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West Florida Volleyball Begins Conference Schedule with 3-0 Win at Valdosta State

first_imgWest Florida Volleyball Begins Conference Schedule with 3-0 Win at Valdosta State Share Sept. 21, 2007 Box Score  VALDOSTA, Ga. – The Argos started the conference portion of their schedule on the road Friday night with a victory over the blazers of Valdosta State 30-20, 30-26, 30-22. The match marked the 14th time in 15 wins this year, that West Florida has won in straight sets. Senior Danielle Spitzer (Birmingham, Ala.) led the Argo attack with 9 kills and 4 blocks, while Isabela Gualberto (Sr. / Brazil) added 10 kills in only 16 attempts.The Argos started a little slowly, as Valdosta State took a 3-0 lead, resulting in a timeout by West Florida. Coach Melissa Wolter regrouped her team and they scored eight of the next 11 points to regain the lead, which they would hold throughout game one, to win without much resistance. Valdosta State managed a slight lead midway through game two; however, West Florida was in control most of the evening. West Florida had an attack percentage of .245, while Valdosta State hit only .057 for the match. That was really the story of the match, as the Argos were more efficient with their attacks then the Blazers.The Argos kept the Blazers off balance by spreading the attacks around among several players, as setter Madeline Gonzalez (Jr. / Puerto Rico)tallied 41 assists in the three game sweep. Luciana Rapach (Jr. / Brazil) added a strong performance with 8 kills and 14 digs. Defensive specialist Jerica Carter (Jr. / Gainesville, Fla.) also had 14 digs for the Argos. Valdosta State was led by Irene Hannan and Stephanie Kirrstetter, with 9 kills apiece. The Blazers really only challenged the Argos in game two, but three service errors late in the game ruined their chances, and the Argos put the game away when given the opportunity.West Florida is now 15-2 overall, and 1-0 in the Gulf South Conference, and is set to play at West Georgia Saturday afternoon in Carrollton, Georgia. The Wolves of West Georgia are also 1-0 in the conference and 17-2 on the season, setting up what appears to be a showdown of two hot teams. West Georgia has won 17 in a row, and also defeated Valdosta State, just a few days ago. The match will be broadcast on stretch internet. Go to the UWF Athletics home page and look for the stretch internet link on the right side. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Roberto Di Matteo could drop Fernando Torres for Chelsea’s trip to Juventus

first_imgRoberto Di Matteo says he would be prepared to drop Fernando Torres from the Chelsea team to face Juventus in the UEFA Champions League if it is the ‘right thing’ to do.Torres has scored just once in his last seven appearances for Chelsea and again looked out of sorts during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion.Di Matteo is ready to make changes for Tuesday’s crucial Champions League game away to Juventus and conceded Torres was one of the players who could lose his place.He said: “Am I prepared to leave Torres out on Tuesday? I think we will have to assess the whole team and see how everybody is, and how they have recovered.“Am I prepared to leave Torres out on Tuesday? I think we will have to assess the whole team and see how everybody is, and how they have recovered.”Roberto Di MatteoQuotes of the week“A lot of players only came back Thursday afternoon or Friday from internationals in Europe and the rest of the world.“We will assess them and see what the right selection is for Tuesday. If I believe it is the right thing to do for the team, then yes.”The Chelsea boss is also aware that his team have to improve defensively after conceding 18 goals in eight games. Di Matteo added: “I think as a team we have to be better defending. You don’t defend with one player – you defend with the whole team, like you want your whole team helping when you are attacking as well.“It is a defensive organisation on the pitch that we need to look at and, as I said before, maybe I have to do some changes.“We have got bodies in midfield – the 4-2-3-1 system really helped us last season after the change (of manager) but maybe in terms of personnel we have to do something different.”Di Matteo is also at a loss to explain another dip by Chelsea during November after picking up just two points from three Premier League games.He said: “It is very difficult to explain. It is not just one year – it has been three years in a row. “You have top, top players – they play every three or four days. That amount of games can affect them, but it is not only that.“It is a challenging time when you don’t win games and you need to instil confidence in players and to the team and that is going to be a tough job.”last_img read more

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