Blues 2-0 University College Dublin (25-21, 25-15)
Cambridge switched to the main hall for the semi-final, and faced an unknown quantity in UCD. The extra space afforded by the new venue allowed the Blues to use their jump services, but this was of marginal value during game one as Lynn, Escott, Roy and Briguet-Lamarre all made errors from the service line. UCD boasted a setter taller than most of the Cambridge side, and an opposite of similar proportions who was to mount most of their attacks. Although the Blues were unusually shaky on the quick attack, the outsides were outstanding and Cambridge established an 18-13 lead, despite Briguet-Lamarre receiving a yellow card for a pointed remark following a lift call on Dan Roy. UCD managed to pull back to 20-19, but a time-out enabled the Blues to take back the ball and complete a 25-21 win.
Game two was barely a contest. Dan Escott began the rout with a six-pack on a Dublin defender, and was to repeat the feat later in the set. Briguet-Lamarre finally silenced the UCD opposite with a colossal stuff block, which brought the bench to their feet with calls of "Roooof", and aces from Escott and Jacquet took the Blues up to 21-10, whereupon a series of side-outs saw them to the set 25-15 and a place in the Final. The second semi-final saw a Hallam side reliant on Alex Porter defeated in straight sets, and for the second time in five days Cambridge were to face Loughborough.
Report by Richard White
|Name||Position||Sets Played||Attacks||Kills||Kill Percent||Aces||Blocks||Total Points|