Belgium spoiled Mark McGivern’s big night at the Edinburgh University Pleasance Sports Complex but the former City of Edinburgh volleyball player can console himself in the knowledge there is an opportunity for instant revenge.
In the first of a three-match series at the venue, Great Britain’s Olympic team went down 19-25, 25-22, 15-25, 19-25 as McGivern, who now plays in France, reached his landmark 100th cap.
But the home team struggled to find their consistency against a Belgian side that seldom let their standards drop and Great Britain made no fewer than 22 service errors. They will look to improve when the teams meet again tomorrow.
“The result wasn’t good but to come back to Scotland to win my 100th cap in front of friends and family is a little bit special,” McGivern said.
“This is the type of match we need at this stage and I thought we held our own for the most part and kept it tight and, in my opinion, we should be beating a team like this.
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We have the 2nd of 3 matches against Belgium at 1pm. We have a complete sell out with over 300 local school pupils attending today.
Our final match of the Edinburgh Men’s event is this coming Saturday 16th June at the Centre for Sport & Exercise, Pleasance, Edinburgh.
You can still buy tickets by coming into the SVA office, or buy at the door on Saturday. Adults £6, Concessions £3. First ball is 3pm.