GBW Results 27th / 28th Nov 2010 - Wins, Losses & MVP’s

GBW results 27th / 28th November 2010

Seven wins for GB girls this weekend. In the League, there were wins for Maria Bertelli in Switzerland, Lucy Wicks & Ciara Michel in Germany, Grace Carter & Laura Beardsmore in France, Nic Osborne & Tash Brewer in England. In Cup competitions there were wins for Lucy, Ciara, Jo Healy & Vicki Palmer.

Two GB players also received MVP’s for their performances…Jo Morgan in Sweden and Maria Bertelli in Switzerland. Janine Sandell also made the SFV team of the day!

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.

Bundesliga, Germany
The competitive season has finally started for Lucy Wicks & Ciara Michel. In the first week of matches Alemannia Aachen travelled to Berlin twice - a 16 hour round coach trip each time.

The first league game, on 24th November, was against VCO Berlin. They are the German Junior National Team and have been put in the league for the next 2 years as preparation for the Junior World Championships. The match was won quite comfortably 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-10). They are probably one of the weakest teams in the league, mainly due to their lack of experience, but by all accounts for 15-16 year olds they were pretty impressive! It was great to start the season with a win and the team were in good spirits on the long ride home. Stats can be found here.

One days training and then off to Berlin again for the next round of the DVV Pokal (the National Cup competition). After beating Sinsheim, another 1st league team, in the first round, Aachen had been drawn against one of the top teams in the 2nd Division, SGRPB Berlin (who beat Taylor & Thom last week). Aachen took control from the start and again won quite comfortably 3-0 (25-11, 25-15, 25-16). They now face Sonthofen in the quarter finals in 2 weeks time and have a good chance of making the Final 4. Lucy gives an update…

Lucy Wicks...bright season ahead in the German Bundesliga

After 4 months of pre season training our league finally started! Overall pre season was successful with a 8:6 win:loss ratio. Last season my team finished 13th out of 15 teams & this year we are looking for an improvement. We took quite a few teams by surprise in the DVV Liga Pokal (an extra cup competition organised due to the late start of the league), beating Stuttgart and Hamburg, among others, who finished towards the top of the table last year. However, from what I have seen and experienced so far, no match will be easy, and many games could go either way.

Ciara Michel has had a great start to the season

Team goals have been set and we are aiming to finish the season with at least 4 teams below us. This will keep us safe from relegation. It may not sound too exciting, but with the Bundesliga 1 being stronger this year than ever before, and with Aachen being a relatively new team to this league, it will be a big step up from last year.

We now have a week of training before our first home game, against Sonthofen, where we are expecting in excess of 1500 supporters!! The volleyball fan base out here is amazing and the atmosphere they create for you to play in is out of this world!! Sonthofen is a team we are looking to beat, both in the league and the cup so this weeks preparation is key, starting with regeneration……the naked German sauna!!! Definitely a new experience for me!!

Bundesliga 2, Germany
SCU Emlichhiem travelled to Vfl Oythe on Saturday to play in a local derby. With some ex-SCU players now playing in Oythe, this was always going to be a tough fight, with emotions running high for the long standing SCU players.

SCU got off to a slow start in the 1st set, struggling to provide a consistent serve receive to allow the setters to run an unpredictable offence. Eventually SCU got going, and there was minimal difference in the play of teams in both the 1st (27-25) and 2nd set (23-25). Jen Thom was finding the weakness in the Oythe defence on many occasions through Zone 2. As SCU had levelled the game at 1-1, it seemed as though they may be eventually finding their rhythm, but in the 3rd set, many unforced errors, especially on serve, gave Oythe the greater advantage, allowing them to take the set comfortably 25-17. This momentum continued for Oythe in the 4th set, and they took an early lead, SCU showed grit and determination and fought back from 23-17 down to 23-22, but they could not hold out and Oythe went on to win 25-22. This leaves SCU 4th in the league.

Jenn Taylor comments…‘Today’s performance was really disappointed, compared to the last few weeks our play was more inconsistent today and it was difficult to find any rhythm. We need to cut out our unforced errors and prepare for our home game next week, where it will be vital to take 2 points’.

DEF, France
All the French based GB girls were in action this weekend….

TFOC
Toughest game so far this season for Grace Carter’s TFOC volley last weekend, against Albi who are sitting mid table.

GC in action...

A poor start with too many errors lead to a 20-25 loss in the first set. The team came out fighting in the second with confident offence and some strong serving taking the set 25-17. The next two sets were scrappy, with great defence from Albi, but a strong block and perseverance from TFOC meant they took the next two sets 26-24 and 25-19.

A comfortable win in the end means that TFOC stay at the top of the table, although a much stronger performance is required next week if they are to beat the fierce opposition of Rachel Newton’s Quimper.

Quimper Volley 29
This weekend brought another tough encounter for Rachel Newton’s Quimper; away to Hainaut Volley who sit two places above them in the league with a similar 5:1 record so far.

Missing a couple of key players due to injury Quimper were ready for this game, preparation was good during the week but the extra little bit they needed in their performance didnt happen.

Newton best blocking game of the season

The first set was close all the way, with the teams trading points but at the crucial part of the set Quimper made too many errors in all areas of the game and lost the set 25-22. This was the theme of the remaining 2 sets which resulted in a 3-0 LOSS for Quimper (25-22, 25-20, 25-19) To win the match, Quimper needed to put in their best performance and when they did this the opposition could not cope with their offence but Hainaut were consistent in all areas particularly causing Quimper problems from the service line.

Disappointment then for Quimper, had they won they would have gone up the table. Positive for GB is that for Rachel Newton, it was a strong performance with her best stats of the season in attack and blocking. Next up is Battle of the Brits Round 2 with Newton vs Carter!

Toulon Six Fours La Seyne
Rachel Bragg’s Toulon is still in search of their first win after a 3-0 defeat to Volley Club Marcq Baroeul.  Despite a frustrating start to the season Toulon went into the game ready to kick start their programme and this showed in their performance in the first 2 sets, losing out narrowly 26-24 and 25-21. The 3rd was dominated by the home team who took the set 25-15 and the match.

N3FC, France
It was a local derby for Laura Beardsmore and TFOC on Sunday against ASVB Yutz Thionville and the fight showed by their opponents suggested exactly that!

Laura Beardsmore blocking for TFOC

It wasn’t until the fourth set, when TFOC were down 2 sets to 1 and losing 24-21 that the team really started to pull together and play. Thankfully they turned that set around, albeit a little too close for comfort. The fifth set was a much better team performance with Laura making a real impact from the service line; winning service at 5-5 and closing the set at 15-5 and the match 2-3. This keeps TFOC 2nd in the league.

Laura was happy with the win and comments… “Going forward, we have to start playing like we did at 24-21 down from the first point of every match. Our current record is 7 wins from 7 but we have had far too many 4 or 5 set matches that should have been over in 3. The way our league points system works, that could prove fatal for us towards the end of the season.” As well as training and playing matches for the TFOC 2nd team Laura also trains 4-5 times a week with the DEF team (Grace Carter).

Ere Divisie, Belgium
Amigos Zoersal (Jo Healy and Vicky Palmer) secured their place in the semi finals of the Antwerp Cup after defeating third division team Mavoc Mechelen in four sets. After taking time in the first set to comprehend the four point advantage that Mavoc received to start the match (due to lower league status), Amigos prevailed in relatively easy fashion with a good display of fast middle attacks.
The club are hosting the Cup Finals this year therefore the team are eager to ensure they have their home crowd cheering them on for the title!

Elite Series, Sweden
Jo Morgan was back in league action this weekend where Gislaved faced a team from last week’s cup matches, Sollentuna VK who are 3rd in the league with a 3:1 record, Jo Mo’s Gislaved are in 8th position with a 1:4 record. They knew that if they could take last week’s great spirit and deliver at the crucial points then a win was possible.

It was a roller coaster match with Sollentuna taking two sets convincingly (25-14, 25-13) and Gislaved winning two sets by the smallest of margins (26-24) but in the final set Sollentuna won relatively easily 15-9, taking the match 3-2. The match though could have been over in the 4th set when Gislaved found themselves 20-13 down only to have a run of strong serving and block play to get the team back into the match. Thanks to the turnaround, it was 1 league point secured and 1 point that might be worth a lot at the end of the series.

Jo Morgan was awarded MVP for the match where she showed excellent defence and service play.

NLA, Switzerland
After a 3-1 win last weekend the coach was not happy and it has been a difficult week for the Volley Koniz team….however, Maria Bertelli believes it could be a significant week in the season….

“This week has been tough on the team with the whole club disappointed with us losing a set against Geneva last week. The pressure is on for us to be successful this year and sets may make a difference so things were a little tense earlier in the week, especially after a very negative news article. From the players point of view, this has brought us more together and there is a difference in our play, communication and confidence. This was demonstrated on Sunday with a good win against local rivals Dudingen. We won the game 3-0 but it was tight and it took focus and determination to take the match. There was a great unity in the team and I really think this will be a big step for us for the rest of the season.”

Bertelli receives her MVP

Winning the match 3-0 (25:21,25:23,26:24) takes Koniz into 2nd place in the league, with their opposition next week Kanti Schaffhausen losing and dropping into joint 3rd place.

Bertelli was also rewarded for a strong performance in service reception and defence with the match MVP award.

Following their clash with Kanti on Sunday, Koniz will venture to Tirana, Albania for their CEV Cup match against Durres, with the return leg on Wed 15th December.

Superliga, Spain
Janine Sandell’s league leaders, Valeriano Alles Menorca suffered their first defeat of the season after falling 3-2 to Palma Oxidoc in the match of the day.

Janine block

Ultimately, a poor performance in the 4th set cost the team this match after being 2-1 ahead and 16-11 in front. The first set was comfortable with the away team, Menorca, winning 15-25. The second set showed that Palma were up for the fight and a strong middle part of the set was crucial and they took the set 25-22.

The response was strong from Menorca in the 3rd set, similar to the 1st, and they took a lead early on that they never let go and won the 3rd convincingly 15-25. From a match winning position of 16-11 in the 4th, Palma came back to 19-21 and from their they played very hard and had the home crowd behind them to lead them to a 25-23 victory.  Going into the 5th, Palma had the momentum and led from start to the end to win the 5th set 15-11 and the match 3-2 (15-25, 25-22, 15-25, 25-23, 15-11).

Team of the Day - Day 8

Janine Sandell had a good performance for her team, scoring 23 points - 18 in attack, 2 in block and 3 in service. She also made it into the SFV team of the day for her reception. Taking 18 balls she scored 94% positive which is a great sign for the GB team.

A2, Italy
Facing 4th place Loreto in front of a home crowd, and seeking our first win of the season, San Vito went into the 7th match of the season feeling confident. Loreto are a team full of very experienced players, renwoned for their strength in defence, but for the opening set, San Vito found holes in the loreto defence, playing smart offence. There was a confidence about the home team and im sure many believed this would be the start of winning ways for San Vito, taking the opening set 27-25. But this was not to be, in a closely contested second set, loreto drew even with a 25-22 win in the second.
Into the 3rd set, San Vito remained positive and developed a 5 point lead into the second technical time out, but the home team crumbled, losing 7 points in a row to hand the set to Loreto. Slightly deflated going into the 4th set, San Vito still believed they would take the game to a tie breaker. But this was not. to be and the experience of the away team shone through, taking the 4th set and the match 1-3.

College, USA
Last week was the season finale for our very own Georgia Bulldog, Lizzie Reid. Unfortunately it was the Bulldogs who lost out to the Auburn Tigers in a thrilling 5 set match, but by all accounts it was a performance to be proud of by the Georgia Team to conclude their 2010 season. Interim Head Coach, Chad Hanson commented:

“We knew that Auburn was a good team coming into the match.  They have a lot to prove and this match was a pivoting point to them getting into the NCAA Tournament. Hopefully for our conference’s sake that is the case. For Georgia, considering how we played on their court and considering how we played here on our court, in the big picture of things we really showed a great competitive spirit tonight.”

It was always going to be a tough encounter for Georgia, they played some of their best volleyball all season and showed some great character to come back from being down in the fourth set, to eventually win the set 27-25 to take it to a 5 set tie breaker. Unfortunately the fourth set had taken too much out of the Georgia bulldogs and Auburn cruised to a 15-4 win in the 5th & the match 2-3 (19-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-27, 15-4). This leaves Georgia with a 15 – 17 record for the season.

Super 8′s, England
Nic and Tash were at home this weekend where they faced Ashcombe, who are 3:3 for the season with the Malory Eagles on 4:2 and sitting in 3rd place in the league. In what turned out to be an extremely close match Malory WON 3-2 (25-22,23-25,26-24,27-29,15-13).

RESULTS SUMMARY:

Jenn Taylor & Jenn Thom - League, Germany: LOST 3-1

Lucy Wicks & Ciara Michel - WON 0-3 (league) and 0-3 (cup)

Grace Carter - League, France: WON 3-1

Rachel Newton - League, France: LOST 0-3

Rachel Bragg - League, France: LOST 0-3

Laura Beardsmore - League, France: WON 3-2

Jo Healy & Vicky Palmer - League, Belgium: WON 3-1

Jo Morgan - League, Sweden: LOST 3-2

Maria Bertelli - League, Switzerland: WON 3-0

Janine Sandell - League, Spain: LOST 3-2

Lynne Beattie - League, Italy: LOST 1-3

Lizzie Reid - College, USA: LOST 2-3

Nic Osborne & Natasher Brewer - Super 8′s, England: WON 3-2

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