Their freshman Franklin -- wow. Big girl with an even bigger swing. Heavy. Strong serve too. Feel like she could contribute on a lot of very high level teams in the country.I would expect Michigan State to finish in the middle of the B1G this year so overall not too shabby of a showing by the Gophers for their first weekend of play.
I did not watch yesterday's match, just today's ... but Shaff looks very good at setter to me.I didn't see 14 players on the floor. Did Rubright, Huseman, and Atherton appear in Sunday's match?
I didn't spy out Atherton (nr. 11) even on the sidelines. Not that I know; only reporting that I looked for them but didn't see them.
I'd argue that the matches were much more close than the score of 3-0 sweeps both days reads. It felt, to me, that only two of the six sets were straightforward wins.I don't know much about VB. However, the Gophers roster has only 14 players, excellent though they are. Isn't that a pretty small roster? And in a weekend series in which 4 of the 6 sets were pretty straightforward wins, why did Rubright, Huseman, and Etherton not play at all? Rubright and Huseman were, after all, fairly vital contributors last season.
Next year, there will be two women, one regular playing position. I assume Rubright and Huseman are going to be in a vigorous, slugfest dual for Pittman’s spot and only one can be left standing. But presently and throughout this year, Pittman owns that role.I'd argue that the matches were much more close than the score of 3-0 sweeps both days reads. It felt, to me, that only two of the six sets were straightforward wins.
And Rubright and Huseman barely played last season.
I have a feeling Hugh is going to try and establish chemistry amongst the top rotation of players. After all, they're breaking in a new starting setter and a pair of new outsides, so I would expect he'll continue to let them try and play through a few matches before he starts tinkering with anything. Doesn't mean Rubright, Husemann or Atherton won't get their chances.I don't know much about VB. However, the Gophers roster has only 14 players, excellent though they are. Isn't that a pretty small roster? And in a weekend series in which 4 of the 6 sets were pretty straightforward wins, why did Rubright, Huseman, and Etherton not play at all? Rubright and Huseman were, after all, fairly vital contributors last season.
Tough conference when you think about it. Minnesota, Wisconsin , Penn State, & Nebraska with other teams also in the conference that will give you fits. Makes you better for the tournament as the California teams are always tough.
As #2Gopher pointed out, they are playing several good teams before Wiscy. #5 Nebraska, #21 Michigan and #13 Purdue. For that matter Illinois is usually a strong program. B1G is hands down the best conference for Volleyball.
The University of Minnesota earned its fourth-straight sweep when it defeated Maryland 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-15), tonight in College Park, Md. With the win, Minnesota is 4-0 in overall and Big Ten play.
Taylor Landfair led the team with 11 kills, had just one error in 18 attempts and hit .556. Rollins had nine kills, while Regan Pittman hit .889 when she had eight kills in nine attempts. She also had three aces. Melani Shaffmaster added 28 assists, six kills, two aces and seven digs. Myers led the team with six blocks, while CC McGraw had nine digs.
As a team, Minnesota added a total of 10 aces, 42 kills, 34 digs, seven team blocks and hit .358. Maryland hit .247, had 38 kills, 31 digs and four team blocks
Honestly, I would imagine that at this stage of the season, oddsmakers would still have Nebraska as the favorite over us. They have Stivrins and Sun. I think they are considered a clear final four caliber team.Can't discount Nebraska or Penn St, of course. But looking like Minn vs Wisc could be a Super Bowl series.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. –
The Rutgers women's volleyball team came home to earn the program's first-ever victory over Indiana with a 2021 spring season home-opening 3-1 victory (18-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-20) over the Hoosiers.
The win gave head coach Caitlin Schweihofer her first Scarlet Knight victory in her College Ave. Gym debut as Rutgers moved to 1-2 on the season. The Hoosiers, meanwhile, dropped to 0-3.