First league wins of season
29 October V Lenzie Glasgow International
Men V Lenzie
Both men and women secured their first National League victories for Dundee at Craigie High School last Saturday with wins over Lenzie and Glasgow International respectively. The men were on first hoping to stop the run of defeats in their first two league games. The opening set had a pattern of each side scoring 3 points after winning the service and the scores were tied at 17/17. Mike Coward, Oz Dowie and a re-juvinated, Colin McEvoy were big point scorers for the home side. A run of serves from Barry Millar forced the Lenzie attack into errors and Dundee took a 21/17 lead with scores from Kevin Chisholm. McEvoy then secured the set scoring 3 of the last 4 points to take the set 25/19.
The home side then turned the screw and ran away to a 13/2 lead with a run of 8 points from the Kevin Chisholm serves. Debutant Louis Groshenry finally found his rhythm and helped Dundee stride to a 2/0 lead winning the set comfortably 25/7!
Dundee coach john Scrimgeour made some changes to his line up for the third set. The loss of some power in the home attack let Lenzie take a 9/6 lead. Dave Bonnar and Petr Kolomaznic pulled 2 points back and again Colin McEvoy weighed in with 4 points from 6 to keep the home side in touch. Both sides traded a sequence of points with Leo Maugeri scoring well on the right side of the court. The sides were tied at 21/21 and 2 hitting errors and 2 points in counter-attack gave the set to Lenzie 25/21.
Dundee’s response was to return to their starting line-up and the tactic was successful with a 25/17 win with Coward, McEvoy and Groshenry scoring 12 points for the home side. The game was won with a service ‘ace’ from Kevin Chisholm to secure their first league win in 3 starts.
Ladies V G I
The ladies were next on court against a very inexperienced Glasgow International side and wasted no time in taking an 18/1 lead from the Lucy Wishart service. A mix for points from service, counter-attacks and errors helped the home side to a 25/5 win. From an early lead again of 9/3 in the second set Sarah Driscoll and Lucy Wishart pushed the score along to 16/5. The visitors at last found some control and rhythm and closed the gap to 12/18. Nic McKenzie and Hannah Lawrie then powered over big hits to win the set 25/17.
Lucy Wishart was the top scorer in the third set with 5 points and Natasha Melville was close behind with 4 as again a big gap opened up at 19/9. Setter Lucy Scouller sneaked over a difficult over-pass and Hannah Lawrie won the last 2 points with a scoring quick attack and, similar to the men, finished the game with a service ‘ace winning the set 25/13.