Unbeaten Sheffield march to national volleyball final

Sheffield celebrate in the semi-final. Photo: Thomas Skinner
Sheffield celebrate in the semi-final. Photo: Thomas Skinner
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Sheffield Men’s first team are yet to drop a set in the National Cup as they swept aside London Lynx 3-0 in their semi-final on Saturday.

In a somewhat scrappy encounter, Sheffield dug deep and stepped up their play when it mattered to defeat a talented London Lynx side.

Both teams looked evenly matched at the start of each set but coach Keith Trenam says the team knows how to win and can always grind out victories when they need to.

“Early on I felt more comfortable but when it came to the third set Lynx started to go for it more and it seemed to be working,” he said.

“But our guys stood up to the test really well. We’ve got into a good winning habit. So far this season we’re unbeaten so they know how to win.”

Sheffield are on a roll and without a defeat all season confidence within the team is high. Each and every player stuck to their game even in the face of the boisterous London opposition. Trenam believes this is because of the professional approach the team takes in training.

“Including the bench players there are no weaknesses in this team at the moment,” he said.

“We train four times a week and also do strength and conditioning training on top of that. This is because we don’t just want to maintain, we want to improve.”

Due to the league play-off format there are just a maximum of five games left including the cup final.

Sheffield have a fantastic chance to go unbeaten all season but Team GB and Sheffield star Joel Miller insists they are taking each game at a time.

“We’re not really thinking about going unbeaten,” he said.

“We’ve got to take it one game at a time. It would obviously be great because I don’t think any men’s team has ever done it.”

The final of the National Cup takes place on March 28 when Sheffield will take on Northumbria in the search for their first cup title in four years.