College Varsity Volleyball: Wentworth power past Josephine Butler

Wentworth cruised to a much needed straight sets victory in the Mixed Volleyball 1sts match against a spirited, but ultimately outclassed Josephine Butler side.

The early stages of the first set suggested that the match would be a tight affair, with both sides locked at 11 all. However very quickly, Wentworth upped the ante as the set began to draw to a conclusion. Clicking through the gears they began to hit some powerful serves and winners pulling ahead to a 23-13 lead. Durham played some smart rallies to lessen the deficit to 24-16, but Richard Rhodes coolly took the set point for Wentworth, dinking the ball over the net, while fooling the Josephine Butler players into believing he was going for a haymaker.

The second set played out in largely the same way as the first. The two sides were once again relatively evenly matched at 9-8 with the enthusiastic Josephine Butler side proving a tough nut to crack. However from there on in Wentworth once again showed their class and power, putting down some booming serves and dominating the rallies, easily pulling away to cruise to the set 24-12.

The third set was little more than a cruise for Wentworth, who were now obviously completely in-control of the tie. Once again the opening few points were relatively close, but York began to pull away with some strong serves and impressive winners from Christina Sechel often making the difference.  York pulled away into a 19-11 lead with powerful serves from Rhodes and Fillipo Contesti contributing to the score line. Once into this lead York never looked under threat and despite a minor resurgence from the Durham outfit they confidently saw the match out to live up to their billing as one of York’s top sides as this years College Varsity.