Whitby’s North Riding Eagles bid to continue their cup run when they host the fearsome St Albans Harriers this Sunday.
The Harriers are one of the largest adult clubs in the south, boasting four teams made up of players from a variety of nationalities.
The Eagles are mainly made up of pupils from local schools and colleges and this Sunday sees the call up of three students from Caedmon College. The year 10 girls will make their first team debuts in Sunday’s national cup match at Whitby Leisure Centre.
The two teams have never met and The Harriers come into the match buoyed after thrashing Loughborough University in the last round.
Like most visiting volleyball clubs, they will be bringing a good away following. Now the Eagles have put Whitby on the national volleyball map, visiting teams and supporters are increasingly staying over.
Coach Anthony Laffan said: “This is good news for the local economy but it also means that good home support is essential.
“The popularity of Whitby is seeing the home advantage shrink as more and more away fans turn the fixture into a mini break.”
Despite the good away support that Black Country VC brought, North Riding started the New Year with an easy 3-0 home win on Sunday in a win which keeps them third in The National Volleyball League Division 2.
Sunday’s game starts at 11.30am.
Jetprint player of the match: Eva Elias - all-round play consistently good.