Sunday morning stroll for men in Glasgow
The men had an early start in Glasgow on Sunday against Mets and, without starters Mike Coward and Mark Donnachie, pushed ahead in the first set to lead 15/5. Tony Gadzhev and Kevin Chisholm were in top form and caused the home side problems with their power hitting. Dundee pulled ahead to 21/11 as Rad Marinov joined in the scoring with 2 scores as Dundee took the set 25/17. The home side were determined and fought hard in defence in the second set but James McNeil, Lewis Crockart and Rad Marinov all scored to give Dundee a 16/11 lead. The game turned ugly as the Mets side disputed several line calls. This disrupted Dundee’s rhythm and Mets closed the gap to 17/21. Marinov and Gadzhev both scored 2 points each and when Aus Dowie hit an overpass to give Dundee set point the set looked won. The Mets side won the service back and then 3 errors from Dundee gave the home side hope as they came close at 22/24. A smart hit from Lewis Crockart gave Dundee the set 25/22.
The third set started with another disputed call and ended up with a penalty point against the Mets side for protesting inappropriately. This indiscipline left them down 3/8 and it took some unorthodox play to get them back into the set at 12/12. A hitting error by Gadzhev gave the home side a 14/12 lead. Oz Dowie won the service back with a quick combination with Iain Cook to take the score to 13/14 down. Gadzhev then redeemed himself as he took the score to 24/14 with a run of 11 points! He scored 4 service ‘aces’, Marinov and Chisholm scored in counter attack and with 5 errors from the home side Dundee raced to match point. The game ended tamely with 2 service errors and Dundee took the set 25/15 to win 3 set to 0.