Volleyball beats #5 Texas

Discussion in 'Volleyball' started by jsb, Nov 12, 2016.

  1. BoxsterCy

    BoxsterCy Well-Known Member

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    Suggest we all chip and buy Buster a Home Depot gift certificate and have him buy and install some more lights during the opening matches in the NCAA tournament. Winning!
     
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  2. Buster28

    Buster28 Well-Known Member

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    I have some more fixtures that can stand to be updated. If it gets us to the final four, I'd happily skip the rest of the season in exchange for that! (And I'd get new lighting!)
     
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    I think that, along with the hitting and kills. We played a 6-2 a lot last year and didn't hit this well.
    I'll go out on a limb too and say that we're seeing the "Jen Malcomb" effect on our hitters. Ex- middle blocker for us; great addition to our coaching staff. It's no coincidence to me that we went to our first Elite Eight in her senior year here. She will be a head coach (maybe soon) but hope for the sake of our program that she stays for a while.
     
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  4. psyclone51

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    Great win for the women; they have really turned it around. You can point to the differing success of individual players, but to me, we need to recognize Christie. She is so calm, so determined and so consistent. Lots of posters here were dissing her decisions, but she has turned this team around. So, my pat on the back goes to Christie (and the rest of the coaching staff) as well as the players. They have definitely stepped it up a notch or 2.
     
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    Grace clearly has gone up a notch and maybe as TMan says that is attributable to Jen being here, but she even had a single block in the match.

    Hillegas definitely has a great platform, some of those digs went sky high - but straight up.

    I think the 6 2 rotation also seems to be working pretty well.

    Kudos for Christy. KU on the road will be tough on senior night.
     
  6. BenEClone

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    Moved up to # 30 rpi. The loss didn't hurt Texas - now at #1. Remaining games against #38 BU, # 10 KU and # 87 OU.
     
  7. cykadelic2

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    The 6-2 switch has been the biggest factor IMO. It created a better block with 3 OH/MB always on the front row, it forced a Horner/Harris setter tandem which performs better than one of them being full-time (Horner is a very good server as well) and it forcibly created more varied & better hitter options for the setters. West and Lazard have been, by far, the biggest beneficiaries of this.

    As others have mentioned, the other big factor has been the emergence of Hillegas whose digging/passing has mitigated the transitional issues of the 6-2 where the setter is always in the back row.
     
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