The University of Sheffield Women’s 1s Volleyball team won the BUCS Northern Conference Cup semi-final against Bradford Women’s 1s on March 2 with a score of 3-0.
Prior to the knockout game both teams remained undefeated and on the top of their respective leagues this season.
The match at Goodwin started off evenly with both teams fighting head-to-head for every point.
Sheffield established a close lead with Bradford continuously catching up and keeping the score tied.
Later on, Sheffield managed to keep a comfortable lead of at least five points and won the first set with a strong finish to make the score 25-16.
Bradford’s early lead of 2-0 in the second set would not last long as Sheffield won eight points in a row and took a strong lead of 8-2.
Sheffield’s team continued to dominate the set with momentary leads as big as 17-4 at one point.
Their dominance grew the longer the match lasted and eventually Sheffield also won the second set 25-12.
Bradford did not let themselves down and put on a good fight in the third set but Sheffield were on top of their game as they also took that set 25-11.
Pete Welsh, 46, coach of Sheffield W1s, said: “It was quite an easy win. We did not have to do much at all to beat them. It was a bit of a practice-run so hopefully the final will be a proper game.
“We have multiple players that can do multiple things and they are all good at what they do. We used players in a different rotation to their normal routines tonight.”
Chloe Williamson, 20, team captain of Sheffield W1s, said: “I’m really excited. That was a really good game. We have reached the finals so we remain undefeated. We thought it might be a bit harder but we were expecting a win.”
She added: “We worked so well as a team and we are very versatile as well. Whichever team wins the other semi-final, we have beaten them both twice already so we should win the final.”
The University of Sheffield W1s will face Durham 2s after they beat Yorks 1s 3-2 in their respective semi-final.
The final will be played on Wednesday March 7.