University of Sheffield won their 2016 varsity fixture after cruising to a 3-0 victory, 25-15, 25-19, 25-15. Sheffield controlled the game from start to finish, putting Hallam under constant pressure with their aggressive play at the net and solid defence.
The Sheffield team were lifted by the presence of London 2012 Olympian Dami Bakare, his superior power and accuracy was noticeable from the first point to the last.
Sheffield had the better of the opening exchanges and stretched to an early 5-1 lead in the first set, but Hallam kept in touch, defending well and forcing Uni into making mistakes with several wayward spikes. However towards end of the set they got their eye in and never looked back.
The second set followed on from the first, Hallam making too many errors and Sheffield proving to too clinical, with the momentum clearly on their side Sheffield took the game away from their opponents, with Ilya Robbins blocking well to keep them at bay, and Ieuan Lamb stretching out Uni’s lead with a combination of powerful spikes and deft touches over the net.
Hallam however refused to roll over and give their rivals an easy win, they battled hard in the third set to keep the game alive and for a moment looked to be frustrating Sheffield. Neither side was able to keep their serve, however with the scores tied at 11-11 Sheffield won an incredible point, finished off by Cameron Carrington on the third attempt, which seemed to break Hallam. From that point on Sheffield looked unstoppable, and they ran away easy winners.
It was a complete performance by the Sheffield team, they were pumped up, defended well and didn’t allow their rivals to settle at any point. Hallam simply couldn’t deal with Sheffield’s power, and star man Bakare, grew more and more unstoppable as the game went on, showing his class with tricky serves and clever work at the net.