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    Technical correction for those who care: being a headcount sport does *NOT* require that the school only provide full scholarships. Rather, it means anyone who receives any amount of a scholarship (partial or full) counts as a full headcount. In other words, only 12 on the roster are allowed to receive some amount of a scholarship. Now, it may be the case that Minnesota only provides full scholarship to the 12 ... but they’re not required to do that because of volleyball being a headcount sport.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ski U Mah Gopher View Post
    Looking at her picture, I am assuming she's the daughter of an American soldier, much like one of my favorite tennis players, Naomi Osaka.

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    Odd assumption with her last name. So I googled it before making vaguely racist comments.

    Airi Miyabe is a star volleyball player in Japan who was a key player during Kinkanrai High School's victory at the national high school tournament. Because of this showcase of talent, she has been recruited to Japan's national volleyball team and will participate in upcoming international competitions. Her father is Nigerian and her mother is Japanese, and she proudly stands alongside several other biracial athletes in Japan, most of whom are males.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UpAndUnder43 View Post
    Odd assumption with her last name. So I googled it before making vaguely racist comments.

    Airi Miyabe is a star volleyball player in Japan who was a key player during Kinkanrai High School's victory at the national high school tournament. Because of this showcase of talent, she has been recruited to Japan's national volleyball team and will participate in upcoming international competitions. Her father is Nigerian and her mother is Japanese, and she proudly stands alongside several other biracial athletes in Japan, most of whom are males.
    I screwed up on the nationality, but not the race of the father. Because of the height and the darker complexion, I figured she was biracial.

    Hopefully she will join Osaka to help lead the way for female biracial athletes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by beavergopher View Post
    A 6’ Japanese woman is a rarity. Supposed to be a great player with serious hops. Hopefully she has a killer serve. We need someone to put stress on the opponents serve receive.
    I agree. I believe MN lost set 2 to Oregon because at every set point MN had they failed to get in a forcing serve that put Oregon on the defensive. Oregon actually used MN's serve as a weapon against MN. I find that lackluster serving as puzzling as MN's obvious drop in performance after mid-season. Disappointing.

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    Well if we had a block against the slide, or if we had defense that was playing like they had been playing during the regular season, it would not have mattered that our serves were easy to pass.

    But I'm not disagreeing with you all. Getting the other team out of system is part of how you play successful vball, and a hard serve can definitely help get you there.

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    How do we feel about the new setter? It seems likely she'll be the starter in 2019...at least to me. Haven't researched too much into this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UpAndUnder43 View Post
    How do we feel about the new setter? It seems likely she'll be the starter in 2019...at least to me. Haven't researched too much into this.
    She was a top-15 recruit in high school who started for the Bruins last season. About same size as SSS, not sure if she can set the same tempo. From what I've heard, she might be a bit better at the net than SSS, but I don't know for sure. Other than that, I don't know much.

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    Impossible to know, but my curiosity is: if they were 100% confident in the setters we had on the roster, would they have told Miller "thanks for your interest, but we are not looking for a transfer setter at this time" ??

    Or was their philosophy more like, you always take a player like that, for the competition, experience, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gophers_4life View Post
    Impossible to know, but my curiosity is: if they were 100% confident in the setters we had on the roster, would they have told Miller "thanks for your interest, but we are not looking for a transfer setter at this time" ??

    Or was their philosophy more like, you always take a player like that, for the competition, experience, etc.
    Possible, although I think this coming season was always going to be a bit of a bridge year until Shaffmaster arrives in 2020. Or, it could simply be a case of holding the philosophy of "you can never have enough good players."

    As some may recall, Hebert did something similar with Taylor Carico a number of years back...

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    All five starting offensive weapons, and both defensive specialists, return from last season. It would be a shame to "waste" that, and the 2019 season, on an incompetent setter .... so I will take the wild guess that they were going to take any high major setter that wanted to transfer and was good with the idea of potentially only playing in 2019.

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    Sarah will still get her shot if she sticks around. Pulling for her. I have always like her enthusiasm on the bench. Hope she does well

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