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Rockets Men through to Round 2 of National Cup!

posted 16 Oct 2011, 04:22 by Web Admin
The Rockets Men's first team eased past regional side Harrogate VC in the first round of the National KO Cup yesterday after a wobble in the third set. Final result was 3 - 1 (25-15, 25-21, 22-25, 25-19). They now face Super 8 side Coventry and Warwick Riga in an exact rematch of last year's second round. Rockets will travel to Riga to play on the 5th of November. Riga are yet to win a game in the 2011/2012 season and Rockets remain unbeaten in Division 2, so there could be an upset! In the KO Cup, 30 teams from across the UK compete to reach the April finals at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering.
Women 1, who reached the semi finals in the Shield last year, have found themselves already in Round 3 after withdrawals from both Marske and Super 8 side Birmingham who have dropped out of the NVL and Cup completely.  The large amount of drop outs is reminiscent of last year, where Newcastle (Staffs) had not played a single game in the Shield before they faced Rockets in the semi finals. Perhaps a sign of tight financial times, but not ideal publciity for the country's top knockout competition. The Rockets girls look likely to face on form Division 1 side City of Salford, away on the 27th November. This will be a steep challenge but a good opportunity to step up their level against a quality side.
Good luck to both teams!