Portsmouth’s premier women’s volleyball team eased past Brighton to keep in touch with the top spot.
In securing a commanding 3-0 win over Brighton 1sts, the University Women’s 1st team showed they are genuine contenders to take the league title.
Portsmouth were going into the clash off the back of their first defeat in the South Eastern 2A Division to Brunel. However, a win would put them straight back into contention.
From the first serve of the match Pompey looked the more confident of the two teams and an ace down the middle of the court got the scoring going. Portsmouth continued to control the first set, forcing Brighton into rash and sometimes costly decisions.
Neither side were playing their best volleyball, however the superior power of Pompey showed through as they took the first set 25-11.
In the second set Brighton upped their game. Their confidence grew and they tried to dictate the points. Unfortunately for Brighton, Portsmouth’s ladies in blue also stepped it up a gear. Outstanding defence kept Portsmouth in many points which then created the platform to mount substantial attacks.
As the set progressed, Portsmouth started to dominate at the net. A number of powerful spikes landed on the Brighton side of the court. This counter attack style of play effected the Brighton players and caused an increasing number of errors.
Mid-way through the set, Brighton gifted Portsmouth three points after they confused the team rotation which resulted in the incorrect player serving. From this point onward Brighton failed to recover and, despite a spirited end to the set, lost it 25-14.
The final set began with Brighton racing into an early lead. But with players from both sides beginning to tire, errors began to appear more often. Both teams made serving errors, gift wrapping the opposition points.
Portsmouth got their rhythm back as the set went on and brandished their superior class and power to restablish their hold on the game. As in the previous sets, through a combination of resilient defence and powerful attacking play at the net, Portsmouth stretched their lead and ended up finishing the match by forcing Brighton into an error. The final set ended 25-19.
The win keeps Portsmouth, currently in second place, in touch with leaders Brunel at the top of the table, just three points behind and with a game in hand.