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    Re: Texas at ISU

    Quote Originally Posted by swarthmoreCY View Post
    They seem to laugh and/or smile a lot more in VB, even when the other team gets the point.

    So, what makes UT so much better than other teams? The girls look the same physically. Do they have better control/placement in hitting the ball?
    No, the girls are not the same physically. CJL would have loved to have signed Eckerman (Waterloo) who left the state to play for Texas. In a vertical jump contest, Texas' frontline hitters would dominate us. In fact, I doubt that there is a single player on the ISU squad that Texas would have even considered offering a schollie to.
    The credit goes to CJL and her staff to put together a team like this.



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    Before I came to Iowa State and joined the Pep Band I never thought I would enjoy volleyball. This year has been great and it's one of the more exciting sports to watch!

    Random Stat: In Iowa State's 10 game win streak, they are 30-4 in sets with two of the losses tonight! Bodes well for tournament seeding!


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    Re: Texas at ISU

    Quote Originally Posted by swarthmoreCY View Post
    So it is pretty much all about skill with the ball? With no context, it seems like it often comes down to guessing correctly where the other team is going and the luck of the bounce.

    Probably the oddest things I noticed watching for the first time: the size differential of the women in the different jersey's compared to the others, and the players reactions. For how close and intense the game was, they looked happy.
    Awesome win first off. Texas has freaks for athletes, Eckerman and Webster can probably dunk a basketball. When they hit, they usually can hit over the block (like ours); when you get up that high, you basically have 90% chance of getting a kill(unless Hahn digs it or they hit out). The size question; Hahn is 5'6 because she just plays defense and never goes to the net to attack, she wouldn't be as good if she was 6'0 and wasn't as flexible. Volleyball is like any other sport, its a chess match; you can't let the highs be too high and the lows be too low because the momentum can switch in a second.



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    Re: Texas at ISU

    Coach CJL has them playing loose. I think they need to be loosely intense, and can't get too tense of they loose reaction time. There is plenty of strategy involved. The more scouting you can do on the other team to see what they are doing and where they are going will help your blockers to react. Coach CJL didn't want replays of the games put up this year because other teams could watch the games and prepare better for our team. I can see why she does that even though I had to miss games that I could have otherwise seen. I think it is worth the pain.


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    Re: Texas at ISU

    What seed are we looking at? Would love to see a final four run.


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    Re: Texas at ISU

    Quote Originally Posted by mj4cy View Post
    What seed are we looking at? Would love to see a final four run.
    We want at least the 16 seed. The top 16 host the first two rounds. It's primarily based on RPI, and we were down a bit, but this win could be just enough.



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    Re: Texas at ISU

    Quote Originally Posted by swarthmoreCY View Post
    They seem to laugh and/or smile a lot more in VB, even when the other team gets the point.

    So, what makes UT so much better than other teams? The girls look the same physically. Do they have better control/placement in hitting the ball?
    Eckerman, Webster, and McCGe are all 6'3". The have a couple other girls even taller. Tory Knuth is the only Cyclone that tall.



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    Re: Texas at ISU

    Surprised to see that we had a higher hitting %. Anybody have blocking numbers?



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    Re: Texas at ISU

    I hope we get to host 1st and 2nd round NCAA games. We're so on the bubble, even with the win over Texas, because we're still not particularly close to the top 16 in rpi. If they want to make some money, they'll let us host because our attendance numbers have been really good. As of last week, we were 12th in average attendance with 2400 per game (of course, that does not factor in the 4396 that saw Texas lose). Keep your fingers crossed! I'm going to be so genuinely disappointed if we are not selected to host. I think our run over the last ten games and taking down the #1 and #3 teams in the country this season are proof that we're good enough. But, man, would I love to get that Syracuse match back...


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    Re: Texas at ISU

    Quote Originally Posted by CY9008 View Post
    Surprised to see that we had a higher hitting %. Anybody have blocking numbers?
    Stats from tonight http://www.cyclones.com/pdf8/999601.pdf

    Anyone else see that Texas had one Senior?

    Fun night of volleyball, lots of long rallies. I have a daughter just getting into volleyball and she had the opportunity to be a ball helper this year (she was sweeping the court during the second set tonight). It has been fun for her getting to watch this level of volleyball, learn the players, and be "involved" in the game. Unfortunately with her genetics the best we can hope for is a Kristen Hahn type of player out of her--that would still be awesome. :)

    Would love to see them play in Hilton again this year!



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    Re: Texas at ISU

    Quote Originally Posted by Royalclone View Post
    Eckerman, Webster, and McCGe are all 6'3". The have a couple other girls even taller. Tory Knuth is the only Cyclone that tall.
    Yeah, and we have several that are 6-2. I did not realize one inch is significant when factors of wing span and the vertical determine reach- which I admit perhaps cyclones.tv did not justice to UT.



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    Re: Texas at ISU

    Quote Originally Posted by TCG View Post
    Volleyball is like any other sport....you can't let the highs be too high and the lows be too low because the momentum can switch in a second.
    Their celebrations/highs are different imo. Certainly different expressions than during a basketball or football game, and they come together more often. I realize it is a small sample, perhaps other teams are stoic.



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    Re: Texas at ISU

    Quote Originally Posted by swarthmoreCY View Post
    So it is pretty much all about skill with the ball? With no context, it seems like it often comes down to guessing correctly where the other team is going and the luck of the bounce.

    Probably the oddest things I noticed watching for the first time: the size differential of the women in the different jersey's compared to the others, and the players reactions. For how close and intense the game was, they looked happy.
    It's about accuracy passing the ball and getting into your offense. From there, it's about being unpredictable so the other team can't concentrate blockers on your attacker. Finally, it's about getting a good set to a spot where your hitter can put the ball down hard. When you see the setter running around wildly to get into position to set the ball because the pass wasn't on line, you know that you're probably watching losing volleyball. That's what makes Kristen Hahn such a great defender-- the fact that she digs so many balls, and even more incredibly, when she does dig them, the pass STILL looks like it's on a rail right to Landwehr.


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    Re: Texas at ISU

    There is a nicely written article at the Ames Tribune.
    http://amestrib.com/sections/sports/...longhorns.html

    Hahn is quoted as hearing that Webster can touch 11-1/2 feet. So she just hits over any block. So there is a real difference in some special individual talents of the Texas players that does make them different than ISU (and many other teams as well obviously).

    But ISU showed that it has its own talents and weapons, and put it all out there in an impressive display of team volleyball. Thanks to all the seniors for your contributions to the program, and for supporting the freshmen in their roles throughout the season. It's incredible to think that a freshman is serving for the match, and a freshman is a go-to choice of the setter to try to win the match.



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    Re: Texas at ISU

    So, given that RPI matters most with NCAA vball hosting decisions, does anyone know if other factors have been considered in recent years? In other words, are there examples of non-top-16 RPI teams getting selected to host? If there are, one would think ISU is the perfect candidate, especially given the win streak and the top-5 wins.

    Also, wherever ISU plays, I sure as heck wouldn't want to play us right now. I would think there would be pressure on the committee to not put us in Omaha or Minnesota, since we would threaten the hometown favorite, having beat Nebraska earlier in the year, and beat Minnesota in last year's regionals. Of course, as I recall, the vball committee seems to come up with at least one (if not more) highly debatable decisions in the bracket.



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