University of Sunderland’s men volleyball’s excellent season so far came to a stumbling halt in the Varsity clash against Teesside University.
This year’s Varsity saw the winners of the Northern 3B volleyball men’s league visit the team that finished third in this years Northern 2B.
The Teesiders were in control of the match early on and scored seven points without reply to start the match. The hosts maintained control throughout the first game and eventually went on to win the first set in convincing fashion (25-8).
Sunderland started the second set on the front foot but the Middlesbrough-based university took a 23-13 lead before holding off Sunderland’s fight back to win the set 25-18.
Teesside started the third set much better than they started the second and took an early lead, although Sunderland remained resilient to take the fight to their opponents, edging the set 13-12 at the halfway point.
At one stage the two sides were evenly locked at 20-20 and Sunderland were showing the form that won them the Northern 3B this year, but their opponents’ quality shone and they eventually won the third set 25-23, taking the match 3-0.