Last Sunday's first game of the day saw Tendring Men's 2 take on Richmond and with a squad of just 7 it required a complete team performance to get the win. Fortunately all players performed and the lads were able to secure a 3-0 victory with a Scoreline of 25-17 25-22 25-17 Tendring came out of the blocks with early service pressure forcing errors early on and took an early 8-3 lead. From there Richmond responded with some intelligent hitting and strong defensive work but 2 service runs towards the back end of the set saw tendring hold on to claim it 25-17.

Following on from an impressive performance the day before, Tendring were full of confidence going into the game against Birmingham. Tendring established an early 5 point lead with some tactical serving and clever hitting. However a combination of Tendring errors and Birmingham pressure saw the Midlands team bring it back to 15-16 at the second technical timeout. Tendring managed to establish another 3 point lead but again Birmingham were able to close the gap. Chilcoat remained composed at the service line and his service pressure enabled Tendring to take the first set 25-23.

The second set followed a similar pattern to the first with Tendring winning clusters of points only to allow Birmingham back into the set with a combination of unforced errors and clever Birmingham attacks. An uncharacteristically quiet game from captain Dove saw him replaced by the experienced Porter. Tendring continued to trade with Birmingham in a tense back end to the set. Birmingham had 2 set points but the outstanding Chilcoat ensured that Tendring took a nervy second set 30-28.

Tendring’s season opened with a trip up the A14 to play Coventry & Warwick Riga. Following an excellent pre season the new look Tendring team were keen to see if their hard work had paid off. Tendring looked focused from the start and a combination of service pressure and clever hitting saw Tendring take an early lead in the first set. Setter Davies continued to find the impressive Girmound through the middle which created space for the wing hitters to exploit. A strong service run from Yiannakkos stretched the lead and Tendring took the first set 25-17.

The second set began much like first with solid passing from from Bruce and Chilcoat which allowed Tendring to establish an early lead in the set. However Riga started to regroup and applied some pressure of their own via some clever serving. Tendring went into the first technical timeout with a narrow lead. Following the timeout Tendring regained focus and went on a devastating run of points with some excellent blocking from Dove and impressive backcourt hitting from Yiannakkos and Chilcoat. Tendring and Riga continued to trade points but the damage had already been done and Tendring took the second set 25-17.

Having just come off a comfortable win against Richmond 2, the

turnaround was pretty quick for the second match of the triangular.

Tendring started with the same line up they had for the first match
with Chinnery setting, Lawrie and Dacey outside, Chapman and Nash
middle, Rhodes opposite and Searle at libero.

The second game was against the Essex Juniors who are our big rivals, so we knew from the beginning that both teams would have to fight to win. We have played many games against each other from U15’s to U18’s but, it’s always a great game to be involved in.

Olivia Leonardi started the set off with a great service run, but Essex Juniors managed to stay in the set with the some good service pressure from their captain. It was 17-23 to Essex Juniors and that’s when we had to begin our fight back. Unfortunately, Essex Juniors took the first set 24-26.