good service pressure from their captain. It was 17-23 to Essex Juniors and that’s when we had to begin our fight back. Unfortunately, Essex Juniors took the first set 24-26.
As we arrived at the competition we so pumped and excited, our first game was against Ashcombe 2. It was our first competition of the season so as we started off we began to get back into the swing of things and working together as a team. Throughout the first set we began to talk to each other more and more talking about where the gaps were in the oppositions court and where to serve. We had started to play as team and help each other wherever we could.
Tendring Heatec extended their impressive win record to 28 victories against Chelmsford on Wednesday night. Heatec started strongly in the first set racing to an early lead. Good defensive work from Nick Davies and Libero Chester Searle put Heatec into a strong position. Jack Bruce tore the Chelmsford team apart with a 12 point service run including a top draw jump serve ace to the line. With the team in a dominant position Tom Dean’s impressive backcourt work and passing gave Heatec the cutting edge over Chelmsford. Simon Ibbotson and Stuart Dove smashed through Chelmsford’s defence to push Heatec over the line and record a comfortable 25-9 first set victory.
Tendring Volleyball ladies team had a tough first game in the top flight of the national volleyball league against last season’s reigning champions, Team Northumbria.
Over the summer Tendring’s local squad has been bolstered with scholarship athletes studying at the University of Essex, however with only one training session as a squad before the game, it was a big task to compete with the experienced champions.
The first game of the Essex league Division One season was contested by the Tendring Lions v Tendring Heatec. This was the first time these two teams have played against each other even though they play out of the same venue. The north east Essex derby was always going to be a great game to be involved in. Heatec had some new signings present, Neil Masters, Michael Welham, Simon Ibbotson and Chester Searle.