The Three Match Day
Date: // at 22/11/2014:0

The Three Match day


Saturday 22nd November saw the Su teams make a welcome return to Coltness High School to play in the National League.


Game of the day was unquestionably the match between The boys of Su II and local rivals Lenzie.   In recent matches the home side have been able to win fairly consistently against Dave McEwan’s team – in this match Lenzie demonstrated a significant level of progress and helped turn this into an excellent advert for Scottish Volleyball.


Set one the lead ebbed and flowed between the two sides.  Ex Su Ragazzi stalwarts Dave Cormie and Kevin Curran were in great form and obviously up for the challenge.   The set was tied at 24 points each, before Lenzie scored two great points to take the set.


The teams changed ends.  The home side changed their approach, and the level of play rose again.  Veteran spiker Cammy Galloway took control of the passing unit, and gave setter Marc McLaughlin the opportunity to run his full offence. Middle blocker Calum Johnson threw himself about the floor making a string of terrific pick-ups to deny the visitors valuable points.  Su Captain Gordie McGilivray came up with his season’s best run of hits, and the set was captured 25 – 15.


Set three Lenzie again rallied to the cause.  The score went point for point, with neither team managing to create momentum.  Libero Stuart Mackenzie began to find his passing form, Blair Gillies found his hitting range and began to score points.  Darren Martin popped up to thunder some first tempo hits straight onto the floor, and the Su boys crept slowly but steadily into the lead, before winning the set 25 – 22.


Set four was the clincher.  The home side were brimming with confidence demonstrated by the ferocity of their serving.  Power hitter Conor Walker was scoring freely, ably supported by Cammy G who thrived on the target posed by the Lenzie block, and by Gordie who showed how to be clever as well as strong.  Lenzie tried hard, they tried to stay at the competitive level, they never gave in, but they couldn’t stop the Su Ragazzi juggernaut .  The fourth set, and the match were won with a 25-20 score line, and the home team huddle was full of smiles.


A very good win, in an excellent match, played in the best of spirits by two very good teams.


Earlier in the day the Fabulous Suettes were paired with NLVC.  The home side won 3 – 0 to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.  The points were valuable even if the performance left a lot to be desired.  In football terms they talk of ‘grinding out a result’.  That’s what the Suettes did.


NLVC are a team in transition as they develop new players.  In this match they played well in several patches, but the Suettes always had too much firepower,  and experience.


This was not a great performance, but it was one that keeps the title challenge moving.


The third game of the day saw the Baby Suettes play Malcolm McLean’s Glasgow International. The home side had to work really hard for the win, but they did both. 


Set one saw the home side dominate from the serving box to win 25-22.  Set 2 saw the visitors step up a gear and copy the home side’s tactic of thunderous serves.  Setter Lucy Scouller had to use some quick footwork to make use of the passing, until Libero Raveen Gill took charge.  She stepped up, she claimed the serves regardless of where they would land, and passed ‘peaches’ ensuring her teammate was ‘in the pocket’.  With middle hitters for the day Megan Taylor and Kim Cruikshanks playing a vital role from the service box the set was captured 25 – 19.


Set three quickly followed.  Elise Rodgers demonstrated power, Megan Quinn led the team from the front with some excellent net play, and swing hitter Livia Amzu was quietly efficient in everything she did.  The set and the match were won 25 – 17.   Sets four and five quickly followed to make this a very good day for the home side.


The facts? – 3 matches played, 3 matches won. 


Well done to all, on another great day for Su Ragazzi.