Blues 3-2 Oxford University (23-25, 25-19, 25-17, 18-25, 15-12)
Iffley Road, 29/10/2008
A strong Oxford team over-estimated the Cambridge Blues squad that travelled to Iffley Road for the first encounter of the 2008-9 season. Cambridge could only muster 6 players; Anna and Katie though the middle, Alex and Naabia (borrowed from the second team for the match), and Sylvia and Saz on the outside. Cambridge lost the first set then took the next two, losing concentration in the fourth to go to the tie-break.
The Blues put up a consistent display and were accurate with service. Even though the Oxford team had the stronger attack, Cambridge managed to defend well and unforced Oxford errors secured the middle to sets. Grim determination to reverse the result from the previous Varsity match saw the Blues coming home with a well-needed victory.
Report by Jon Clarke
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