Silver lining for men's volleyball team
UEL’s men’s volleyball team came tantalisingly close to glory in the Volleyball England Student Cup. The team were narrowly defeated by the defending champions, Bournemouth, in a pulsating final.
This comes after the women’s volleyball first team went all the way to the semi-finals only to be knocked out by Durham University for the second year in a row.
The men’s second team were eliminated in an earlier round.
“Having three teams represent UEL in the Student Cup finals is an awesome effort, and surpasses all the other universities,” said David Cosford, Director of Sport at UELSports. “Finishing runner-up in the men’s tournament and semi-finalists in the women’s goes to show that UEL is now one of the powerhouses of volleyball in the UK. Our volleyball programme goes from strength to strength, and we hope that we can go on to take both titles next year.”
UEL captain and outside hitter Scott Weninger was pleased with his team’s overall performance in the attainment of their silver medals.
“As a team, I think we played our best volleyball and really came together,” said Weninger. “We started off in the first match and just built up all the way to the final, so it was nice to see.”
Weninger also said he was looking forward to potentially meeting Bournemouth again in the Super Eights to exact some revenge, as this latest result marks the third time this season that UEL has lost to Bournemouth.
Volleyball England was delighted at Sports Dock hosting such a successful tournament.
It was the first time that the Student Cup was streamed live and Oliver Telfor and Jamie Murray, members of UEL’s Corporate Communications team, received a special award from Volleyball England for their role in communicating the event so successfully.
“It really was an excellent event from our perspective,” said Jonathan Moore, Competitions Manager. “The addition of the live stream added an extra dimension to the event that we have not been in a position to deliver in the past.”
Notes to Editors
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