VIDEO: GB Women start with victory over World no.17

Almost exactly one year after the GB Women’s tour of South America, the girls faced world-ranked #17 Peru, this time on home turf.  Despite competitive performances last summer GB failed to take a win and were out to turn the tables last week and the first official match of the Olympic Summer could not have gone any better.

The English Institue of Sport in Sheffield hosted the first match between Peru and GB on Tuesday May 1st.  Both teams came out firing but it was the Peruvians who pulled away behind the tough serving of Rueda, taking the set 17-25.  The second set was point-for-point, with GB demonstrating some fantastic blocking that would continue throughout the match.  GB pulled ahead at the end to take the set 25-23.  In the third set, Rachel Bragg, who had been a force at the net, came out for GB newcomer Savannah Leaf, who went on to be a key contributor in the match.  The teams traded points well past 25, with GB facing match points against them, but not backing down until they’d clinched the set 32-30!

The fourth set got away from GB early, with Peru winning it 17-25, and taking the match to a fifth and deciding set.  The GB women regained control of the match and demonstrated a courage and determination that Peru no longer seemed able to muster.  GB won the set 15-11 and the match 3-2, making history with their first defeat of Peru.  A fantastic start to the 2012 summer program!

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In the second match of the week, GB hosted Peru on Thursday 3rd May at All Saint’s High School.  The GB women came out strong in the first set, but Peru picked up their serve receive and made some effective changes to handle the GB offence.  After a fantastic start, GB fell behind as the set went along, losing 22-25.  Sets 2 and 3 were not as close; although GB demonstrated some spectacular plays, the sets were checkered with too many unforced errors to keep up with the South Americans.  The second and third sets were both lost 15-25, GB losing the match 0-3.

Overall it was a fantastic start to this huge Summer with a big result on the board and an invaluable opportunity to compete and for the team to continue learning on their path to the Olympics.

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