Sydney University’s state league men’s honours volleyball team has claimed gold at the Manly Cup tournament held over the weekend at the Northern Beaches Indoors Sports Centre.
Sydney Uni started strongly on Saturday morning, registering a convincing 2-0 win against UTS. This was followed by wins against Kiata and the NSW U19s team, which ensured the Students would top their pool irrespective of the result of the final match against Baulkham Hills – which ended 1-1.
The semi-final against fourth placed Kiata finished 1-1 at the end of the hour, with Sydney Uni progressing on a superior set score in the pool rounds.
A difficult start to the final saw UTS take a 2-0 lead, with Sydney Uni struggling against the strong hitting and serving of last year’s champions. An improved defensive performance and aggressive hitting from opposite Damien Rougetet and outside Isaac Lam saw Sydney Uni pull back the third set. A cliff-hanger of a fourth set culminated with Sydney Uni surviving two match points, before levelling the final at 2-2. The Students took an early lead in the fifth set off the back of three excellent jump serves from captain Vic Nguyen. Leading at the change of ends, an exuberant Sydney Uni men’s honours side went on to clinch their first gold medal in a major club competition.
Sydney Uni also entered division one men’s and women’s teams in the Manly Cup.