Volleyball prove their worth as BUCS title contenders
Immense pride and passion was the winning formula on Wednesday as De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) Dragons Men’s Volleyball Team secured their third straight British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) victory of the season.
A hostile atmosphere greeted The Dragons who faced a powerful Staffordshire University side who are their main title rivals in BUCS Volleyball Midlands Division 2A.
The in-form Dragons were hoping they could add to their opening two victories over Nottingham Trent University and the University of Worcester.
On Wednesday, the visitors took an early 3-0 lead in the opening set as they tried to impose themselves on the game, but the hosts came storming back with six back-to-back points before going on to convincingly claim the opening set.
Staffordshire dominated the second set, but the DMU Dragons did not give up without a fight as they closed the gap, before the visitors pulled away and made it 1-1, with a 25-21 second set victory.
The Dragons then clinched the third and fourth sets convincingly with the winning point greeted with wild celebrations inside the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre.
Pictured: Men's Volleyball players share a smile during their win on Wednesday
Men’s Captain Jack Jones, said: “It was a fantastic performance from the whole squad today.
“We really pulled together against a very strong opposition who are probably going to push us all the way for the title this season.
“Despite the absence of our coach we each adapted and supported each other in order to win. We hope to keep up our unbeaten record as well as continue to improve in each game.”
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In the opening fixture of the day, Men’s Badminton First Team overcame Oxford University to secure their first win of the season.
With the scores finely poised at 3-3, Captain Kaylan Sutton-Zaiain and William Wong overcame their opposition in the final singles fixtures to claim an overall 5-3 victory.
Kaylan said: “It’s very nice to get off the board with our first points in the league.
“It’s nice to win against Oxford too who are a good team so it puts us in a good position to snatch points off them.
“Singles played well today and doubles played well, so hopefully we can carry today’s performances on for the rest of the season and do the best we can.”
Pictured: William Wong won the final singles game to clinch Men's Badminton's first victory of the season.
Elsewhere, Men’s Rugby Third XV were also victorious on Wednesday afternoon coming from behind to claim a 26-10 victory over Nottingham Trent University.
Captain Charlie Dunn said: “I am very proud of the boys and everyone put in a massive shift.
“We ran some hard lines and played some very good rugby and obviously I’m over the moon with a bonus point win over a strong Trent side.”
In the Midlands Conference Cup, Men’s Football First Team are through to the next round after an impressive 2-1 victory over the University of Worcester.
BASKETBALL & NETBALL
Wednesday’s other cup fixtures ended in defeat for #TeamDMU as Men’s Basketball Second Team and Netball First Team were beaten by the University of Cambridge and Anglia-Ruskin University respectively.
Women’s Badminton 1st 0-8 University of Derby 1st
Women’s Volleyball 1st 0-3 University of Derby 1st
Mixed Golf 1st 0.5-5.5 Loughborough University 3rd
Men’s Tennis 2-10 University of Birmingham 2nd
Men’s Rugby 2nd 10-45 Nottingham Trent University 6th
Men’s Rugby 1st 14-15 University of Nottingham 2nd
Men’s Fencing 112-127 Nottingham Trent University 1st
Men’s Lacrosse 3-6 University Nottingham 3rd
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Posted on: Friday 27 October 2017