GBW results 13th / 14th November 2010
Less matches for the GB women this weekend but that certainly didn’t mean less excitement! There was action in Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and the USA…
For all GB players results, scores, opinions and links to more info see below. A summary of results is included at the end of this report.
DVV Cup, Germany
The Jenn’s were back in DVV Cup action this weekend, facing Red SG Prenzlauer Berg who sit two places above them in the league. A win would move SCU Emlichheim to the next round where they would face Bundesliga 1 opposition, Lucy and Ciara’s Alemannia Aachen.
In front of 300 spectators, the first two sets went perfectly to plan, the team continuing their performance from last week playing as unified whole and demonstrating superior block / defence play. The result, convincing wins 25-17, 25-17.
After the customary 10 minute break, SCU knew their opposition would come out and take risks if they were to crawl back into the match..this they did. SG Prenzlauer Berg played a faster offence game and adjusted their defence system. After being neck and neck for the set, SCU were 20-17 ahead in the 3rd. A substitution to win the set backfired for the SCU coach with SG Berg taking the next 5 points and eventually winning the set 25-22.
The 4th set was a similar story, faster offence for SG Berg and SCU needing more and more attempts to make the point. The set was balanced and exciting…until 20- 20 when SCU made 2 blocks, service point and strong attack to take the score to 24-21 and 3 match points and the next round in their sights. However, 2 hitting errors and 2 serve receive errors ultimately cost SCU the set 24-26. The team never really recovered and ‘lost faith in the victory’ losing the 5th set 15-6 and the match 3-2.
The SCU players sat speechless on the team bench and buried their faces. SCU will need to recover quickly and get back into league action next weekend…they will also get the chance to play this team again in 3 weeks in the league.
Bundesliga 1, Germany….France…Sweden…England
For Lucy Wicks, Ciara Michel, Rachel Bragg, Rachel Newton, Grace Carter, Laura Beardsmore, Jo Morgan, Natasha Brewer and Nic Osborne there were no matches this weekend. Instead, for the majority it was training, club sponsor events followed by X Factor!!!! They will all be back in action next weekend….unlike Aiden!!
Ere Divisie, Belgium
Team Gea Happel Amigos Zoersal (Jo Healy and Vicky Palmer) were at home this weekend against VC Oudegem who are currently 4th in the table with a 4:2 record for the season. Amigos season is 2:4 and knew this would be a tough game but were looking forward to getting back to winning ways.
This ambition showed in the start to the match, with Zoersal taking the 1st set 25-16 with some strong offence play. However, Oudegem bounced back with excellent offence variation from their setter and Zoersal could not counter this. After winning the second set 20-25, Oudegem took control of the match and won 1-3 (25-16, 20-25, 18-25, 21-25). This defeat leaves Zoersal sitting 9th in the league.
Following last weekend’s defeat against the champions Volero where Koniz held the upper hand for much of the first two sets, the team were looking to keep that up for the duration of the game this weekend. They were at home to Sm ‘Aesch Pfeffingen who were two positions below Koniz in the league, they sit 5th and 3rd respectively.
Sm’Aesch came out firing and Koniz were asleep…lacking energy and focus. The result; a deserved 8-0 and 14-6 lead for the opposition. The 500 spectators were silent! It was then that the Koniz team got together, played as a team, showed fight and spirit and dragged themselves back into the match. In a phenomenal comeback they won the set 25-21. This form continued into the second set, which Koniz took convincingly 25-18.
The 10 minute break came and went…along with the energy and focus that had given the home team a 2-0 lead. In a similar vein to set 1, Koniz could not hit past their opposition block/defence and found themselves 10-0 behind…this time there was no recovery losing the set 25-14. The coach and the crowd were not happy and a few words were ‘offered’ from coach Dirk Gross in the set changeover…it worked with Koniz coming back into the game, but they never really dominated and the set went point for point, with the home team losing out 23-25.
In a game like this, the momentum changed significantly and the 5th set is anyone’s. Koniz suddenly delivered the quality they have and eased to a 15-10 victory and took the match 3-2 (25:21, 25:18, 14:25, 23:25, 15:10). See some images from the match here.
Maria Bertelli commented….‘After a horrible start we showed some great character to come back and win the first set. In the 2nd we played our game and in all honesty it should have been game over and a 3-0 victory but credit to Sm’Aesch, they came out very strong after the break and we didn’t respond quickly enough and then made too many unforced errors. After them coming back to 2-2 we showed that we really wanted this win by stepping up our game and delivering in the 5th set. It was a bit of a tired performance from the team and as a group we have to be mentally stronger. Personally, I was really disappointed after our defeat last week to Volero and wanted to come back this week strong. I’m pleased with my performance but every week we start again so its time to train hard again and get ready for our next match. We have now played each team once and are sitting 4th in the league having lost 3 games from 10, I believe we can improve on this and will be looking for at least 2 additional wins in the 2nd half of the season.’
After Menorca’s emphatic victory over Murcia last weekend they remain top of the table with a 2 point lead on their nearest rivals. This weekend they played away against one of those teams hot on their heels, Figaro Pelugueros Tenerife, who lie in 3rd place with 12 points. The opposition is led by Cuban Regla Bell who last week scored 31 points against Agues.
As expected the first set proved a tough encounter with both teams trading points, however it was Menorca who pushed on in the business end of the set taking a 23-20 lead. Tenerife were not beaten though and came back to 23-23 through some strong serving. At the 2nd attempt Menorca closed the set with a block to win 26-24. The second set started as the first, point for point, with Menorca taking an 8-6 lead into the 1st technical time-out. Come the 2nd, they had stretched this lead to 16-12 and Tenerife never recovered with Menorca taking a 2-0 lead (18-25). In high level volleyball it’s from 16 points onwards where sets are won & lost & this match was evidence of this. The 3rd was a similar scene, balanced going into the 2nd technical time-out with Tenerife leading 16-15 for the first time in the match, and 20-18. Menorca then ignited the game with some amazing reception and defence play to take the set with 7 straight points (20-25) and WIN the match (0-3).
Menorca now extend their lead at the top of the table to 4 points and retain their 100% record. Janine was highest scorer in her team contributing 17 points (16 attacks and 1 block).
Lynne Beattie’s Cedat 85 San Vito certainly lead the season for the highest number of 5 setters so far, crowd pleasers! After the disappointment of the loss last week it was important for San Vito to take the many positives from the match and build on them to get the win they need to get the season going. They travelled this weekend to Chieri Volley Club who are 3:1 for the season and lying 3rd in the league.
GB captain Beattie came face to face with Bulgarian international, Zetova whom she faced during the summer and played in Serie A1 for Peruggia last year. San Vito got off to a flying start, up 9-15 in the first set and in the driving seat. As in previous matches the team struggled to maintain the lead and made the 2nd technical time-out at 15-16 ahead. It was a competitive until 19-19 when Chieri turned up the heat and took the first set 25-22. San Vito never recovered from this mentally and could not compete in the next 2 sets losing out 25-17, 25-20.
Naturally the team are frustrated and disappointed but they appear to be slowly finding its identity: the approach was good and this bodes well for future engagements.
Last weekend brought a loss and a much awaited home win for the Georgia Bulldogs. They were once again at home in the Ramsay Centre this week.
On Tuesday night they continued their form from the previous weekend with a 3-0 win over Kennesaw State. Georgia earned the shutout with set scores of 25-23, 33-31 and 25-19. The Bulldogs victory stopped a six-match winning streak by the Owls. Interim head coach Chad Hanson said “The smiles in the locker room after this match reveal the confidence of good play. Certainly, it was tight through the first two sets, and I felt like that second set was really tight. We talked to the team and told them they had the control to dictate how this goes. We started to get quiet in that second set, but for them to learn and be reminded that they have the ability to maintain some great energy and great communication the result is a three-set win.”
On Friday they welcomed Mississippi (or Ole Miss), which was expected to be a close encounter going on previous matches. Georgia took the first set of the match 25-19, but Ole Miss bounced back to take the next three sets with scores of 25-18, 25-18 and 25-19 for the win. This concluded a four-match home-stand for Georgia at 2 wins and 2 losses. Now, just three matches remain on the 2010 schedule for the Bulldogs with the next two coming on the road at Mississippi State (Nov. 19) and at Alabama (Nov. 21) before the season concludes at home against Auburn (Nov. 24).
Jenn Taylor & Jenn Thom - Cup, Germany: Lost 3-2
Jo Healy & Vicky Palmer - League, Belgium: Lost 1-3
Maria Bertelli - League, Switzerland: Won 3-2
Janine Sandell - League, Spain: Won 0-3
Lynne Beattie - League, Italy: Lost 0-3
Lizzie Reid - College, USA: Won 3-0, Lost 1-3