Beth Gunter catches up with UEL scholar Jermaine Miles about his move to London Lynx.
After transferring to London Lynx at the beginning of the season, England International Jermaine Miles played his first game against his former club Malory Eagles.
Miles began his volleyball career as a junior at Malory Eagles and progressed through the ranks at the South London club. There he met Malory Head Coach Jefferson Williams.
Williams is one of the longest and most prolific coaches in the country spending much of his time coaching the England Cadets, Juniors, and Seniors at their training camps.
During their time together the two developed a close relationship, with Miles describing Williams as a family member, which made the switch to London Lynx a difficult move.
“He is like family to me, and I have a lot to prove. I will have to block him out and concentrate on my own game.
“I needed a team that trained alongside the full-time programme at the University. It’s important so that I can continue my goal of going professional when I graduate,” said Miles.
Having never played against Williams before, Miles knew that he would be targeted by the opposition.
Williams told his players to target Miles in the serve receive, his weakest part of the game. But, Miles held his own and through strong offensive play proved his skills to his former coach.
Early in the season Miles landed awkwardly during a game which resulted in torn ankle ligaments and three months out on the sidelines,
It was a major setback for his goal of playing professionally and playing a key role in the game against Malory.
“It was frustrating, but I know how much I wanted to both win and play, so that gave me motivation for my rehab to make sure I was fit,” said Miles.
Lynx ended the regular season fourth in the league and will take on a strong Wessex BU side in the quarter-finals later this month.
Malory Eagles have struggled this season and finished seventh; they have their relegation play-off at the end of the month but with three Division One teams tied in first place with one match to go they do not yet know who they will face