1999 CIAU Women's Nationals, Final Match

1999 CIAU Women's Nationals, Final Match

Post by Glen Coo » Sun, 07 Mar 1999 04:00:00


   1999 CIAU Women's Final Match
#1 University of British Columbia Thunderbirds vs. #3 University of Alberta
Pandas

Pandas win 3-1(17-15, 13-15, 15-11, 15-12) in 2h15min. This match started
off like it was going to be the Joanne Ross show. A couple of blocks and a
few quick step-arounds from the 6'4" Ross and all of a sudden UBC is up 5-0.
Alberta's hitters were trying to hit away from Ross and their swings were
going wide or long. Rookie Susie Buckmaster had the unenviable task of
lining up opposite Ross. She was visibly frustrated at the start of the
match and once she got to the back row was subbed out to talk to the coaches
and settle down. And settle down she did, as did the entire Panda team. They
worked hard and came back to win G1 17-15. The difference was Alberta being
able to stop Joanne Ross on her favorite step-around play. Outside hitter
and 1998-99 CIAU MVP Jenny Cartmell was able to get her hands on Ross'
attacks and neutralize her from then on. Alberta once again got behind in
G2, but were able to catch up again (a theme which was repeated all night
long) although they ultimately lost that game. Both teams played inspired
back-court defense throughout the match. Alberta was noticeably not setting
the middle much when Ross was front-row, instead going to the step-around
with the middle hitters. Alberta served quite well throughout the match:
something they haven't done consistantly this season. They were serving low
flat serves and serving deep to the end line. Heather Buckmaster was the
only player who had much trouble serving, and it was more the timing of the
misses that made hers noticeable: they were near the end of the match. UBC
was not passing as well as Alberta and they were not able to run the offense
they wanted. Alberta was, therefore, able to block effectively, controlling
a lot of balls and getting second chances. In G4, Alberta once again got
behind early. The Thunderbirds had to be feeling good about the match when
they were up and looking to tie the match 2-2. Alberta was consistantly
getting behind several points and in a fifth game rally-point situation,
they couldn't afford to do that. Alberta just kept siding out and chipping
away and once the match was in sight, they put it away to seal their fifth
consecutive National Championship.

Glen Cook
Edmonton, Alberta

 
 
 

1999 CIAU Women's Nationals, Final Match

Post by Glen Coo » Sun, 07 Mar 1999 04:00:00

   1999 CIAU Women's Final Match
#1 University of British Columbia Thunderbirds vs. #3 University of Alberta
Pandas

Pandas win 3-1(17-15, 13-15, 15-11, 15-12) in 2h15min. This match started
off like it was going to be the Joanne Ross show. A couple of blocks and a
few quick step-arounds from the 6'4" Ross and all of a sudden UBC is up 5-0.
Alberta's hitters were trying to hit away from Ross and their swings were
going wide or long. Rookie Susie Buckmaster had the unenviable task of
lining up opposite Ross. She was visibly frustrated at the start of the
match and once she got to the back row was subbed out to talk to the coaches
and settle down. And settle down she did, as did the entire Panda team. They
worked hard and came back to win G1 17-15. The difference was Alberta being
able to stop Joanne Ross on her favorite step-around play. Outside hitter
and 1998-99 CIAU MVP Jenny Cartmell was able to get her hands on Ross'
attacks and neutralize her from then on. Alberta once again got behind in
G2, but were able to catch up again (a theme which was repeated all night
long) although they ultimately lost that game. Both teams played inspired
back-court defense throughout the match. Alberta was noticeably not setting
the middle much when Ross was front-row, instead going to the step-around
with the middle hitters. Alberta served quite well throughout the match:
something they haven't done consistantly this season. They were serving low
flat serves and serving deep to the end line. Heather Buckmaster was the
only player who had much trouble serving, and it was more the timing of the
misses that made hers noticeable: they were near the end of the match. UBC
was not passing as well as Alberta and they were not able to run the offense
they wanted. Alberta was, therefore, able to block effectively, controlling
a lot of balls and getting second chances. In G4, Alberta once again got
behind early. The Thunderbirds had to be feeling good about the match when
they were up and looking to tie the match 2-2. Alberta was consistantly
getting behind several points and in a fifth game rally-point situation,
they couldn't afford to do that. Alberta just kept siding out and chipping
away and once the match was in sight, they put it away to seal their fifth
consecutive National Championship.

Glen Cook
Edmonton, Alberta

 
 
 

1999 CIAU Women's Nationals, Final Match

Post by Vball ne » Mon, 08 Mar 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>Subject:    1999 CIAU Women's Nationals, Final Match

>Date:       Sat, 6 Mar 1999 20:26:12 -0700

>   1999 CIAU Women's Final Match
>#1 University of British Columbia Thunderbirds vs. #3 University of Alberta
>Pandas

>Pandas win 3-1(17-15, 13-15, 15-11, 15-12) in 2h15min.

CONGRADULATIONS PANDAS!

I watched the game on TV and it appeared UBC could have won the match at
anytime, the thing is, they didn't.
Having the home town fans there made a big difference for the PANDAS. Sometimes
being the best team is not enough, you have to want to win. The PANDAS just
wanted it more than UBC.
It was a must better final than the men's final. It looked like the PANDAS had
a game plan to defeat UBC and it worked. UBC looked to me like they kept
expecting to pull ahead and they just didn't.
I'm sure they woke up Sunday morning and it hit them that they let it slip
away.
Both teams had great setting and defence. It was fun to watch. I wasn't
cheering for either team, I just wanted to see an exciting game, and I did.
Thanks for the write-ups each day in this newsgroup, I wish I could read more
about Canadian volleyball here.

Keith (VBall News)
Mississauga. Ontario, Canada
http://members.aol.com/vballnews

 
 
 

1999 CIAU Women's Nationals, Final Match

Post by Ken Huisma » Wed, 10 Mar 1999 04:00:00

Quote:



> >Subject:       1999 CIAU Women's Nationals, Final Match

> >Date:  Sat, 6 Mar 1999 20:26:12 -0700

> >   1999 CIAU Women's Final Match
> >#1 University of British Columbia Thunderbirds vs. #3 University of Alberta
> >Pandas

> >Pandas win 3-1(17-15, 13-15, 15-11, 15-12) in 2h15min.

> CONGRADULATIONS PANDAS!

> I watched the game on TV and it appeared UBC could have won the match at
> anytime, the thing is, they didn't.

I was at the match.  It was great.
I think the Pandas showed superior coaching and an ability to adapt.
UBC would
get a lead, then the pandas would adjust and come right back.  UBC could
not
adjust.  They made a lot of errors later in the games too.  Four of the
Starting
Pandas from last year were at the game, and they were quoted in the
paper as saying
that UBC looked scared later on.

Quote:
> Having the home town fans there made a big difference for the PANDAS. Sometimes
> being the best team is not enough, you have to want to win. The PANDAS just
> wanted it more than UBC.

True.

Quote:
> It was a must better final than the men's final. It looked like the PANDAS had
> a game plan to defeat UBC and it worked. UBC looked to me like they kept
> expecting to pull ahead and they just didn't.
> I'm sure they woke up Sunday morning and it hit them that they let it slip
> away.
> Both teams had great setting and defence. It was fun to watch. I wasn't
> cheering for either team, I just wanted to see an exciting game, and I did.
> Thanks for the write-ups each day in this newsgroup, I wish I could read more
> about Canadian volleyball here.

It was a great match.  I was suprised!  I thought the way UBC was
playing in the
semis that it would go quick.  When they jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the
first
game, I thought 'oh no here we go'.  I taped the game on TSN and I didnt
even let
the VCR run long enough.  But, Alberta made adjustments - key was their
ability to
stop big 6'4" Joanne Ross on her best play - the step around hit on the
right
side.  In the two previous matches, she scored with that at will, but
MVP Jenny
Cartmell (5'9") was able to block her, or the times she could hit around
the
block the defense was able to pick up the hit most times and render Ross
ineffective.  Ross looked very ordinary after the first game got to 6-0,
IMHO.

One thing they mentioned in the local paper was the passing for UBC was
weak,
which limited their offense, giving the Alberta blockers good
opportunities.

In the semi final and the final I was very impressed with Alberta's
right side
player Katrin Schnadt.  She played better than I had seen her play all
year - she
was outstanding defensively, hit well, and she has a GREAT float serve!

I was also impressed with Alyssa Wionzek - some people in the crowd were
questioning
the substitution where she played the last half of the third game, but
she played
well, I thought.

All in all, it was an excellent match.

Ken