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Men's Volleyball Win In Straight Sets

Men's Volleyball Win In Straight Sets

UEL’s Men’s Volleyball team dominated Cambridge Men’s in a straight sets victory in SportsDock in the early match.

UEL dominated from the start, winning the first set 25-14. Captain Gary Slade inspiring his side to get ahead from the get go. Christopher Chappellè, Slade, John Whitman, Dan Schmidke and Niall Burton amongst a brilliant team performance, all showing how brilliantly they could play with countless blocks, spikes and digs. Christian La Du put in a great defensive performance throughout each set but especially in the first, blocking numerous spikes. UEL held a good points advantage over Cambridge throughout the first set, Cambridge did their best to disrupt UEL rhythm but struggled as UEL turned on the style at the end of the first.

UEL continued to dominate with a 25-15 win of the second set. UEL began to take higher point advantages as the second went on. Cambridge struggled to once more disrupt UEL’s dominance on the game. Slade seemed to be able to focus his team on to the task that they had on hand, it was as if UEL weren’t worried when a point/decision went against them, they just maintained brilliant attention towards the game. UEL scored point after point with little reply from the opposition, winning the second set comfortably.

UEL made it a clean sweep of sets when they ran out 25-21 winners in the third (and final) set. This set was more hotly contested by Cambridge. The away side seemed to find their own rhythm during what ended up being the last set, taking the lead for the first time with the opening point of the set. UEL came back though and ended up leading until the end of the set. But Cambridge didn’t make it easy for them, drawing level on two occasions and pressuring UEL nearly getting level on more occasions. Despite being pressured throughout the final set UEL came out with the win and won in straight sets. UEL won 3 sets to 0 in a one-sided game.

Cambridge hadn’t played badly at all during the game and after each point that was scored they all chanted, as if to gee themselves up ready for the next point. They just came up against a strong, on form, UEL team. The home side deserved the win based on their strength and teamwork throughout.

Match report by Adam Payne.