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    Time to start the 2018 thread.


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    What are people's way-too-early guesses for the starting lineup in 2018?

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    I'd guess something like this:

    RS: Samedy
    M1: Pittman
    M2: Morgan/Buford
    OH: Hart
    OH: Martin/McLean/Rollins
    DS: Barnes
    L: McGraw

    Just a guess. A lot still to be determined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRJ View Post
    I'd guess something like this:

    RS: Samedy
    M1: Pittman
    M2: Morgan/Buford
    OH: Hart
    OH: Martin/McLean/Rollins
    DS: Barnes
    L: McGraw

    Just a guess. A lot still to be determined.

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    And of course SSS at Setter.

    Will there be another DS? Beckley?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ski U Mah Gopher View Post
    And of course SSS at Setter.

    Will there be another DS? Beckley?


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    My educated gut feeling is that Adanna Rollins takes over as the 2nd outside. She is extremely talented and versatile, and her back row play would eliminate the need for a 2nd DS. Between McGraw, Barnes, and Rollins, the gophers would have some of the best passing/digging in the country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ski U Mah Gopher View Post
    And of course SSS at Setter.

    Will there be another DS? Beckley?
    It would be appreciated if you'd drop your nifty roster grid in this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ski U Mah Gopher View Post
    And of course SSS at Setter.

    Will there be another DS? Beckley?


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    Yep, please forgive the obviously silly omission..

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    Here is the grid - out to 2021

    Grid by position

    Grid by class

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    Quote Originally Posted by GameDay View Post
    My educated gut feeling is that Adanna Rollins takes over as the 2nd outside. She is extremely talented and versatile, and her back row play would eliminate the need for a 2nd DS. Between McGraw, Barnes, and Rollins, the gophers would have some of the best passing/digging in the country.
    Do teams use two six-rotation hitters? Or is that not what you meant, for Rollins. Would she start a set in the 5 position, or the 2 position?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ski U Mah Gopher View Post
    And of course SSS at Setter.

    Will there be another DS? Beckley?


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    In addition to my previous post, I was wondering if Beckley would get more time this year with a possible defensive specialist spot open. Barnes took over and pretty much never gave up the spot. I'm also wondering with Goehner leaving if Beckley might rotate with Barnes next year. This is assuming that McGraw takes over the libero spot.

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    According to gophersports roster bio, Beckley played in 6 sets in 2017 as a junior, down from 31 sets in 2016 as a soph.

    Just wondering why you guys think her court time is going up significantly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MnplsGopher View Post
    According to gophersports roster bio, Beckley played in 6 sets in 2017 as a junior, down from 31 sets in 2016 as a soph.

    Just wondering why you guys think her court time is going up significantly?
    She played a bunch as a sophomore because Goehner suffered an injury/illness and was out for a number of matches early in 2016. Hugh plugged Beckley into Goehner's spot and she performed very well imo until Alyssa came back.

    I thought the minutes could have been there this year and was likely an open competition between Sophie and Barnes to see who would play alongside Rosado and Goehner when one or the other was out. As we know, Barnes emerged and took over the spot for the vast majority of the season.

    With Alyssa and Rosado both leaving, an extra spot figures to open up in the rotation, so there's a possibility for Sophie to maybe get more court-time in 2018.

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    MRJ, thanks for the thoughts.

    Goehner and Barnes both played in all 118 sets this year. No stats on how many total rallies they were each on the court for, which would be good info.

    The rotation structure of this year notwithstanding, it seems like only one DS is actually needed to substitute with the OH, just as only one L is needed for substituting with the MB.

    Guessing it will be an open competition between Barnes and McGraw for the L, as I guess that is a more prestigious and important position for defense specializing players. The “loser” getting the DS position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MnplsGopher View Post
    MRJ, thanks for the thoughts.

    Goehner and Barnes both played in all 118 sets this year. No stats on how many total rallies they were each on the court for, which would be good info.

    The rotation structure of this year notwithstanding, it seems like only one DS is actually needed to substitute with the OH, just as only one L is needed for substituting with the MB.

    Guessing it will be an open competition between Barnes and McGraw for the L, as I guess that is a more prestigious and important position for defense specializing players. The “loser” getting the DS position.
    Could very well be. Some of it will also depend on how well Rollins fits in too.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MnplsGopher View Post
    Do teams use two six-rotation hitters? Or is that not what you meant, for Rollins. Would she start a set in the 5 position, or the 2 position?
    Teams will use 2 six-rotation hitters if they believe that 2 of their 3 pin hitters are capable of playing the back row at a high enough level. If Rollins' offense and blocking proves good enough to give her the OH2 spot, that would give them both Rollins and Samedy as players spending 3 rotations in the back row, hence only needing one DS.

    As for the Libero/DS stuff, I truly believe that McGraw starts day 1 as libero. She's absolutely outstanding, and has been regarded as the top libero in the country in the 2018 class. Those don't come around often. Barnes is special and provides amazing consistency when passing, so I think the floor defense takes a huge step up next year. Goehner really underperformed this past season and Rosado never quite reached a level of play that we expected of her.

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