Tendring Men 3 - 1 Black Country
22-25, 25-19,25-23, 25-16
Report by Erik Halberg
A brisk Saturday morning, and the even brisker sports hall of Tendring Technology College, played host to a National Volleyball League Division 1 matchup between Tendring Volleyball Club’s 1st team and the visiting Black Country 1st. Tendring burst out of the gates quickly with a cheeky ace from setter Derek Sullivan, and reached the first technical timeout with an 8-6 lead over Black Country. After the break Black Country fought their way back to take the lead after a string of Tendring passing and hitting errors, prompting Tendring’s coach Alex Porter to bring on setter Owen Lamb to reestablish connections with the hitters. Though the Lamb-led Tendring managed to close a six point deficit down to three, the Black Country squad refused to let their foot off the throttle and closed the set 25-22.
City of Salford 0 - 3 Tendring
23-25, 23-25, 18-25
Report by Chris Frost
Ladies With another good performance against a very strong Team Northumbria the previous day, it was now turn to travel to play Salford for the final game of the 2 game weekend. With a 2 and a half hour trip down from Newcastle the girls were ready.
The girls started how they finished the game before. Tired legs and long journeys real took its toll on the girls and they were slow out of the blocks. With errors playing a big start in the first set momentum was never gained and points were gifted to the opposition whilst their serve reception unit helped them run a good solid offence. Some good block defence 22-23 down in the first helped Tendring to clinch the first set!
Team Northumbria 3 - 1 Tendring Ladies
22-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-18
Report by Chris Frost
With 2 games under the team’ belt, it was time for Tendring to travel up to the North like last week to play 2 games over the weekend. The first being against Team Northumbria. With a long journey up to the hotel, the team settled in on the Friday night and were able to have a good night’s rest before the tough game on Saturday.
Tendring vs. Riga 15/10/16
Report by Conor Walker
Saturday saw the Tendring Men’s First Team head on a leg-numbing journey north to face off with the recently relegated Riga, in the second round of the National Cup. Leading the team, Captain Stuart Dove, made sure the team were ready to compete against the experienced Riga side.
Tendring Mens 2nd 3 - 1 Team Essex Estonians
Report by Chris Teoh
Essex University Sports Centre, Colchester, Sunday 9th October 2016 – Tendring VC Men 2’s Captain and best scorer Craig Lawrie (Thorpe-le-Soken) led his team to a dream opening match win over Team Essex Estonians 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-19) on the day’s first fixture of volleyball action involving both mens’ National League teams and the Tendring VC Ladies squad who compete in the Volleyball England Super 8s competition.