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Men’s UEL volleyball squad win in straight-sets

17:30 23 October 2014

UEL's men's volleyball team in action

UEL's men's volleyball team in action

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Routine victory at Westminster for second team

The University of East London men’s volleyball second team recorded a straight-set victory over the University of Westminster’s first team recently.

Westminster opened the scoring, but UEL quickly took over the lead and held a 10-6 advantage early on in the set.

The East London setting game became erratic midway through the set, but the team managed to fight on and extend their lead to 20-14 and they went on to take the first set 25-19.

UEL came out attacking hard in the second set, and overwhelmed the Westminster defence to win the first two points.

Westminster recovered to take a 3-2 lead but the next point went to UEL, although the hosts was not happy with the umpire’s decision to rule the ball out of bounds.

The home side retook the lead after that, and the east London side were forced to play catch-up for the next several minutes.

When UEL scored to pull ahead of the Dragons, after falling behind 10-7, Westminster once again argued the call with the umpire.

Westminster were able to tie the game at 11, but UEL regained the lead immediately, this time for good.

The University of East London implemented several cross-court sets to catch the Westminster defence out of position and took a 22-17 lead.

The hosts showed fight at the end and at one time drew within three points, but UEL hung on for a 25-20 second-set victory.

The third set was tightly contested early on. At 7-6, the umpire took nearly ten seconds to deliver a verdict as to which team had scored.

Both sides appealed the case, before the point was finally awarded to visitors. For the third time in the match, Westminster were left disgruntled at the call.

UEL attempted to pull away from Westminster after that, but saw leads of 9-6 and 14-11 fade into ties.

Westminster then took the lead at 18-16 but UEL began to surge again and scored nine of the next 11 points to win the final set 25-20 and take the match in three sets.

Head coach Miroslav Gospodinov was thrilled with the performance and warned they will only continue to improve.

He said: “This is a brand-new team. We’re trying to make it work at every single position.

“We made a slight change. We were playing with a different setter. So this makes a huge difference.

“We managed to play quite well. The energy was good. I’m pleased with their performance. But we’ve got even better expectations for the players.”

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