Both sides were reduced in numbers for the men’s game. Dundee were without 3 players due to injury and illness which allowed Mark Donnachie to take his place as a hitter. Donnachie and his fellow attackers Dave Bonnar, Lewis Crockart and Oz Dowie all found the floor frequently as they moved swiftly to a 14/3 lead. A run of 4 errors in a row gave the visitors some hope but the set was finished off quickly with Rad Marinov scoring 5 points to win 25/14. The tables were turned in the second set with the Edinburgh side always just ahead and at 3/1 they piled on the pressure and forced the Dundee side int a series of poor plays. Edinburgh took the set 25/18.
The third set turned into a classic encounter with both sides trading points. There was never a 2 point gap between the teams and the score was tied at 20/20. Mark Donnachie scored a service ‘ace’ for Dundee to lead 23/21. City responded and had set point at 24/23. Barry Millar scored a block point to level at 24/24. City had set point again at 26/25 and again at 28/27. Lewis Crockart scored twice for Dundee to have set points at 29/28 and 30/29! Crockart then hit out to give the visitors set point at 32/31. Marinov scored a net block and Crockart hit the winning point for Dundee to win the set 34/32!
The fourth set was a story of runs of points. Dundee scored 6 in a row to come from 2/2 to 8/2. Edinburgh then scored a run of 10 points only for Dundee to respond with a run of 12 in reply from the Lewis Crockart service. The visitors were unable to mount a scoring attack allowing Dundee to score in counter attack and soon won the set 25/15 with hits from Bonnar, Marinov and Oz Dowie. The win lifts Dundee to second in the table going into the Christmas break and close to securing a top 3 finish before the top and bottom split in February.
(Game date 08/12/2018)