Su II Rematch

A very competent performance from the young Su Boys……

Su II V City of Edinburgh II – a rematch of the National League fixture that was played just a  couple of weeks ago, with one significant difference……no Simon Hammond!

The venue for the first home matches of the season was Carluke High School.  The early-day rain did not dampen the spirits of the home team, nor did the absence of Middle Blocker Frazer Johnson.  Veteran man-for-any-position Colin Sangster stepped in and did an excellent job, scoring 100% kill for the several hits he made, and serving consistently all game.

The first set saw the home side play solid and effective volleyball.  Tough serves, linked to a super approach to defending the floor meant the Edinburgh team were always under pressure.  Make-shift Edinburgh setter Craig Brown set our outside hitters some serious problems when he was blocking, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Su II winning 25 – 19.

Set two went the same way.  Marc McLaughlin delivered a man-of-the-match performance from the setter’s pocket, posing the Edinburgh defence a series of problems for which they had no answers.  Their serve did threaten to disrupt things on occasion, but the three players in the Su II passing unit focused and worked hard to supply Marc with passes that offered options……..the home side again dominated and strolled to a 25 – 20 win.

Set three, started well, seemed to be on track, then the score said the Su II boys were 22-23 down.  How it happened isn’t quite clear, but standing in the time out huddle that we had called there was a sense that we did not want to lose the set.  We spoke briefly of dealing with pressure, of seeing the game out with the quality of our play, and then we went back on court.  They served – we passed a perfect pass – Marc set middle blocker Darren Martin a quick attack – and Darren thundered the ball onto the Edinburgh floor.

23 – 23

Marc McLaughlin went back to the base line and served an ace.

24 – 23

Marc went back to the base line and served another ace.

25 – 23 – game done – what pressure!

This was a good performance from the Boys of the Su II – roll on next week!