Velen van jullie dachten waarschijnlijk dat ‘Merna’ een verbastering was van Marne. Na wat speurwerk is het duidelijk geworden dat het een oud-Engelse naam is dat geliefd betekent. Daarom een speciale editie voor een bijzonder geliefde volleybalclub met verslaglegging in het Engels. En wie weet, met de successen van vanavond wordt het ooit een internationaal bekende club, dan is het fijn wanneer de hele wereld kan meelezen in de archieven. Here we go!
Leens – Today’s home games were the first of 2019. It promised to be an exciting evening due to the six games with varying levels of suspense.
MC1 took to the court at 19.00 hours for its first game of the year. MC1 was placed seventh, they challenged the Impala’s team that were ranked 10th. This was an especially important game for Rutger Hulsebos, who made his debut. It took the team two sets to find the opponent’s weaknesses (19-25 and (17-25), leading to a win in the final set (25-20).
At the same time, MA and MB1 challenged their rivals from Doles. MA is ranked first with a generous 10 points between them and second place. They took to the court like champions, winning all four sets easily (25-13, 25-5, 25-15, 25-11). MB1 was promoted to the first Klasse A this season. At this level they’ve been a strong opponent. Overall the Doles team succeeded in finding the right spots, but the team from Merna didn’t let that affect them too much (27-29, 22-25, 25-20, 10-25). They played their game well and are pumped for the next match against Krathos.
MB 2 was tied for ranks with the Surf team. This season they’d already met on the court during an away game, winning 2-1. Today brought an extra challenge for the girls who are playing a new rotation. They’re still gaining more confidence and that was evident in the scores (20-25, 21-25, 25-14).
After giving away the first two sets to the team from Winkhem (15-25, 18-25) the D1 team took control and showed their real talent in sets 3 and 4 (25-12, 25-18). The teams were well suited to each other, handing out strikes left, right and centre with a guaranteed block on the other side. In the end, Winkhem regained its composure to win the final set (18-20). A good game to watch!
D2 was challenged by the third place team, Oranje Nassau DS 15. Although the sets all started out evenly, with the second set even going up to 11-11, the away team had the upper hand. The services proved difficult in particular. A number of solid points were scored in the second and third sets, but the third place team had no mercy and won the game 4-0.
Merna’s men’s team HS 1 had its hands full with the Flash HS 2 team from Veendam. Merna struck and took the first point. A good start for the team in the same green as the most famous Dutch beer brand, but the blocks placed by the red opponents proved to be difficult to pass. A loss of 17-25 for the first set. Merna regrouped in the second set (25-15) and they continued the battle throughout the third and fourth sets (16-25, 25-19) into the fifth set, taking the last point for the win (15-10). The men went on to celebrate their victory during the Hollandse avond, perhaps to emphasize that the next home game encounters should be shared in Dutch once again.