Friday, November 7, 2008

End of a Long but Fun Day Down in Roanoke : ODAC quarter-finals and ESPN Radio football

A few of the faces that made Friday a special day Around The Valley - Katie Baker of Bridgewater College VB, the U.S Army sponsored Tailgate show, News-Leader reporter Chris Lassiter, the VB Logo and Mr. Jim Sacco of the News Virginian !














ROANOKE- Great action in the 4:00 P.M. VB games over at Hollins University as #7 seed Lynchburg College pulled off a major upset when the Lady Hornets defeated #2 seed Randolph-Macon 3-1 (17-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-18). LC evened its mark at 15-15 on the season and will play again at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday against #3 seed Virginia Wesleyan. VWU (23-10) swept #6 Emory & Henry (20-7) 3-0 in the night match...

Top seed and 7 time defending champion Washington & Lee (29-6) made quick work of #8 seed Guilford College in their 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-14) sweep of the Lady Quakers. W & L was led by the 2008 ODAC Player of the Year Rachael Phillips. The 5'11 junior from Tampa, Florida guided the Lady Generals to their 11TH straight victory over ODAC competition.

Bridgewater College faced Roanoke College in the #4 vs. #5 match and the two squads went toe to toe for five games once again. BC (23-7) dropped a 5-setter at home earlier in the season after taking a 2-0 lead on the Lady Maroons but this time the Lady Eagles were able to hold on for a 3-2 victory that earns them a shot at W & L.

The semi-finals will be played side by side at 11:00 A.M. Saturday and the Finals take place at 3:30 P.M.

Bridgewater College vs. Washington & Lee (#5 vs. #1)
Lynchburg College vs. Virginia Wesleyan ( #7 vs. #3)
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Highlights / Notes from the Afternoon Session :

ODAC Coach of the Year honors went to VWU Head Coach Andrea Hoover
ODAC Rookie of the Year honors went to E & H's Rachael Fertitta
Congrats to both as well as Phillips for being named Player of the year!
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Faces in the crowd :
EMU's Seth McGuffin was down for the week end to help out with both the PA duties and the running of the Live Game Stats program. Always great to catch up with the Man I share the Wranglers broadcast booth with.
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The Kritter family was in the Gym watching closely as Elena and her LC team pulled off the shocker of the 1ST round. Always great to visit with a True Volleyball family as all 3 of the Kritter girls play competitive VB. The signs that the LC supporters had with them were pretty cool and I will try and get pics of them Saturday...
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10 quality minutes with BC's Katie Baker allowed us to re-live the Huge Game 5 comeback that Strasburg completed the night before down at Altavista. Katie will be one of a number of VBers pulling double duty Saturday as the Strasburg-Wilson match will be played at 7:00 P.M. in Fischersville.
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Mrs. Bonnie Guy will watch the same amount of VB Saturday as Katie and myself. Mom has her older daughter Candice playing at 11:00 A.M. for Bridgewater (and possibly 3:30 P.M.) and her younger daughter Kala leading the way for Wilson Memorial at 7:00 P.M. Neat to visit with a special Lady as we were able to compare notes on some of the Naval Stations that our families spent time at (Her Husband / My Father). Looking forward to seeing a fair amount of both her and her daughters Saturday.
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Spent part of LC's game four clincher visiting with the Grandfather of Savannah Tinsley. Tinsley is a team leader junior on a very young LC team and it was fun to listen to Grandpa encourage Savannah and the remainder of the Lady Hornets to victory.
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BC Coach Greg Spector arrived with his Lady Eagles in time for us to exchange a quick Hello and pass on well wishes for the BC match. Not sure if Coach will make it back to Fishersville for the 7:00 P.M. match or not but I know that he will have BC ready to make a run at W & L in the morning.
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The tailgate show on ESPN-1240 started right at 6:30 P.M. and it has quickly become one of my favorite hours of the week. Mr. Jim Sacco joined us for the third or fourth straight week and Chip does a nice job of bouncing the conversation back and forth. The best 10 minutes of the show? Tonight it was a no-brainer - the segment where Chip moves from the US Army Tent up to the Press Box. 10 minutes on the air with Sacco tonight could only lead to 1 thing- 10 minutes of talking about the Saturday night VB match between Strasburg & Wilson!
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Stuarts Draft played at Northside in their playoff opener and it was pretty cool that the distance between Hollins University gym and Northside is 4.4 miles. The short distance is what allowed me to catch the first two VB games and then make the start of the Tailgate Show. Northside (6-5)defeated Draft by a final score of 24-8 to end the season for Coach Bowers and his Cougars.
Jim Sacco and young Mr. Cliffton have just finished their column and gamer that you can check out at http://www.newsvirginian.com/ . The parking lot looks a great deal emptier now that they have headed out (11:14 P.M.) but I still have a few notes to finish.
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Chris Lassiter writes for Hubert Grimm over at the News-Leader and you can catch his gamer by clicking over to http://www.newsleader.com/ . Still need for High School football - Click over to see Chuck McGill's running blog at http://www.nvdaily.com/ ...
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Word for the day on Saturday...VOLLEYBALL

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