Volleyball: Partnership gives a boost to city’s volleyball club

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A partnership between Sheffield Volleyball Club and the city’s two universities is beginning to bear fruit.

The arrival of Hungarian born, Sheffield University student Yvett Talas is a direct result of negotiations between the three parties and it has helped the club’s women’s team to an unbeaten start to the season.

The ‘Badgers’ haven’t dropped a set so far in National League Division Two with victories over Leeds and Northampton.

“It is interesting times for volleyball in the city,” explained Steve McKeown, who also doubles up as the Club’s chair and coach of the women’s team.

“The amalgamation of the three clubs will pull together the city’s player and coaching resources in order to develop new young players and to raise the standards at both junior and club level.”

Kate Kelly, Grace Burton and Rachel Clayden have been loyal servants to the club over the past five years and according to McKeown are blending well with a new crop of players.

He said: “We are probably two or three players short of being genuine promotion contenders, but we currently have a nice blend of established and experienced stalwarts with younger players who are keen to make their mark in the game.”

Tomorrow sees two matches at All Saints Sports Centre in Norfolk Park. The women (1.45pm) hope to make it three in a row against Blackhill Country Redhill Tigers and the men’s team (3.30pm) plays its first game of the season.

The Sheffield Hallam Men’s Super 8 team take on arch rivals Malory Eagles London.

* The city has a strong volleyball pedigree. The women’s Great Britain Olympic team were based in Sheffield before the Games last summer and the men’s squad used the EIS on a frequent basis.