GBW Results 9/10 April: Carter’s TFOC promoted to French Pro A

GBW Results 9th/10th April 2011

Congratulations to Grace Carter and her team TFOC, who won 0-3 to secure promotion to the top French league. A starter all season, this is a great achievement for Carter in her first season playing pro volleyball. One more win required from the 2 remaining games to be confirmed as league champions.

For Bragg’s Toulon it was a disappointing 2-3 loss at home, which leaves them still at the bottom of the table. Newton’s Quimper however are still in the promotion chase after a 3-0 home win but they are relying on other results to go in their favour. Similarly, Beardsmore’s TFOC are joint second in the league after a 3-1 win away from home, but again they need someone to take sets of their competition.

For Wicks & Michel it was a match too far in the context of the great performances achieved over the last few weeks, losing 3-0 convincingly to Wiesbaden. For Taylor and Thom it was another 5 set match and this time they came out on top away from home, and are still in the hunt for a top 3 finish.

Back in England Osborne and Brewer couldn’t get that elusive win against Polonia, losing 3-0. They did however finish the season with a 3-0 win against University of Birmingham which meant 3rd in the league overall. No match for Beattie, Sandell, Healy or Palmer this weekend. For all details of results, scores, opinions & links to more info see below. A summary of results is included at the end of this report

Bundesliga, Germany
After a superb win last week, Lucy Wicks and Ciara Michel’s Aachen were up against Wiesbaden on Saturday night, a team sitting one place above them in 5th. With their Captain banned for one game following her red card vs Vilsbiburg the team knew they would have to rally together. A loss would result in Aachen dropping 2 places in the table to 8th.

Tough match for Lucy & Ci's Aachen

Aachen got off to a slow start against a very well prepared Wiesbaden team. It was a poor game for Aachen who had no answer to Wiesbadens quick offence. The first set was lost 25-17. Aachen managed to keep the score closer in the second set until the end when Wiesbaden managed to pull away to take it 25-21. The third set was similar to the first with Wiesbaden taking an early lead and Aachens heads going down. The game was lost 3-0. See statistics from the match.

Aachen must regroup quickly before their local derby match vs Munster tonight. With 3 teams all tied on points in 6th-8th place it is an important game for Aachen to win to climb up the table again.

Bundesliga Nord
After losing to Langenhagen in the first round of league matches, this was a match Taylor and Thom’s SCU Emlichheim really needed to win to keep their hopes of a top 3 finish alive.

Away from home, SCU started the match well dominating from the service line. Langenhagen struggled to side out and SCU took the first set with ease, 11-25 and thought this would be an easy 3-0 win. The second set was a little closer 20-25 as Langenhagen started to block and defend well and by the third, SCU struggled to find solutions in their offence. Changes were made but was too late as the set was lost 25-19.

SCU celebrate win

The fourth set was close with some inconsistency from SCU - really good play interspersed with hectic play. Langenhagen were smarter with their offence and SCU struggled to read the tip ball, losing the set 28-26. So, another 5 set match for SCU…there have been many this season! It started just like the first set with SCU dominating from the service line and backing it up with solid blocking at the net. It was a convincing 4-15 victory for SCU and 2-3 win. See league table. Jenn Thom comments….

“It was a good win for us and now we build towards our final match of the season against Hamburg where a win could net us 4th place and then we hope for other results to go in our favour. We started and finished the match with good quality volleyball. Jenn Taylor had a good game all round. Personally I was pleased with my own performance as well.”

DEF, France
Just 1 point was needed from Grace Carter’s TFOC against 3rd place Tulle to guarantee promotion and a direct to the top French league, PRO A.

Aggressive blocking was key for TFOC

TFOC started very strong; quality serving followed up with aggressive blocking allowed the girls to maintain an 8 point lead till 20-12. However, errors from TFOC let Tulle back in the set and from a 20-19 lead, TFOC struggled to a 25-21 win. Tulle had a good start in the second, with their power hitters beating a poor TFOC defence. Eventually TFOC found their rhythm and the serve and block combination which has been strong all season kicked in and TFOC won the set 25-20. With 2 sets won, TFOC’s promotion was now guaranteed and the pressure was gone.

The 3rd set saw some of the best volleyball of the season, with all area’s of play working effeciently the TFOC girls secured the set 25-19, the win and the promotion! Now with 2 games left, one win will give TFOC the league title! Grace Carter comments…

“It’s a great feeling to have secured promotion to the top league. Today was a tense game for the first 2 sets and then we just relaxed completely. We knew we had the ability and we have delivered most of the season which is great for the club. I think I feel relieved right now and want to win the next game to secure the top place finish.”

After a disappointing result against Carter’s TFOC last week
Rachel Newton’s Quimper Volley 29
secured 3-0 home win on Saturday against second from bottom, Meylan La Tronche. Quimper started with a stronger line up this match, with one middle returning from illness and a change at rightside. Meylan were without a couple of their key players too and relied on good service and solid block defence to stay within reach of Quimper.

In the first it was a close affair, with the middle attackers really starring for Quimper, scoring lots in attack and dominating the net in block. Despite this they couldn’t find a clear lead, mainly due to not enough service pressure. In the end their block defence discipine won them the set 26-24. Finding their tougher serves in the second set, Meylan struggled with their serve receive and Quimper developed a comfortable lead, dominating the middle of the net leading to an easy 25-16 set win.

The third set was more of the same, but with Meylan also going high risk on service and causing Quimper some problems in serve receive. With better offence Quimper stayed ahead all through the set, winning 25-20 and the match 3-0. This moves Quimper into 4th place, but with a game in hand they are still relying on Hainaut, second in the table to lose their last 2 matches, one against TFOC, for a chance for promotion. If not, they will be fighting for third place.

Bottom of the league, Rachel Braggs Toulon, were at home against Institut Federal de VB currently 8th in the league. It was a topsy turvy game with inconsistency from both teams allowing the opposition into the match. It was another 5 set match and a nailbiting 5th set. Unfortunately, for Bragg the home team lost out 2-3 (28-26, 20-25, 25-18, 16-25, 13-15).

NF3C, France
It was another local derby for Laura Beardsmore’s TFOC this week, away from home against 4th placed team Hagondange. Despite being 16 points clear of their opposition, a shock 3-2 defeat to them back in January meant that TFOC could not afford to be complacent going into the game.

The first set was level most of the way through with the home team stronger in the end phase, to take the set 26-24. This was a bit of a wake up call for TFOC and forced a couple of changes on court. There were several contoroversial referee calls that caused a bit of drama but TFOC stayed focused and took the next 2 sets 24-26. In the fourth set TFOC finally delivered in their serve receive and allowed their offence to function leading to a more comfortable 20-25 win and the match 1-3.

TFOC remain 3rd in the league with 2 matches remaining. Level on points with D’Ensisheim in 2nd place but behind on sets difference they will have to hope for a result in their favour over the next 2 weeks!

Super 8′s Play Offs, England
It was the final weekend of the Super 8 Play Off’s this weekend and Osborne and Brewer’s Malory were looking for wins to finish in the top 3. First up they played Polonia, soon to be Champions of the Super 8′s, and were beaten 3-0 (20-25, 17-25, 22-25). Next up was University of Birmingham where they had a comfortable 3-0 victory (16-25, 12-25, 22-25). These results meant that Malory finished the season in 3rd place. See the league table.


Lucy Wicks & Ciara Michel - League, Germany: LOST 0-3
Jo Healy & Vicky Palmer - Belgium: No match
Maria Bertelli - Switzerland: Season finished
Janine Sandell - Play Offs, Spain: No match
Lynne Beattie - League, Germany: No match
Grace Carter - League, France: WON 0-3
Rachel Newton - League, France: WON 3-0
Jo Morgan - Sweden: Season finished
Jenn Taylor & Jen Thom - League, Germany: WON 2-3
Nic Osborne & Tash Brewer - Super 8 Play Offs, England: LOST 3-0, WON 3-0
Laura Beardsmore - League, France: WON 1-3
Rachel Bragg - League, France: LOST 2-3

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