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UEL serve up treat at Student Cup

PUBLISHED: 14:00 11 February 2015

UEL's volleyball squad celebrate during the Student Cup finals at Sportsdock

UEL's volleyball squad celebrate during the Student Cup finals at Sportsdock

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Men are runners-up, women third at finals weekend

The University of East London’s men’s volleyball team came tantalisingly close to glory in the Volleyball England Student Cup at SportsDock.

The hosts were narrowly defeated by defending champions, Bournemouth, in a pulsating final, after seeing their women’s team get through to the semi-finals of their competition, only to be knocked out by defending champions Durham University for the second year in a row.

The men topped Pool C with three successive wins on day one to set up a quarter-final meeting with University of London, who they beat 25-22 26-19.

The women topped Pool B in their event, then saw off Sheffield in their quarter-final to reach the last four.

UEL pushed Durham all the way before losing in a deciding set 25-19 11-25 8-15, but bounced back to beat UCL 16-25 25-21 15-5 in the third-place play-off.

The men proved too strong for Essex in their semi-final and made Bournemouth work extremely hard for victory in the final.

Bournemouth’s experience proved vital in a deciding third set as they came from behind to defend their title, but UEL could be proud of their efforts.

The men’s second team finished fourth in their group to compete in the 13th-placed game and UEL Director of Sport David Cosford said: “Having three teams represent UEL in the Student Cup finals is an awesome effort, and surpasses all the other universities.

“Finishing runner-up in the men’s tournament and semi-finalists in the women’s goes to show that UEL is now one of the powerhouses of volleyball in the UK.

“Our volleyball programme goes from strength to strength, and we hope that we can go on to take both titles next year.”

UEL captain and outside hitter Scott Weninger was pleased with his team’s overall performance in the attainment of their silver medals.

“As a team, I think we played our best volleyball and really came together,” said Weninger.

“We started off in the first match and just built up all the way to the final, so it was nice to see.”

Weninger also said he was looking forward to potentially meeting Bournemouth again in the BUCS Final 8s to exact some revenge, as this latest result marks the third time this season that UEL has lost to Bournemouth.

Volleyball England was delighted at SportsDock hosting such a successful tournament with UEL’s Corporate Communications team streaming the games live across the world.

“It really was an excellent event from our perspective,” said competitions manager Jonathan Moore.

“The addition of the live stream added an extra dimension to the event that we have not been in a position to deliver in the past.”

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