Originally published by SportsByte on October 26th 2012.
Sunderland City Predators face RAF Hawks this weekend and will be looking to maintain their winning start to the national league season.
Following a 3-1 win at Wirral and a thrilling 3-2 win over Manchester, Sunderland sit atop Women’s Division 3 North with a 100% record.
Star player Eve Porter is delighted with the start Sunderland have had and is excited for the future, saying: “We’ve had a good start, if we carry on playing really well and keep working hard then hopefully we can get promoted.”
Sunderland also played North Riding Eagles in the Women’s Cup where their impressive form continued with a comfortable win in three straight sets.
Their Lincolnshire opponents this Sunday also have a perfect record this season having beaten North Ridings Eagles 3-0 in their one and only league game so far.
The Women’s Predators have strong numbers in their squad for the season ahead but the increase in interest and participation is perhaps not as pleasing as many would have hoped following the Olympics.
With London 2012 now almost a distant memory, Porter says there has been more interest in volleyball but it has mainly come from the younger generation.
“[The Olympics] has had an effect on kids. Without them seeing it from professionals, it was quite hard to explain volleyball to them but now they get it.
“There are players in the North East playing at local level who are probably good enough to play at national level but it’s a big commitment. It’s a long way to travel to games and it’s long days.
“At the Freshers’ fayre, for the women, we didn’t get half as many interested as last year but the men had loads. But we’ve had a good start, we’ve just got to build on it, get more people interested in it and passionate about volleyball. “
Sunderland City Predators Women face RAF Hawks this Sunday.