CLEOBURY showed little signs of rustiness after returning from their five week Christmas break to crush Cambridge 3-0 in National Ladies Volleyball League Division Two.

Despite a three-hour journey, Cleoubury wasted little time securing the 15-25, 18-25, 19-25 victory. Sophie Cook, Becki Brookes and Ellie White shared the player of the match honours.

The ladies produced the same scoreline when they travelled to Kineton, winning 6-25, 17-25, 22-25. Captain Robyn Slingsby's girls dominated the match more than the result suggests with Francesca Hinves the star of the show. With a handful of games to go, they are still in with a shout of promotion to the top flight.

There was also success for the high-flying men but they made hard work of beating struggling Rugby 3-2 in West Midlands Men's Volleyball League Division 1. In a clash of top versus bottom, Cleobury, without captain Nick Di Marco, just about shaded it with the sets going 23-25, 25-19, 17-25, 25-23 and 15-9.

With Mark Fish putting in man of the match display, the Mortimer men kept their nerve to stay in the hunt for trophies.

In the Hereford and Worcester Men's Volleyball League, Cleobury men suffered a 3-1 home defeat to Redhill, from Stourbridge. The visitors, who included a couple of England juniors in their ranks, proved too strong for Mortimer. Redhill took the first two sets 12-25, the fourth 19-25 with Cleouby taking consolation from winning the third 26-24.