Monday Review: The Magic of the Cup
18th September 2017
The weekend belonged to the underdogs in a thrilling round one of the Men’s National Cup.
Non-NVL team Sussex United will be in dream land as they will host the current National Cup Champions IBB Polonia in round two, after defeating South Hants (Div 3 South) on Saturday. Sussex had already won a qualifier to make the main draw and recorded an impressive 3-0 (19,19,17) victory.
Another non-NVL side, Wombourne Volleyball Club defeated Coventry & Warwick Riga of the Men’s Division 2 North. After winning the opening two sets, Wombourne were overpowered in the third, scoring just 16 points as Coventry looked to launch a comeback. The non-NVL team from the West Midlands showed tremendous resolve though, winning the fourth set 25-22 to record a brilliant 3-1 victory.
The UK Armed Forces completed a hat-trick of giant killings for non-NVL teams, with an impressive win over Division 1 side London Aces. Next up for the servicemen is a trip to DARKSTAR Derbyshire of Division 2 North, who themselves defeated the University of Nottingham in an East Midlands derby.
In the game that was ‘Pick of the Round’ in the Friday Review, the all non-NVL clash between Lionhearts and Wapping, was won by the favourites as Wapping claimed a convincing straight sets victory. They will face Newmarket VC in the next round, who defeated non-NVL opposition at the weekend by knocking out Brentwood.
The other non-NVL in action this weekend, Weymouth Beach Volleyball Club went down to Southampton but produced a creditable performance to take a set off the Division 1 side.
While four non-NVL sides secured safe passage, the upsets did not stop there. NVL newcomers Tamworth Spartans of the Div 2 Central, overcame Cardiff Celts 1, who sit two tiers higher in Division 1. It would have looked like there was a routine victory on the cards, when Cardiff one the opening set to 19 points. However, the Spartans showed their warrior-like spirit to first level it at 1-1, then win two tight sets, both 25-23, to seal a dramatic win.
For the full results from the weekend’s cup action, click here.
There are still a handful of games to be played in the first round, before the second round will see the Super 8 teams enter.
It’s not all bad news for this weekend’s losers, as they will all get another shot at glory as they go into the Shield competition.
Team of the Week: It had to go to one of the non-NVL teams and this week it goes to the UK Armed Forces. After making it through a qualifier, to beat Division 1 opposition was a fantastic achievement. Can they produce another upset in the next round?