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Men's Volleyball 1st fall just short

Men's Volleyball 1st fall just short

UEL Men’s Volleyball lost a five set nail biter to Bournemouth 25-13, 28-30, 25-21, 26-28, 15-10 as they continue to blend and improve a their new squad.

Last year’s 3rd ranked team travelled to East London having beaten the hosts on the last three occasions, but after some back and forth scoring UEL pulled away into an 8-5 lead, thanks largely to some great points won by Lee-Preston.

However, some consistent scoring by Bournemouth changed the scenario of the first set and before you could blink they’d amassed a 20-12 lead, and the rest of the set was history as they claimed a 25-13 finish.

UEL would go on to win an action packed second set. After building up a 6-1 lead, the advantage slowly chipped away point by point as Bournemouth stole a 19-18 lead. UEL performed some clutch play though saving the set on four set points before finishing with a pile driving strike.

The third set began with a blitz from Bournemouth as they built a 7-3 lead into an 18-10 lead, but the fight never stopped from UEL, pulling the set back all the way to 24-20 before Bournemouth finally claimed the third set.

Needing to claim the fourth set, Coach Simon Loftus, gave a rousing team speech, being heard across the auditorium as the fans got behind the team and the chants of UEL began to take centre stage.

The set was an absolute belter with both teams trading blows all the way until the score was 21-20. Bournemouth found themselves ahead 24-22, but the UEL's comeback was swift and sensational with the game on the line as they won the next three points and forced a foul to clinch the set 28-26.

Although Bournemouth dominated the fifth, UEL had proved that they had fighting spirit, improved mechanics and a great team ethic. A perfect launch pad to start adding wins for a young team.

After the game Coach Loftus was happy with the team’s performance: "at the end of the day, the best team was able to win, but to take last year’s 3rd place team all the way, I think is fantastic. But we can go back to training, work hard, improve our mechanics, the team's still learning but we’re getting there".

Report by: David James Ironmonger

Image by: Matt Parker