Queensferry Volleyballers help Scotland to Flying Start!

Volleyballers from the City of Edinburgh Volleyball Club in South Queensferry have won silver and gold at the inaugural Scottish Volleyball Association Flying Scots International Tournament, as well as scooping individual awards.

The Scottish Volleyball Association hosted the first ever Flying Scots International Tournament in partnership with St Andrews University, with U17 boys and U16 girls teams from Scotland East, Scotland West, North-West England and Northern Ireland competing in a 3 day tournament.

Scotland East Girls got off the perfect start with a 2-0 win over Northern Ireland, and then a tough fought 2-1 win over Scotland West put them in the final against England North West. Scotland East served and attacked with precision and power to take the opening set 25-21 to the delight of the home support, before the tables turned and it was England North-West who took the 2nd set 25-20 and the tie break 15-9 to deny the home team the inaugural title.

Head Coach Ross Allan commented “The girls were excellent in the first set, doing everything we talked about before the game with our attackers scoring in all attack zones. The girls needed to be able to keep going at that level for another set, but this is a massive step forward for the girls and it was great to see their progress over the tournament”

Meanwhile in the boys tournament, Scotland East Boys were the champions of the last volleyball competition at the 2017 UK School Games, and wanted to follow this up with being the first ever champions of the Flying Scots. Scotland East boys showed why they are reigning British champions with a great performance to win their opening match 2-0 against England North-West. On day 2 Scotland East faced a very tall and strong Northern Ireland team, and with Scotland East failing to convert 4 set points with serving errors, Ireland took the opening set 32-30. With Scotland East 0-1 and 6-13 down to Ireland in the 2nd set, the situation looked precarious. Head Coach Ian Brownlee is known for helping his team escape unlikely situations, and with a tremendous display of character Scotland East clawed back the 2nd set to level the match then won the tie-break 15-13 to book their place in the final. And so the stage was set for a Scotland East vs Scotland West Final. Scotland East put on a stunning display of power, speed and tactics to run away with the opening set 25-9 and looked to be heading for a 2-0 victory with 4 match points in the 2nd set when Scotland West produced some incredible service aces to tie the match at 1 set each. Scotland East re-established the strong serving, defence and counter attack that they are known for to win the tie-break 15-7 and become the first ever champions of the Flying Scots International.

Head Coach of Scotland East Boys, Ian Brownlee commented “This has been a fantastic group of players to work with and they completely deserve the honour of being the gold medal winners of the first ever Flying Scots. For athletes aged 16-17 to show the character to come back from so far behind against Ireland was so impressive, and once they got to the final there was no stopping them.”

Selected athletes from City of Edinburgh Volleyball Club were:

Girls: Lisa Waldie, Rhian Murphy, Emi Morelia Munoz, Ellie Stewart, Fynn Donaldson, Megan Hall (Captain), Jessica Gillies (Winner - Super 7 - Best Middle Blocker Award)

Boys: Fraser Glass (Vice Captain, Winner, Most Valuable Player Award), Fraser Purdie, Matthew Hogg, Harris Ritchie, Matthew Maloney (Winner - Super 7 - Best Middle Blocker Award),  Logan Darling (Captain, Winner - Super 7 Best Setter Award),  Greg Richardson