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SPF Women’s Volleyball Match Report

5th November 2021

Game no 3, SPF Women vs. Nashcopy Revivals

Revivals won 3 sets to 0; 25 – 16, 25 – 14 , 25 – 8

Players: Fran Babbe (outside hitter), Heather Ewert (middle hitter), Nat Gaudion (setter), Hannah Guilbert (middle hitter), Sophie Warren (setter), Andrea Guillou (outside hitter), Kirsten Haggart (outside hitter) (c)

SPF most valuable player: Sophie Warren

SPF Private Clients Women took on Nashcopy Revivals in the late Friday fixture. The experienced Revivals team are undefeated in two seasons and boast a frightening amount of volleyball skill. Nonetheless, SPF have been training hard and capitalised on some early errors to take a lead in the first set. Sophie Warren, SPF setter, served excellently throughout and provided an early run of points. Once Revivals found their rhythm, however, they were hard to stop, particularly Jo Turville who hit consistently well on the left side. SPF defended well with new outside hitter Andrea Guillou moving quickly in the backcourt and credit must also go to Nat Gaudion for putting up a strong block on the right side for SPF to limit the damage done by Revivals spiking. Ultimately, however, Revivals took the first set 25-16.

The second set was similar; Revivals went ahead early but SPF never lost their cool, and credit must go to Kirsten Haggart, the SPF Captain, who set the tone and kept a steady head all match. Hannah Guilbert and Heather Ewert moved well in the middle of the court to block and hit in transition, but Revivals’ Kat Gillespie picked up a large number of spikes and, coupled with some strong serving, they took the set 25-14.

By the third set, Revivals were in their groove and playing near error-free volleyball. SPF didn’t give up though and Fran Babbe rolled the ball smartly into the corners for a couple of points. In what was the rally of the match, refusing to let the ball drop, Warren made six digs in a single rally to win a point for SPF and was quite rightly voted MVP at the end of the match. In the end, Revivals closed the set comfortably with a 25-8 scoreline, however, the spectators all acknowledged how quickly this SPF team are improving.