South Come Calling

Saturday 9th March 2013

South come calling…..

On a dull and dreary March day the Coltness gym was brightened by the visit of South Ayrshire Volleyball Club.  It wasn’t just the bright yellow flashes in the visitor’s  stylish tracksuits that helped lift the gloom, it was also the energy and intensity they brought to the competition.

First game up was the boys of Su Ragazzi 2, playing South 2.  It was a terrific game.  Both teams fielded a number of junior players.  Both teams defended well and worked hard for their points.  The first set was a nip-and-tuck affair that the home side eventually won 25-21.  That set the tone.  We were just that bit faster and smarter, and we controlled the ball just that bit better, and we served just that bit tougher, and we won the second set 25-17.

South’s early play had seriously disrupted out passing unit, which in turn had interrupted setter Marc McLaughlin’s link with his first tempo spiker, that had then meant our outside spikers were constantly faced with a composed and well positioned block.  By set three we had resolved the passing problems and our offence was much more effective.  We won the third set 25-20 and with this took the match.  

In dealing with the early pressure and remaining calm, we might just have taken a step forward.  South played an excellent first set, and were often in front, and we worked at our game and did not panic.  Considering the age of our team, this was a solid performance.

Next up was the Suettes V South Ayrshire ladies.  John Orr’s team have been having a tough, tough time, with injuries and illness and players not being available through work commitments.  It would be quite understandable for them to be ‘down’ about the whole thing……but that’s not how they played at all.

In the first set they hustled for every ball, they served tough and hit smart, they supported each other and competed against us, and it was thoroughly enjoyable.  Emma Clarkston set, her main hitters were all in rhythm, and we won 25-13.

Set 2 Priya Gill came in for Emma, and immediately established her link with middle hitter Laura McKernan.  Priya set and served well, Elise Rodgers hit and blocked well, Sabrina tidied things up in the back court, and we won 25-16.

Set 3 saw Lucy Scouler take over as setter.  Her first action in the game was to pick-out off setter Alex Dickenson with a nice speed route play, and the whole team relaxed around her.  Set three was a serving clinic from Carly and Alex in particular.  They served super tough and simply did not let up.  South worked hard at trying to pass the ‘cannon-shells-serves’ but we had the advantage and won the set and the match 25-6.

The final set score wasn’t flattering for John’s team, but they didn’t quit, they didn’t get dispirited, they kept their shape and supported each other throughout.

So two good wins for the home side, and a thoroughly enjoyable day.