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    Preseason AVCA poll - ISU unranked

    Hopefully that's motivating. Texas at #2, KU #22. Our first opponent, Stanford, at #3.

    http://www.avca.org/divisions/divisi...oll-8-11-14di/



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    Re: Preseason AVCA poll - ISU unranked

    BS...



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    Re: Preseason AVCA poll - ISU unranked

    WI is too low. They are going to be crazy dangerous this year.


    We don't deserve to be ranked based on our finish last year and what we need to replace. The AVCA Challenge is going to be tough for sure.



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    Re: Preseason AVCA poll - ISU unranked

    Quote Originally Posted by cowgirl836 View Post
    WI is too low. They are going to be crazy dangerous this year.
    We don't deserve to be ranked based on our finish last year and what we need to replace. The AVCA Challenge is going to be tough for sure.
    Cannot wait for the Stanford match - hope there's a huge crowd waiting for the Cardinal...



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    Re: Preseason AVCA poll - ISU unranked

    Quote Originally Posted by cowgirl836 View Post
    WI is too low. They are going to be crazy dangerous this year.


    We don't deserve to be ranked based on our finish last year and what we need to replace. The AVCA Challenge is going to be tough for sure.
    Ack, just reminded me of the final match here in Mpls against Colorado. Only one I saw in person last year and I was a little shocked even after watching many of the other matches on Cyclone TV. We just looked listless and out of sync. Hope the new setter can get things rolling and glad she got to play this spring and that they had their Europe trip to practice.


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    Re: Preseason AVCA poll - ISU unranked

    A dozen days old but pretty good media day interview with Coach Johnson. Feel cautiously optimistic after listening to her especially regarding our new setter.

    http://www.cyclones.com/mediaPortal/...b_oem_id=10700



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    Re: Preseason AVCA poll - ISU unranked

    Quote Originally Posted by BoxsterCy View Post
    A dozen days old but pretty good media day interview with Coach Johnson. Feel cautiously optimistic after listening to her especially regarding our new setter.

    http://www.cyclones.com/mediaPortal/...b_oem_id=10700
    Yes, after last year's disappointing season, CJL sounds pretty bold - that's it's time for ISU to challenge Texas, and that we are very close to them in terms of physical talent...



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    Re: Preseason AVCA poll - ISU unranked

    Yea, I feel better about the setter position. I feel like we have some pretty good attackers; I'm just worried about the libero and defensive positions.



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    Re: Preseason AVCA poll - ISU unranked

    Quote Originally Posted by TCG View Post
    Yea, I feel better about the setter position. I feel like we have some pretty good attackers; I'm just worried about the libero and defensive positions.

    yep, if we can get any kind of blocking going, the libero issue won't be as much of a concern.



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    Re: Preseason AVCA poll - ISU unranked

    Quote Originally Posted by cowgirl836 View Post
    yep, if we can get any kind of blocking going, the libero issue won't be as much of a concern.
    That was huge last year. Hahn had to keep us in games. I hope our defense at the net can be much better to help bring these new players along. In addition to Stanford, playing #13 FSU, and at #12 Minney early in the season will allow this team to get noticed right away, bad or good.

    Our service game has to continue to be tough. Losing Hahn will hurt there. I wonder which of the new players has a killer serve? Bigbee got better as the season went on, and Kuhrt can be very good.

    Side note, why are we playing in Cedar Falls in back to back years?


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    Re: Preseason AVCA poll - ISU unranked

    Quote Originally Posted by Sobchakcyclone View Post
    That was huge last year. Hahn had to keep us in games. I hope our defense at the net can be much better to help bring these new players along. Playing #13 FSU, and at #12 Minney early in the season will allow this team to get noticed right away, bad or good.

    Our service game has to continue to be tough. Losing Hahn will hurt there. I wonder which of the new players has a killer serve? Bigbee got better as the season went on, and Kuhrt can be very good.

    Side note, why are we playing in Cedar Falls in back to back years?

    completely vague recollection my part but I was thinking that Branen girl was supposed to be a good server. Wouldn't put money on that being a correct recollection, however.



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    Re: Preseason AVCA poll - ISU unranked

    hmmmmm, I'm not seeing any evidence to back that up. Conaway has 160 aces, but I'm not sure if that's four years of varsity and what the per set would average out to be.



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    Re: Preseason AVCA poll - ISU unranked

    Quote Originally Posted by cowgirl836 View Post
    completely vague recollection my part but I was thinking that Branen girl was supposed to be a good server. Wouldn't put money on that being a correct recollection, however.
    In watching John Walter's 2014 Media Day Special interviews, Branen Berta seems to be a very confident young woman. I hope she can back it up.



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    Re: Preseason AVCA poll - ISU unranked

    Quote Originally Posted by cowgirl836 View Post
    yep, if we can get any kind of blocking going, the libero issue won't be as much of a concern.
    Fact.



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    Re: Preseason AVCA poll - ISU unranked

    The play of the team last year did not in any way reflect the level of talent. That was plain to anyone who attended the games. There were issues on that team, and lets hope that is now history, especially with the new personnel.

    Speaking of new personnel, we needed to become more athletic all around in order to compete with the big dogs. I think we are getting there; the recent recruits are a big plus in that regard. Plus everything I have read about our new setter gives me confidence, although this is a tougher conference.

    There are questions with this team, but I am cautiously optimistic. And in Christy I trust. I am confident of one thing and that is we will be ranked by the end of the season.



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