Blues 3-0 Oxford Brookes University (25-12, 25-20, 25-13)
Oxford Brookes, 17/11/2004
Trundling around the 101 Milton Keynes roundabouts for the third time this season the Blues traveled to Oxford to confront the newly promoted Brookes team. Spending two hours traveling to the city and another hour trying to find the Brookes campus in rush hour traffic, the Cambridge team arrived late to the sports hall on foot, leaving their luckless coach driving a minibus around. Eventually the first set got underway with captain and stand-in coach Wendy Tsang Man Pun in control. The Cambridge team lined up with Wendy at reverse, Bethan Shaffery setting, Fiona Danks and Ellen van Baak at middle, Helen MacIntyre and Alison Todd on outside and Laura Diaz-Anadon as libero. The bench was completed with Lindsey Mehrer and Jill Aitken.
The first run of serves from Fiona set the tempo for the match; Cambridge serving tough, Brookes struggling the ball back and both teams making plenty of errors. In fact all of the Brookes points in set one were gifts from Cambridge errors as the team cruised to an easy first win. Big points were won by good sets from Bethan being dispatched by NZ Ali and Power-Mac.
Jill and Lindsey made a showing on the outside in set two, Jill killing her first attack attempt with gusto. The Brookes pass was ominously absent from Jill?s serves, although the manic, beer can clanking Brookes supporters seemed happy to cheer the mistakes of their own team. Cambridge then had their own moment, moving from a period of very bad passing to a period of unbelievably bad passing, allowing two Brookes aces and the home team to get back into the game. Drawing agonizingly slowly back into the set, Ellen made an important ace at the close and Ali was on hand to pound the undefended Brookes back-court.
With a better Blues serve-receive restored in set three, off of the passing of Wendy and Laura, Bethan was able to dish the ball out to her attackers. Ali seemed to have hit a goldmine and found points with almost every touch, killing at 70% in this set. Jill, switched into the middle, displayed her versatility by making the best middle kill of the match, which ended with two poor Brookes serve-receive errors. Just time for a ?meat? pasty before heading off for the roundabouts again?.
MVP was Alison Todd
Report by Jon Clarke
|Name||Position||Sets Played||Attacks||Kills||Kill Percent||Aces||Blocks||Pass||Total Points|
|Wendy Tsang Man Pun||R/S||3||18||6||33||0||0||1.7||6|
|Ellen van Baak||M||3||7||1||14||1||0||2|