Colston Ladies v Woodstock, Saturday 28th March 2015

Colston Ladies v Woodstock, Saturday 28th March 2015

We arrived on a beautiful afternoon for our last match of the season against Woodstock.
The sun was shining, but we soon found we had an accompanying bitter northerly wind which meant that we kept our outer layers on (lots of them) and had had to play both the skills of the opposition and the wind curling the ball randomly.
It was good to play with Amy in her first match for Colston, we gelled quickly and took the first set in a jiffy.
Some reasonable serves from me, despatched brilliantly at the net with a succession of backhand cross-court volleys by Amy, and we soon found we had won the first set 6 – 0.
We settled into our stride and enjoyed some fun tennis in the second set and came out with another win at 6 – 1.
Meanwhile Carol and Teresa were slugging it out against their more experienced 1st pair, with longer rallies, much more running and lots of “yours” and other great calls.
At 7-6 they took the first set, then, well into their stride with great vollying and deep shots, they won their second set 6 – 1.
Amy and I had brewed tea for our opposition while waiting, got cold, and unfortunately took our time to get back into our game, but we had a chat, decided to attack more, and pulled the set back at 6 – 4.
Carol and Teresa rattled through the sets with lots of wonderful vollies from near the baseline and great shots, beating their pair 6 – 3  and 6 –  3.
We recovered our tennis, played lots of deep ground shots, and were pleased to win the last set 6 – 1.
So a great way to finish the winter season with another 8 –  0 result to Colston Ladies.
We then gave the visiting team our now renowned tea, with delicious sandwiches, dips, tarte and cakes.
Huge thanks to Emma for being our captain and organiser for the season and to Carol for deputising so well when Emma was not playing.
We have all enjoyed lots of great tennis, and learned a lot about match play, and now look forward to the summer season and warmer weather.
Anna Coull.

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