Venables’ Swansea firsts outplay newly formed Bournemouth team

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SWANSEA were too much for Bournemouth as the home side recorded their first league win.

Following defeats to UWE and Bristol, both on points, captain Alicia Venables is hopeful the team can build on the win going forward.

“With Bournemouth being a new team this year, we thought the game could be an easy win for us.

“But they gave us a really good game, all four players put up a good fight, given their relatively little experience in BUCS.

“We are looking to build on the win going into the next few matches.”

In the first match number four Emma Pursey, in her first season for Swansea University, took on fellow rookie Megan Tomson.

Pursey’s controlled shot placement gave her the edge over her opponent winning 3-0 (11-4, 11-4, 11-3).

The second match saw last year’s fourth seed, Cassie Mason, take on Bournemouth’s Charlotte Balston.

Mason powered to an opening game lead of 10-7 but nerves got the better of her as she failed to close out the game, losing it 12-10.

Swansea’s number three came out for the second game determined to set the record straight and her powerful shots told as she won the second 11-7.

Mason sealed the victory with a further two games (11-4, 11-1), winning 3-1 in the best of five format.

Captain Venables believes the summer break following last season has given Mason a greater understanding of the game and she has improved because of it.

“Cassie did not play at all through the summer, and I think it is a case of everything clicking for her,” she added.

“She does everything now automatically without needing to be reminded.

“She recovered well from being a game down and started playing as well as we know she can.”

In the third game captain Venables took on Kirsty Hawkins.

Venables confidently dispatched her opponent in straight games to confirm Swansea’s first victory of the season (11-7, 11-2, 11-3).

The final match saw number one Ceris Challenger face Liana Brooksbank.

Challenger controlled the rallies throughout, forcing her opponent into errors frequently.

The final match was sealed in straight sets (11-4, 11-2, 11-2) to complete a comfortable 4-0 victory for the Swansea side.

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