Published on November 18, 2013 | by Andrew Odiwe


LSE inflict defeat on UAL women’s volleyball team

UAL women's hockey deflated after defeat [Photo by : Seren Jenkins]

UAL women’s hockey deflated after defeat [Photo by : Seren Jenkins]

UAL women’s volleyball 1sts lost their opening game of the season by three sets to love against London School of Economics 1sts at the John Orwell Sports Centre.

Arts started the first set brightly by winning the first three points in the game but LSE responded by scoring six points without reply as their dominance began to show.

Arts rallied but to no avail as LSE had an unassailable lead in the first set which ended 25 points to 17.

The second set continued as the first set ended as LSE scored the first couple of points.

Arts responded with a couple of decent spikes, however they conceded rather sloppy points due to a lack of communication.  The second set ended 25 points to 18 in favour of LSE.

LSE started the third set in blistering pace as they scored the first six points and used their remaining substitutions well, unlike Arts who played the duration of the game with the same six players.

Arts eventually equalised at 21 points apiece which led to a climatic ending.

The final couple of points were played out in long rallies that resulted in many heroic defensive dives.

LSE sealed the game and won the third set by 25 points to 22, winning the overall game by three sets to nil.

Captain Maddy Fagnoni said: “This was probably the first tough game that we played because we are in a very low league and usually the level of teams aren’t that great which left us quite surprised.”

Looking ahead to their upcoming game, Maddy said: “We’re heading up north for the (qualifying rounds of the) Student Cup this weekend, which is the biggest student tournament in England for Volleyball and we’re expecting the level to be quite high so this was good preparation.”

Arts entered the game with four of their starting six not playing and with no substitutes. Fagnoni said: ”As you saw we had six girls, I was missing four girls from my starting team which was a bit of a let down.”

The majority of the starting six was playing together for the first time, which made it difficult. She added: “ We had no subs.  We struggled to play together for the first time. I was missing my main hitter and setter so it was really complicated.”

LSE captain Steffie Braden was satisfied with the result: “ I thought it was a good game, it was our first game of the season and we had difficulty trying to get everyone to work. I thought overall it was a fun game to play.”

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