WEYMOUTH 3 NEW FOREST 1
WEYMOUTH Ladies started their summer campaign in confident style.
The club took a small, but strong squad, to the Ashcombe School in Dorking where they played New Forest.
The purpose of the match was to help New Forest’s preparation for their National League play-offs.
Weymouth started brilliantly with four new signings in their line-up, and with the experienced Carol Fogarty assuming the setting role, it didn’t take long before they found themselves in a convincing 10-3 lead.
Fogarty consistently found Weymouth’s middle attack player Anna Wachula who in turn powerfully rounded the Forest block to score consistently.
The set was closed out with an impressive 25-8 scoreline in Wey-mouth’s favour.
Set two was also won but this time it was a lot closer.
Former Wessex player Paula Snow causing the Weymouth defence a few problems.
However, Weymouth slowly resumed their own scoring and with Slovakian Renata Huda- kova serving well, her side managed to fight their way to another set win, this time by a 25-21 margin.
New Forest got the upper hand early on in set three, and this time they didn’t relinquish their lead, Snow and another former Wessex player, Amy Weemes did the damage for the Hampshire-based team.
Forest got themselves back into the match taking the third set 25-23.
Set four saw Weymouth regroup and it was no surprise when Fogarty reverted to using her middle attack pairing as in the first set.
Wachula re-established dominance at the net and she was ably backed up by Weymouth’s fourth new signing Angelika Seirgeij.
Weymouth controlled the ball for long periods during this set, forcing New Forest to defend.
The match was secured with a 25-19 fourth set win.
Weymouth’s next outing will be over the weekend of May 31/June 1 when the club will come up against several Super Eight clubs in the annual tournament at Ashcombe.
Weymouth enter this event as reigning champions and are keen to defend their title.
The Seasiders will be at full strength for this competition and, for the first time, will travel with a full complement of 12 players.
Weymouth (from): Marta Cerri, Rossana Lugodice, Chiara Martelo, Ramona Dienel, Nadine Klugge, Amy Weemes, Kirsty Fargher, Celia Gregory, Nomeda Mikeviciene, Uri Chadavagh, Renatta Hudakova, Angelika Siergiej