University of Sheffield 2-3 Sheffield Hallam
University of Sheffield 0-3 Sheffield Hallam
The University of Sheffield Volleyball Club suffered two defeats to Sheffield Hallam at the EIS this afternoon.
In the opening game, the women were agonisingly close to securing a point for Uni as they lost by three sets to two after a thrilling game. The men were easily beaten in straight sets against a very strong Hallam side.
In the volleyball curtain raiser, the Uni women began well and took the first set easily 25-11 but Hallam struck back to level the encounter winning 25-16 in the second. The see-saw battle continued as Uni took the third set in an epic, 25-23. Katie Beardsmore and Barbara Fazekas were particularly impressive in attack.
Needing to win the fourth set to secure the match Uni flew into a 6-0 lead, but Hallam pegged them back, with captain Abi Murray leading from the front in defence and it was 19-19 when Uni called for a time out. An epic rally then ensued which Hallam just won they nicked the set 25-23.
The momentum with them, Hallam then raced into an 8-5 lead in the final set (played to 15) at the change of ends. Uni fought back but it was not to be as Hallam won 15-12.
The men were unfortunately always up against it as they faced a Hallam side that was rumoured to contain a couple of Team GB players. Solid defence from captain Ramon Hussein set the tone, however, and Uni matched Hallam for the start of the encounter.
It soon became apparent that Hallam were stronger, however, and very rarely made any enforced errors, particularly excelling on their serve. Damien Imschoot was impressive for Uni, putting his body on the line on a number of occasions and the rotation of the Uni squad kept the players fresh.
Hallam took the first set 25-15, however, and were again stronger in the second, winning 25-17. Needing to win the third to stay in the game, Uni began well and it was tight all the way to the end until Hallam just exerted enough pressure to take it 25-19.
An overall disappointing day for the Volleyball Club but they can be proud of their efforts, knowing that they were facing two very strong sides.