Still in the running

DESPITE a heroic effort from Lynne Beattie, the GB women’s volleyball side were outlcassed by Italy last night.

With the former Mearns Castle pupil leading her side’s scoring with 11 points, the team lost in in straight sets to Italy in their third Olympics Group A outing.

The hosts, who had beaten Algeria in their previous match,put in a strong showing in the first set, going down 27-25.

But the Italians, who are ranked number four in the world, romped home to victory in each of the next two sets 25-12.

GB have two matches remaining in the competition, against Dominican Republic on Friday at 4.45pm and Japan on Sunday at 2.45pm

A victory in either game should seal progress into the quarter-finals.

Coach Audrey Cooper said: “We are going for the Republic. We have been scouting them for the last year. It’s going to be a massive match.

“Dominican will be feeling it, they are without a win so far, and we will be going for them.”

Japan beat Dominican Republic 3-0 on Wednesday, while Russia joined Italy at the top of Group A on nine points.