Varsity Table Tennis Report
5th May 2015
Table tennis post-match interview:
The University of Nottingham fell to a 3-1 defeat to a superior Nottingham Trent team at the Jubilee Sports Centre.
On a day that saw the University of Nottingham retain their Varsity crown, an unfortunate table tennis defeat gave Trent their only cause for celebration.
Proceedings began with the men’s and women’s singles matches which saw Liam McTiernan and Tressa Armitage don the Green and Gold against Chris Doran and Emma Vickers respectively. Doran’s excellent defensive performance left McTiernan frustrated as he fell to a hard-fought 3-0 victory, despite saving three match points. Despite a more attacking-minded performance from both Vickers and Armitage, the result was the same with Trent’s Vickers sealing another 3-0 victory despite the best efforts of Armitage.
With Trent holding a 2-0 advantage going into the men’s and women’s doubles , the University of Nottingham needed to win both doubles matches in order to stay in the match. McTiernan and partner, Paul McCreery stormed to a 2-0 lead against their Trent opposition of Doran and Emran Hussain to keep Uni of hopes alive.
However, dreams of claiming that winning Varsity point were dashed as the Trent pair of Vickers and Alice Loveridge overcame a 1-0 deficit to defeat Armitage and partner Yolanda King 3-1 to give Trent the third victory they needed to seal the series point. Uni did pick up a consolation as McTiernan and McCreery weathered a late Trent storm to win their match 3-2.
The loss took the Varsity series to 10-8 but just moments later a 4-2 men’s hockey victory ensured that the Varsity crown returned to the University of Nottingham for a fourth year running.
Despite the disappointing defeat, Liam McTiernan and Tressa Armitage were extremely optimistic about their chances in next year’s series.