Volleyball: There's no early Christmas present for Miedzybrodzki as England prevail

England ruined Robin Miedzybrodzki's Scotland volleyball debut as they won yesterday's Glasgowlife Zoti Christmas International at Glasgow's Kelvin Hall 25-22 23-25 25-19 25-20.

The Great Britain beach player came on during the first set and, after a nervous start, settled to a solid match, hitting some useful winners and serving strongly.

But Scotland could not find any consistency after the first two sets and England pulled away as the home team made a plethora of unforced errors.

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The Scotland back-court struggled to cope with the power of man-of-the-match Andy Sinclair, both with his service and hitting through the middle and on the outside. One explosive serve from Sinclair knocked the Scottish libero Barry McGuigan off his feet as the momentum swung England's way.

Scotland looked to have control of the first set with Callum Green consistently finding gaps in the English block. Two superb blocks in quick succession by Stuart Edgar, winning his 99th cap, took Scotland to 17-13 but they could not shake England off.

England edged in front 18-17 and were never behind after that in the set as they took it 25-22.

Scotland powered back in the second set and this time held their nerve at the end of the set after leading 23-20 to win 25-23.

England dictated the third set, speeding to a 7-3 lead and, although Scotland closed it to 14-15, England pulled away to take the set 25-19.

Scotland's serving let them down in the final set and, with Sinclair having an increasing influence, England moved to match point 24-17. The Scots stubbornly resisted but Kendray sealed a 25-20 score.