Troon women are feeling very down in the mouth at the moment but they shouldn"t be following the most amazing weekend of volleyball.

In the Scottish League Championship play off final first leg at Prestwick Academy on Saturday in front of a good size crowd , the Ayrshire women were in the most devastating form. They defeated their principal rivals for the Scottish title , Glasgow"s Su Ragazzi winning by 3 sets to nil in incredible style 25-21, 25-17, 25-19.

Every Troon player was a hero Elaine Krawczyk in the volley and the block , Jenny Krawczyk in passing and defence, Jenny Ellis, Gillian Lyall and Linsey Bunten in defence and in attack and Anne Morrish , Caroline Clayton and Debbie Craig in the block as they turned over their opponents with a brand of volleyball that thrilled those watching and no doubt themselves.

The return game was the following day , Sunday at Coltness in Lanarkshire. ALL Troon needed was one set from the match or even 58 points if they couldn"t manage a set.

Troon started as they had left off on the Saturday and took a five points lead thanks to the serving of Gillian Lyall but three unforced errors saw Su back in the match. With their confidence rising Su ran away with the set 25-16. The big hitting of GB international Lynne Beattie was just too much for the Ayrshire women and today the rest of the team felt able to support her. It was more of the same in the second set as Troon began to assist in handing over the championship that they so wanted to the Glasgow side and that set went the way of the first by 25-16.

Now it was all down to the third set. Could Troon recover and steal the game, or would Su"s concentration break. For 36 shared points till 18 all it could have gone either way. Troon"s determination was at last beginning to hold Su at bay, but despite unbelievable defence the errors forced but Su"s power that had appeared in the previous two sets came back as the match just got too big for them and Su ran out 25-20 set winners and with it they took the Scottish title by a desperately close 5 points following a whole season of volleyball.

Today the Troon players can be down at mouth. But they must take great credit for their contribution to the league this season and in particular that one truly wonderful performance on Saturday.

Having taken care of Su Ragazzi in an earlier round of the cup , they can still take the other major title this season ,when they play in the final of the Scottish Cup a week on Sunday 27th April at Wishaw against Edinburgh"s Jets.