17:00 - 21:00
Essex Sport Arena
Four University of Essex teams have reached the quarter-final stage of the British Universities and Colleges Sport National Championships.
The Essex teams are just two matches away from the finals taking place on ‘BUCS Big Wednesday’ at the University of Nottingham on Wednesday 25 March.
If you’d like to come and support them, the quarter-finals will be held in the Essex Sport Arena on Wednesday 26 February from 5pm. No need to book, simply come along!
Last year the men’s volleyball team became the first Essex team to reach, and then win, a championship final, beating Durham 3-0.
This year, our volleyball men won the BUCS Premier division on the last day of the season, beating UEL 3-1. Essex won the league on sets difference, by one – such are the margins at this high level of sport.
Can our volleyball men repeat last season’s heroics?
Our basketball women secured their third consecutive BUCS Premier South title with a 9-1 record that saw them finish the season 9 points clear of second place. Last season Essex beat Loughborough in the quarter-final, before bowing out at the semi-final stage, beaten by Durham.
Can Essex go one step further this year?
Our volleyball women placed second in the BUCS Premier South for the fourth consecutive season. Showing improved form in the latter stages of the season, following some line-up changes, the team enter the championship with growing confidence.
Our men’s basketball team has displayed a distinct step up in form this year, finishing the BUCS Premier South in second place, headed by UEL’s professional league stars on their head-to-head scores (UEL 93-101 Essex; Essex 87-102 UEL).
This year’s championship promises to be highly unpredictable, with any team capable of beating any other – a chance for Essex to progress?