Volleyball: Team work key to City slam hopes

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MEL COUTTS is convinced team work can pull City of Edinburgh through as they bid to complete the clean sweep of domestic volleyball honours in Sunday’s Scottish Women’s Cup final in Wishaw.

The Capital side had to play catch-up to Troon Team Ayrshire for much of the season, but pipped their rivals to the John Syer Trophy, the league title and the play-off championship.

Now, only Edinburgh Jets stand between them and a grand slam, but former England captain Coutts warns it will not be easy.

“It would be amazing to win four out of four national competitions – we will see,” she said.

“The key to the season, in my opinion, has been coach Nick Moody’s persistence with the conditioning programme and changing people’s movement patterns where needed.

“We have worked hard on offence and pulling together as a team which has been a challenge as people work shifts and cannot make every training session.

“Jets played well in the semi-final of the play-offs and we are anticipating a tough clash on Sunday and have been working hard in preparation for it.”

It could be a Capital double with Edinburgh Jets facing Kilmarnock Blaze in an eagerly-awaited men’s final.

Blaze blitzed holders City of Edinburgh in the semi-final, but Jets have the psychological advantage, having edged Kilmarnock in a five-set thriller in the play-off final.

Callum Green and the experienced Stuart Edgar are the main threat to Jets’ ambitions and their block will need to hold steady if they are to get their hands on the trophy.

It will be the final match in a weekend of volleyball involving 16 teams at Wishaw Sports Centre, which will decide the destinations of the final pieces of silverware this season.