Blues 2-0 London (25-19, 25-18)
Scouting of the first pool game had revealed London not to be the force they had been in winning the EVA title the previous season, with only one of their two star hitters remaining. Nevertheless they remained a dangerous proposition, and Cambridge were delighted when Andy Lynn pronounced himself fit to play, despite being in visible discomfort from his injury. Disciplined serving from the Blues saw them expose London's two-passer unit, and the champions struggled to mount any convincing quick attacks. Meanwhile Roger Konrad expertly deployed Escott and Jacquet through the middle for Cambridge, and a 25-19 set victory was achieved in comfort.
Game two continued in the same vein, with London reliant on opposite Neubert, and Cambridge's block feasting on some rather tight sets. Dan Roy thundered down a combination play to wake up the Cambridge bench, but he and Lynn were for once usurped as Kato produced a pair of crushing line kills to end the game 25-18. The call of "What's his name? Kennnnnnyyyyyy Kato!" was born during this match.
Report by Richard White
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