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Straight Sets Win For UEL Women Against Bournemouth

Straight Sets Win For UEL Women Against Bournemouth

Simon Loftus was back in attendance to inspire his women’s side to a white wash performance in front of a home crowd. UEL managed to dominate proceedings with a 25-13, 25-14 and 25-20 with the chance of being on top over Christmas. Being able to hold off a late rally by the Southerners.

UEL flew out of the blocks and raced into a first set lead. They looked comfortable throughout with Bailey Kernodle, Cara Olden, Kelsey Blankerts, Krystyna Lyndovska and Yvett Talas on top form. All of them combining with great teamwork from a massive team performance. UEL managed to maintain at least an 8-point gap between them and their opponents. The home side pulled away after Bournemouth became stuck on 13 points, UEL ahead by nearly 10 points. UEL showed great conviction with all hits, each one hitting their mark. This gave UEL great momentum into the second set after winning 25-13.

UEL continued with a strong performance although the opening points were well contested by their counterparts, but this didn’t continue as UEL stormed into a 15-7 lead. UEL would go on to score a further 7 points before a brief Bournemouth fight back happened. Within the Bournemouth team something seemed to click as they scored 5 points in quick succession, which caused UEL problems as they looked to pounce on a comfortable lead. However UEL re-found their rhythm when Bournemouth hit a point above their previous set, finishing off the set 25-14 winners.

UEL wrapped up a straight sets victory in the third and final set. But UEL were made to work by Bournemouth as they put in a stellar performance in the final set. UEL got off to a great start once again, winning the first 9 points on offer (most of which came through Kernodle’s serve). UEL continued to score well, with Bournemouth starting off poorly but got better, leading 18-13. UEL got to within three points of a match point, and this is where Bournemouth came back with a vengeance. UEL managed to get to 24 points with Bournemouth closing the gap to 4 points, a brilliant rally from the visitors. In the end UEL managed to get what ended up being the final point of the game, winning the final set 25 points to 20.

UEL dominated the play throughout each set after the start was delayed for 40 minutes. They showed great class and displayed fantastic conviction when presented with the chance to score.

Match report by Adam Payne.