ECVB traveled to Muncie Central on Saturday. This was our first time participating in this tournament, so we went in knowing the competition would be strong and that we would have to play at a higher level in order to compete. ECVB defeated Muncie Central to open the day with the scores of 29-17 & 25-17. It took us a little bit to find our rhythm in this match, but they never quit. We were down 22-24 at the end of the match and didn’t quit. They fought hard to force extended play and eventually came out on top. Our match last week against Lawrenceburg probably helped in this match because it showed them that they could do it and that they didn’t need to panic. We controlled the second set a lot better and took them out of their comfort zone. ECVB vs Muncie Central 9-28-19We defeated Richmond in the second round of pool play 25-21 & 25-7. We gave up some leads in set one, but Richmond is very scrappy and that can become frustrating, especially for our offense. But they pushed from the service line and then never let up in that area the rest of the match. Molly Gregg opened set 2 with 12-0 serving run with multiple aces in that run. We pulled Richmond out of sync by being aggressive on our side of the court. ECVB vs Richmond 9-28-19We lost to Wapahani in the championship 25-22 & 25-14. We definitely gave them a run for their money in the first set. We dug too big of a whole that it was tough to come out of it, but they never quit and played hard the entire set. The second set was a different story. We let a couple of errors get to us and from that point forward we were pulled out of the game. Wapahani is a very disciplined and fast team and we just didn’t keep up with that in the second set. When you’re facing a team that makes a run for the state title every year, you have to stay in control of everything you can, and we didn’t do that. ECVB vs Wapahani 9-28-19Varsity is now 16-7 on the season. Next up: at Springboro on Thursday.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.
Northern Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll is crossing his fingers an English club takes a chance on him this summer. The former Manchester United number one, now 36, is a free agent after the end of his contract with Greek champions Olympiacos and is eager to return to familiar shores. Carroll has not played in England since leaving Derby five years ago, instead opting to take the route less travelled – first in Denmark with OB Odense, then with OFI Crete before being snapped up by Olympiacos in 2012. “Everybody asks me why it was so long but it wasn’t my idea but it makes be appreciate every day now. “I still enjoy life as a footballer even when I’m not playing but all I want to do now is play games.” Should any potential suitors need a reference for Carroll, O’Neill is on hand with a glowing appreciation. “Roy Carroll would be a good goalkeeper for any club on the lookout,” O’Neill told Press Association Sport. “He’s really focused now, he wants to maximise what he has left in his career and he has a goal in his head to get 50 caps for his country. “He’d be a fantastic signing for anyone in the Premier League or the Championship.” The Enniskillen man was at his very best in the 1-0 friendly defeat in Uruguay on Friday, catching the eye with a stunning double save from Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan. The second of those stops saw him collide with the post, clattering his shoulder, but he never considered going in half-hearted despite the fact injury could harm his chances of finding new employers. “We lost the game and that’s the worst thing but it is nice to make a double save from two players like Cavani and Forlan, that’s not bad,” Carroll said. “When I hit my shoulder I didn’t think about an injury or trying to find a club if I had got injured; I’m playing for Northern Ireland and all I wanted to do was play on and it was no problem. “No matter if I play in a friendly, a qualifier or an FA Cup final, I give it everything. “I’m enjoying every moment of being back playing for Northern Ireland, it’s fantastic. “I don’t have too many years left but I will enjoy every minute of it.” He established himself as a fan favourite when, with his first touch for the club, he saved a penalty in a Europa League victory over Rubin Kazan. Carroll went on to play for the club in the Champions League the following year, his first appearance in the competition since lining up for United in 2005, but a change of management saw him drop down the pecking order this term. The veteran is now ready to move his family back home and is eager for regular football as he looks to retain his place in the national side. Carroll struggled with injuries and depression following his time at Old Trafford, and his spells at West Ham, Rangers and Derby were little to cheer about, but he has been a strong performer since being recalled from a six-year international exile by Michael O’Neill. “I hope somebody gives me a chance. I had a few bad years in England but I want to come back and play at the highest level I can,” he said ahead of Wednesday’s friendly clash with Chile. “It is great playing for Northern Ireland again because I haven’t played for quite a while for my club. But I am finished with Olympiacos now and I’m looking for a new club. “Hopefully someone will take a chance on me and give me a year or so. “I’d been out of international football for a long while, six years, and that is a long time in football. Press Association