Students Staff

6 February 2017

We are the champions

Filed under: People pages, Sport, Student experience — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 6:19 pm
Our men's and women's volleyballl squad

Our men’s and women’s volleyball squad at the Volleyball England National Student Cup finals

Our men’s volleyball team have been crowned Volleyball England National Student Cup Champions.

The competition started with teams being whittled down to the top 32 university and college men’s and women’s teams during several qualifying matches held across the country. The 32 student teams then battled it out over the weekend at the finals tournament at the University of East Anglia.

Both our men’s and women’s teams progressed through the group stage on Saturday without dropping a set, and then progressed further through the knock-out stages on Sunday with both teams reaching the final.

The women won silver after losing 2-0 in the final to last year’s runners-up Newcastle University, but the men won a thrilling final 2-1 against Bournemouth University, who have won the cup for the last three years.

Delighted Essex volleyball performance coach Alex Porter said: “I’m very proud of the athletes at the University of Essex and pleased to see all their hard work pay off.

“We set out in September with the goal of winning the double and they have pushed themselves to the limits to make this happen. We strive to improve each day and take every opportunity to develop as athletes, teams and as a programme. Final year student Toby French had an excellent performance in the final which is a testament to his three years of hard work. And fellow final year student Amelia Stamp dominated the passing unit in the women’s squad throughout the weekend, bringing a calming figure to the team.”


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10 February 2015

Great debut for volleyball teams

Filed under: Latest news, Sport, Student experience — Tags: — Communications Office @ 10:33 am

Volleyball matchIn the first year of the University’s volleyball performance programme, both the men’s and women’s Essex Blades teams performed well at the prestigious Volleyball England Student Cup over the weekend, with the women finishing second and the men fourth overall.

In the finals at the University of East London, the women were beaten by holders Durham in a great final and Durham also proved victorious over the men’s team in the playoff for third and fourth place.

Performance Sport Director, Dr Dave Parry said: “This is a tremendous achievement by both sides who had qualified unbeaten from the preliminary round in November. Performance coach Alex Porter has succeeded in building a volleyball programme in one year that can rival the best university programmes in the country.”

Both teams are now gearing up for achieving promotion in their British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues and are focused on aiming to win the BUCS conference cup.

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