NVL gets underway
8th September 2017
It’s the time of year all volleyballers can’t wait to arrive. At all levels of the game, the start of the season brings new hope for the year ahead and the welcome return of the buzz of competitive action. The National Volleyball League gets underway this weekend and we'll be updating you throughout the NVL season.
Cambridge VC and Anglia Ruskin University hosts men’s and women’s fixtures, with both their sides making a step up after promotions last season.
Following victory in the Division 2 playoff last year, the Cambridge Women play the season’s curtain raiser against New Forest Ladies in the Womens Division 1. New Forest secured a solid mid-table finish last season.
After that, it’s the turn of the home side’s men as they take on Team Essex Estonians at the North Cambridge Academy in the Mens Division 2 South. Cambridge will look to carry over their fine form from last season which saw them crowned champions of the Mens Division 3 central.
Sunday sees the opening action in the new look Mens Division 3 South in a round robin of fixtures. Southampton Volleyball Club Men 2, Cardiff Celts 2 and South Hants will all play each other at the Itchen College Sports Centre. Southampton 2 and Cardiff 2 will both be looking forward to fresh starts, after difficult campaigns last time out. Southampton were relegated from Mens Division 2 South, while Cardiff finished bottom of Mens Division 3 South West. South Hants finished mid-table in the same division.
There is a mouth-watering clash in the Womens Division 2 North which sees two of the leagues new arrivals face off, as Telford Ladies play Leeds RGA. Both clubs were champions of the third tier last year, as Telford took the Central title and Leeds were Queens of the North. Which one of the promoted sides will get off to a flying start?
In the Womens Division 2 South, the season begins with another league debutant in action. Cardiff Falcons finished second in the Division 3 South West last year and will host Oxford Ladies. It looks a tough opener for Cardiff as Oxford finished fourth in Division 2 South last season and will be looking to finish even higher up at the business end of the table in the 2017/2018 season.