Final score: WaHo HS 4 – Xanthos HS 4 (1-3)

Last Friday we played a match against Xanthos HS4. It was our last match before Christmas break, so we had to take this opportunity to get some set points we desperately needed. You have to know that in the ranking we are currently at the 12th place, so there is room for going up in the ranking. Playing against Xanthos (11th place in ranking) was the perfect opponent for this task.

We started of with a nice first set, which we won, due to our skills, enthusiasm, group spirit and energy. We had some nice attacks and even the serves went fine, which normally can be regarded as point for improvement for the next training.

With a nice winning spirit we started the second set, but somehow we started to make mistakes and lost the set. But it was a close call and both team really wanted to win the game.

In the third set you felt the rivalry between the teams got stronger. You have to know that at our level sometime we make mistakes (foot errors and net errors are not uncommon). So the two people from Xanthos started to make it clear to the referee that they didn’t like our way of playing. But the match continued.

But then, someone from our team lifted the ball (een onvervalste schepbeweging) but the referee didn’t whistle for it, so the people from Xanthos got annoyed again. So what do you do in such a situation as a grown up person? The next ball you get, you don’t hit the ball as you normally do. No, you catch it with both hands and throw it back. Of course the referee will whistle for it, and then you can start to complain that it was exactly what Waho did, and you say you were thinking it was a basketball game.

Apart from that small incident, the match continued as usual. In the end we lost the 3rd and 4th set as well, but we had worked hard for it. We won the first set, which made that evening fantastic and memorable, since we doubled our point in the ranking from 1 to 2!! With that results we can enjoy our Christmas break and focus on the second part of the season!


Final score: D.O.S. HS1 – WaHo HS2 (3-1)

Friday the 7th of December. It was the day of the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The day of the release of the first trailer for Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame. But most importantly, it was the day of the next match of WaHo Gents 2. And it was not just any match, we had to defend our first place against D.O.S. HS 1 who were close behind us in second place.

Our match preparation was a bit wacky this time. As usual, we had dinner at Guido’s place and played some Super Smash Bros. But when we had to leave there were some logistic issues. After a head counting, we found out not everyone would be able to fit in the cars, so someone had to go by public transport and miss part of the first set. Ultimately, Ivar sacrificed himself for the team (we owe him big time for this), and we raced to Lunteren where we had to play our match.

We also had some coach problems because Evelien couldn’t be there this time </3. But the legendary combo of Arno and Birgit helped us through the match. Also, Mór was especially impressed by the balls of the opponent. He liked to play with them very much.

Oh yes, about the match. Let’s talk about how that went.

We started the first set with Aiko on set, Bram on diagonal, Hera and Eus on outside, and Arjen and Guus on the middle. Furthermore, Guido had to swap his red match shirt for a white one this game because last week his knee decided to let him down again. So he played as our libero.

Determined we started the first set. Over the last few weeks our service had been our weak spot, but this game it went smoothly as f*ck. Also our pass was amazing, and Aiko could give every set he wanted. Short story, the set went great. But towards the end we made some mistakes and gave the opponent room to catch up with us. And well.. they did. After some nerve-wrecking rally’s and match points we ultimately lost the first set 27-25.

For the second set Ivar replaced Hera on the outside and Mór replaced Aiko on set. We scored the first point and immediately Ivar scored four more with his service. We started out great with a 5-0 advantage for us. The set itself went just as good as the first one, only this time we didn’t give our opponents any chance to come back. With 25-18 and some big grins on our face we easily took the second set from them.

Somehow the third set was erased from all of our minds by some mysterious high power. None of us knows what happened there, only that we started the fourth set knowing that we needed to get to the fifth set to still be able to win.

The line-up of the fourth set was the same as the second one. But our opponents didn’t gave it away as easily this time. We played well, but our pass was a bit off, and so were the sets. In the end, we just couldn’t score points anymore and the opponents created a big point gap in the score. At 24-15 behind, we managed to come back to 24-20. But that wasn’t enough as we lost the set 25-20, and the game with it.

Ultimately we could only take 1 point back to Wageningen, but we will have a sweet revenge on DOS when they come to us in the Bongerd. We’ll make sure to turn the tables then, and get our points back.


Final score: Heyendaal DS 12 – WaHo DS 7 (2-3)

Last Thursday we (ladies 7) travelled to Nijmegen. This is a familiar place for Sophie, as she has played a lot of volleyball matches there in the past. Prepared as we are (for the traffic jams around rush hour) we arrived in Nijmegen on time. We had a lot of motivation to do our very best, because this team had only 3 points more than we and had played 2 games less. We knew it would be an exciting match! We even brought supporters from Wageningen: Douwe and Hera came to cheer us on ?

In the first set, we played very well. We made no mistakes, the pass arrived at the setter perfectly, the setter set the ball perfectly, and the attack was amazing. Therefore, we won this set with 25-15. This gave us a lot of confidence! Playing so well against a team that was some places higher in the competition.

In the second set, we switched all players. They had to warm up a little but finished it amazingly well. This set was also won by us with 25-17!

In the third set, we started worse than in the first two sets. We even lost a lot of points which made the other team gain on us. The opponent started to receive our attacks better and they started attacking better themselves too. In the end, we fought really hard, but unfortunately, we lost this set with 27-25.

In the fourth set we were not playing very well anymore either. This set was lost as well. As we are known for our 5-set-games, we had done it again: we had to play the fifth set. In this season, we had not won a fifth set ever. But we really really really wanted to! So, very we were very anxious to start the fifth set. With professional coaching from Bram, we eventually won this set! Finally!

With a sporty and nice feeling, we travelled back to Wageningen. On our way home, we even picked up a straggler called Douwe… ?