Friday 8th February 2019

Volleyball Cup Serve first Rounds Ahead of Finals

2 venues; 22 teams; 200+ players; a sprinkling of officials and 40 matches – the first round of the SSS Volleyball Cups for men and women on 3rd February produced a spectacle of volleyball, with the record entry of players demonstrating why student sport is so special!

With a wide spread of experience and ability present – from BUCS Premier League to BUCS Tier 2 teams – the players rose to the occasion in their attempts to qualify for the semi-finals to be played at the University of Dundee on 10th February, alongside Scottish Volleyball’s John Syer Grand Prix Finals.

The men’s competition, held in the impressive new facilities at Strathclyde Sport, saw Edinburgh, Glasgow and Strathclyde automatically qualify for the semi-finals by winning their respective pools. In the three-way play-off between the pool runners up – Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews – to decide the remaining semi-final place, Dundee were edged out by local rivals St Andrews in an exciting and fiercely contested match, 19-21, 19-21.

The women’s competition at the University of Dundee was equally competitive, with Edinburgh 1, St Andrews 1 and Napier qualifying directly from their pools. Once again the play-off pool, with its one set format, delivered an exciting finale, with Aberdeen just edging out Dundee 25-23 for the remaining semi-final place after Dundee had staged a remarkable comeback from being 8 points adrift during the set. 

However, the competition was about more than just the teams qualifying for the final stages of the Cup. Throughout the day, teams from Tier 2 raised their level of performance to challenge their more experienced opponents from the higher leagues. The competitive and committed approach of these teams was perfectly illustrated in the women’s competition, where St Andrews 2 edged out Edinburgh 3, 28-26 in their consolation pool fixture and, in the final match of a long day, Abertay held their nerve to record their first win of the competition, 24-22 against UWS. Having arrived in the hall at 9am, the Abertay celebrations and excitement at securing their victory at 5.40pm encapsulated the spirit of the event and the superb investment that all players made during eight hours of volleyball.

Good luck to those teams competing in this weekend’s Cup Semi-Finals and Final at the University of Dundee, in what is an excellent showcase for student volleyball, alongside the best teams in the country.