Inter Insulars 2014 matches report

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Updated: March 26, 2014

2014 Volleyball Inter Insulars Matches

This year’s Volleyball Inter Insulars held at Beau Sejour on Saturday 22 March proved to be an absolute triumph for Jersey. In recent years it has been difficult to dominate away from home compared to great successes with the home advantage.

However this year broke the mould as Jersey were able to secvure victory in 3 of the 4 matches! Something that hasn’t happened for many years, if ever!

The day got off to a great start with the Ladies ‘B’ game, and they soon stamped their authority on the play taking the first set relatively easily 25-12; partly due to accurate passing from libero Renata Freitas which helped setter Deirdre de Rue make great choices out to the hitters.

Much closer in the second set before disaster struck as outside hitter Gemma Coles popped a leg muscle; this with the score at 12-14. With replacement hitter Mirka Sudaj out of position at four it took time to settle and this allowed Guernsey to take the set 25-21

The third set started oddly with Guernsey leaping ahead 7-0! But then in one of the strongest changes ever seen Jersey gradually gained momentum as the scores narrowed to 9-4 but then accelerated to take command by winning the next 15 points! Ilona Hutchins finding great hitting form down the line. Accurate serving from Izabela Gawlicka aided this recovery as Jersey went on to take the set 25-10!!

Set four proved to be much the same, with Daniela Jakodova and Marta Kowalczewska hitting superbly and everyone playing strong volleyball. The scores flowed from 10-7 to 13-7 to 18-10 and then 22-12 before the match went to Jersey 25-12.

In the Mens B game Jersey got off to a similar taking control early on, 13-8 as the younger Guernsey side took time to settle. Chris de Rue setting well from all areas gave Jersey the impetus. However Jersey allowed their opponents into the game and soon the scores were equal at 24 all. Solid serving from Tim Silvester forced the game to Guernsey and they fell at the last hurdle as Jersey won the set 26-24.

The men were struggling with injury as middle blocker Ricardo de Freitas began to suffer from cramp in both legs; this forced the coach to place Terry Perrier into the central position which he did with grit and determination. Great defence from Ben Kemp and Steve Clake kept Jersey right in the race for the set, with scores balanced throughout, until Guernsey took it 27-25

This momentum was carried into set three as Jersey fell behind from the start, Perrier again replacing de Freitas. Despite rallying from all players there was no real answer to Guernsey who took this set and the next 25-19.

The Ladies A has in recent years been firmly in the grasp of Jersey, after many many years of Guernsey domination. A great start to the game saw Jersey open up a 7-0 lead with great serving from Paula Hindley, and power spiking from Majda Rozanska Guernsey rallied afer their poor start to narrow the scores to 20-17, but good serving from Ania Rowsell coupled with great hitting from Ann Cadiou won Jersey the set 25-20.

A virtual repeat of set one but in Guernsey’s favour as they opened an 8-0 lead! Jersey were able to rally and level at 13-13. Good middle play from Laura Morel won several points over the block. With the score level all the way it was just minor errors that allowed Guernsey to win the set 25-20

Set three and it would appear that one end of the court is luckier than the other as Jersey dominated as per the first set, but this time totally.
More strong serving and varying attacks gave them a 9-0 lead which soon stretched to 17-5! Karolina Zablocka living up to her name through the middle and libero Nicki Appleton showing why she is in this vital defensive position. With the score at 24-12 though another Jersey injury with setter Hindley twisting her ankle chasing a ball. Ann Cadiou replaced her, and one point later the set was Jerseys.

With Captain Rowsell stepping in to set, Jersey appeared to be unfazed by the change, and soon played themselves into an unbeatable position.Luisa Abreu showing her potential with effortless serving and strong attacks. Altogether an exemplary performance from all the players and coaches.

A set score of 25-9 is quite a humbling one but shows how much work the team have undertaken.

With two wins from three games the Mens A took to the court with high expectations.
A great start taking a slight lead, before Guernsey levelled at 13 each and remained level up to 25-25! However it was Guernsey who steadied themselves to take the set in the next two points. Jersey certainly had the fire power it was just accuracy that was needed.

This came in the next two sets; with libero Marco Pereira rising to the challenge and delivering accurate passing for Mick Toal to convert to all the hitters. Coach Daniel Grigoras lived up to reputation as he found great spikes all around the court. With Leo Figueira and Ruben Viera also adding great skill as outside hitters points were soon in the bag for Jersey. Set score 25-19

Set three and a similar story, middle blockers Matthew Morel and Stuart Black proving their worth both at the net and from serve. Great court coverage from Pereira really meant that Guernsey struggled to find the court. Set score 25-15!

Fourth set and a different story, Jersey relaxed and allowed their opponents back into the fray. Neither team could take control until late in the set, when Guernsey pulled ahead 22-19. Then not, panicking, Jersey served well via Figueira and were able to level at 23 each, and then points nervously were traded up to 27 each. With Viera serving the power front row were able to dissipate the attack from Guernsey and take the match 27-25.

“ A fantastic result from all the teams, it is never easy to win in Guernsey and that makes the day even more successful for us. I am extremely proud of all the players and Coaches for the work they have put in so far. With the Nat West Island Games next year these matches really kick off the preparations and the teams seem to be relishing the challenge. Congratulations to all the players for their performances, not one bad one! “

Paul Adamson

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