There was delight for Royal College of Surgeons Men’s Volleyball team as they captured the Student Sport Ireland / Volleyball Ireland League title with a thrilling victory over Galway Mayo IT in the final played recently in Maynooth University.
The students from RCSI came through a tough semi-final with IT Carlow before eventually winning 25-18, 25-15. Their opponents in the final Galway Mayo IT were push all the way to a tie breaker and in the tie break, finally saw off a gallant effort from TU Dublin City Campus with the men from the west winning 13-25, 25-22, 16-14.
The first set of the final proved to be crucial with RCSI setting the pace early before Galway Mayo IT closed to within a couple of points however, Royal College of Surgeons regained their composure and saw out the first set 25-22. With the momentum behind them now RCSI keep pushing forward and grasped victory when it was on the table with a 25-17 victory in the second set.
Ms. Carmel Lynch, President of Student Sport Ireland was on hand to present the cup and medals to the winning team and she thanked Volleyball Ireland General Manager Gary Stewart for their support of the leagues and for this year’s maiden streaming of finals day from Maynooth University.
Royal College of Surgeons: Carsten Opris, Subash RajSusai, Abdullah Alqattan, Mileolij Haccova, Alex Conlon, Cathal O’Tuile, James Stevenson, Gregory Lee, Charles Cheng, Joe Jacob Thomas.
Galway Mayo IT: Josef Lumelay, Caomhan Conaghan, Eduardo Landa, Adeolu Adebayo, Antaine O’Conghaile, Aldrin Elanjikkadan, Fergal Gilmartin, Eanna Walsh, Kevin Magale, Yong Chong, Louzs Garon.
Before the Men’s Final took place the draws for the new Student Sport Ireland / Volleyball Ireland Men’s Cups took place with league winners Royal College of Surgeons hosting 2018-19 league winners Athlone IT in the pick of the ties from the quarter-finals.
Men’s Volleyball Tier 1 Cup Draw (First named teams at home)
TU Dublin City Campus v IT Carlow
Trinity College Dublin v Dublin City University
TU Tallaght Campus v Galway Mayo IT
Royal College of Surgeons v Athlone IT
Men’s Volleyball Tier 2 Cup Draw (First named teams at home)
NUI Galway v Dundalk IT
IT Sligo v Griffith College Dublin
Maynooth University v Cork IT
University College Dublin receive a bye to semi-finals