Hallam’s clean sweep in the day’s volleyball was all but confirmed by the W1s team in what was an excellent day on the court for the team in maroon and white.
Hallam looked better from the outset, dominating the opening set and winning several points directly from serves. Uni on the other hand responded well to the opening scoring by Hallam and kept their own at 3 and 4 points down to come back and level things. They did however make several mistakes resulting in a few dropped points. Hallam though didn’t look troubled and easily took the first set with a score of 25-7.
Uni took opening point of the second set and looked to be improving in ability and confidence. A false serve and mistimed hit by Hallam gave Uni confidence and they quickly found themselves in the lead. However, Hallam still looked the better side overall in a much more balanced set than seen previously. Some Uni some very good drop shots from Uni showed their quality and unlike the first set they showed real promise in getting back into the game. However they still showed moments of poor quality by not dealing with relatively easy shots. I seem to remember one of the Uni players taking a oneway trip across the court into the far wall whilst trying to recover a wayward shot that had come from her own team. This set the tone somewhat as Hallam cruised to a well-deserved second set and looked on course to win a vitally important varsity point. Hallam take set two 25-10.
The third set started similarly to second with Hallam scoring early on and establishing a comfortable lead. Despite being down and effectively out the Uni team spirit was there to see and both sets of spectators were showing support for both teams. Uni did play some good volleyball and won several points back after complacency errors from Hallam. Hallam take set three 25-12.
Hallam won the game in straight sets and easily looked likely winners from the outset. The match could probably be summed up overall by the contrasting playing styles of both teams. Hallam were calm in possession and knocked the ball around well before returning well whereas Uni were often caught out and made mistakes in relatively comfortable circumstances. Ultimately the team in maroon were too good for their black and gold opponents as Hallam secured a crucial varsity point.