Welcome to Exeter Storm Volleyball Club Webpage
Exeter Storm VC was formed in 2012 by a group of volleyball enthusiasts from Devon. The club is based in Exeter and provides local players with the opportunity to play volleyball at an elite level.
Exeter Storm Men started season 2015-16 in Volleyball England National League Div 2 South, with its second and junior teams competing in South West and local Exeter Leagues.
Team ExColl, the club's junior team, won Exeter and District (EDVA) League 2013-14 for the third time in a row, thus sealing Storm's reputation of the most competitive volleyball club in the region. The club's teams are making huge strides towards success under the guidance of two experienced coaches: Arthur Mosley and Nick Hitt, both former members of the Great Britain Volleyball team.
WE ARE RECRUITING!
The club is currently open to new members of any level of experience.
Please contact us for more details on how to join.
15-MAR-2016: STILL IN THE PROMOTION RACE?
With 2 games to go till the end of the National League season, Exeter Storm is still 2nd in the League Tables of NVL Division 2. Can they hold on to it and get a shot for promotion in play-offs? We will find it out on 27-April, when the season is officially over. Watch this space!
29-NOV-2015: CHALLENGER MODE ON
Another highly entertaining game and another victory, this time over Team Southampton, brings Exeter Storm even closer to the current leader of the league tables. Currently 2nd, team Storm has 3 weeks to regroup before the South West derby with City of Bristol on 19-December.
26-Nov-2015: 1/3 SEASON GONE: WHERE ARE WE?
After a rather sluggish start to season 2014-15, Exeter Storm is making sure the new season 2015-16 is a very different story. The rejuvenated NVL Div 2 team is ready to challenge for the title and has already put in some great performances, beating the league favourites Richmond and pushing the other 2 leaders of the league in their first games of the season. Exeter Storm is currently 4th in the league tables and is looking forward to further enhance their ranking position in the remaining 2 games before the Christmas break.
23-NOV-15: EXETER STORM U16 BOYS ARE IN TOP-8 TOO!
Following the success of our U18 team, Exeter Storm U16 boys are also through to round 2 of the National Championship! Well done team and coach Ben!
16-NOV-2015: EXETER STORM U18 MEN'S TEAM IS AMONG TOP-8 IN THE COUNTRY - AGAIN!
After some fantastic performances over the weekend, Exeter Storm junior team, led by coach Ben Fairweather, is through to the last 8 in the U18 Men's National Championships!
15-FEB-2015: MID-SEASON PROGRESS UPDATE
With 2/3 of the season out of the way, it is time for a quick summary of what's been achieved and where the rest of this year will take us.
Exeter Storm Men got promoted last season after winning their playoffs and started their new year in Div 2. Playing volleyball has finally become a challenge and with 5 games to go before the end of the season ES guys are comfortably sitting in the league mid-table:
Devon Storm Ladies, who only joined the club last year, started their new season in Division 2 and made some solid progress, causing some heavy upsets to a lot more established teams along the way. In their most recent fixture they outplayed top-of-the-league side Worthing VC (Worthing's only defeat of the season), a brilliant display of skills for our young and aspiring team. DS are currently 4th in their league and looking to put more pressure on top-3 teams:
11-MAY-2014: EXETER STORM MEN WIN PROMOTION TO VE NATIONAL LEAGUE DIV2
17-FEB-2014: EXETER STORM REACH NATIONAL SHIELD CUP SEMIS
Exeter Storm has continued an impressive run in the Volleyball England National Shield, to reach the semi-final.
The most notable victory so far was against Danes Watford, who at the time were placed 4th in National Division 1. Exeter Storm were equal to their more experienced opponents from the off, leading to a very tight contest. Neither team showed any weakness in defence, so it came down to who could come up with the most kills, whilst making the least errors.
Storm edged the first set 25-22, but despite their valiant efforts, lost the subsequent sets 23-25 and 19-25. With Danes Watford the strong favourites, on paper, Exeter Storm knew they had to play at their best if they were to recover from this 2-1 deficit. Danes began the fourth set confidently, but Storm upped the ante with a more aggressive offence, to win with an almost comfortable score of 25-16. Carrying the momentum into the deciding set, Exeter Storm took an early lead and maintained their discipline, to finish off their adversary 15-10.
With Cantebury City Firsts and Danes Watford and New Forest left in their dust, Exeter Storm will face the 2012-13 runners-up, Horndean, in the semi-final. Spectators are welcomed to watch the encounter on Saturday 1st March, 14:00 at Riverside Leisure Centre, where gallery seating will be available.
13-OCT-2013: STORM U18s QUALIFY TO THE LAST 16 OF THE VE U-18 NATIONAL CHAMPS
Congratulations to Storm U18s team, who qualified for the last 16s today! A lot of work to be done, but the start is more than promising for a team that have been playing together for just over a month, well done boys! Please read the full coverage of the game in a dedicated article in Sidmouth Herald.
8-SEP-2013: SOUTHERN CROWN-2013: RUNNERS-UP!
Four National Volleyball League teams headed off, in the first ever Southern Crown volleyball tournament, as preparation for the coming season. The invitational event was organised and hosted by a team of Exeter volleyball enthusiast and supported by Exeter Storm Volleyball Club.
The day began with a match between local rivals Bristol and City of Bristol. Having recently lost out on promotion to NVL Div 1 to their neighbours, Bristol was out for revenge. City of Bristol cruised to a 25-14 win in the first set, courtesy of two runs of devastating jump serves from Davide Vaccarino. The second set was closer, but City of Bristol was always in control and took the set 25-18, to win 2-0.
Next up, Exeter Storm faced Wiltshire Mavericks, who they will be seeing a lot of this season, in NVL Div 3 and the National Cup first round. Storm won comfortably, 25-18 and 25-15, after seizing an early lead in both sets and then maintaining the lead throughout.
As the day went on, the balcony seating at Riverside Leisure Centre began to fill. With Exeter Storm being the first men’s NVL team in the area for many years, spectators bore witness to a standard of volleyball uncommon to Devon.
Storm versus Bristol was the first real battle of the day. After impressive play by both teams, Bristol scraped the first set 25-22, and then took an early lead in the second. The hosts hit back, powering to a 25-16 win, but failed to carry the momentum into the deciding set. Playing back-to-back matches took its toll, with Storm’s strong attacks unable compensate for a lacklustre defensive display.
Wiltshire Mavericks pushed City of Bristol hard, to win their first and only set of the competition, before going down 10-15 in the deciding set. After a gruelling three setter, Mavericks didn’t have enough left in the tank for Bristol, who outplayed them in all quarters. A 14-25, 10-25 defeat left Mavericks in last place.
Following the results so far, the last match would decide the winner, and proved to be the hardest fought contest of the day. There was little between Exeter Storm and City of Bristol, with each side working the other’s defence hard. The hosts scraped the first set, but were pipped to the second. At one set apiece, the title was hanging in the balance. Not for the first time, Storm crumbled in the third set, showing clear signs of fatigue. City of Bristol triumphed 23-25, 25-23, 25-15, to become undefeated winners of The Southern Crown, leaving Exeter Storm in second place.
Despite falling at the final hurdle, Exeter Storm will take plenty of positives from its performances, which bode well for the new season in NVL. After an exhilarating premiere, The Southern Crown preseason event will be back next year, bigger and better.
FIXTURES FOR ALL STORM TEAMS ARE OUT: SEASON 2013-14
All fixture dates/times/venues for season 2013-14 are now out and can be found in our Fixtures section.
15-May-2013: WE ARE IN NATIONAL LEAGUE!!!
Exeter Storm has now received the confirmation of their National League bid being approved by Volleyball England. This is a huge news for the players and the coaching team, who worked hard for over 1.5 years to achieve this goal and are now looking forward to compete in National League Div 3 South in season 2013-14. NVL Div 3S also includes teams from Oxford, Southampton, Sussex, Wiltshire, Cardiff and Wessex, so it is bound to be a busy season with plenty of travelling. Exeter Storm is now also looking for sponsors to cover the increased travelling costs and will be grateful to any business or individual who would consider supporting our ever-expanding community project.
APRIL-2013: EXETER STORM VC PRESS RELEASE
A year ago, many of the best Volleyball players in the Exeter area banded together to form a team with the sole purpose of gaining entry to the National Volleyball League. Under the direction of experienced coaches, Arthur Mosley and Nick Hitt, both former Great Britain players, Exeter Storm Volleyball Club has made a huge impact in its debut season, winning the South West Volleyball Association Regional Men’s League by a healthy margin, narrowly losing only two matches out of 22. At the same time, its junior training partners, Team Excoll, also won the Exeter & District Volleyball Association’s Division 1 title for the second consecutive season. This is a fantastic achievement for such a new group of players. With a perfect blend of youth and experience, Exeter Storm produced a brand of high tempo, intelligent volleyball that the majority of SWVA teams found difficulty matching.
Head Coach, Arthur Mosley, said “There is a lot more to come from this team. We set out on a journey to take these players to the highest possible level of volleyball in the UK and with their skill and commitment we can do it. Anyone with the same potential and enthusiasm is welcome to join us. Competing in the National League will mean a big financial commitment for the players so whilst we wait for confirmation that our application to the NVL has been accepted, we are busy searching for potential sponsors who might wish to be associated with the team’s success.”
Exeter Storm now looks onwards and upwards, with hopes of competing in the National Volleyball League next season. There hasn’t been a men’s National League team from Devon or Cornwall for many years, but Exeter Storm has ambitions to climb through the tables rapidly.
EXETER STORM VC WINS SOUTH WEST VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE!
FIRST SILVERWARE OF SEASON 2012-2013: Exeter College becomes EDVA Champions 2012-13!!!
Match report: 28-Mar-2013, EDVA, Exeter College vs Taunton
With EDVA title already in their pockets, Team ExCollege (Exeter Storm EDVA team) was under no pressure when going into their last fixture of the season, at home against Taunton. Despite their bottom-of-the-league position, the guests were quick to capitalise on the home side’s relaxed mood, getting on to a flying start in the first set. While ExColl visibly struggled to find their rhythm and serve, both teams worked hard to get to 25 points, with the hosts eventually taking the set 25-23.
As ExColl were gradually warming up and settling into their rotation, the game got more intense and the sets became quicker. Putting their unforced errors under control, ExColl took the next 3 sets 25-16, 25-12 and 25-7.
Taunton gave it their all in the last set, with their younger players #14 M Polloch and #22 E Lipscombe playing particularly well. But that was not enough to stop Exeter College from taking the final set 15-9. A smart tip from the home side setter Will “The Only” Cleal was the last point of the season for the defending champions – and the first bit of silverware (Exeter and District League League Title) is now officially added to Exeter Storm VC trophy shelf-2013.
Match report: 3-Mar-2013, SWVA, Exeter Storm vs Wessex vs Torexe Topguns
Young Wessex team arrived in numbers, bringing not less than 13 players, in the attempt to close the League tables gap that Storm managed to build throughout the season. This top-of-the-table clash proved to be a spectacular show, full of Storm power hitting versus Wessex consistent defending. However, it all came down to the battle of setters, with Storm's setter Kyle Alves being far more precise than his vis-a-vis, feeding fast and clinical sets to his fellow hitters. Despite reasonably tight sets, Exeter team was always in control, sealing another useful 3-0 victory.
Storm vs Torexe was a one sided game that started as the table predicted. It was the first team (Exeter Storm) of the SW League against the last (Torexe Topguns). The first set ended 25:20 for the home team after Topguns’ defence was broken in the middle of the set. Storm switched from 2nd gear to 5th gear for the second set, turning their opponents into spectators on court. Hunters tried to break the trend by bringing on their team manager Damian Leigh at 17:8, which proved to be fatal as Storm used the new gap to nail the set 25:9 and started on their sandwiches.
However, Hunters, led by their setters Michele Guidolin and Viktor Ambrosini, were far from finished and mounted a spectacular comeback in the 3rd set, using the tea time mood of their opponents. Nice serves by Luca de Guttry saw Hunters taking an early lead 11:4, which they managed to keep almost till the end of the set, getting their first set ball at 24:20.
Unfortunately for the visitors, Storm’s shooting star Valdis Baranovs managed to finish his baguette (meatball marinara with mozzarella, sundried tomatoes and pesto, Kcal480) just in time for that set ball. Having both hands at his disposal, he used this advantage to close the gap in score with 4 consecutive back court smashes, tipping the set into a long and hectic string of errors, which eventually saw Storm sealing the victory at 32:30. A fair game led by a good ref from Wessex.
Match report: 13-Jan-2013, SWVA, Exeter Storm vs Kernow Truro vs Academy of Beach Sports
The young Academy of Beach Sports, from North Devon, pushed Kernow Truro hard in the first match of the triangular fixture, displaying impressive teamwork for such an inexperienced side. Haydn Lawson put up imposing blocks, despite being the smallest player on court. After many long, hard-fought rallies, they eventually lost 3-2.
In the second encounter, Exeter Storm also found it tough to break down Academy of Beach Sports. The match was point-for-point for a while, until Storm found their rhythm and put together some devastating attacks, to take the first set 25-15. Storm started the next set slowly too, but at 14-13 a series of well placed serves from Kyle Alves put the set beyond their opponents. Storm won the set 25-16. Academy of Beach Sports continued to battle and looked like they may be rewarded with a set. However, at 18-16 Ben Fairweather served out the match with a long run of intelligent serves.
The third and final match, between Exeter Storm and Kernow Truro, was the real spectacle of the day. Kernow were looking for revenge, after losing to Storm 3-0 in December. Both sides played aggressively from the off, but Exeter Storm took a 23-19 lead. Kernow fought back to 24-24, but after a tactical timeout, Storm regrouped to seize the set 27-25. Storm carried the impetus into the next set, making the 25-13 win look effortless.
As is often the case in volleyball, the momentum shifted after the interval. Kernow were suddenly finding holes in the Storm defence and took a 17-10 lead. Storm hit back, but it was too little too late, with Kernow winning 25-22. Refusing to throw away all their hard work, Storm came out for the next set in fifth gear. Pinpoint passing and uncompromising smashes sealed a 3-1 win, with the final set finishing 25-16. Exeter Storm now sits comfortably in first place of South West Volleyball League, with two games in hand on second placed City of Bristol.
Match report: SWVA, Exeter Storm vs Yeovil vs City of Bristol
Having finished 2012 in pole position, Exeter Storm began the year with a routine 3-0 victory against Yeovil. Yeovil put up more of a fight than in the previous meeting between the two sides, but had no answer to Storm’s aggressive offence. ‘Most Valuable Player’ was awarded to Exeter Storm’s Vamshi Parvathaneni, who impressed while playing out of position as a middle blocker.
Exeter Storm then faced a far tougher challenge against City of Bristol. The Bristol side put out their full-strength National League team, which is currently 2nd in Division 2, while Storm were missing several key players. A display of attacking prowess, the like of which the SW League is unaccustomed to, ensued. City of Bristol utilized their experience to take control early on, but Storm kept battling to claw their way back into the set. At 23-24, a questionable decision from the referee handed the set to City of Bristol. Storm’s defence fell asleep in the midst of the second set, allowing Bristol another 25-23 win. Storm rallied in the third set, taking it 25-19, but ran out of steam in the fourth. The Storm captain, Vlad Zloy, took the ‘Most Valuable Player’ award for his consistency in both attack and defence.
Despite suffering their first defeat of the campaign, Exeter Storm can take many positives from the fixture. There is no shame in losing to a team of such superior experience, even when ignoring the unprecedented number of contentious decisions from the referee that went against them. This performance serves as yet more proof that the Devonians can not only hold their own in the National Volleyball League, but will be looking to progress through the leagues rapidly.
Another media double!
Two more match reports for our fixture with Cardif Celts and Wiltshire Mavericks hit the news, Express&Echo and Sidmouth Herald again. Lets see how much media space we can take away from those pesky footie fans!
Match report: SWVA, Storm vs Wiltshire Maverics vs Cardiff Celts
Exeter Storm has retained top place in the South West Volleyball League, after another two victories.
Coach Mosley opted to rotate the squad for this double-header. Storm arrived in Market Lavington with a large squad of 10 players, including three debutants, all of whom proved to be up to the task. This demonstrates the strength in depth of the squad.
Wiltshire Mavericks, having lost to Exeter Storm in three quick sets in October, brought in a couple of players from their National League team. With a bigger block and increased hitting options, Mavericks made this encounter more competitive. However, Storm still ran out deserved 3-0 winners; 25-11, 25-18, 25-15. Storm debutants Seb Toupy and Kris Ozarski put in solid, composed performances.
Next up were Cardiff Celts, who gave Exeter Storm a much sterner test. Despite the youth of this side, which includes several members of the Welsh junior national team, Storm found it hard to break down their defence. With a well rehearsed defensive unit that scrapped for every ball, Celts also created some decent attacks of their own. Storm edged the first set 25-22, but after a lapse in focus and an array of devastating attacks from Celt’s player-coach, Jose Castro, it was one set all. Coach Mosley composed his team in the interval and an improved first pass and more clinical hitting put Storm back in the driving seat. They took the third and fourth sets 25-17, 25-20, respectively.
Exeter Storm now
looks ahead to the last fixture before Christmas, on 16th December, against Kernow and Cardiff Wildcats.
Express&Echo published a short story in their issue yesterday, 1-Nov, covering our successful start of the new season in South West League. The article occupies an honorary position in the left bottom corner of page 100, where you can easily spot it together with other hugely important local news.
Sidmouth Herald came up with an even more extensive "STORM AIMS HIGH", full of quotes and pictures. Well, I definitely saw a picture there. Great to see some much needed media coverage for the team and for volleyball in general!