Jets lead title race after City of Edinburgh stumble

City of Edinburgh's GB Olympic star, Joanne Morgan
City of Edinburgh's GB Olympic star, Joanne Morgan
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Edinburgh Jets took a significant step towards their first men’s Scottish Volleyball League title by holding off City of Glasgow Ragazzi in four tough sets in Coltness.

Jets lost the first set but, not for the first time this season, held their nerve at the business end of the next three sets to come through 21-25, 28-26, 25-23, 25-21.

They trailed 15-20 in the fourth set but some strong serving from Marcin Krakowski underpinned the fightback.

Reigning champions City of Edinburgh fell to a shock 23-25, 25-13, 21-25, 25-16, 12-15 defeat at South Ayrshire. It leaves unbeaten Jets four points clear at the top and if they can maintain their record, they avoid the possibility of a winner-takes-all clash with City of Edinburgh on the final weekend of the league season.

In the women’s First Division, champions City of Edinburgh had several players missing for the trip to North Lanarkshire but came through 25-14, 25-19 25-17 to stay top.

Edinburgh started slowly in each set but served strongly throughout and showed patience in the long rallies.

“Strong serving and improved defence kept us on top,” said Great Britain Olympic player Joanne Morgan. “We have lots of work-ons to take forward to our next match against Su Ragazzi.”

Troon Team Ayrshire emerged as the biggest threat to Edinburgh’s title ambitions after beating Su Ragazzi at the weekend 25-19, 18-25, 27-25, 25-18.