Petroc in national final

Joseph Bulmer

PETROC male volleyball team have given tremendous performances to reach the British Colleges National Cup finals at Loughborough University on April 6.

This month they defeated Peter Symons College in Winchester in the quarter-finals and then travelled to Brockenhurst, where they won their semi-final match

Petroc won the toss in their semi-final and were able to pile on the pressure from the start with Matt Rhymer’s tough serves and promptly went into a 5-0 lead.

Brockenhurst did rally round when the score reached 10-2 and started hitting accurately, consistently and very hard and pulled back to just 20-18 down.

Petroc’s Ben Ackland showed great skill and dominance at the net and this, together with great serving from Connor Stallard and Matt Rhymer secured the first set 25-22 score.

They dominated the second set and were never less then four points ahead, finally winning it 25:18. Once 2-0 behind, Brockenhurst found it difficult to respond to the continuous Petroc pressure and lost the final set 25:16.

The two Petroc setters Matt Rhymer and Jack Constable shared the man-of-the-match award.

The team comprised: Dom Spears (captain), Matt Rhymer, Jack Constable, Dimitri Wren, Connor Stallard, Ben Ackland and Jake Weeks