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Cambridge VC & Anglia Ruskin University make it 11 straight wins in the National Volleyball League, Women's Division One

Cambridge VC & Anglia Ruskin University Women volleyball team. Picture: Keith McAdam (8748848)
Cambridge VC & Anglia Ruskin University Women volleyball team. Picture: Keith McAdam (8748848)

Cambridge VC & Anglia Ruskin University clinched a double victory in the National Volleyball League, Women’s Division One to guarantee at least third place in the table.

Their first challenge was in Manchester against the City of Salford, and they made a flying start. Stefanie Neun was firing down some big serves to cause the hosts problems, and with Agne Vaiciulyte also in form they opened up a comfortable lead which was finished off 25-16 with Morgan Little and Christiana Smyrilli scoring regularly.

It was a tighter affair in set two as Salford found their rhythm, with the teams trading points.

Neun was putting Salford under pressure from the service line to put Cambridge in front, and some good blocking by Malgorzata Bieniek kept them ahead.

A couple of errors from the home side saw Cambridge extend their lead to close out the set 25-18.

In the third set, Cambridge took an early lead that they did not relinquish, proving too strong as they ran out 25-19 winners to take the match 3-0 as Neun was named most valuable player.

On Sunday, they faced Birmingham VC II away.

The home side edge the early exchanges but a service run from Bieniek and smart hitting by Morgan Little allowed Cambridge to move ahead in the set, and they held on to take it 25-22.

It was another even start in the second set, but the hosts started to dominate as their defence held strong and they took a 25-17 win.

Cambridge made a couple of changes for the third set, but Birmingham took charge again and strong serving saw them go 5-0 up. With the better of the long rallies, they closed out the set 25-16.

Neun got the team off to a good start in the fourth set, with aggressive serving helping them into a six-point lead.

With Molly Knewtson a threat through the middle and Little’s smart hitting, they levelled the match by winning the set 25-22.

In the tie-break fifth set, it went point for point until Cambridge edged into an 8-6 lead at the change of ends. Smyrilli came on to serve an ace to take the game to match point, which Cambridge won through a Birmingham error.

Little was named most valuable player in the 3-2 victory, which was Cambridge’s 11th win in a row.

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