The University of Sunderland men’s volleyball team will be hoping Christmas comes early with a win against local rivals Newcastle this afternoon.

A disappointing season so far sees the men’s team desperate for a win before Christmas, however it won’t be easy playing against a strong Newcastle side.

volleyball-court-425“Not only do we want a win, but it’s a win against Newcastle. It means so much more against your biggest rivals,” said Team Captain, Mark Whitelaw.

“We’ve had a tough season a win now would boost everyone’s confidence to much.”

The two teams have had a controversial history. Last years fixture saw them meet a second time for a rematch following a disagreement in the refereeing decision.

The Tynesiders are currently sitting in 2nd place in the BUCS table; therefore this struggling Sunderland side may struggle to beat one of the league’s heavyweights.

“Obviously we want to win, but if we go there and take a set off them I’d be happy,” Whitelaw continued.

The match will take place at 5pm – CitySpace.



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