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Ladies 4 to attend South West Championships

07 May 2016: Newly-formed Ladies 4 will be getting a taste of high-level volleyball at this weekend's South West Championships.  Normally attended by the club's top teams, this will be a great experience for the girls, allowing them to put everything they've learned into practice.

Men 1 into NVL playoffs

23 April 2016: After narrowly missing out on the league title, Bristol VC men 1 will be competing for a place in NVL div 2 next season on Sunday 15th Mat at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering.  Good luck guys!

Ladies 1 win West Country derby!

10 April 2016: The west of England volleyball derby goes to Bristol VC in the Women National First Division.

It was a very intense day for the BVC girls, especially from a mental point of view. Some ex players now playing for Bath, and Bath fighting for survival in the league, offered a unique atmosphere during the match.

Marjolein Meinders was voted MVP. New player Luiza Stefanova had an extremely good game, making a real difference during very delicate moments of the match.

Great performance as well from all central players Marzia di Bella, Tamara Serrano and Liene Knupke. Playing strongly in all areas, they were able to give vital support to the team particularly in the back court.

Extremely satisfied coach Marco Mendola: "Proud to see our girls always in a positive attitude. After a quite difficult first set,I saw a determined reaction. Today we have clearly demonstrated concentration and attention for details. Bath had no chance with our girls".

Players: Joanna Stenlake, Luiza Stefanova, Liene Knupke, Mariolejn Meinders, Ruth Hambley (capitain), Vicky Telfer, Tamara Serrano, Marzia di Bella.

Coach: Marco Mendola

Bristol 1 3-1 Bath Mavericks (19-25, 25-22, 25-15, 25-10)

Last match of the season next Saturday 16 March against Ashcombe Dorking VC.

Ladies 1 beat Worthing

06 March 2016: This weekend saw another incredible performance from Bristol VC in the Women National First Division.

Although there were many absences for flu, BVC players made the necessary sacrifice to play out of position.

Joanna Stenlake was voted MVP. She was complete in all aspects of her game, plus able to focus with smart actions in very delicate moments of the match. Extremely good game as well for Jalanya Szepesi as outside and the capitain Mariolejn Meinders.

Tamara Serrano comes back recovered from her injury with a very supportive performance. Another real positive from the match was the debut in First Division for the central Milena Balcerowska.

Another great moment for coach Marco Mendola: "There are no doubts, we are playing a different level of volleyball right now. It does not matter which players are on court, our strenght is team spirit and common targets".

Over the past two weekend, Bristol have comprehensively beat the teams in 2nd and 3rd place in the table, so can now count themselves amongst the top teams in the league.

Players: Joanna Stenlake, Luiza Stefanova, Milena Balceroswka, Mariolejn Meinders (captain), Ruth Hambley, Jalanya Szepesi, Tamara Serrano, Lindsay Levesque (libero).

Coach: Marco Mendola

Bristol 1 3-0 Worthing VC (25-12, 25-21, 26-24)

The next match in Bristol at Abbeywood School (New Rd, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8SF) Saturday 19 March at 12.30 pm vs. Birmingham VC.

Ladies 1 beat Ashcombe Dorking

08 February 2016: Hard work always pay off!

Excellent performance by Bristol 1 in the National First Division. The match against Ashcombe has been an important milestone for the girls: precision in fundamentals, consistency, and finally, a good team spirit.  Because of many injuries, 2015 was a complicated year for the team, however, thanks to some recovered players and new girls in our roster we can be more optimistic for the future.

Ruthie Hambley MVP.  Extremely good performances from Lindsay Levesque and Jalanya Szepesi.  Marzia di Bella offered a consistent support as central.  Our Joanna Stelanke comes back officially to NVL 1 completely recovered after serious problems with her shoulder.   Always determined Marjolein Meinders and Vicky Telfer as opposite and setter respectively.  Hard work at the gym during the week is giving satisfaction to coach Marco and co.

Come to see us next match! High level volleyball and a friendly atmosphere are waiting for you!

Bristol 1 3-0 Ashcombe Dorking (25-20, 25-22, 25-10)

Ladies 2 smash Dulwich

07 February 2016: Faced with the first of two consecutive weekends without their usual setter, Bristol 2 made the long trip to London hoping they could continue their winning ways.

Panic mode started immediately when the ref called a double touch for the very first set (which was absolutely clean by the way), but that was soon forgotten and the girls started to get into their stride.  Stand-in setter Julia Kulla started connecting with her hitters superbly and even got in some 2nd ball hits, much to the shock of the Dulwich team.

In the second set the girls were in total control, dominating with their serve, and defending solidly when the ball came back, limiting Dulwich to only 8 points.

A chance to repeat another impressive scoreline in the third was hampered by an injury to one of the Dulwich players, which took away a lot of the energy in the game.

All-in-all it was a very composed performance, and nicely sets up next weekend's potential title-defining matches against Cambridge and New Forest.

Bristol 2 3-0 Dulwich (25-18, 25-8, 25-21)

Men 1 beat Guildford but slip up against Oxford

07 February 2016: Having beat New Forest in their previous match to move top of the table, all Bristol needed to do to be crowned champions was to win their remaining games.  But it was never going to be that simple was it!

First up Bristol faced Oxford, who they had beat 3-0 at the first fixture of the season.  This time the guys seem to struggle to string runs of points together, through a combination of uncharacteristic low energy and Oxford having a phenomenal player that they could go to whenever they needed a side-out.  This led to some incredibly long and close sets, with Oxford managing to just do enough to win.  The biggest disappointment was not being able to recreate the intensity that the guys have had at training recently.

Keen to make up from the earlier disappointment, Bristol got off to a much more positive start against Guildford, convincingly taking the first and second sets.  The third set was classic 2-0 syndrome with Bristol taking their foot off the gas to allow Guildford to take a set.  Normal service then resumed with Bristol winning the match in four.

Although this was a massive missed opportunity in terms of maintaining their position at the top of the table, New Forest failed to take advance and dropped a game themselves, so it looks set to be a very close run-in to the end of the season between the two teams.

Bristol 1 0-3 Oxford (27-29, 19-25, 26-28)
Bristol 1 3-1 Guildford (25-14, 25-22 16-25, 25-22)

Ladies 2 beat Reading

24 January 2016: Bristol keep up the pressure on top spot with a regulation 3-0 victory over Reading.

Bristol 2 3-0 Reading (25-21, 25-22 25-19)

Ladies 2 beat Richmond

18 January 2016: The girls limped to victory against the league's bottom team when they met before Christmas, but made amends with a solid 3-0 win second time around.

Bristol 2 3-0 Richmond (25-19, 25-15, 25-20)

Men 1 beat New Forest and Southampton to go top

17 January 2016: After quickly dispatching Southampton 3-0 in the first match, Bristol turned their attention to overturning their defeat against New Forest on the opening day of the season.  At stake was top spot in the league.

The guys started with energy and confidence, and had an answer for everything New Forest could through at them, taking the first two sets.  With a convincing 3-0 in sight, Bristol noticeably dropped their level in the third allowing New Forest to take the set, and gave them a glimmer of hope.  The same continued in the fourth with Bristol playing below the level they had started the match with, and the match went to a fifth set.  Momentum was now firmly with New Forest who led 8-3 at the change of ends.  After a firm team talk the guys went back onto court with a renewed positivity and slowly worked their way back into the match.  As they got closer and closer the pressure finally got to the New Forest team who started committing more and more errors.  Bristol kept their nerve to win the game and move above New Forest at the top of the league.

Bristol 1 3-0 Southampton (25-20, 25-17, 25-13)
Bristol 1 3-2 New Forest (25-14, 25-22, 22-25, 23-25, 16-14)

Ladies 2 in incredible win against Essex

14 December 2015: First up, Bristol faced promotion hopefuls Essex Trinity in a match that could define both clubs' seasons.  Bristol knew that Essex, coached by ex-England coach Ian Legrand, were going to be very tough opponents.  Matters were made even harder as Bristol were missing three of their starting 6, and three of the girls were playing for the team for the very first time.

It seemed that it was going to be Essex's day after they took the first two sets, especially with one of Bristol's players suffering what looked like a season-ending injury in the second, but Bristol, inspired by their comebacks against Portsmouth, knew that they were not out of it.

Holding their nerve to battle to take a close third set, the girls were now back in the match.  Sensing an opportunity, Bristol started the fourth positively and through some amazing attacking by Weronika Zarzycka built a commanding lead.  Essex could not do anything to close the gap and finished the set looking shell shocked having thought they had the victory sealed.

Fifth sets were nothing new for Bristol, and had come out winners in every one so far this season, so the girls started positively.  Having gone from a winning position to be on the brink of throwing it all away, Essex players were now looking around at each other rather than taking responsibility themselves.  Bristol kept the pressure on and took a very unlikely looking win.  It was an incredible performance.

Next up Bristol faced Plymouth.  In what must have been a hangover from an epic first match, the girls dropped the first set before running out easy winners.

What a way to finish before the Christmas break!

Bristol 2 3-2 Essex (15-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-16, 15-11)
Bristol 2 3-1 Plymouth (20-25, 25-14, 25-13, 25-20)

Ladies 1 in hard-fought win over Loughborough

06 December 2015: Bristol 1 3-2 Loughborough (25-20, 25-16, 20-25, 14-25, 15-7)

Ladies 2 beat Richmond

30 November 2015: In what should have been a routine win, Bristol somehow made hard work of it and took 5 sets to overcome the league's bottom side.

Richmond at one point led 2-1 before the girls finally turned it on and blew them away 25-7 to avoid an unlikely defeat.  Bristol then went on to secure the win in the fifth set.

Bristol 2 3-2 Richmond (21-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-7, 15-7)

Ladies 1 beat Tameside

29 November 2015: Bristol 1 3-1 Tameside (25-21, 14-25, 25-19, 30-28)

Men 1 beat Kernow and South Hants

23 November 2015: Not even a night out in Newquay before the matches could stop Bristol men picking up two dominant wins, although some question marks over their choice of nightclub remain.  The less said the better.

Bristol 3-0 Kernow (25-16, 25-22, 25-17)
Bristol 3-0 South Hants (25-13, 25-15, 25-20)

Ladies 2 do double over Portsmouth

16 November 2015: In their last match Bristol's heroic performance saw them come from 2-0 down to beat then league-leaders in 5 sets.  Less than a month later, the girls faced the same team again knowing how important it was to show that the previous win was not just a fluke.

It was to prove another incredibly close game, with some epic rallies.  Portsmouth won a close first set 26-24, which was then followed by Bristol taking an equally as close second set 29-27.  There was nothing between the two teams.

Portsmouth looked to have found something in the third and comfortably took it 25-16.  Drawing on their experience from the previous game, the Bristol girls knew they weren't finished and worked hard to edge the fourth set 26-24.

It now came down to a fifth set again.  Bristol knew they had done it from here before, and through a positive attitude and some good serving took a lead which they never looked like surrendering and took the match.

It was now clear that the girls could genuinely compete at this level.

Bristol 2 3-2 Portsmouth (24-26, 29-27, 16-25, 26-24, 15-11)

Men 1 beat Guildford and Cardiff

09 November 2015: Bristol get more wins on the board against Cardiff and perennial bogey team Guildford.

Bristol 1 3-0 Cardiff (25-16, 26-24, 25-18)
Bristol 1 3-1 Guildford (25-20, 26-24, 23-25, 25-16)

Ladies 2 beat league leaders

19 October 2015: Having got their season off to a winning start against Plymouth, next up the girls faced unbeaten and top of the league Portsmouth.

Everyone expected this to be a much tougher challenge, against a team that are going to be in contention for the league title at the end of the season, and so it proved right from the start.  Playing well, but having closely lost the first two sets, most teams would have settled for that in their first season in a higher division, but having not lost a league game so far in 2015 the Bristol girls refused to give up.

Some personnel and tactical changes saw the girls narrowly win the third set, bringing them back into the match.  Both sides were by now playing great stuff but Bristol nudged ahead when it mattered to take the fourth.  The momentum was now firmly with Bristol, and after taking an early lead in the decider, never looked like giving it up.  Both teams can be proud of their contribution to a great match.

This is the second significant result in a row for the girls, who are really starting to show great potential in div 2.

Bristol 2 3-2 Portsmouth (19-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-11)

Men 1 beat Oxford

18 October 2015: It was a mixed start to the season for Men 1, but featured some glimpses of great potential of what is a very new-look side.

In the first match of the triangular the guys took on New Forest who are always a very strong team, featuring lots of experience and youth.  The match was close, but New Forest were the more settled side and ran out 3-1 winners.

In their second match, despite a scare in the second set, the guys took a comfortable 3-0 win.

It is clear that the team needs more time playing together, but a decent start none-the-less.

Bristol 1 1-3 New Forest (22-25, 25-23 20-25 22-25)
Bristol 1 3-0 Oxford Students (25-19, 27-25, 25-17)

Ladies 2 get off to a winning start

05 October 2015: Having won NVL division 3 in style last season, leading up to their first match of the season the girls were nervous as to what life in div 2 would be like.  Any fears of not being able to compete at this level were soon put to bed, with an impressive 3-0 win against Plymouth.  There is still lots of work to do as the girls were far from the best, but in terms of the result, they could not have asked for anything better.

Bristol 2 3-0 Plymouth (25-22, 25-16, 25-20)

Exciting coaching opportunity at Bristol VC

30 June 2015: Dear Coaches

Bristol VC has an exiting coaching opportunity available for this coming season.

We're looking for an experienced coach to take over our NVL division 1 ladies team.  The girls finished 3rd in the 2014-15 season, narrowly missing out on a place in the Super8 play-offs only on set difference.  They then capped a positive season by remaining unbeaten on their way to becoming South West Champions at the season-ending tournament in Plymouth.

We would like an ambitious, motivated coach who can prepare them for the Super8s, aiming to achieve promotion, and who is able to coach technically as well as tactically.

The expected commitment level is two evening training sessions per week (Mondays and Wednesdays) as well at matches.

If you think this might be of interest to you or would like to find out more then we'd love to hear from you, or if you know someone who'd be perfect for the role then please pass this on.

Bristol VC Chairman

Get into Volleyball - 2015-16 try-outs announced!

16 June 2015: Hello Volleyballers!  Bristol VC will soon be holding try-outs for the coming indoor season.

The sessions are open to anyone who is interested in playing competitive volleyball next season, whatever skill level, whether you have played for a club team before, are a new player keen to get involved, or if you think you might be interested in and just want to see what it's all about.

We will be entering teams at local league level right up to national division 1, so we should have a team that's right for everyone.  We've learned from last season, and this year will be offering more teams aimed at players looking to take their first steps into competitive volleyball, including mixed volleyball.

We'll be looking at different skills at each session, so ideally we'd like you to attend as many of the sessions as you can, if not all of them. We know that this is not always possible as many people are away over the summer, so if you are unable to attend for whatever reason, but would still like to be involved with a team, please let us know.

All club coaches will be there to help run the sessions, and to give help/advice/tips to everyone.

We hope to see you all there!

Please find the dates/times of this season's trials below.

Wednesday 29th July: 18:30-20:10 (ladies) 20:10-21:50 (men)
Wednesday 5th Aug: 18:30-20:10 (men) 20:10-21:50 (ladies)
Wednesday12th Aug: 18:30-20:10 (ladies) 20:10-21:05 (men)

All sessions are at Abbeywood School. There will be a small charge (TBC) to contribute to the cost of the sessions.

So that we can better plan the sessions, please register your interest at

Ladies 1 win South West Championships

18 May 2015: After narrowly missing out on promotion to the Super8's, Ladies 1 finished their season on a high by winning the South West Championships.  Competing against teams from all over the South West of England, the girls remained unbeaten all weekend.

It was almost an unprecedented all Bristol VC final, but an unfortunate injury meant that Ladies 2 were unable to take their place in the semi-finals.

Well done to all Bristol teams that took part!

Ladies 2 win the league!

16 March 2015: With two games still to go, Ladies 2 kept up their winning was to take the league title, and with it promotion to national division 2.  In a dominant performance, the team dropped only 8 sets all season.

Playing an exciting, creative style of attacking volleyball, backed up by lots of hard work in defence, the girls were too much too handle for most teams who got simply blown away.

Look out div 2!

2014-15 Trials dates announced

11 July 2014: Hello volleyballers!  Bristol VC will soon be holding trials for the coming indoor season.

We have teams playing at all levels right up to national division 1, so should have a team that's right for everyone.

Please find the dates/times of this season's trials below.

Each session will be focusing on a different skill, so it is ESSENTIAL that you attend as many of the sessions as you can, if not all of them. If you are unable to attend for whatever reason, please let us know.

The sessions are open to anyone who is interested in playing competitive volleyball next season whatever skill level, whether you have played for a club team before, are a new player keen to get involved, or if you are even remotely interested in being part of a team and want to see what it's all about.

All club coaches will be there to help run the sessions, and to give help/advice/tips to everyone.

We hope to see you all there!

Monday 28th July: 18:30-20:15 (ladies) 20:15-22:00 (men)
Wednesday 30th July: 18:30-20:15 (ladies) 20:15-22:00 (men)
Monday 4th Aug: 18:30-20:15 (men) 20:15-22:00 (ladies)
Wednesday 6th Aug: 18:30-20:15 (men) 20:15-22:00 (ladies)

All sessions are at Abbeywood School. There will be a small charge (TBC) to contribute to the cost of the sessions.

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