Top seeds to meet in Super 8s Finals
23rd April 2018
The best teams will face off to be crowned the Champions of England after the top seeds in both the men’s and women’s game made it through to the Super 8s Playoff Finals.
Team Northumbria will face IBB Polonia London in the men’s playoff final. In the women’s final, Team Northumbria go head-to-head with local rivals Team Durham.
You can be there to see who will take the titles as the teams battle it out over two-legged finals on May 5 and 6, 2018. The teams will play their first legs on the Saturday. On Sunday, the Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix Final will take place in the build up to the second legs which will decide the destination of the Super 8s trophies. Buy your tickets from the Volleyball England shop now – for a discount price when you book in advance.
We'll meet again
The fixtures are a repeat of the National Cup Finals which saw Team Northumbria come out victorious in both the women’s and men’s game. The north-east giants are on for a historic clean sweep as they topped their leagues, won the National Cups and if they add both Super 8s titles, every major domestic honour in top level English volleyball will be in their trophy cabinet. It will not be easy though as IBB Polonia London and Team Durham are the current reigning Super 8s champions and will be aiming for revenge after their defeats in the National Cup Finals.
The teams booked their final spots after coming through the Playoff semi-finals at the weekend.
In the women’s game, Team Northumbria defeated Pulsepoint London Orcas in the two-legged semi-final both a 3-1 score line in both games. It wasn’t a straight forward as many would have anticipated as Orcas took the first set in both ties. Northumbria have only dropped six sets all season so going a set behind was a shock. The ladies from London couldn’t keep it up against women’s volleyball’s best side as Northumbria roared back in both matches to ease into the final (Leg 1: 22-25, 25-18, 25-17,25-14.) (Leg 2: 23-25, 25-19, 25-19,25-12).
Team Durham had to dig a lot deeper to ensure they reached the final. The ladies from the north east, who finished second in the Super 8 league table, faced Polonia SideOut London in their semi-final. Polonia finished third and are the only team to have beaten Northumbria this season. It was them who took the first leg against Durham in a five-set blockbuster.
Polonia won a tight first set 26-24 and although Durham pegged them back twice to make it 2-2, the women from the capital showed nerves of steel to take the deciding set 20-18. This meant if Durham were to reach the Playoff Final, they would need to win the second leg and then win a golden set.
That is exactly what they did. Claire Felix’s team came out with renewed vigour on the Sunday and won the second leg in straight sets (25-23, 25-16, 25-22). When it came to the golden set, Durham had the momentum and Polonia sensed their opportunity had been lost. Durham powered home 15-5 to set up a Playoff Final against Northumbria – a repeat of last year’s Super 8s Final which Durham won.
Out for revenge
In the men’s game, IBB Polonia and Team Northumbria will reignite their rivalry in the playoff final after both teams cruised into the final.
Current champions Polonia faced Sheffield Hallam – in a repeat of last year’s final – and the men from the capital won both legs in straight sets. The very first set was as close as it got as Polonia edged it 26-24 and then managed to keep Hallam at bay and out of the business end of the other five sets in the two-legged semi-final. (Leg 1: 26-24, 25-20, 25-20) (Leg 2: 25-22, 25-20, 25-21).
It was even easier for Team Northumbria who breezed past Malory Eagles in their semi-final. On Saturday, Northumbria wrapped up the first leg winning in three sets to 13,20 and 12 points. Malory showed a lot of character to fight even harder on the Sunday and although they couldn’t notch a set they did run Northumbria closer, as the north-east side won to 23, 15 and 16 points respectively.