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Women's Volleyball 1st fly through Student Cup qualifiers

Women's volleyball

Women's Volleyball 1st fly through Student Cup qualifiers

UEL Women’s Volleyball 1st team displayed total dominance during the Volleyball England Student Cup qualifiers at Leeds University last weekend. The team qualified for the finals with three comfortable victories using the tournament as an opportunity to build momentum and provide valuable playing time to all players.

Seeded in Group F, the team would face Durham 2nd, Sheffield 1st and the hosts, Leeds 1st, who were spurred on by a partisan home crowd. The girls were able to record straight set wins in all their match-ups which is credit to the level of talent UEL have and the impact of new head coach, Simon Loftus.

UEL’s first match-up came in the shape of a well organised Durham 2nd team. As it turned out, Durham gave UEL the best match-up of the tournament with UEL eventually winning the game 2-0 (25-14 & 25-10). Coach Loftus was pleased with the team’s progress saying: “We wanted to come out here in our first game and execute the things we have been working on in training. If we did that, we knew we could beat anyone in front of us. The girls followed the game plan well and we used this victory as a positive momentum builder.

Building on the momentum from the first game, UEL played the second match against a good Leeds side who were heavily backed by a large home crowd. However, the girls didn’t seem fazed by the hostile atmosphere as they recorded yet another 2-0 victory (25-13 & 25-11) to put them in firm control of Group F.

UEL finished the day right where they started with yet another convincing 2-0 (25-8 & 25-7) win against a very strong Sheffield team. The result was in actual fact UEL’s most comfortable win of the day which once again showed UEL’s dominance against a prolific Sheffield programme. Coach Loftus was happy with the result saying: “the Sheffield game just shows that we are ready to compete against anyone and we have enough talent and depth to make good things happen. I’m very happy that we were able to execute things well against all three teams and most importantly no one picked up any injuries.”

The weekend’s performance puts UEL in strong contention for the finals which take place in February at the University of East Anglia against some of the top teams in the county such as Bournemouth and Essex.