A tough 3/2 win at Queensferry
19 November V City of Edinburgh ll
Men V Edinburgh ll
Dundee’s men travelled to South Queensferry last Saturday for their League 1 game against City of Edinburgh ll with hopes of keeping their winning momentum after victories in their last two games.
Without power hitters Mike Coward and Louis Groshenry there was some changes to the Dundee line-up. The changes were an instant hit as they raced to a 14/7 lead with Kevin Chisholm and Leo Maugeri prominent scoring seven points between them. They then added another four points to lead 18/8 before Barry Millar scored three service ‘aces’ to take the score to 23.9. Chisholm then hit two winners to win the set 25/11.
Jamie Salvin and Petr Kolomaznic switched in and after a slow start, Dundee continued to have control of the game. Edinburgh fought back and levelled the score at 18/18 with some determined defence and off speed hitting. They scored a service ‘ace’ to lead 20/18, Dundee levelled at 20/20 but the home side held set points at 24/21 after two errors and weak attacks from the Dundee side. Kevin Chisholm came to the rescue again winning the side out then two points on counter-attack. Petr Kolomaznic scored two points from his serve and the visitors took the set 26/24 for a 2/0 lead.
Both sides made changes for the third set and exchanged runs of points with neither side able to take any substantial lead. Dundee’s attack did not have to win many points as the young Edinburgh side were racking up the errors gifting 14 points out of 23. The lack of action seemed to have a calming effect on their attack and it was Edinburgh that took the set, 25/23.
Coach John Scrimgeour restored his starting line-up for the fourth set but the home side had managed to force the Dundee side into unforced errors as they tried to disrupt the defiant defence of the home side. Defence was turned into points and although scrappy they were valuable as they led 21/17. There was to be no repeat escape act from Dundee as they surrendered the set 20/25 to find themselves struggling for a tie-break fifth set.
Enter the double act of Chisholm and Maugeri as again they were the points winner as Dundee took a 10/6 lead. Mark Donnachie added a point with counter-attack, then Barry Millar with a big serve. Colin McEvoy then combined with Millar to win the set and game 15/7 with a quick and decisive middle attack.