Team Sunderland Predators Women's VolleyballSunderland City Predators won the National Shield after thrashing Team Essex Trinity 3-0.

The Predators were dominant from start to finish as they claimed their first trophy in the club’s history.

It was Sunderland’s first appearance in a cup final and playing at the National Volleyball Centre, in Kettering, for the first time.

Sunderland took control in the opening set, which included a streak of 12 unanswered points, to win the first set 25-18.

It got even better for the North East ladies as they took the second set 25-13.

The match was won in the third set as Sunderland dug deep to win the set 25-23.

Sunderland coach Steven Anderson heavily praised his squad after the match.

He said: “I am exceptionally proud of the team.

“Every player in the side has contributed to winning the Shield. It isn’t just about the final but all games that have lead up to winning the cup.”

Anderson was also hopeful that his side could gain promotion in the league.

He added: “We could sneak a playoff place this season. If not, our target is promotion next year.

“To achieve that feat would be unbelievable considering I started just two years ago.”

It is undoubtedly Sunderland’s greatest season and they will be hoping to retain their title in next year’s competition.