Varsity Volleyball Report

3rd May 2015

Women’s Volleyball: UoN 1-3 NTU
Men’s Volleyball: UoN 3-0 NTU

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Trent women’s volleyball post-match interview:
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A late change of venue saw the Varsity Volleyball event moved to UoN territory, with strong support for both teams on Jubilee Campus.

The night started with a close fought women’s event, with UoN the firm favourites. The first game was a close and edgy affair with both teams aggressive and strong in defence. Trent was the more industrious of the two teams and survived well under increasing pressure. The game went to the wire at 26 all, before Trent pulled ahead to take the first game 28-26. The Trent fans were jubilant and filled the sports centre with a cacophony of noise, 1-0 they led.

UoN seemed groggy going into the second game and failed to take a foothold. Trent took a commanding lead at 9-4 and pressed to take the game to 21-13, things were not going to plan for Uni. There was a brief revival by the green and gold with a win of four successive points but the second game was ultimately lost 25-17 to Trent. Trent now led 2-0 and was firmly in the ascendance.

The third game started in a similar fashion to the second, with Trent racing into a 6-0 lead and pushing on to a clear 17-12 lead 15 minutes into the game. All seemed lost, with the Trent fans revelling in their side’s spirited display. With the green and gold deflated, the UoN coach called a technical break – Uni needed a monumental effort to turn the tide.

After the restart and a change in personnel, Uni’s number 10 moved into a more attacking position and hauled the game back to 19-19. The fightback was on and Uni with a renewed vigour took their tally to 21 points, leading for the first time in two games. With the sports hall now echoing with chants of “Let’s go Uni, Let’s go!” the green and gold took the third game 25-23, the jubilation for Uni was evident. The tide seemed to have turned.

The fourth was another edgy game with neither team gaining a clear advantage. The spirit of the match was epitomised at 21 all by Trent’s number 6 who performed what can only be described as a Superman punch to win Trent the vital 22nd point. Buoyed by this, Trent went on to win the game 26-24 and the match 3-1 overall.

The men’s game was a far shorter exhibition. The Uni team, who had won promotion to the Premier Division the day before was oozing confidence and seemed to almost toy with Trent. All three games followed the same pattern, with Uni taking a commanding lead and smiling throughout. They dominated all three games 25-10, 25-10 and 25-20.

With the spoils shared between the men and women’s matches, the Varsity standings after Volleyball stood at 7-3 in Uni’s favour.

Adam Gask and Bradley Deas