Troon women"s second volleyball team had a welcome four sets to one victory over Cavalry Park of Edinburgh in the Scottish Second Division on Saturday as Emma Pell continued to build her form since her recent return to the game.

But with only one senior team in action it was the turn of junior volleyball to come under the spotlight at the week end.

Most of the volleyball action for South Ayrshire teams took place at Wishaw Sports Centre on Sunday. Of the eight teams through to the Scottish under 16 Junior National League finals an incredible five of them came from South Ayrshire.

A great deal of credit for this must go down to the efforts of schools" teaching staff, the indefatigable Mrs Reid at Marr College with so many national title successes behind her, the enthusiastic John Orr at Prestwick Academy and the redoubtable Helen McGibben, now ably supported by Nathan Gilmour and Debbie O"Connor at Belmont Academy.

Troon have brought so many Marr players (including Debbie O"Connor) and now Belmont players through its ranks to Senior International status and the South Ayrshire club who have just been rewarded with their first full international star in Euan Duncan.

To return to Sunday"s under 16 play offs. The boys event was won by a technically very sound Marr College who were just too steady in their semi final against City of Edinburgh. In the final having taken the first set from under South Ayrshire Volleyball Club"s nose thanks to some great serving, they were brought back down to earth by the taller South Ayrshire team and lost the second set to bring up the tie break decider. In the end, Marr took the tie break set very comfortably due in the main to superior control by 15-5 to win the national title.

The girls event was a close run affair. Glasgow Mets were firm favourites to win their semi over South Ayrshire but having won the first set, they took the opportunity to run their bench and South Ayrshire proved too good to allow them to get away with that and tied the match at one set all. In the end, Mets were just too strong and made their way through to the final with a two sets to one victory.

The other semi was close between Marr College and Belmont Academy. Marr took the first set 25-20. Confusion over rotations caused Marr a problem at the start of the second and Belmont sprang in to life. Great hitting from the Sarah Robertson, with support from Gaskell, Garrett, Coxon, Tait and Gee, Belmont won 25-12.

Having led 7-6 in the tie break deciding set, they let Marr regain the advantage winning the tie break set 15-10. In the final, which was a nip and tuck affair against Glasgow Mets, Marr lost the first set, took the second and led 10-9 in the tie break deciding set.

Despite great play from captain Gillian Hair, Marr were pinned on service receive at this stage and lost the set 15-10 and as a result the title went to their great Glasgow rivals. Belmont with Sarah Robertson starring and Joanna Hughes , Shona Norval, Lucy Dale and Nia Clark all contributing were too strong for South Ayrshire in the third and fourth place play off winning the match 25-22, 25-18.

This weekend sees the semi finals of the Scottish under 19 league with South Ayrshire Men favourites to defeat Belmont Academy and make it to Scottish Cup Final day. The winners of that all Ayrshire semi will meet either City of Edinburgh or Glasgow Mets who contest the other semi final.

In the women"s event Marr College and South Ayrshire are strong favourites to go through to Scottish Cup Final day. To do this they must overcome Mearns Castel and Team Fife respectively.