Edinburgh Jets player-coach Martyn Johnstone today stressed his team is after more silverware after winning the men’s Scottish Volleyball League title for the first time in their 35-year history.
Jets beat Bon Accord 25-9, 25-10, 25-20 on Saturday and Glasgow Mets’ 25-19, 25-23, 25-21 win over reigning champions City of Edinburgh meant that Jets secured the title with two matches left to play.
The Capital club – founded in 1978 as a women’s team – added a men’s side the following year. After coming through the lower divisions, Jets have finally landed the big prize.
“We cannot believe that we have finally won the men’s first division,” said Johnstone.
“We have worked hard as a group for three years now to achieve this, and the team unity and focus on embedding new systems has definitely helped us be more focused on the court.
“There is a real sense of belief within the group and we are delighted that we have got into the habit of winning. We are focused on our next match, but also looking to win the play-offs and the Scottish Cup.
“To be the first team in Jets’ history to lift the men’s division one trophy is outstanding and a huge thanks must go to the players for trusting me with the team, and also Lara Campana, who has come in and done fantastic work as assistant coach.”
In the women’s first division, Jets stunned defending champions City of Edinburgh 28-26, 25-21, 25-16 as they make a late bid to snatch the title.
City still lead the division, but only on sets difference from Troon Team Ayrshire, with Jets just two points behind with two matches left.
City were without libero Fiona Kennie and captain Jen Thom admitted it was a bad day for the team.
“We never stepped up when we needed to and our block defence was poor,” she said. “We now need to build and work hard as a team.”