MATCH REPORT GENTS 4 MARCH 15TH

Final score: WaHo HS 4 – AETOS HS 11 (1-3)

This week it is finally that time of the year again that the posterboys of Waho are allowed to brighten up your day with another beauty of a match report. Take a comfortable seat and a nice drink and read about the wonderful adventures of Gents 4(-0) (or Gents (0-)4, depending if it is a home or away match).

Last Friday it was time again for a spectacle of skill, determination and tactical prowess* as we had to square off against the number 4 team (what a lovely place in the standings) AETOS HS11. Unlucky there was a miscommunication with whomever allocates the fields because to our dismay (and that of our cheerleaders) we were put on one of the back fields. To add injury to insult our beloved trainer and coach Gijs? Was not able to attend the match and lend us his tactical knowledge and charming looks. With some improvising we were able to get our cripples ‘broken finger’ Gijs? and ‘busted knee’ Gijs? to be our moral coaches (actually just glorified cheerleaders) of that evening.

Luckily we like a challenge and started the match with our spirits high. With the tactical prowess of our coaches (of whom one didn’t even know the current system and positions of the players due to him betraying the team for half a year to dick around in Austria) we started the match with a bang. Blink and it was over, and unfortunately we underestimated our opponents, that is what you get when Gijs?, Gijs? and Gijs? are always so cocky and Gijs! can’t properly serve so we lost the first two sets with a score we won’t talk about because you want to get happy while reading this. Well of course we just like to play with our food, so after this general repetition we started the actual match with renewed energy, mainly because our coach Gijs? just screams so much. Realising they needed to change something our coaches Gijs? and Gijs? made some drastic measures and started the third set with Gijs!, Gijs?, Gijs!, Gijs!, Gijs? and Gijs? in the field and benching Gijs? and Gijs?. With this bold move Gents4 started the 3rd set by completely rolling over AETOS, forcing two quick timeouts out of them. Enjoying a challenge we gave them some free points because who likes a stomp, and after a while it was 20-20, or a similar score. The old Gents4 would succumb to the dreaded 20 point panic and throw away the set but with their two bold new coaches guiding** the team we overcame our past weaknesses and won the set 25-23!! That is something you didn’t expect while reading a match report of Gents4 (you can admit it, we can take it).

I think afterwards we forgot to play the 4th set.

VIEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRR BIEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gents (0-)4

*Not specifying which team

**Cheering, screaming and just being obnoxiously loud

MATCH REPORT GENTS 3 MARCH 8TH

Final score: WaHo HS 3 – BSVO HS 1 (2-3)

Last Friday, Gents 3 had to play against BSVO from Otterlo. Everyone who has ever been in their ‘sports’ hall, knows how extremely low their ceiling is. No wonder we lost 4-0 when playing the away match. However, this Friday we played in the Bongerd, where the ceiling is of normal height. Without our ‘normal’ coaches, but with a Libero (who only played a few points) who also coached this match, we started with a lot of energy. This resulted in a very good set, where we played better than ever. At a certain point it was 24-16, and we made it a little bit more exiting by letting BSVO score 4 points in a row. However, we won the set with 25-20.

The second set we started a bit confused because we won the first set. BSVO started playing and we came behind quite some points. However, with some amazing balls from Sander and Mart on middle, we came back. Unfortunately, we lost the set with 24-26, we were so close… The next set we did the opposite. Started of pretty good, but let it slip towards the end. Luckily for us, the standings were now inverted, and we won the set with 26-24!

If you know some history of Gents 3, you know where this match is going to. This season we already played four 5th setters. And we lost them all… The fourth set of this match was a good one, however BSVO played really well. We lost the set with 18-25.

The fifth set we started so bad. At a certain point we were 2-8 behind. However, due to our amazing team spirit this match, we came back. We even created a few match points! But when the glasses of some random BSVO guy broke, they decided it was a good moment to stall and to just take 5 minutes to solve the problem. Our concentration levels declined, and with a really stupid ball, BSVO won the 5th set with 16-18.

We fought really hard this match, showed amazing team spirit and showed the whole competition that we can play volleyball indeed. However, winning just seems too much to ask this season. We do get value for our money since we play so many 5th setters or long matches :D.

Sjalalalalalalalalala, WaHo heren drie, heren drie! WaaHoo heren drrieee!!

MATCH REPORT LADIES 5 MARCH 2ND

Final score: Set Up ’69 DS 5 – WaHo DS 5 (3-1)

After the drunk-volleyball at nachttoernooi previous weekend, we were ready to play some serious volleyball again. We travelled to Scherpenzeel to play against Set up ’69. Both teams being in the middle of the Nevobo rankings, it promised to be an exciting match. Apparently, they were extremely impressed by our strength and length already, as we needed to get dressed in the men rooms.

In the first set of the match, the OCD got the better of us, while the lines were red instead of white/yellow. The second set went way better and after killer blocking the strongest player of Set up ’69 we won! However, in third set the old ladies regained their powers and after some long rallies they won.

The last set started exciting, as we went head to head. Unfortunately, our heads were also busy with carnival coming up and we lost the fourth set. We fought like lions and ate grapes like crazy (in the hope they turned into wine) but it was not enough and we lost eventually with 3-1.

MATCH REPORT LADIES 3 FEBRUARY 22ND

Final score: Renswouw DS 3 – WaHo DS 3 (1-3)

Who the fuck is Maarten?

It was february the 21st, ladies 3 was having a nice looooong dinner. Normally we have to rush to the Bongerd early, so we enjoyed our burgers and potato wedges. In the new sports hall of Renswou, aka only a new sandpaper floor, we were excited to start to play immediately. To our huge disappointment, the match before ours was taking forever. After 45 minutes we could finally start our warming up and get back into the volleyball playing mood.
For the whole match we had huge ups and downs, so it was very thrilling, especially for Pim. He was probably dying inside. 
We started the first set very strong. There was a lot of variation in our attacks. Then suddenly, our focus was gone and so was our head start. Eventually, we fought hard enough to win the set with 26-24. 

Second and third sets had the same ups and downs, but we still prevailed and won both sets with the infamous 2 point difference, 28-26 and 27-25. Silke stole the show in the third set with a beautiful ‘baksteenbal’.

The fourth set was also very thrilling, except we did not win. One of the opponents had really strong service and that is why we had so much difficulty with the set. After a long and difficult fight we lost with 23-25.

At 23:46 the match was finally finished, which meant that Silke’s birthday was in 14 minutes!!!!1!!! So with a bit of poor timing while showering, we sang (semi) naked to her! After we finished showering, we enjoyed Silke’s homemade brownies. 

During the match, the father of Joy wanted to leave, but he got some lottery tickets. After finally getting her attention, he dropped the lottery tickets of. Now, they were forced to stay to see if they won anything. 

The prizes varied from a farmer’s basket with two eggs and local honey to a fitness membership to a shirt of Maarten. We did not have a clue who the hell Maarten is, neither did the people next to us. Sadly, we lost the gym membership in Renswoude to the biggest woman in the room. To our disappointment, we didn’t win anything and had to home empty handed. 

Do you know who Maarten is?

Kisses,
Ladies 3

MATCH REPORT GENTS 1 FEBRUARY 15TH

Final score: WaHo HS 1 – Pegasus HS 5 (2-3)

Dear WaHosi,

Everything was going well. Some of us had a nice dinner together with some beautiful ladies of Ladies 8. We had a good feeling, having won the first match against these bastards, and we started the match off pretty well. The first set was way too easy, and we won 25-10. The second set started quite good as well, but then… Out of nowhere a majestic creature so big, so thicc, so full-bodied, so solid, so plump, so corpulent, so blubbery, so humongous, appeared on the field. All the guys were astonished by the presence of this fine creature. When the whale was halfway over, all we could think was we want Mór flopping. When the whale finally flopped off the field, our minds were completely gone. Luckily, we still won this set. But after this, everything went apeshit. The rest of the match is not to be discussed. I (someone from gents 1) really wanted to hurt the opponents, but I was the bigger person. Not as big as the whale tho. Life sucks, the match sucked. I hope the crowd enjoyed themselves, but we didn’t really hear anything from up there. <3 But with a few beers goggles on they might have enjoyed themselves as well.

Porco dio, heel diep, save the whales, joe,
Gents 1

MATCH REPORT LADIES 1 FEBRUARY 2ND

Final score: Set Up ’69 DS 1 – WaHo DS 1 (3-1)

Dear WaHooligans,

Saturday the 2nd of February we played against Set Up ’69 D1 in Scherpenzeel. Having won the WaHome-match at the beginning of the season with 4-0 we were aiming for another victory. Set Up on the other hand, wanted to take revenge. Despite some snow, rain, cold and a combination of all three, we arrived in the sportshall nice and early. Unfortunately we were missing a lot of players but luckily we found Melanie and Sofie willing and able to help us out. 
The first set we started good, with nice service series from Hanneke and Lonne and offensive scores from Nardy, Hannah and Femke. Set Up came back but after a time out we had things going our way again. Melanie and Sofie came in at the end of the set to replace Hanneke and Nardy and we secured the set 25-20.

In the second set we did not start as sharp as the first, and Set Up took a few points lead. We made too many unforced errors to close the gap. In the second half of the set we came back strong, but fell short te win the set (21-25). The third and fourth set were pretty much copies of the second. Some very good play was alternated with unforced errors and our service pressure was not enough to put the Set Up passing line under pressure. We kept going for each ball with enthousiasm but in the end failed to take the sets (19-25 and 20-25), thus losing the match 1-3. All in all some very good play at times, and plenty to build on for the matches to come. 

Out next WaHome match will be the 8th of march against SSS DS 2. Which will surely be another battle for points! Hope to see you then! 

Kisses from Ladies 1

MATCH REPORT LADIES 4 JANUARY 25TH

Final score: WaHo DS 4 – TweeVV DS 3 (3-2)

We were really excited for this match. Last time we played against TweeVV, we had a really close match. Unfortunately, we lost that one with 3-1, however the sets were very close and could have gone either way. So, we hoped that this time we would win in the end. There was a great ambiance, we were dancing and running at the same time.

We started the first set with Anniek, Carmen, Caya, Imke, Laura and Regina and our libero Anna. During the whole set we were pretty even. Both teams made a lot of points on the middle, however we scored with some tactical balls as well. Anna, our amazing libero, defended all the tactical balls of TweeVV, too bad for them. While the field team was really focused on scoring points, the bench with Eline, Leanne, Loes, Maryse and Senna was singing the whole time. It resulted in a win for us.

The second set, Loes and Leanne substituted Caya and Imke. The energy was really good and we started this set with a lead, when the first time out was called by TweeVV. Nardy was giving some tips and motivated us to keep up the good work. We were working really hard, however we had some difficulties with one of their services. So, Nardy needed to make some chances to get the serve back on our side. In the end, we won the set by working for each other, singing, playing tactical, spiking but mostly just by fighting.

Apparently our match wasn’t that exciting, the whole tribune thought it was time for beers and the hall became silent when we started with the third set. This time we started with Eline and Senna instead of Carmen and Laura. Unfortunately, we started a few points behind early on in the set. Even with some substitutes, a very active bench and some nice points, we did not manage to win this set.

The fourth set, we started with the idea that this would be the final set of today’s game and would lead us to a 3-1 victory. However, this confidence was lost fast when TweeVV started again with good services, to which we did not have a reply. Unfortunately we could not turn this set around and lost this one as well. The referee and counters were not very happy, as they were also very eager to drink some beers, so we promised them we would try and win the 5th set as fast as possible.

So the win all depended on this 5th and last set of the game. We started with Eline, Laura, Caya, Regina, Maryse and Leanne. The tribune was full again and cheering for us. We started really strong, as were determined to win this set and not let the victory slide. TweeVV gave some resistance with their good services, which got them back in the game. However, this time we kept fighting till the end won the game with 3-2.

We celebrated this victory some drinks and with a cake made by Maryse, since her birthday started at 12 o’clock that night. (If you were in the Bongerd, you might have heard us singing in the dressing room)

MATCH REPORT LADIES 9 JANUARY 18TH

Final score: WaHo DS 9 – Excelsior DS 2 (0-4)

Last Friday, we had quite an eventful match. It started with the search for Aniek’s home, which was all the way on the other side of Wageningen, even further than the Haarweg. When everybody finally found it, we had a delicious meal with many amusing stories from Merle and Ilse found her secret talent.

Then, the long way to the Bongerd began, in which we lost two people. After a while, we were finally complete and ready to play. The first set was pure chaos. We only just started with positions and it seemed like everybody forgot everything our amazing trainers have ever taught us. After two minutes, Karin decided to ignore the positions and that definitely improved the play. We lost.

And the next set we almost won, but didn’t. And the third we lost again, despite Ilse’s legendary head ball. There she stood, arms ready to receive the ball, but before it could get to her, she calmly withdrew them and hit the ball with her head so majestically that everybody was in shock. Because of this, the beautifully passed ball could not be transformed into an attack. So sad. The fourth set we also lost.

After this, we retreated to the canteen: defeated but still proud of Ilse. Here, we talked about almost every horrible tv program visible on the Dutch tv. After that, we called it a day and went home to our warm beds.

MATCH REPORT LADIES 2 JANUARY 12TH

Final score: Trivos DS 2 – WaHo DS 2 (3-1)

New year, new chances! This was our very first match in 2019, and we were excited to start the year well and bring some points back to Wageningen. With Nynke gone to ladies 1, but Vero1 back into the team we felt quite ready for this match. We did have some start –up problems during the day: We started the day kind of sad because Eline felt too sick to play (we also may have been kind of happy about it as we now had enough space in the cars to bring everybody home (sorry, Eline)). After arriving in Wijchen, we found out that Lutskes quick fix of gluing the number on Fenna’s beautiful #1  shirt didn’t survive the holiday (see picture).

Luckily we had extra shirts so that problem was quite easily fixed.
After waiting another half hour on way too comfortable couches, and reading their not very positive comments on us in their program booklet, we finally could start warming up.
After warming up, we went to change from our warm-up shirts into the match shirts, when Nella found out that her shirt was missing from the bag! And as the referee already started the match she could not change her number anymore. Luckily we had a match shirt which had lost its number, so with creative thinking and some tape we managed to fix this problem as well (see picture 2).
Even after all this we managed to play very well, and win a set from the (then) number 6 in our poule.

BTW we might start up some sort of sponsoring action to get Emma some new arm sleeves as she is defending & diving so hard she’s getting holes in them….

MATCH REPORT GENTS 4 DECEMBER 14TH

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!