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Opening victory for Men's Volleyball 1st

Men's volleyball

Opening victory for Men's Volleyball 1st

It was a tough encounter between both sides with the visitors putting up a tough fight. However, UEL stormed ahead with a two-nil lead, before UCL pulled a set back but UEL came strong in the end finishing the game off and securing their first win for the UEL men’s volleyball team.

Coach Simon Loftus said after the win that it was encouraging, “It’s our first game, (we’re) a brand new team, with five or six 1st years playing. With UEL losing so many key players last season, Loftus continued to explain how his team are going through a transition as he said, “We’re still trying to understand what each one of us can do. The pre-season was short, so for that to be our first game it was ok! Quite encouraging.”

The visitor’s UCL brought the game to UEL as all 4 sets were very competitive. The first of many was heavily contested, nonetheless, valiant performances from Neil Horan and Jermaine Miles in the 1st set guided the side over the line with a nervous 25-22 win.

As the game grew, so did UCL. A bright start defensively from the visitors gave them a healthy 8 point advantage, but with the game looking comfortable UEL stormed back to win the set 25-21 as Daniel Schmidtke took centre stage and won the set point.

The 3rd was much like the 2nd, UCL went ahead, but UEL scored heavily to keep up with the visitors. It was a tough set and a few poor defensive decisions gave UCL the opportunity to get a strong foot in the match and take the set 27-26.

In the final set, UEL came strong. Defensively looking strong in particular was Gervaise Bynoe, he was decisive with decision making on the court, which gave the opportunity for the exciting attacker Miles to get into his rhythm and tally up his points.

UEL sailed ahead and the home side comfortably wrapped up the 4th and final set 25-12.

It was a brilliant display from Gervaise Bynoe, whose defensive attributes really came off for UEL in the later, intense stages of the sets. Going forward the likes of Miles and Schmidtke looked strong and overall it all paid off for UEL as they secured their first three points of the season.

Next up for UEL is Exeter.

Report by Declan McCarthy

Image by Zoe Griffin