Top seeds advance to title matches in three European volleyball tourneys
November 4, 2006
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Top seeds Ramstein, Brussels and Hohenfels moved into Saturday’s championship games in the 2006 girls European volleyball tournaments with victories Friday.
“We want to go undefeated all the way,” Ramstein’s Brandy Hale said after her No. 1 Lady Royals defeated second-seeded Lakenheath 25-22, 25-20 to complete a 6-0 run through the round-robin portion of the Division I event.
Ramstein already was ensured of a berth in the title game going into its final preliminary match. Now the Lady Royals, the lone unbeaten team in any division, will put their undefeated (16-0) season on the line again at 3:30 p.m. at Vogelweh gym here.
“We’re willing to play anyone,” Ramstein captain Jayci Cachuela said when asked if she had any preference for a final opponent.
“I just hope they give us good competition.”
Saturday’s “anyone” turned out to be Heidelberg’s third-seeded Lady Lions, who downed No. 4 Patch 25-20, 25-23 Friday to finish the round-robin 5-1. Patch fell to 3-3 and in a tie with Lakenheath and Frankfurt International School for berths in Saturday’s consolation game. Patch and Lakenheath advanced on a win-percentage tiebreaker.
Heidelberg overcame deficits of five points in each game against Patch. Courtney Buchwald posted four kills in Heidelberg’s last 10 points in the second game, including the final two to break a 23-23 tie.
“It feels great,” Buchwald said of putting away the decisive points, “but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” especially setter Corinne Payne.
Brussels, the top seed in Division IV, rebounded from a straight-sets loss to No. 4 Milan on Thursday with a 25-20, 25-23 25-16 semifinal victory over No. 7 Bamberg.
Brussels’ Kaitlyn Oppenheim said the loss to Milan might prove beneficial.
“We’re in the final, so it’s OK we lost,” said Oppenheim, whose five straight service points closed out the second game. “It gave us a way to see that there are other teams that can get to first place.”
The title game, starting at 11:30 a.m., will be a rematch with Milan. Milan downed No. 2 Alconbury 25-20, 23-25, 25-21, 25-18 Friday to reverse the outcome of the 2005 title game.
In D-III, No. 1 Hohenfels rode an impenetrable defense into Saturday’s final, also at 11:30, by beating No. 3 Hanau 25-14, 25-20, 25-16.
“We dig everything,” said Mica Nicholson, whose Tigers always seemed to have someone where she was needed. “We work hard on getting back on the end line.”
Hohenfels will face No. 4 Rota. The Lady Admirals turned back London Central’s bid for one last European volleyball crown before it closes by winning 22-25, 25-16, 25-15, 25-16.
In Division II, defending champion and top-seeded Aviano stayed on pace for the final with a straight-sets quarterfinal victory over SHAPE. The Saints were to play No. 2 Vilseck in a late semifinal Friday.
The fifth- and sixth seeds, Naples and Würzburg, reached the other late D-II semifinal. Naples stopped No. 7 Black Forest Academy 25-8, 25-13, and Würzburg prevailed against No. 3 Baumholder 25-19, 22-25, 25-19.
The D-II title game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
European volleyball championshipsKAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Results from the Division I, II, III and IV European girls high school volleyball tournaments which end Saturday at Vogelweh gym here (matches prior to semifinals are best-of-three; some individual game scores unavailable):
Thursday’s late round-robin matches
Ramstein def. Frankfurt International School 2-0Heidelberg def. Lakenheath 2-0Patch def. Wiesbaden 2-0
Ramstein def. Patch 2-0Heidelberg def. Wiesbaden 2-1FIS def. Kaiserslautern 2-0Lakenheath def. Wiesbaden 2-0Heidelberg def. FIS 2-0Patch def. Kaiserslautern 25-11, 24-26, 25-23Ramstein def. Lakenheath 25-22, 25-20Kaiserslautern def. Wiesbaden 20-25, 25-19, 25-19Heidelberg def. Patch 25-20, 25-23
Third place—Lakenheath vs. Patch, 10 a.m.Championship—Ramstein vs. Heidelberg, 3:30 p.m.
Thursday’s late pool play matches
Aviano def. Bitburg 2-0Vilseck def. Baumholder 2-0Mannheim def. Black Forest Academy 2-0SHAPE def. AFNORTH 2-1
Aviano def. Würzburg 2-0Naples def. Vilseck 2-1Bitburg def. Mannheim 2-1Baumholder def. AFNORTH 2-0
Aviano def. SHAPE 25-10, 25-13Würzburg def. Baumholder 25-19, 22-25, 25-19Naples def. BFA 25-8, 25-13Vilseck def. Bitburg 25-7, 25-14
Aviano vs. Vilseck, lateNaples vs. Würzburg, late
Third-place—Semifinal losers, 9 a.m.Championship—Semifinal winners, 1:30 p.m.
Thursday's late pool-play matches
Marymount Inernational def. Vicenza 2-0London Central def. Sigonella 2-0Ansbach def. Giessen 2-0Rota def. Hohenfels 2-1Hanau def. Marymount 2-1Sigonella def. American Overseas School of Rome 2-0Ansbach def. Vicenza 2-0
Hohenfels def. London Central 2-0Rota def. AOSR 2-0Marymount def. Giessen 2-1Hanau def. Vicenza 2-0
Rota def. Giessen 25-9, 25-19Hanau def. Sigonella 25-11, 25-21Hohenfels def. Marymount 25-14, 25-19London Central def. Ansbach 2-1
Rota def. London Central 22-25, 25-16, 25-15, 25-16Hohenfels def. Hanau 25-14, 25-20, 25-16
Third place—Hanau vs. London Central, 9 a.m.Championship—Hohenfels vs. Rota, 11:30 a.m.
Thursday’s late pool-play matches
Menwith Hill def. Incirlik 2-0Milan def. Incrilik 2-0Brussels def. Menwith Hill 2-0Bamberg def. Alconbury 2-0Milan def. Brussels 2-0Alconbury def. Lajes 2-0
Brussels def. Ankara 25-20, 25-14Alconbury def. Incirlik 25-20, 25-17Milan def. Lajes 2-0Bamberg def. Menwith Hill 2-0
Milan def. Alconbury 25-20, 23-25, 25-21, 25-18Brussels def. Bamberg 25-21, 25-23, 25-16
Third place—Bamberg vs. Alconbury, 10 a.m.Championship—Brussels vs. Milan, 11:30 a.m.
Boys Mediterranean volleyball championshipsAVIANO, Italy — Pool-play scores Friday from the boys Mediterranean Regional championships being played at Aviano High School and the air base’s Area 2 gym. Tournament concludes Saturday. (Pool matches are best-of-three, semifinals and final best-of-five):
Thursday’s late games
Naples def. Incirlik 25-13, 25-17Milan def. Sigonella 25-14, 25-17
Naples def. Sigonella 25-13, 25-20Milan def. Livorno 25-16, 25-16Incirlik def. Livorno 25-23, 25-20Aviano def. Ankara 25-17, 25-14Black Forest Academy def. American Overseas School of Rome 25-22, 25-17Aviano def. Vicenza 25-15, 25-15AOSR def. Maymount 25-17, 25-19BFA def. Vicenza 25-12, 25-9Marymount def. Ankara 25-20, 22-25, 25-23
BFA vs. Milan, lateNaples vs. Aviano
SaturdayAt Aviano High School
Consolation match (best-of-three) at 10 a.m.Championship match (best-of-five) at noon.