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Womens Volleyball 2nd vs Chichester

Women's Volleyball 2nds beat Chichester 3-1

UEL women’s volleyball second team saw off the University of Chichester 3-1 with an impressive performance at SportsDock on Wednesday afternoon.

UEL came into the match having successfully seen off Brunel University in their first game, whilst Chichester were looking for their first points of the season after two straight defeats.

For the first part of the opening set both sides were finding their feet in the match and the score line remained very close. However, it was UEL who started to create some daylight between themselves and Chichester, courtesy of some good spikes and powerful serves. At 14-11, UEL started to pull away and looked favourites to take the first set comfortably. 

Shortly after, by a score of 25-17, that is exactly what they did. UEL looked confident and dominated the first set, their serving was a key factor in allowing them to take a 1-0 lead overall. By now UEL had found some rhythm and came flying out of the blocks in the second set. They played some very good volleyball throughout, one particularly nice piece of play involved a subtle tap of the ball over the net which caught Chichester’s front court players off guard. 

Serving was certainly UEL’s strong suit in this set, Chichester were struggling to nullify this threat and get a hold in the game. After a dominant display, UEL took the second set 25-11 and needed just one more set to win the match.

However, Chichester would not go down without a fight. At 16-12 in the third set it looked like UEL had the potential to take another big lead and finish the game, but Chichester showed great spirit and fight to turn this around. At 25-24 in Chichester’s favour, the visitors knew that the next point was crucial and so they grabbed it, putting them right back in contention to complete the comeback.

With the momentum and confidence firmly on Chichester’s side, they started the fourth set as they had finished the third taking a 3-0 lead. However, UEL showed their desire to take the victory, as their number 6 executed three great serves in quick succession early on. 

At 11-4 to UEL a time out was called which seemed to work in their favour. Chichester were now under pressure and struggling to manoeuvre the ball fluently in the air. UEL’s number 20 scored a great point at the net, before their number 4 scored an excellent reverse shot from the right to left side. Soon after, UEL took the set 25-4 and all three points to maintain their 100% start to the season.

Chichester should take confidence from the fact that they showed real togetherness and desire to find a way back into the match at two sets down, whilst UEL showed the talent in their side and the potential for a great season ahead should this form continue.
Next up for UEL is a trip to Canterbury Christ Church in the league, whilst Chichester travel to City University London for a cup fixture.

Written by Sam Few