Friday Night Platform made the trip to Clifton to catch up with one of NTU’s most successful clubs this year, NTU Volley Ball.
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The Women’s first team have been the stars of our side this season, finishing second in their league after a long run of top form. We caught up with Volleyball First Team Captain, and Volleyball President, Maria Teresinha Hipolito, to find out what makes them so successful and the teams thoughts, ahead of their Varsity showdown vs UoN.
“We’ve done really really well, we finished second in BUCS, and we were first in the table up until our very last game.” An impressive run of form that Maria explained to us, to go most of a season at the top takes a very strong and well gelled team.
“It’s always difficult [performing as a team] because we lose some players and we bring in some new players, but it’s just about working hard together and getting the gist of it, and later on we come together.” Continued.
A statement that is true for all university sports, but especially true for Volleyball as they’re also one of the most internationally endowed teams in NTU.
“It’s realy cool, we always have something different to bring into the team.” Maria said. “We always have a bit of a struggle understanding the coach, so there’s always translations everywhere, but we have at least two people from the same country so I think that helps…It’s a bit complicated but it’s fun.”
Moving on to varsity and the big match, University of Nottingham (UoN) play in the league above Trent, however their Women’s First Team have had a tough season, finishing one place above last in fifth place. We asked our First Team Captain how the team’s feeling ahead of the match.
“We’re looking forward to it, and we’re hoping for a win out of it.” Said Maria. “We’re ready for it defiantly, ready to smash it; but we’ll see, varsity is always a surprise, but we’re looking forward to having a big crowd behind us.”
We loved Maria’s confidence and hopefully that can translate into a positive outcome for Varsity.
By Ola Fisayo