Lenzie v Stirling University (Scottish Cup Round 1)
Fisrt match of the season had all the players from last season back playing with newcomer to the club Stuart Morrison making his debut against his old team. Mo Clark was missing today due to wedding preparations. Although a bit match rusty during the first set, we managed to win the first set 25-22, scoring well on transition, with both Stuart and Kamil contributing 3 kills each. The second set was much closer, where we had problems in serve reception (averaging only around 1.5 for passing) which did not allow us to create enough pressure on Stirling in our first attack. 5 serving errors did not also help but the fact we made 0 errrors in transition allowed us to take the set 26-24. Stirling then made a bit of a comeback taking the third set 25-21, errors creeping into the game, mentally thinking the game was won intensity was not at the level as it should have been. The fourth and final set was won 25-12, playing the level of volleyball that we are capable off especially in transition where 10 0f our points were one. Positives from this first match were the transition figures where we won 36% of all transition points while only conceding 8% on errors. Down side was the figure of making nearly 27% errors on side out as well as 11% serving errors. Man of the match was Kamil with the best passing and hitting stats with a positive score of 10 in his contribution to the team scoring.
Dundee v Lenzie (SVL 1)
Our first away match of the season saw us travelling to Dundee in our first league match, Mo was back however we were missing both Kevin and Stuart with Mike taking up the setting duties. The match started well with us winning the first set 25-19, starting very positive putting Dundee under pressure on serve and passing better than last week allowed us to dominate at the net scoring well in both side out and transition forcing Dundee into making errors. Dundee came back stong in the second set winning it 25-19 mainly through being able to score when attacking us compared to our attacks being continuations, the constant pressure on defence did not allow us to transition with the intensity required to beat their defence. The third set is quickly forgotten about, mental breakdown on all facets of the game, going down 15-0 at the start before scoring, the passing was bad and when we did get the opportunity to attack the hitters were indisciplined in their decision making etc. To the teams credit they did turn the second half of the serve around winning it 14-10 but the set had gone 25-14. We took the momentum gained from the end of the third set into the fourth, trading points with Dundee and taking a few points lead into the latter stages of the set. But then the same old frailties came back when our passing which had improved let us down allowing them to score cheap points, added to the fact Mike had to come off and be replaced by the coach did not help the situation. The set was lost 25-19 but who knows what the score might have been if we had everyone available. Man of the match was Mo scoring most points for the team as well as trying to keep everyone motivated when things were not going our way.