|Sam Huo with a low-release throw.|
|Theresa Chan for the score.|
|Ellen Miller with a layout grab.|
Gibbs also adds some extra depth in strategy to the team. “A large part of my responsibility was taking over line calling and playing time. It was a good position to be in, because I was a neutral, outside source judging on skills and work alone, and eventually found elements of players that worked well together and pieced them all together nicely for subbing,” she describes. Her ability to see the field has helped to develop a greater amount of depth than many of the college women’s teams in the game today. When it comes to contributors, the WashU roster is filled with them. “I eventually came up with familiar and new methods of plays that fed into the already existing strengths of the ladies, but that helped include our bench depth instead of over utilizing dominant players. It helped our cohesiveness on the field improve when we felt our natural chemistry was breaking down.”
When it comes to giving advice players making the jump from captaining or playing into coaching, Gibbs has a lot of great words to offer. “Positivity should always be one of your key words,” she starts. “The attitude you choose will always trickle down to each and every team member. Be honest and forgiving and always, always encourage communication. Make yourselves open to apologizing for mistakes and the team will get that you are humble and will reward you with their trust naturally”
|Kami Groom rules the Centex skys.|
|Danielle Blatt with a sick grab at Centex 2011.|
“We knew what we needed to do for Sunday and made sure everyone on the team was clear about what that was in sense of our game progression. After using our bottom half of the team well in the first couple of games, we went to O and D lines which we hadn't done all year and it payed off big when we controlled the whole of both semis and the back door game. The women took the game plan and executed it to a "T" and I was so very very proud of how every individual played and came together as a team. True competitors.”Going into nationals, Sam Huo, Danielle Blatt and Julie Habbert, three of WashU’s big play-makers have nagging muscles injuries; however, Gibbs notes that they will be ready by Nationals.
WashU will be in Pool D along with Stanford, Iowa, Washington, and Ohio State. This pool will most definitely be an exciting one to watch unfold over the weekend.
Also in the scouting report: don’t overlook this team. Gibbs reveals,“We are about the most rag-tag looking team. Skinny women who will jump right over you, really tall women getting handblocks, and really small women layout d-ing you. They are constantly studying and have pasty white skin, glasses and were non-high school athletes but they are never to be underestimated. You can never judge a book by its cover ‘cuz these books have busted their asses off to be the best players they can be. These women sincerely have true grit when it comes to game time.”
|Tilt and their coaches, Abby and Gibbs (center).|