Uni of Essex land the double in the Student Cup
4th February 2019
The University of Essex were indomitable at the weekend, taking a clean sweep by winning the women’s and men’s Student Cups.
Having won the men’s trophy and been the runners-up in the women’s competition last year, 2019 saw them go one better to take both trophies back to the trophy cabinet in Essex.
Both sides cruised through the pool stages, topping the group without dropping a set. In fact, 19 points was the most either side conceded in a single set of the group stage as they asserted their dominance on day one on Saturday.
In the knockout stages on Sunday, they powered their way to the finals and victory never looked in doubt. The Essex ladies faced off against hosts University of East Anglia and quickly notched the first set to 16 points. The second was the closest set Essex faced throughout the whole weekend but UEA couldn’t match the quality of their South East rivals. Essex won the second set to 22 to claim the women’s Student Cup.
The men’s final saw Essex battle the University of Reading. The Berkshire university had played brilliantly to reach the final but had to settle for silver as Essex dominated the match. The first set was won to 17 points and that saw Essex in a hurry to retain the title and they won the deciding set to just eight points. That's the third consecutive gold medal for the Essex men.
The Most Valuable Player Awards both went to stars of the Essex teams as Logan Zotovich won the men's prize and Katarina Raicevic received the honour in the women's competition.
The double success was not a shock as the university has an excellent reputation for performance volleyball. The University of Essex is a Volleyball England Senior Academy with the volleyball programme being led by former professional volleyball player and England international Alex Porter.
It was another fantastic weekend of volleyball at the Keith Nicholls Arena at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. A huge thank you must go to the volunteers for all their incredible effort throughout all the rounds of the competition, as without them, the event would not be possible.
The teams enjoyed lots of matches as the top 16 positions in each of the men’s and women’s competitions were battled for. The final standings were:
Women’s Student Cup 2018/19:
2 University of East Anglia
3 University College Cork
5 King’s College London
6 Oxford A
7 City University London
16 Newcastle-under-Lyme College
Men’s Student Cup 2018/19:
6 Imperial College London
7 King’s College London
9 University College Cork
10 Anglia Ruskin
12 Oxford Brookes
14 University of East Anglia
For the full scores and results.