A Win is a Win

The New Season gets off to a bang –ish for the Suettes

The crags in Edinburgh provided the backdrop for side that seems to get younger each successive year. Six teenagers in a Suette side is quite a novelty but the quality is coming to the fore.

Nuvoc were with a new coach and a number of new players. The scorer was Les Leask who was a member of Whitburn VC along with John French in 1973. Both teenage prodigies or what?

On this day Les put on a better show of scoring than John did of coaching. C’est la vie!

The game started quietly and both sides traded points to 5-5. Emma Clarkston went to the service line and devastated Nuvoc. Her accurate, powerful and targeted serve tore holes in the Edinburgh passing unit. The few balls that did come back onto the Suettes court were quickly dispatched to the floor by the effervescent Alex Dickenson, who only hit a mere five attacking errors throughout the five sets. Could this be a sign of maturity into our Alex?  I will leave you to judge.

Emma left the baseline at 16-5 and the Suettes closed out the set 25- 12. Elise Rodgers and Mhairi Agnew dominated middle net   and Mhairi added an excellent jump serve to her ever-increasing range of effective shots.

The second set was showing signs of following the same pattern until the Suette passing unit decided to become a non-passing unit. Credit to Nuvoc who struck a purple patch and backed up strong restarts with clever tactical play to surge to 23 – 15.  Suettes reformed and brought it back to 23-22 before the ever-increasing errors resulted in Su going down 25-22.

The start of the third set was a master class in mistakes and poor decisions and Suettes only gained one point as Nuvoc surged to the first technical time out. This brought out the best in Kirsty Mclean as she brought the scores back to 10-10. However Su continued to chase the game rather than relaxing and soon this over revving saw Nuvoc take a healthy 17-11 lead. Once more Su responded and came back to 18-18.. Errors saw the Edinburgh side go to 25 – 20.

The fourth set saw Nuvoc fight for every point as they attempted to close out the game and they went to within a whisker of doing it. At 20 – 20 there were a number of long rallies which could have gone either way before Suettes edged it 25 – 23.

Set five was the opportunity for Su to demonstrate their resilience. The kills came from Mhairi Agnew as the passing unit found itself again and this allowed Emma the chance to bring Mhairi into the game. Nuvoc had no answer and Suettes strode to 15-10 and their first victory of the new season.

Quality was there. Errors were there. Teamwork was there. Power was there. Lack of focus appeared. The positive aspects rarely appeared together and the last sets were as a result of the negative factors appearing simultaneously.

A win is a win no matter how hard won. Well done Suettes!