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NCAA finals

Posted by devo on December 6, 2009

Rebecca Walters & Sam SimmondsGeorge Mason Uni faced a tough home-court advantage for seventh-seeded Iowa State, and the Cyclones held off the Patriots in straight sets (25-22, 25-13, 25-19) to eliminate Mason in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament before 2,564 fans at Hilton Coliseum … Mason finishes its season with a 23-9 record and Friday’s match was the final contest for seniors Sam Simmonds and Rebecca Walter. more

Rhiannon TookerUniversity of Oregon The No. 14 seed University of Oregon volleyball team (20-9, 9-9) rolled past Clemson (20-9, 5-11), 3-0, to open the NCAA Tournament Friday afternoon with a win for the third straight season. more

Update: Oregon had a 3-0 loss Saturday night in the NCAA Second Round at No. 13 Kentucky more

You can watch NCAA finals matches live here

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NCAA Volleyball Championships

Posted by devo on December 3, 2009

Three Aussies will be heading to the NCAA championship play-offs this year: Rebecca Walters & Sam SimmondsGeorge Mason Uni; Rhiannon TookerUniversity of Oregon. The matches begin tomorrow as 64 regional winners try to become the nation’s best team. ~ draw

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Sam & Rebecca begin last season

Posted by devo on September 23, 2009

It may prove to be a difficult task to find someone on campus who is not thrilled about the start of this year’s George Mason University women’s volleyball season. With a 9-3 record to begin with and taking three out of four matches in the N.C. State Classic last weekend, the team is heading in a positive direction. As this college season is the last for seniors Sam Simmonds, … and Rebecca Walter, they are determined to give their all for the opportunity to leave with something to hold on to for the rest of their lives.

“There’s a special feeling about this season—everybody’s always positive,” said Simmonds, the 5-foot-11-inch lefty right-side hitter from South Australia. She is a psychology major and plans to either return to Australia for graduate school, travel or work towards a child development program in Africa. Simmonds began this season with 155 sets played, 220 kills and 198 digs in the books.

Rebecca Walter is a senior outside hitter from Monbulk, Victoria in Australia who led the team last year with 311 kills. She also had 262 sets played, 927 kills and 571 digs over the past three years on the team. She is very excited for the 2009 season and is impressed by the way the team built its chemistry, especially during the spring. Before she was in college, one of her previous coaches took up a position in the U.S., where he mentioned her name to fellow coaches he came into contact with. Some of the coaches looked Walter up and asked her if she would be interested in playing for them at the collegiate level. Mason was one of the schools that expressed interest. … After graduation, Walter plans on either continuing on her psychology studies in graduate school at Mason, taking up a coaching position for the team or looking for a contract to play volleyball in Europe. more@onmason

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From North America

Posted by devo on October 23, 2008

Junior Christie Naumann (Charters Towers, Australia/Gladstone) of the Lock Haven University volleyball team has been named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East Player of the Week for her recent record-breaking efforts in leading The Haven on the court.

… the preseason All-CAA team included George Mason junior outside hitter Rebecca Walter

Junior outside hitter Sam Simmonds led the Patriots on the week as she posted 21 kills (2.62 k/s) and hit at a .224 clip.  She also added six blocks on the week.

Junior Rachel Rourke (Queensland, Australia) posted a match-high 16 kills, but No. 25 Oregon State fell to No. 7 Washington, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon.

Paul Sanderson led the Bobcats with 17 kills and seven digs


Paul Sanderson, who earned a Canada West First Team selection and CIS Second Team honours for his league-leading kills per set average, is anxious to improve on last year’s results. “We did pretty well last year. We’ve kept most of the same roster, and with the addition of a few new guys, that should hopefully make us even better,” he notes. “We’ve seen some good things out of the young guys, I like what I see.” more@Luber’sLounge


Emily Tooker – Hawai‘i Hilo (Jr., S, 6-1, Gladstone, Queensland, Australia)…had 42 assists, two service aces and nine blocks in a five-match loss to BYU-Hawaii…was the lone contest of the week for the Vulcans. more@PacWest

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Sam’s efforts not enough

Posted by devo on September 7, 2008

The host Patriots roared out of the gate in the opening set, led by a trio of kills by Sam Simmonds and two service aces. George Mason drops to 1-4 on the year, after falling in its first matchup with Liberty since the 2003 season. more@BigSouthConference

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USA women’s college

Posted by devo on August 30, 2008

UPDATED: The women’s college season is about to get under way in the USA. And several Aussie women will be prominent. I’ll try and keep people up to date, but most of these colleges have great sites; so if you have a favorite player, make sure you bookmark their site.

George Mason

… her total was matched by Rebecca Walter, who is poised for another strong offensive season in her upcoming junior year. The Monbulk, Victoria, Australia, native ranked fourth in kills per game in the conference, and has been a vocal leader while being a dominant offensive producer for the Patriots on the court.

“During the season last year, there were times when Jaque struggled and Bec was still producing, so I expect she will pick up where she left off,” Kendrick said. “She’s got a great mind for the game and is very competitive. Even though she’s not real big, she plays like she is, so I expect Bec will be very strong for us this year.”

Walter’s fellow Australian, junior opposite hitter Sam Simmonds, has the potential for a strong season in 2008 as well. While totaling two seasons as a strong role player for the Mason offense, Simmonds could come forward as a top offensive threat in 2008.

“Sam had a great spring and had a chance to play a lot and build up her confidence,” explained Kendrick. “I think this will be a good time for Sam to break out. She has always been in the shadows a little bit, but in the spring we had a couple of injuries so Sam ended up playing quite a bit and ended up being the go-to hitter for the returning players.”

UH Hilo Vulcans

“By us putting the ball toward the center of the court, we forced Emily [Tooker] to set outside more that even she would have like to.” … “I thought Emily did really well tonight,” Atkinson said. “She saved a few balls that last year would have definitely gone to the other team for points.

OSU Beavers

Juniors Rachel Rourke (Queensland, Australia) and Bree Knitter (Fallbrook, Calif.) paced the Oregon State volleyball servers with four service aces each as the Beavers tallied 13 total in Friday evening’s win over Wyoming. The jump servers stumped the Wyoming serve-receive … Rourke added seven kills

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Headlines from the States

Posted by devo on October 28, 2007

sophomore Rachel Rourke had a team-high 21 kills adding six blocks and a career-high tying five service aces. more …

Tara West had a career-high and match-high 10 blocks.  more …

Five Kohawks finished with 10 or more kills led by junior Shayla Chalker’s (Melbourne, Aus./Upwey) 21 kills. Chalker finished the game with a .500 hitting percentage. more …

The Patriot attack was again led by sophomore Rebecca Walter, who contributed a game-high 16 kills.  Sam Simmonds chimed in with 3 kills and 2 digs. more …

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More USA news

Posted by devo on October 16, 2007

Shayla Chalker at Coe:
Shayla had 7 kills and 6 blocks as UW-Platteville def. Coe College Kohawks 3-1 ( 30-22, 30-32, 30-22, 32-30)

Sam Simmonds and Bec Walters at Mason:
Mason could not hold off James Madison in a 3-2 (33-35, 28-30, 30-24, 30-24, 15-9) Walter, the reigning conference player of the week, notched her sixth double-double of the year as she added 11 digs to her ledger.

Emily Tooker at North Florida:
NF lost to Lady Bisons 3-0 (21-30, 23-30, 25-30) on Friday night. The team stood toe-to-toe with defending Atlantic Sun Conference champion Belmont on Saturday and put up a tenacious battle but came out on the short end of a 3-1 decision (23-30, 21-30, 34-36, 22-30).

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