GBW Results 12th/13th March 2011
It was back to business in Germany and Wicks & Michel won their 4th game in a row to continue their strong season, a 3-0 away from home vs Sonthofen. There was an MVP award for Lynne Beattie but her team just lost out 3-2. Similar outcome for Taylor and Thom in their league match.
In France, no slip ups for Carter’s TFOC who remain top of the league. Braggs Toulon get their first win of the season with pure perseverence. There was also a 3-0 win for Newton’s Quimper whilst Beardsmore’s TFOC were losers in a 5 set match with promotion rivals.
In Spain, Janine moved closer to confirming their first place position in the regular season with a 3-1 win away from home. No matches this weekend for Morgan in Sweden, Bertelli in Switzerland, Reid in USA or Osborne & Brewer in England.
For more details of GB players results, scores, opinions & links to more info see below. A summary of results is included at the end of this report.
After 2 weeks without a match, Lucy Wicks and Ciara Michels’ Alemannia Aachen travelled to 14th place Allgau Team Sonthofen. Three days later they face the current league leaders Dresdner so were looking for a dominating performance on Saturday with the aim of claiming another 2 points to keep them 7th in the league table.
With only 8 players travelling due to illness and exams it could have been a tough game. Despite Sonthofen’s league position they have some strong players which need to be respected and earlier on in the season Aachen lost 3-0 to them away in the Pokal Cup.
Aachen dominated the first 2 sets with aggressive serving and disciplined blocking winning 25-14 and 25-11. Sonthofen came back in the third and were leading 16-14 but Aachen upped their game and took the set 25-22. Ciara Michel was the top blocker with 6 kill blocks.
Following a free weekend, Lynne Beattie’s VT Aurubis Hamburg returned to action against 12 placed SC Potsdam on saturday. On paper this was a game that Hamburg should win.
In a closely fought 1st set it was Hamburg who finished strongly pushing through at he end of the set to win 25-20. A different story in the 2nd, it was Potsdam always in control. Leading 24-20 it was sure that potsdam would level the scores at 1-1, but Hamburg fought back to make it 24-24 with strong block defence. Unfortuntely for Hamburg, Potsdam won the second set 27-25.
So one set all, it was Potsdam who took confidence and momentum into the 3rd, and never stepped back, taking the set 25-21 and a 2-1 lead in the match. Hamburg knew they had to come back strong to win the 4th and take the game to a 5th set tie break, and this is what Hamburg did. Beattie started the set this time and Hamburg showed superiority throughout, demonstrating strong play all over the court particularly from the service line, which made the Potsdam offence more predictable and Hamburg punished them. The result a convincing 25-18 win, with Beattie solidifying the serve receive and showing her tenacity in defence.
The 5th is anybody’s and Hamburg had the momentum but they haven’t won a tie-breaker all season. Again a very closely fought set with the scores level at 7-7, 9-9, 12-12……then unforced errors from the Hamburg side saw them face 2 match points. Hamburg made the side out taking the scores to 14-13 in Potsdam favour, but the home team only needed one more ball to win the match, Potsdam taking the match with a 3-2 win, 15-13 in the 5th.
See statistics from the match. This was a very disappointing result for Hamburg who now lie in 8th position just below Lucy Wicks’ Alemannia Aachen, however Lynne Beattie was named MVP for the Hamburg team, she comments….
“It was a disappointing result for us as a team and a game we should have won. In terms of receiving the MVP award this week; it was a nice reward for the work i have been putting in at training. To know you are recognised for your performance is for sure a good feeling and a confidence boost going into two tough matches this week.”
Bundesliga Nord, Germany
It was an away match at TV Werne 03 on Sunday for Taylor and Thom’s SCU Emliccheim, with the hope of a 3-0 win to go 3rd in the league and keep the pressure on the teams who sit above them.
Away from home, SCU started slow, struggling in all areas and unable to put the ball on the floor. The home team took full advantage and won the first set 25-19. SCU started the second set strong and started to play with quality, based on aggressive serving and strong offence through the wings. This was the type of play that SCU were capable of, the result was a 15-25 win and 2-1 up in the match. The 4th started in a similar fashion and then SCU switched off, errors started to occur and the game turned completely with Werne winning 25-12.
So, the deciding 5th set and SCU entered it with the mentality of starting afresh but Werne took control from the beginning and SCU coudn’t get their game back on track, losing the set 15-7 and the match 3-2. It was a very disappointing result for the team and means that it will be very difficult to finish third in the league like they had hoped.
Sitting top of the league, Grace Carter’s TFOC were at home against 9th place Clamart this week. The last game against the bottom half of the table, meant a clinical win was required.
TFOC controlled the game from the service line, with Clamart unable to create an effective attack. This led to a comfortable 3-0 win (25-18, 25-14, 25-18). TFOC maintained focus throughout the match and delivered the clinical win they required. See the league table. See pictures from Grace’s match here.
Rachel Newton’s Quimper have dusted themselves off after their shock defeat last week and were keen to get back to winning ways away to Volley Club Harnes who sit one place below them in the league, this was not a game to take for granted.
VC Harnes were without two of their hitters and had some youngsters playing, whilst Quimper were still without their number one setter..the result was a bit of a scrappy game.
The first set was comfortable for Quimper after the first technical time-out. Leading 12-21, the first set should have been over with an easy win however Quimper made a number of attack errors which gave Harnes some momentum. Quimper held out to win the set 20-25. In the second set, Harnes continued their comeback from the first set with strong serving causing Quimper problems. 14-10 behind, Newton had a great run of serves to bring Quimper back into the game and once the points were level, Quimper started to run their middle offence and Harnes had no answer. Quimper won the set 21-25 and led the match two sets to nil.
In the third, the scores were neck and neck when controversy sparked the match and the Harnes libero was sent off for argueing with the referee, after Quimper had four touches and he played on. From here, Quimper served tough and finished the match off 15-22 and won the match 3-0. Quimper are now 4th in the league.
Rachel Bragg’s Toulon Six Fours La Seyne were at home on Saturday, to the team one place above them at the bottom of the table, Ent Sport Meylan La Tronche, and achieved a massive result, winning their first match of the season. It’s been a long time coming but it was definately worth the wait! Here’s how Rach describes it…..
“It was a good solid team performance at long last…everything that we learnt from last weekends match was put into effect from the very first point…running the middle off side out and going to the wings in transition play. From the start we had the lead and held on to it….there was no way we were losing today and you could tell that everyone felt from the warm up. We had a scare in the first set when our setter looked like she had hurt herself but it was just a bit of cramp thank god as we only have one!! Personally didnt have the best passing game but we found solutions and offence wise I had a solid game and at the crucial times was the go-to hitter both front and back court. The team spirit was amazing and everyone was fighting to not let the ball hit our side of the court and everyone wanted that last attack of a rally.”
It was a home match against Volleyball Club D’Ensisheim for Laura Beardsmore’s TFOC. With their opposition just one place behind them, 3rd in the league, this was a key match in the promotion race.
TFOC started slow and tough serving from Ensisheim put the home teams passing unit under a lot of pressure, causing a lot of problems in the first 2 sets. The first was a comfortable victory for Ensisheim 15-25. In the second, the setter from TFOC was doing a good job ‘mending’ the ball and strong hitting from the outside kept TFOC in the set, but it wasn’t enough losing 25-27.
In the third, TFOC minimised their own errors and turned the pressure onto their opposition, mainly through strong serving and they took the set with ease 25-10. They now had the momentum after such a convincing win and continued in the fourth. Although it was a tighter affair, it was still a comfortable 25-21 victory. To the fifth and everything changed, TFOC started slow and their serve receive broke down. Ensisheim took control and with it the set 7-15 and the match 2-3. This loss puts TFOC 3rd in the league which really makes promotion a tough ask…but it’s not over yet!
Jo Healy & Vicky Palmer’s Geo Happel Amigos Zoersel were looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat against Charleroi with a tough away match against VC Oudegem who sit two places above them in the league, in 6th.
In the first set Amigos were behind most of the way until 23-19, when they had a strong serving run, backed up with good block defence and unbelievably came back to win 23-25. In the second, the home team responded well winning comfortable 25-19 and the match was level at 1 set each.
At the start of the 3rd set, Amigos lost their star middle blocker (ex-Russian national player) to an Achilles injury. The Amigos team knew they had a fight on their hands. The team continued to pass well in reception, both GB players Palmer and Healy leading the way in the team’s statistics, however they were unable to make up for the strength lost in the middle and lost the set 25-19 and found themselves 2-1 down.
Despite the setback, the team fought hard and took control in the 4th, leading 10-20 and looking towards a 5th set. However…Oudegem somehow got back into the game, causing Amigos receive unit problems with strong serving. Amigos saved 3 match points against them to win the set 29-31 and take the match to a fifth and final set. 15-13 in the decider and a great result for the Amigos team who will be back to business this week in preparation for a must win local derby against Zandhoven next week.
Janine’s Valeriano Alles Menorca Volei were away to second from bottom Cuesta Piedra Santa Cruz, where another convincing victory was on the cards!
The first set was a clinical performance from Menorca, never really being under threat and had a convincing 19-25 victory. It was a similar pattern in the second set, Menorca leading 18-21 but they let Cuestra Piedra back into the set and lost it 25-23. After this scare, the league leaders raised their game and from this point on never looked back. They won the next 2 sets 16-25 and 18-25 and the match 1-3. See statistics from the match.
Menorca are sitting comfortably at the top of the league which will give them the better draw in the forthcoming play offs.
Lucy Wicks & Ciara Michel - League, Germany: WON 0-3
Jo Healy & Vicky Palmer - League, Belgium: WON 2-3
Maria Bertelli - Switzerland: No match
Janine Sandell - League, Spain: WON 1-3
Lynne Beattie - League, Germany: LOST 3-2
Grace Carter - League, France: WON 3-0
Rachel Newton - League, France: WON 3-0
Jo Morgan - Sweden: Season finished
Jenn Taylor & Jen Thom - League, Germany: LOST 3-2
Nic Osborne & Tash Brewer - League, England: No match
Laura Beardsmore - League, France: LOST 2-3
Rachel Bragg - League, France: WON 3-0