Early two set lead fades to defeat in play-off start
It was one win grabbed from the jaws of defeat and one defeat grabbed from the jaws of victory last Saturday in the National League 1 games for Dundee. The men hosted City of Edinburgh ll at Craigie High School and started well. They found themselves 4/10 down, after some good serving from the visitors. They hauled themselves back into the game with scores from Mike Coward and Boris Prodanov. Both sides traded points and Dundee trailed 19/20. They won a quick side-out point and then went to 23/20, with points on the back of Colin Mcevoy’s service. The 3-point lead was enough to win the set 25/23. Edinburgh took a 3/0 lead in the second set but runs of points gave the home side the advantage at 16/14. Again points were traded and at 21/21 Dundee won the service with a hit from Rad Marinov. Up stepped Prodanov and helped with the next 3 points with penetrating serves to win the set 25/21. The third set turned the game on its head, with Edinburgh scoring a run of 5 points, then 3, then 4, as they took the set 25/20. Dundee switched their line-up and it seemed to pay dividends as they held an early 10/8 lead. Edinburgh altered their attack using more precise and probing shots to force the home defence into errors. It was point for point until the visitors took the final 2 points to force the tie-break set winning 25/22.
Despite returning to their winning starting line-up, it was Edinburgh who held their nerve and took the set 15/11 with an accomplished display to complete the comeback.