Dare I suggest the program has actually taken a (small) step back since Hebert retired?
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Watched the Gophers tonight on BTN against Louisville and was very surprised by the 3-1 defeat. The Gophers looked horrible and really didn't resemble a typical Gopher team at all. I know it is early in the season and hopefully this was just a very off night but if the team looks anything like they did tonight going into conference season it may find itself finishing towards the very bottom of the B1G. Atmosphere in the Pav also looked completely different than past seasons as it seemed very dead on TV and not as full as I expected though it sounds like a big part of that is seating going from all general admission in the past to specific seats this year.
Even with those numbers about half of them played pretty extensively last year and I expected more last night as I don't think of Louisville as a traditionally good volleyball program. I'm hoping it was just a bad night and do expect this team to get better with time as there were a lot of little mistakes and things that seemed could be fixed pretty easily.They start 1sr,1jr,4 sophs, and their libero is a freshman. In addition their defensive sub for the sr is a freshman. Give them time.
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Even with those numbers about half of them played pretty extensively last year and I expected more last night as I don't think of Louisville as a traditionally good volleyball program. I'm hoping it was just a bad night and do expect this team to get better with time as there were a lot of little mistakes and things that seemed could be fixed pretty easily.
True, there is still talent with this team though it just isn't as proven and it may take a little longer for it to all come together this year. I thought I noticed a couple times with no setter on the floor and thought it was strange. Going forward I would think we may see Hugh tinker with some different combinations just to see what some players can do and one that I would like to see is Handley more at setter at least at times as having some more height from the setter would be an advantage.When you lose 2 players with the talent of Dixon & Wittman, you will suffer. I really think people forget how good a player Wittman was on defense.
Also, I noticed that they went with a no-setter lineup a few tines.
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Seems like it, this years team is very inconsistent. Watching tonight they seem to have some hitters that are pretty good weapons but passing and setting comes and goes. I believe the Gophers have a very good setter coming in next year and I think she should take care of their setting problems. I really was frustrated with how many time the Gophers got an overpass from Wisconsin and just tipped it back lightly and didn't take advantage of it. Wisconsin also got way too many points on easy tip plays were the Gophers were caught flat footed and some lack of athleticism showed.Lose to the good teams, beat the average and poor ones? Is that where this program is right now?