Dundee Ladies hosted City of Edinburgh ll in Craigie High School for their first home game in National League 1. The young visitors had caused problems for the home side pre-pandemic but there was no repeat 18 months on! Dundee had too much power with hitters Sarah Driscoll, Laura Ward and Natalia Stopowska all scoring with big hits to open up an 18/8 lead. Sarah Driscoll scored a service ‘ace’ to move the score to 21/12 then the Edinburgh side found their trump card. Their tall playmaker, Jessica Gillies, stood on the service line and sent over a series of vicious serves. She targeted the edges of the court and scored a run of 5 points to pull the score closer at 18/21. Her next serve was out and with two more mistakes gave the first set to Dundee, 25/20.
Sarah Driscoll was again a big points winner in the second set, with 5 scores in the first 8 points! Edinburgh started to lose their way with several errors, and they had little in reply to Dundee’s speed and power at the net. A late rally, with service being their main weapon, was all the resistance from the visitors as Dundee took the set 25/22.
A swift 7/2 lead was taken in set 3 with scores from Agnes Bednarek and Emma Clarkson. Edinburgh found some rhythm and traded points but a run of 7 points changed the game. Hannah Lawrie and Sarah Driscoll piled on the pressure with hits and serves to move the score to 19/10. Sara Khalil made her debut and scored two points to go 23/13 and Stopowska and Driscoll scored the last two points for a 25/13 win. The 3/0 win makes it 3 wins from 3 games and Dundee sit third in the table.