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    Thanks for the thoughts GameDay.

    With “only” Samedy and SSS staying on the court for the whole set, you still think there need to be two DS? Is it a mechanics of rotations/substitutions thing, or another reason?


    I think I just need to sit down and bang out 12 lists showing like rotation 1 serve, rotation 1 receive, rotation 2 serve, etc until I understand it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GameDay View Post
    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.
    CC was great her Sophomore season in H.School and the following season at Select. I was amazed the first time I saw her play. Unfortunately, I doubt she ever sees the court as a Gopher. She is all reputation now: but no longer is quick and nimble. Iíve seen her play a lot and she was much better 2 yrs ago. Sorry


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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Ten Championship View Post
    CC was great her Sophomore season in H.School and the following season at Select. I was amazed the first time I saw her play. Unfortunately, I doubt she ever sees the court as a Gopher. She is all reputation now: but no longer is quick and nimble. Iíve seen her play a lot and she was much better 2 yrs ago. Sorry


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    Never sees the court? Um, okay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Ten Championship View Post
    CC was great her Sophomore season in H.School and the following season at Select. I was amazed the first time I saw her play. Unfortunately, I doubt she ever sees the court as a Gopher. She is all reputation now: but no longer is quick and nimble. I’ve seen her play a lot and she was much better 2 yrs ago. Sorry
    And we offered her a scholarship just for the heck of it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Ten Championship View Post
    CC was great her Sophomore season in H.School and the following season at Select. I was amazed the first time I saw her play. Unfortunately, I doubt she ever sees the court as a Gopher. She is all reputation now: but no longer is quick and nimble. I’ve seen her play a lot and she was much better 2 yrs ago. Sorry


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    Well she's the highest ranked recruit at her position (on a national level) in more than 5 years and recently just played outstanding in the UA All-American game last weekend against 24 of the top recruits in the country, so I'm going to beg to differ. She was at setter for Prior Lake this past season and was asked to take on different responsibilities rather than specializing in her traditional libero role (not to mention being injured for part of the year) so this HS season would not be a good indicator at all. We're all free to express our opinions though.

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    A B1G coaching switch (I didn't see this coming):




    http://iuhoosiers.com/news/2017/12/2...all-coach.aspx

    Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced today that Steve Aird is the new head volleyball coach at Indiana University. A two-time NCAA champion as an assistant coach at Penn State, Aird is an elite recruiter who has spent the last four seasons successfully turning around the Maryland program as its head coach.

    "Being located in the middle of a volleyball hotbed and opening a new, state-of-the-art $17 million facility, it was important that Indiana University hire the right coach to lead our program into this exciting new era," Glass said. "In Steve Aird we have found that person. He is an elite recruiter, a program-builder of the highest order, a great trainer and tactician, knows the conference well, connects with and graduates his students, and is regarded as one of the best young coaches in America. We are thrilled to welcome Steve and Brandy to the IU Athletics family.

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    Indiana is a volleyball hotbed? Hmm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MnplsGopher View Post
    Indiana is a volleyball hotbed? Hmm...
    Big time. Gophers nabbed Mel Shaffmaster, the #2 ranked recruit in 2020, who happens to be from New Castle, IN. Some other Indiana studs...

    Caitie Baird- Top 5 recruit in 2019, hardest hitter in her class, probably going to Stanford
    Kylie Murr- Top libero in 2019 class, Ohio State commit
    Kenzie Knuckles- 2nd best libero in 2019, Nebraska commit (yes, the top 2 nationally are both from the same high school)
    Jonni Parker- #14 recruit in 2018, played in UA All-American game, playing for Penn State next fall
    Maybre Shaffmaster- Top 20 recruit in 2021. Could follow her sister to Minnesota.
    Alyiah Wells- Named a top 50 recruit in 2019. Alabama commit.
    Moe Hornung- Top 10 Libero in 2018. Purdue commit.
    Julia Wohlert- #47 recruit in 2018. Wisconsin commit. (6 ft 7 inches, I might add)
    Bonnie Bostic- Top 50 recruit in 2019. Arizona commit.
    Amiya Jones- 6'3 MB. Iowa commit.

    *Also, 4 Indiana players placed as 1st/2nd/3rd team AVCA All Americans in college volleyball this season. Danielle Cuttino of Purdue, Kendall White of Penn State, Carly Skojdt of Michigan, and Tionna Williams of Wisconsin.

    I know this is a bit lengthy, but hopefully this gives you the memo. Indiana is one of the top states in the country in producing collegiate VB talent. If Aird recruits well and can put up some borders in the state, he can build an outstanding program. He has a long ways to go to make IU and attractive destination however.

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    Maryland was improving under Aird, I hope they can keep improving under their new coach.

    A strong Big Ten is good for all the teams in the conference.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ski U Mah Gopher View Post
    Maryland was improving under Aird, I hope they can keep improving under their new coach.

    A strong Big Ten is good for all the teams in the conference.


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    A couple of patsies are just fine. The conf. is plenty tough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GameDay View Post
    Big time. Gophers nabbed Mel Shaffmaster, the #2 ranked recruit in 2020, who happens to be from New Castle, IN. Some other Indiana studs...

    Caitie Baird- Top 5 recruit in 2019, hardest hitter in her class, probably going to Stanford
    Kylie Murr- Top libero in 2019 class, Ohio State commit
    Kenzie Knuckles- 2nd best libero in 2019, Nebraska commit (yes, the top 2 nationally are both from the same high school)
    Jonni Parker- #14 recruit in 2018, played in UA All-American game, playing for Penn State next fall
    Maybre Shaffmaster- Top 20 recruit in 2021. Could follow her sister to Minnesota.
    Alyiah Wells- Named a top 50 recruit in 2019. Alabama commit.
    Moe Hornung- Top 10 Libero in 2018. Purdue commit.
    Julia Wohlert- #47 recruit in 2018. Wisconsin commit. (6 ft 7 inches, I might add)
    Bonnie Bostic- Top 50 recruit in 2019. Arizona commit.
    Amiya Jones- 6'3 MB. Iowa commit.

    *Also, 4 Indiana players placed as 1st/2nd/3rd team AVCA All Americans in college volleyball this season. Danielle Cuttino of Purdue, Kendall White of Penn State, Carly Skojdt of Michigan, and Tionna Williams of Wisconsin.

    I know this is a bit lengthy, but hopefully this gives you the memo. Indiana is one of the top states in the country in producing collegiate VB talent. If Aird recruits well and can put up some borders in the state, he can build an outstanding program. He has a long ways to go to make IU and attractive destination however.
    Thank you! I stand corrected and humbled, obviously.

    Props to the gals going to PAC and Big Ten schools. Alabama?? Barf. Why not go to Kentucky while you're at it. Yeesh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GameDay View Post
    Big time. Gophers nabbed Mel Shaffmaster, the #2 ranked recruit in 2020, who happens to be from New Castle, IN. Some other Indiana studs...

    Caitie Baird- Top 5 recruit in 2019, hardest hitter in her class, probably going to Stanford
    Kylie Murr- Top libero in 2019 class, Ohio State commit
    Kenzie Knuckles- 2nd best libero in 2019, Nebraska commit (yes, the top 2 nationally are both from the same high school)
    Jonni Parker- #14 recruit in 2018, played in UA All-American game, playing for Penn State next fall
    Maybre Shaffmaster- Top 20 recruit in 2021. Could follow her sister to Minnesota.
    Alyiah Wells- Named a top 50 recruit in 2019. Alabama commit.
    Moe Hornung- Top 10 Libero in 2018. Purdue commit.
    Julia Wohlert- #47 recruit in 2018. Wisconsin commit. (6 ft 7 inches, I might add)
    Bonnie Bostic- Top 50 recruit in 2019. Arizona commit.
    Amiya Jones- 6'3 MB. Iowa commit.

    *Also, 4 Indiana players placed as 1st/2nd/3rd team AVCA All Americans in college volleyball this season. Danielle Cuttino of Purdue, Kendall White of Penn State, Carly Skojdt of Michigan, and Tionna Williams of Wisconsin.

    I know this is a bit lengthy, but hopefully this gives you the memo. Indiana is one of the top states in the country in producing collegiate VB talent. If Aird recruits well and can put up some borders in the state, he can build an outstanding program. He has a long ways to go to make IU and attractive destination however.
    But for in-state talent, Aird has to go against Purdue and Notre Dame in-state, plus border state institutions like UK, UI, Northwestern, OSU, Michigan & MSU. Also the B1G biggies like Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn St, and Wisconsin. That doesn't even include the other VB blue-bloods like Stanford & Texas, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ski U Mah Gopher View Post
    But for in-state talent, Aird has to go against Purdue and Notre Dame in-state, plus border state institutions like UK, UI, Northwestern, OSU, Michigan & MSU. Also the B1G biggies like Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn St, and Wisconsin. That doesn't even include the other VB blue-bloods like Stanford & Texas, etc.
    It's like Texas/Georgia/Florida for football in a sense. So much talent. Don't need to get 1A and 1B out of your state, but if you can connect on some of the better players in the state, your giving your program a chance to compete year after year. Look at how he turned Maryland around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Ten Championship View Post
    CC was great her Sophomore season in H.School and the following season at Select. I was amazed the first time I saw her play. Unfortunately, I doubt she ever sees the court as a Gopher. She is all reputation now: but no longer is quick and nimble. I’ve seen her play a lot and she was much better 2 yrs ago. Sorry
    Would think better of a D-I volleyball school, let alone one of the best in the country, to simply rescind a scholarship offer if this were the case.

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    Is there any reason that the highest drawing women's program doesn't have their games on radio. I would have thought with the contract that started this year that VB would be on one of the iHeart Radio stations (like 93.3, where WBB is broadcast). It would be nice to get some radio coverage during the season.
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