Volleyball: Faill convinced Scotland can win Euros

Jen Thom (library pic)

Jen Thom (library pic)

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Scotland women’s volleyball coach Craig Faill is convinced his team can win the European Championship Small Countries Division in Liechtenstein next year despite finishing runner-up to Cyprus in their qualifying group in Perth.

Faill was happy with the way his team secured their qualifying spot with straight sets wins over Malta, Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Scotland had already qualified with Saturday night’s 25-13, 25-11, 25-8 mauling of Ireland but Cyprus won the group by beating Scotland 25-17, 25-23, 22-25, 25-18 last night.

Scotland led 17-14 in the first set before they gave up 11 unanswered points as Cyprus took the set 25-17. They held off Scotland to take the second 25-23 but Scotland, captained by City of Edinburgh’s Jen Thom, hit back in the third set.

Cyprus came out quickly to lead 8-1 in the fourth and Scotland never recovered as they clinched victory 25-18.

“I was pleased with the way we came back in the third set to win it but then we went 8-1 down in the fourth and we have to learn from that,” said Faill.

“But the goal hasn’t changed for us and I still think we can beat Cyprus in the finals in Liechtenstein. Overall, I have to be pleased – for a Scotland team to win three successive matches 3-0 is unheard of.”