City of Edinburgh into final but Jets miss out

Edinburgh kept the ball in the opposition court
Edinburgh kept the ball in the opposition court
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City of Edinburgh reached the final of the men’s John Syer Trophy after the surprise return of former player-coach Barry McGuigan.

The Capital volleyball side needed to beat City of Glasgow Ragazzi in straight sets to reach the final and they stood tall when they needed to, coming through 25-21, 25-22, 25-23.

McGuigan retired from the indoor game seven months ago but he returned to the libero role with Liam Darling out.

After an uncertain start, Edinburgh managed to hold their passing game together and their attack also functioned as they saw Ragazzi off.

After the loss to Bon Accord earlier in the competition, it meant that Edinburgh only scraped through on sets difference. They face Glasgow Mets in Sunday’s final in Linlithgow – Mets getting through after taking two sets from Edinburgh Jets in a 25-23, 21-25, 25-22, 19-25, 10-15 loss.

The women’s final, also in Linlithgow on Sunday, will be a repeat of last season with holders City of Edinburgh facing Troon Team Ayrshire.

But both teams had to work hard to get through and Edinburgh had their most testing match yet, at home to Su Ragazzi.

The holders had to come from behind to see off their opponents 23-25, 25-19, 19-25, 25-18, 15-11.

Troon were also stretched to five sets before edging past Edinburgh Jets 24-26, 26-24, 15-25, 25-23, 15-12.