VOLLEYBALL: ELLESMERE Port Eels enjoyed their greatest achievement to date by winning both the men's and ladies' Welsh Open Volleyball Championships, in Aberystwyth, at the weekend.
The men qualified in second place following the group games by narrowly defeating previous winners Leicester in their last group game.
In the final they faced a very strong Combined Welsh Universities team who had narrowly beaten Eels in their group game.
Eels were able to deny their opponents the chance to rely on their powerful attackers by serving hard and blocking consistently well throughout the first sets winning 25-13, 25-16.
As the third set neared its conclusion, Welsh Universities were able to break through the defence to close up the score but Eels continued to play disciplined volleyball to take the set 25-21. MoM was new signing Jamie Morecroft.
The ladies also played the Combined Welsh Universities team in the final after qualifying in second place from their group games.
The match started badly for Eels as they trailed 8-2 but a string of five successive points off the serve of Jane McElhoney brought the team back into contention and they forced a 25-23 win. The second set went the way of Eels 25-21 and they completed a 25-16 success in the third. Corinne Jackson was MoM.
Eels' men won 3-0 against Alsager at the EPIC to maintain their bid to win the Merseyside League with Polish recruit Adam Sczcepaniak making a solid debut for the team. The ladies' B team enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win against Bridgewater B and Eels' ladies A overpowered EPVIC 25-9, 25-9, 25-15 to regain top spot in the Merseyside League.