A Good Day for the Junior Women

The nl development rolled on to Edinburgh with the Junior women. Edinburgh were the hosts and set up a fabulous event. The organisation was spot on, the venue just right, and the quality of volleyball from all four sides a tribute to their clubs.

Ragazzi started strongly and took the game to Edinburgh who stood up resolutely to the pressure. Both sides served with energy, direction and purpose. As a result the passing units were required to be efficient and effective. They did with aplomb and setters were able to access first tempo where Mhairi Agnew in particular shone. The star of the opening set was Lucy Scoullar who attacked diligently and purposefully from right side. However Edinburgh edged home 25 - 21 to show they were not prepared to surrender their championship.

Elise Rodgers took control in the second set and put the visitors into a commanding position. Then consistency came from Emma Wotherspoon as she placed tactical serves, passed well and provided the wherewithal to deny any slight chance of comeback that Edinburgh had. Mhairi Agnew and Priya Gill made the power plays in the latter stages to seal a 25-20 win

The final set was almost over before it started as Megan Quinn served Ragazzi into a six point lead. Come-back kid, Michelle Allan then provided three superb defensive pickups to deny Edinburgh the chance to comeback.

15-9 was a fair reflection of the action in the final set and a token level of revenge for last season's cup final defeat.

Second match was a different type of game and Ragazzi had to slow the game down and ensure they did not over-rev as they took the game to NLVC. It was good to see the NLVC bringing on youngsters and how tough they made it with some aggressive and powerful serves.
Ragazzi struggled to contain the serve until the introduction of Raveen Gill into the game to support libero Amy Coutts in the passing unit. The match then revolved around the attacking prowess of NL Ragazzi who went to take the next two sets 25-11: 15-11

As the saying goes two out of two ain't bad.