It was another big weekend with some great action for the GB players at home and abroad, some really tight matches that went down to the wire!
In England, it was cup quarter final time and Dave Goodchild’s Team Northumbria had double success with both men’s and women’s teams making it through. The women had a comfortable 3-0 win away from home against London Lynx (25-15, 18, 7) whilst the men beat Sheffield Hallam at home 3-0 (20, 22, 21). Wessex Women and Vicki Palmer won 3-1 at home against Polonia. See all cup results here.
In Scotland Jenn Thom’s City of Edinburgh had a comfortable 3-0 at home against North Lanarkshire in the National League, which now moves them into second place, 2 points behind Ayrshire. See full league table here.
In the German Bundesliga Ciara Michel’s Hamburg continued their winning run since their change of coach with a 3-0 win (18,19,21) away from home against 4th placed team VC Wiesbaden. See stats. This now moves Hamburg up to 6th in the league. For Lucy Wick’s Aachen it was a tough 3-0 loss away from home against 8th placed Kopenicker Berlin. The next couple of games will be key to ensuring Aachen are safe in the league.
Saturday night in France and Carter’s Paris St Cloud find themselves moving up the table with a 3-2 win away from home against Hainaut. Evenly placed at one set each (22-25, 25-23) Hainaut stormed the 3rd winning 25-8 but Carter’s Paris responded edging the 4th 23-25. To the 5th, with momentum and a marginal 13-15 win. Fantastic fight and win by the the away team. Watch a replay of the game.
Sunday in Switzerland was nail biting. Two big matches for Coach Cooper and Captain Beattie. Cooper’s Sagres NUC were up against Koeniz and it went all the way to the wire; behind 2-1 in sets, NUC came back from 6 points down to win the 4th 34-32 in front of a 1000+ home crowd. The 5th was point for point with the home team losing out 14-16 and a tough 2-3 loss. The one league point secured for going 2-3 maybe vital further down the line.
An hour up the mountain, Beattie’s VFM were fighting to stay in contention play-off wise against second placed team Kanti Schaffhausen. Another tight match saw VFM get off to a flying start and at 24-20 up should have taken the opening set, but a confident Kanti team fought to the end, winning the set 27-25. This huge blow for Beattie’s team was evident and despite winning the 3rd set to take it to a 4th, VFM struggled to get any momentum and lost out 3-1, leaving them needing 3 wins out of the remaining 3 and relying on other results to go their way to secure a top 4 play-off spot. Next up is Audrey Cooper’s Sagres NUC, also looking to take all 3 points, so it should be a good battle.