UEL's Women Narrowly miss Out to ESSEX in Volleyball Charity Match
UEL's Women Narrowly Miss Out To Essex in Volleyball Charity Match.
UEL women’s volleyball first team suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the University of Essex in an exhilarating five set thriller at SportsDock on Wednesday afternoon.
Both sides came into the game having won 3-0 against Cambridge and Sussex respectively last week, with neither side dropping a set. This was always going to be a tightly contested match, with two of the in-form sides from last season battling it out on the court. Also the match had special meaning as the UEL girls played in pink tops, helping to raise money for charity.
To begin with Essex were quickest out of the blocks but soon found themselves 7-4 behind, before going on to lead for the majority of the set. However, UEL captained by Cara Olden went up a gear and gradually got their noses in front before taking the set by 25 points to 20.
After a short interval, Essex stunned the hosts with a clinical display in the second set. They led for the entirety other than when the score stood at 2-2, to pull it back to one set each.
There seemed to be a trend to this match which was that Essex were starting each set the brighter side. Some great blocking by the number 11 Karis Watson contributed to some crucial points. Essex had found their rhythm now and built on their second set success by taking the third by 25 points to 21.
UEL knew that the fourth set was a must win and with grit and determination they found some rhythm and consistency for themselves. They had been chasing the game since the second set but now it was up to the visitors to find a way back into a set dominated by the hosts. By 25 points to 12 UEL stormed through with ease to even up the game and take it to a deciding fifth set.
There was a real atmosphere about the place as UEL and Essex entered the final set. Both teams were neck and neck at 15 points each and so played on in a nail biting conclusion, with Essex eventually running out winners by 17 points to 15, and subsequently 3-2 overall.
A brilliantly entertaining game played out in front of us with both sides giving their all to take the victory. Congratulations to Essex who showed real resilience, particularly by turning the game around to 2-1 from one set down. In the same breath, commiserations to a spirited UEL side who gave everything against a tough opposition.
Next up for UEL a trip to Bournemouth University, whilst Essex travel to Oxford University.
Match report by Sam Few.