I can buy into the freshmen having difficulty adjusting to the length of the season and emotional difficulty of the Big Ten schedule. Adjusting to time management challenges, etc. I don't think (although I don't know) Hugh beats up on his players. Confidence and momentum can be fragile and powerful also.

I kind of think serve receive is the single biggest issue for them. Goehner hasn't done a great job, and Rosado has a history of inconsistency, doesn't she? i.e IMHO her flat game game in the semis two years ago was a main cause of the loss to Texas. (Someone who knows more than me could easily convince me I'm wrong on that )