The Tendring Ladies produced a wonderful team performance on Sunday with their win against Inter London. With every player stepping on the court for at least a set, Tendring decisively took the second round game in the in the National Volleyball League Cup. The National Cup is the prime knock out competition in the Volleyball England competition calendar. With this win the Tendring Ladies will advance to the next round of play on December 5th.


With new coach/setter Chris Teoh and libero Alex Porter coming into the team, the Lions were confident heading into their second game of the Essex League season.  A nervy start to the first set meant neither side could pull away until, with Chelmsford ahead 5:7, strong serving from James Chapman took Tendring into a 12:7 lead, aided by good attacking play from Rob Sharman through the middle and Alan Kempen on the outside.  Whenever Chelmsford got a point, the defending from Aaron Jones and Porter denied Chelmsford any opportunity to get a run of serve going. The Lions reached 19:11 before Warren Brown came on in place of Kempen, immediately showing his credentials by powering a shot down the line for another point.  Bradley Forsyth, hitting reverse, provided a very useful third option to take advantage of Chris Teoh’s setting.  Doug Garner then came on in place of Teoh, allowing Tendring to close out the first set 25:16.

7th November 2015, Tendring women travel to Ealing Broadway to face Polonia SideOut. For the team’s first meet this season, Tendring have been playing hard and focusing on their defence for what is sure to be a very athletic and challenging game. 

Tendring warmed up with high motivation, fully prepared to fight for every point in their first game against Polonia. After a shaky start in the first set 8-1 down, Tending found their rhythm in the pass and presented some aggressive serving from the baseline, especially from Fran Smith-Daye. During this set, Tending built momentum, however unfortunately found themselves chasing for the whole set. 

After a disappointing loss the day before Tendring were looking to prove that they were better than the previous days results had shown. Although the Marvels side had brought a strong team Tendring got off to a flying start with setter Nick Davies and Opposite hitter Stuart Dove linking well to form some impressive attacks, this meant that Tendring lead at the first technical timeout 8-4. Marvels were unable to answer this and an in form Tendring side continued to push forward increasing their lead before reaching the second technical timeout at 16-8. Coming out of the second timeout impressive serving from Rob Chilcoat and Contantions Yiannakkos meant that Marvels found it hard to form a decent attack and Tendring took the first set 25-15.

On the back of 4 previous wins Tendring were feeling confident about their match against a strong Black Country side, both teams started well and points were traded all the way through to the first technical timeout where Tendring lead 8 point to 7. This lead gave them confidence and captain Stuart Dove gave an impressive hitting display along with Constantinos Yiannakkos producing a comfortable 5 point advantage going into the second technical. Black Country came out of the timeout a different side producing good defensive and attacking displays, this combined with too many unforced errors from Tendring meant that the score had been made equal at 18 all forcing coach Porter to make a timeout. Unfortunately for the Tendring side they could not find their rhythm meaning that more errors were made causing Black Country to take the first set 25-23.