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Trinity & UL Do The Double

Trinity College Dublin & University of Limerick both claimed double victories in the Student Sport Ireland Volleyball Cup.


Tier 1: Winners Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin are back-to-back women’s and men’s Student Sport Ireland / Volleyball Ireland Tier 1 Cup champions after victories over UCD and Dundalk IT respectively on March 21st in Maynooth University.


First up was the Dublin derby Women’s Final with Trinity College Dublin up against UCD. This turned out to be one of the most gripping, skilful and entertaining finals over recent years with a really high standard of play from start to finish. Trinity took the opening set 25-20, but UCD won a very close second set 25-23. The third set was an epic tussle between two great teams and with the two point winning rule needing to come into play before UCD eventually saw it out 27-25.


The out-going champions Trinity College Dublin were now in a position where their title was slipping from their grasp but a strong opening to set four saw them get into a winning position and despite a late rally from UCD, Trinity secured the fourth set 25-21. This set up a tie breaker and having gained the momentum in the fourth set Trinity carried it into the fifth set and were crowned champions once again with a 15-4 win in the decider.


Trinity College Dublin Women – Ailis Wynne, Zoe Whelan, Sara Rodriguez, Lara McNichols, Emma Tamburrini, Nadezhda Gomolko, Eirini Arvanitidou, Judit Olea Quevedo, Megan Marostica, Theresa Hoch, Victoria González Saavedra, Suzuna Inoue

University College Dublin Women – Miranda Bauer, Carol Raleigh, Miruna Popa, Anna Visentin, Maria Renom, Salome Saldarriaga, Kelley Blair, Yiya Zhang, Morgan Rafferty, Avery Vogt


Bouyed by the success of their female counterparts it was now over to the men from Trinity College Dublin to try complete the double when they met Dundalk IT. A very strong Trinity side who have players who were chasing their 3rd Tier 1 Cup title during their studies showed their experience and skill in blitzing Dundalk IT 25-14 in the opening set. Despite being under heavy firing power from Trinity College in the opening set, Dundalk IT began to find their feet in the match and showed much more in set two before losing out 25-15.


The Louth outfit continued to battle for everything in the third set but with the victory line in sight, strong serving by a number of Trinity College players helped to complete the double on the evening with a 25-18 score line in the 3rd set.

Trinity College Dublin Men – Donald Andrews, Alexand Assi, Cleomene Nelli, Anton Tincovschi, Guillauma Monnier, Mark Ogden, Liam Corocran, Joshua Hsu, Alexis Spaerth, Steven Cataluna, Evan Downey.


Dundalk IT – Abhijiet Prasad, Dylan Sherlin, Himansh Arora, Martin Macicha, Chang Rong Fan, Vivien Benog, Gabriel Brogoso, Raphael Brogoso.


Tier 2: Winners University of Limerick

In their first year back in Student Sport Ireland / Volleyball Ireland competitions in recent years, University of Limerick collected both the men’s and women’s Tier 2 Cup titles on March 21st in Maynooth University.


In the opening final of the day University of Limerick were a set down after University College Cork powered to a 25-18 victory in the opening set. However the Cork side who travelled with a very small squad of just six players, were hindered by an injury to one of their players.


University of Limerick began to grow in confidence and took the second set 25-11. With a full squad to swap players in and out during the match the Limerick team took control of thing during the third set with a 25-18 win. With the wind in their sails now University of Limerick closed out the match with a fourth set 25-13 win.


University of Limerick – Caitríona Ní Ríordáin, Aoife Duggan, Eimear Ní Choileáin, Gemma Brady, Sophie Nolan, Emma Lawler, Nora Sheehan, Julianna Bibik, Laura Naesland, Elina Guyonnet, Paulina Illek.

University College Cork – Asia Anita Rostin, Federica Iodi, Paula Cardo, Giulia Russo, Alix Nivoix, Nanxin Zheng.


Immediately after the women’s final the men of University of Limerick and University College Dublin took to the court for the Tier 2 Cup final. University of Limerick got out of the blocks quicker in the opening set and were one up after a 25-19 win. University College Dublin were not on the back foot for long as they won a pulsating second set on a 27-25 score to level the game.


University of Limerick cut loose in the third set and blitzed UCD 25-6. With the victory line in sight now for University of Limerick they pushed for home in the fourth set and took the honours with a 25-19 win.


That victory capped a memorable day for University of Limerick who headed back Shannonside with both Student Sport Ireland / Volleyball Ireland Tier 2 Cup on board the bus.


University of Limerick – Leo Callery, Mark Kocketkov, Conor Murphy, Scott Bullman, Simon Hees, Grégoire Rouch, Thomas Comerford, Gareth Gilmatin, Cillian O’Riordáin, Lorcan Cummins, Symeon Kasmeridis


University College Dublin – Moeyoncsteven Lin, Dylan Anderson, Vojtéch Oboril, Stephen Bowes, Xinyi Wan, Nabeel Olasekan, Ameer Bohel, Lun Seng Lee, Sei Mompudi, Karst Deddan, Kieran Prendergast, Thabeng Rapinyaun