The University of Sheffield Volleyball Women’s 2s celebrated a 3-1 victory over Bradford 1s after a hard-fought match at Goodwin.
A very noisy Bradford 1s opened the first game with superb ace, which was subsequently followed by a series of brilliant points won by Sheffield. Sheffield Captain Caitlin Jackson provided a series of excellent net blocks to give Sheffield an early lead of 10-5 in the game. Sheffield then went on to dominate the middle of the game with a series of long rally point victories which eventually extended their lead out to 21-15. A late push in the game by Bradford was not enough to prevent Sheffield taking the first game 25-18.
The second game began with a series of long rallies between the two teams leaving the scores tied at 8-8. However this was not to last as the University of Sheffield then went on to win 5 points on the bounce with a series of excellent precision hits by outsider Taya Dixon. The momentum of this allowed Sheffield to continue to win rallies, and despite time-outs called by Bradford at 20-13 and 21-15, the black and golds claimed a 25-15 victory in the second game.
The third game saw Bradford open with a new flare of aggressively fought points taking them to a 7-2 lead. This caused the Sheffield team coach to call a time-out at 10-3. The message from the coach was simple: re-focus to the level of concentration they held in the first game and go again. For a short period of time this seemed to work, leading to an incredible 40 hit rally immediately after the time-out with more amazing hits and blocks by Taya Dixon. However the momentum that Bradford had in the early stages of the game saw them win seven points in a row and eventually take the third game 25-12.
Defeat in the previous game meant Sheffield came out into the fourth game with an aggressive opening, creating an early 7-1 lead. Bradford then called another time-out at 9-2 in an attempt regroup. This obviously had the desired effect as Bradford won a series of exceptional rallies to bring the score back to 11-9. The middle of the game was very exciting with numerous incredible shots coming from both teams until the scores reached 17-14 Sheffield. Despite the series of long and frustrating points for Sheffield they went into the final stages of the game with new-found aggression and eventually went on to claim a 25-18 victory and with it the match.