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Brilliant Final Two Sets Gives Women's Volleyball Victory

Brilliant Final Two Sets Gives Women's Volleyball Victory

UEL’s Women’s Volleyball team put in a brilliant performance to beat Cambridge at SportsDock, in the afternoon match. UEL Women started off with a strong opening first set, being able to win 25-18. Not unlike the men’s first set, UEL’s women played out a fantastic set. Cara Olden, Bailey Kernodle, Aubrie Cresswell, Yvett Talas and Kristyna Lindovska, among the rest of the team. They went ahead early, but Cambridge played some good ball of their own but it just wasn’t enough to put off an inspired women’s team. UEL ended the first set the way they started it with confidence.

However UEL couldn’t seem to hit the same heights and lost the second set 25-27, extremely unlucky. Cambridge caused UEL more problems than in the first, every point celebrated by the men’s team (now fully behind their female counterparts). The supporters made it a great atmosphere for the players and themselves. Buoyed by their great support Cambridge women were able to nick a result from under the nose of UEL after the team in blue got to 25 all.

UEL showed amazing character and unbelievable skill as they ran out 25-7 winners in the third set. Outstanding play. After a slightly longer break UEL came out fighting. They took the opening 11 points of the set before Cambridge finally got on the point sheet. An instrumental part of UEL’s dominance was Lindovska, her performance and coupled with great teamwork with Talas set UEL on a strong path. The majority of points they scored between them were blocks right at the net. Overall throughout this set UEL proved how ruthless they could be when completely on their game. “You don’t see many sets like that” stated Don McDermott via commentary.

UEL finished the job with a relatively dominant fourth (and final) set, finishing the game with a 25-12 win. Following on from their awesome display in the set previous, they managed to put in an almost de-ja-vu performance. Big credit to Cambridge who didn’t let the score get them down, with each point they scored chanting between players continued. UEL played a great final set almost putting the Cambridge team ‘to the sword’ to comfortably secure the win. UEL won 3 sets to 1 in an entertaining game. Cambridge were outplayed in this match, they did well to win the second set but were shell-shocked by UEL’s dominant final two sets. The home side showed brilliant effort and got the momentum from the third set and a fantastic performance by Kristyna Lindovska.

Match report by Adam Payne.