Volleyball: Sheffield go in search of national cup glory

Sheffield Men’s Volleyball first team are looking to end a dominant season by taking the national volleyball league and cup double.

Undefeated in the league and having not dropped a set in the National Cup, Sheffield have dominated English volleyball this season. They currently sit top of the pile in the Men’s Super 8’s league and having won all of their twelve games, they have already qualified for the end of season play-offs.

The next big test comes tomorrow, when they take on London Lynx in the semi-final of the National Cup. Having not won the cup for four years, coach Keith Trenam is keen for the team to rubber-stamp their blistering season with a league and cup double.

“Two of our players played in the 2012 Olympics and last year we won the league play-offs and BUCS (British Universities & College Sport) competition,” he said.

“And this year we want to do the double in the national format.”

Although the National Volleyball competitions are open to anyone, the majority of teams are comprised of university students as the sport targets youth development.

Sheffield Men’s Firsts have three players from the University of Sheffield and the rest from Sheffield Hallam University. Training four times and with two matches each week, the sport has really taken off in Sheffield.

Trenam added: “It’s a great sport and we often get people coming down to watch who say they’d rather watch volleyball than Premier League football.

It’s such a fast paced game and you can get right up to the action.”

Under Trenam’s watchful eye the team has progressed enormously and are considered by many to be the best team in the country. But with four victories standing between them and the league and cup crowns, it’s all to play for.