October a fine month for Whitby-based Eagles

Whitby's North Riding Eagles on court against Notts
Whitby's North Riding Eagles on court against Notts

North Riding Eagles Volleyball Team have had a great end to October with three consecutive away wins and an awards double.

The good run started by knocking Manchester out of the cup 3- 0, followed by a 3-1 win over the Midlands-based England juniors.

A third weekend away took The Eagles down to Nottingham to face an experienced Rockets team, who thought they were going to win when they battered a travel weary Eagles 25-9 in the first set.

Somehow, the Eagles managed to hang on as they were outplayed for the first hour with the first three sets finishing 2-1 in Nottingham’s favour.

The North Riding team knew it would all be over if they failed to stand up to the Rockets in the next set and defeat would see the Whitby side slip back into the bottom two in the NVL second division.

The Eagles had been given a volleyball lesson, losing 25-9, which hurt, so determination and fight was called for.

Basically the North Riding team only had one option and that was to scrap, fight and battle for every point and that is exactly what they did to force an amazing turn around.

From being on the back foot, the Eagles stormed to a 25-8 win in the fourth set.

The traveling supporters had been suffering and now they were on their feet whooping. Nottingham never recovered from being in command and seemingly in complete control, they now staggered into the final set to lose 15-8.

Eagles’ birthday girl Katie Lomas won MVP – most valued player – award and North Riding leapfrogged Nottingham and Coventry to climb out of the relegation zone.

Off court, North Yorkshire Sports awarded North Riding Eagles VC the title of Team of The Year and head coach Anthony Laffan also collected a coach of the year Award.

Next match is away to Birmingham in the cup and then away again in the national league, to Leeds VC.

North Riding Eagles finally return to Whitby Leisure Centre on November 23, when they host the most successful club in the country, Newcastle Staffordshire.

The fixture is due to start at 11am.