Dundee’s men produced their best performance of the season in a re-arranged League 1 game in Coatbridge last Sunday against league leaders Su Ragazzi ll. With a basic team of 6 players, the visitors took an early 3/0 lead, Colin Mcevoy winning the first 2 points and Boris Prodanov adding the third. Ragazzi hit back, winning 8 of the next 10 points, to lead 8/5. A service error gave Dundee a cheap point and Prodanov scored 2 service ‘aces’, Mike Coward hit 2 points in counter attacks then Rad Marinov and Barry Millar combined to score a net block. The run of 6 points gave Dundee an 11/8 lead. A series of errors and quick points brought the score to 18/18. A service ‘ace’ from the home side and a block gave Ragazzi a crucial 21/19 lead. Prodanov scored a winner to win the service and then served another 2 ‘aces’ to give Dundee the advantage. Both sides traded points to tie the score at 23/23. Mike Coward scored a big hit through the block from the left of the court to win set point. Ragazzi levelled then teenager Prodanov hit 2 scores from the right side of the court to win the set 26/24.
The Dundee side switched their line up with Prodanov up against Ragazzi’s George Michail. The plan worked as Dundee opened up a 13/8 lead, with Mcevoy and Prodanov both scoring 4 points each. Mark Donnachie then produced a run of probing serves that caused the home side problems. The home side had to attack from untidy balls and Marinov and Coward won 3 points with their net blocks and a counter attack. Donnachie scored a service winner to open up a 22/16 lead. Dundee cruised to a 25/20 win to lead 2/0.
The third set was all about Prodanov as he scored 10 points with a display that belied his teenage years. He scored at the net with big hits and 2 blocks with another 2 service ‘aces’. Ragazzi had little in reply as Dundee took the set 25/20 to record a 3/0 win for their first victory in the top three play-offs. A second place finish and a promotion play-off are still available to the Dundee side.