Champions City keep title hopes alive with derby win

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City of Edinburgh kept their women’s Scottish Volleyball League title hopes alive by beating Edinburgh Jets in straight sets in the derby.

The defending champions could not afford another defeat, but passed their first major test of the year with flying colours 25-23, 25-19, 25-20.

The first set could have gone either way, but City held their nerve when it mattered and dug deep to secure the victory.

The win moves City into third place ahead of Jets, but only because they have won more individual points in sets.

Both are locked on the 17-point mark, just a point behind Su Ragazzi and Troon Team Ayrshire in what is shaping up to be a thrilling second half of the season.

Su Ragazzi, still unbeaten, remain favourites after they saw off North Lanarkshire in straight sets 25-22, 25-14, 25-14.

The Glasgow side have only dropped one set in the league this season, but know they still have to face their three main rivals in the run-in.

In the men’s first division, City of Edinburgh’s title hopes took a severe dent as they lost 19-25, 18-25, 22-25 to South Ayrshire on the road.

South Ayrshire now hold a two-point lead over city at the top, but Glasgow Mets, who have a match in hand on the top two, are also in the mix.

Edinburgh Jets, the reigning champions, suffered a narrow five-set defeat to bottom club Beacon Fire 23-25, 25-19, 25-21, 14-25, 13-15.