The University of Sheffield Men’s Volleyball 1’s lost 3-0 to Hallam in a disappointing display at the English Institute of Sport on Monday evening.
Hallam came into this fixture as favourites to claim the Varsity point due to their previous success in the event over the past few years.
It was Uni who came out on the front foot as they went into a 2-0 lead. However, Hallam’s quality began to show the longer the first set went on. It was when Hallam found themselves 15-13 up that they really started to show their quality in the opening set.
Following this point, Hallam went on to win another four consecutive points to put them 19-13 up and take the initiative in the set. Uni tried their best to disrupt Hallam’s rhythm but they had too much quality and managed to see the set out by winning 25-7.
Hallam had the momentum going into the second set following the way they finished the first. This allowed them to take the initiative early on as they won four consecutive points on their way to going 8-3 up.
Uni were able to win the odd point but struggled to win more than two consecutive points. The set became interesting when Hallam won another four consecutive points to put themselves 19-10 in front. However, this time Uni did have a response as they put pressure on Hallam by pulling it back to 20-16.
Despite this pressure, Hallam were able to again win the set 25-17 after winning five of the last six points available in the set. This put Hallam 2-0 up in the match and they looked well on course to claim the Varsity point.
Uni knew they had to win the third set if they were to have any chance of still winning the match. This helped contribute to what was a highly competitive start to the set. The best rally of the match saw Uni pull it back to 8-7. Two Hallam players fell over each other but managed to keep the rally going. Despite this, Ieuan Lamb was still able to finish the job for Uni much to the Uni fans’ delight.
Hallam then regrouped and started to regain their rhythm in the set. They won four consecutive points to put them 17-11 up and in the driving seat. However, Uni desperately pulled it back to 17-15.
Hallam could sense the victory at this point and won five consecutive points to put them 24-16 up and just one point away from the win. Uni proved they still had some fight left in them by pulling it back to 24-19 but it wasn’t enough as Hallam won the final set 25-19 to give them a 3-0 win and the Varsity point against their bitter rivals.