Blues 3-2 University of Cyprus (18-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-18, 15-9)
It was deja vu for the Blues as their final game of the tournament saw them paired against Nicosia, Cyprus. Cambridge had beaten them 3-2 in their last outing and were confident that it would be easier than that this time around. Unfortunately, the Blues started the match in the form they had shown against Athens a day earlier, and quickly lost games one and two without really being in contention. At 3-0 down in the third set, it looked like Great Britain would be crowned the ass of Europe, but it was then that the Blues finally began to start playing as a team, as they were suddenly able to defend Cyprus' variety of attacks and tips with ease, and Dan Escott recorded two huge stuff blocks on their key outside hitter. A comfortable 25-19 win was the result. Set four saw more of the same as pocket-sized outside Jean Jacquet recorded a trademark line hammer that pinged off the hapless defender and somehow reached the generous ceiling - the only ball of the day to do so. And so on to set five, where there was only one team that looked like winning and, for once, it was Cambridge. A 15-9 result was a fair reflection of the Blues' class after a shakey start and placed Great Britain 11th in Europe.
Report by Dan Escott
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