Promising Futures

Saturday 19th January 2013

Su Ragazzi II  V  Kilmarnock II

Bright hopes for the future……

I was talking to Colin Giles (Kilmarnock’s International setter ) before this Division II match, and he said “The future for both clubs looks bright, with so many talented youngster coming through…..”  I agreed with his assessment.

This match was an excellent advert for Scottish Volleyball, and full of Junior players playing and competing to the best of their ability.  We won the match 3 - 0.  We had just that bit more control of the ball, we had just a bit more guile in our tactics, we had just that bit more speed in our play, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable encounter where the Kilmarnock Boys got better set on set.

Set one we dominated from the service box, and had excellent support from our passing unit.  Marc McLaughlin was able to consistently run his first tempo offence and the experienced Chris de Lattre gave the Killie defence a torrid time.  Marc then added to the Kilmarnock difficulties by scoring a series of kill blocks.  The set was over at 25 - 15 for us.

Set 2 the Kilmarnock players picked up their game, and competed more.  Their service disrupted our pass, which restricted our hitting options, and we had to rely more on the outside hitters.  Jordan Scott made some clever plays, and the score was 25 - 19 to us.

Set three saw Fraser Johnson come into the game for Ben Wright.  Our passing unit re-established control of the ball, but the Killie defence worked harder than they had in set one, and the game see-sawed back and forth.  Conor Walker worked purposefully at finding his approach timing, Captain Gordie McGilivrey was consistently effective on the right side of the court, and Libero Stuarty Mackenzie did a good job of ‘mopping up’ the Kilmarnock attacks.  The score reflected our solid play when the set finished at 25 - 20 for the Su II Boys.

Sets 4 and 5 we rang the changes.  Scott Mackenzie set a tidy offence, Colin Sangster nursed the younger players through the plays, Blair Gillies was steady out of the back court, and we won 25 - 12 and 15 - 12.  It was a good day for Su Ragazzi, but also a good day for Scottish Volleyball with so many very promising youngsters on show.