Edinburgh Jets produced one of the most remarkable Scottish Volleyball Cup final performances in recent seasons to floor Glasgow Mets 20-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-23, 15-8 at Wishaw Sports Centre and complete their first league and cup double.
Jets, hit by injury and illness in the build-up to the final, looked as if it had all caught up with them as they trailed 10-17 in the fourth set, staring defeat in the face. But somehow they rallied and clawed it back point by point. At 17-20, Great Britain cap Paul Glissov produced some tough serving as Jets took the next five points.
He then somehow managed to retrieve a power hit from Edward Gorecki to keep a tense rally alive and then served two successive aces to take it to 22-20. The tide had turned and Jets closed out the set and then saw off a dispirted Mets side in the final set 15-8.
“I said to the players that I thought it was going to be something special and that’s how it turned out,” said Jets’ player-coach Martyn Johnstone.
“It was just an incredible match and the atmosphere was amazing. Even the Mets’ players were saying afterwards that these matches are why we play volleyball.
“We just changed the rhythm of the game and slowed it down in that fourth set. Our blocking in the fourth and fifth sets was outstanding. We found our discipline when we were under pressure and raised our game.”
Johnstone, as part of his remit as an employee of the Scottish Volleyball Association, helped lay the Taraflex court on Friday night to set the scene for the weekend. It was a double celebration for the club with Jets’ women beating Troon Team Ayrshire 25-22, 25-16, 25-22 in the women’s cup final.
Jets, unbeaten since December, had too much hitting weight and Troon struggled to find a way past their block.
Setter Dominika Stepien varied the attack to keep the defence guessing and Jets had too many weapons even in the third set when Troon were at their most threatening.
Alexis Cursey made some big points when it mattered most and Agnieszka Michalowska put away the match point at the first time of asking.