UEL women’s volleyball team win again
17:00 23 October 2014
Opening victory at home for first team
The University of East London women’s volleyball first team were winners in their first home game of the season, cruising past University College London 25-18, 25-9, 25-15 at SportsDock this week.
UEL opened the first set with a 5-1 run, but UCL clawed their way back into the match, drawing within one point of UEL at 7-6.
But that was the closest UCL would come in the set. East London captain and outside hitter Alex Vajdova showed her versatility by driving a kill past the UCL defence, then using a light touch to put the ball over the net to score yet again.
UEL won three points from Vajdova’s serve to put them up 17-12 but the squad began to struggle with their serving, missing three in a short period before eventually recovering to win the first set.
The UEL serving game picked up in the second set, as both Carrie Beck and universal Beth Gunter disconcerted the UCL defence with their serves.
Beck recorded several aces throughout the match, and UEL scored five straight points in the on Gunter’s serve to seal the second set.
East London continued to dominate UCL in the third set. Beck and Vajdova leading the team with their serving and versatile kills and they eventually won it 25-15 to take the match.
Head coach Tomasz Morawski paid tribute to the strong play from the whole team.
“We’re very happy with the result of the game,” said Morawski.
“Another clean sweep for our team, this time against a reasonably strong UCL team. We’re hoping to maintain that rhythm throughout the season.
“As a coach of a team sport I’m always very reluctant to single out one of the players.
“I’m personally a big fan of defence, so I always like to appreciate the players who keep the ball going, prevent balls hitting our side of the court and make those opportunities for the attacking players to take all the glory and hit the ball hard and win us points.”
Morawski went on to praise the attacking prowess of his squad but believes they still have areas to work on.
He added: “We are a very strong attacking team. We have a lot of good, strong attacking options either on the outside or through the middle.
“We know that our defence is normally not as good, but in this particular game, I think the defensive side matched the offensive side. So that made our job much easier.
“I think we dominated the game quite well. There are a couple of things that we still need to work on, but in general I think we managed to stay on the top of the game and finish with a decent result.”
UEL will play the University of Kent women’s first team on Wednesday October 29, at 14:00 at SportsDock.