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Naas Premier Lose by Two Points in Opening Match
October 10, 2012Naas Cobras Volleyball
25-19, 25-20, 23-25, 22-25, 13- 15
Naas Volleyball Premier Team suffered an agonising defeat in their opening match of the season this weekend.
The team, who came fourth in last season’s league, played newly promoted Tallaght Rockets at home in St Mary’s Naas.
The Naas Cobras lost by a crushing two points in the dying moments of the game after playing for over two hours.
The seasoned Cobra side got off to a tentative start in the first set with nerves showing in every point. Aoife Carroll was setting in place of the injured Kate Ryan while Emily Ryan was the new defensive specialist (liberero).
However, after being down 8-4 due to their own errors, the Naas side finally got into their own grove. Wing player Lisa Rohan was sensational in the wing attack and proved too much for Tallaght Rocket’s defence. The Dublin side chased the Naas players as much as they could but Rohan’s explosive attack proved too much and Naas won the first set quite comfortably 25 – 19.
The home side then built on the success of their first set to take the early lead in the second. Clever attacks from Claire Treacy allowed them to notch up the points 10 – 6. Emily Ryan slotted into her new role with ease and provided perfect defensive moves to line up the attack.
Middle player Debbie Murray helped extend the lead with her blocking and the girls closed out the second set 25-20.
It all looked done and dusted in the third set with setter Aoife Carroll and wing player Claire Walsh taking the girls to an early lead 10-8 through setting and attack. But by now the Tallaght Rockets had figured out that most of Naas’s attack was going to the wing and began to block it with three players.
This proved difficult for the Cobras as they only had the middle attack left as an option. All of a sudden the tide had turned and Tallaght Rockets were now leading 15 – 10. They took the third set 25 – 23.
It was now 2-1 to Naas and they desperately needed a win in the fourth set. The Naas girls came out fighting but it wasn’t to be and Tallaght Rockets took the fourth set 25-22.
Naas were feeling a little defeated after squandering their 2 nil lead but there was no time for them to feel sorry for themselves. They picked themselves up and flew into an early lead 9-3 in the fithh set. It was all going extremely well and it looked like a win was on the cards.
Out of nowhere, Tallaght Rockets once again staged a remarkable comeback through blocking and attack and took the score to 9-9.
The next few points went by all too quickly for Naas and despite a spirited performance they lost 15-13.
Captain Claire Walsh said afterwards: ‘It’s very disappointing to loose the first match of the season. However we can’t dwell on it as we have another game this Saturday.
We need to take the positives from the game and take them with us into training this week and the match on Saturday. Onwards and upwards.’
Team: Claire Walsh (c), Emily Ryan, Aoife Carroll, Lisa Rohan, Debbie Murray, Claire Treacy, Stephanie Grogan, Kate Ryan, Karen Benn, Sarah Benn, Heather Clancy, Aishling Clancy