Blues 2-0 Glasgow University (25-14, 25-17)
Cambridge arrived at the venue at 9am in time for the first match of the day, and saw home side Loughborough put in an impressive performance to thump a below par Kent side. The Blues took to the court immediately afterwards to face defending champions Glasgow who, although not at full-strength, nevertheless fielded two powerful outside hitters. Cambridge, however, were much improved on their previous evening's performance, and took an early lead behind Pierre Briguet-Lamarre's jump serve. Dan Roy excelled in attack, but also surprised everyone with a magnificent dig of a full-blooded line spike from Glasgow's Ondrej Hajdusek. A stuff block from Escott and a thunderous line shot from Andy Lynn brought the Cambridge bench to their feet, and even setter Roger Konrad got in the mood as he thumped down an overpass as the Blues cruised to a 25-14 game one win.
Cambridge started game two less impressively, and some poor passing saw the Scots take the lead before Briguet-Lamarre extended his haul of aces to a record-equalling seven as the Blues began to pull away. Another straight-down line kill from Lynn marked the end as Cambridge secured the match 25-17, but qualification from their pool was not assured as Manchester staged a remarkable recovery to upset Birmingham. The Blues entered their final pool game knowing that only a win would guarantee their place in the semi-finals.
Report by Richard White
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