Gopher Volleyball 2021-Fall Season

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It was not pretty. Minnesota hit .234 and Ohio State .198.

In a weird battle of the setters, Shaffmaster posted 5 kills with 2 errors in 11 attempts. Podraza finished with 4 kills and 3 errors in 12 attempts. During the match, I thought Podraza was picking the better spots. Both teams had 55 assists. Shaffmaster's 47 assists were 2 more than Podraza's.

Minnesota had 4 aces and 9 service errors. OSU had 2 aces and 10 errors. During the match I thought the service errors were killing the Gophers.

I do get nervous when on certain serve receptions it's only Shaffmaster and Myers at the net. A bad pass seems to leave Myers (5 kills in 16 attacks) as the only offensive option.

Oh yes, Samedy saved the day.
With a lot of help from Miyabe.
 

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We aren't? Wenaas and Miyabe are giving us nothing more than they did last season? No improvement in their games? No victories resulting from very good performances by these two at all this year?
Miyabe falls into the category of leader who is out of eligibility aymt the end of the season.

From what I have seen of Wenaas this season is coasting and not asserting leadership.

We got owned by Penn State and we should be better than them. Instead, it was a clown show.

Ohio State is over ranked based on the school's name, so I'm not surprised by beating them.
 

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NCAA RPI Rankings through matches of 10/24

1. Pittsburgh
2. Texas
3. Wisconsin
4. Louisville
5. Baylor
6. Kentucky
7. Georgia Tech
8. Ohio State
9. Tennessee
10. Purdue
11 UCLA
12. Nebraska
13. BYU
14. Creighton
15. Miami
16. Marquette

18. Minnesota
23. Penn State
30. Michigan
31. Illinois
 

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Anyone have any idea when and if Landfair will play again this season? what is her injury?
 

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Anyone have any idea when and if Landfair will play again this season? what is her injury?

In today's column, Reusse said Landfair is missing games because of injury. That's as much as any (even semi) informed source has said.

The Landfair in warmups update from the two weekend matches: Landfair participated in the "at the net" jumping warmups. On Friday she was a receiver during hitting warmups; but, she didn't pass the ball to McMenimen, she just batted it down.
 


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Miyabe falls into the category of leader who is out of eligibility aymt the end of the season.
This is her last season, and is an extra covid season that it wasn't certain she would take. It was assumed that Samedy was not going to play this fall, and go play pro instead, so some were thinking Miyabe came back to compete for the RS spot.

How incredibly lucky we are that she did come back, and that she is able to contribute at the high-level offensively that she has been.
 

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Anyone have any idea when and if Landfair will play again this season? what is her injury?
I feel like there's a chance that some factor of the "injury" is called Miyabe-is-killing-it-now-itis.
 

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After match quote: "I can't stress the importance of today's win," said head coach Hugh McCutcheon. "Not only relative to who we hope to be at the end of the year, but relative to Friday as well. There's going to be tough nights in this league but it was great to see our team respond the way it did."
So, is Hugh saying he isn't capable of stressing the importance, at all? :sneaky:
 





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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball (9-13, 3-7 Big Ten) plays host to No. 11 Minnesota (12-6, 7-3) on Wednesday, October 27 at 7 p.m. The match is the Hoosiers annual Dig Pink game and will air live on Big Ten Network.

Indiana vs. No. 11 Minnesota
Bloomington, Ind. | Wilkinson Hall
Wednesday, October 27 | 7:00 p.m.
Video (BTN) | Live Stats | Match Notes | Tickets
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The Opening Serve
• Last time out, the Hoosiers completed the season sweep of Rutgers on Sunday, October 24. Indiana was able to outlast the Scarlet Knight in five sets, 3-2 (25-20, 21-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13).

• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards led the charge against Rutgers with a career-high 27 kills while tallying four blocks in which three were solo.

• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth served up another three aces in the match against Rutgers to improve to No. 5 in the Big Ten with 30 aces so far in 2021.

• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame had a strong week by tallying 39 digs. She is now fifth in the conference in digs with 355.

• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg continued her strong hitting and moved up to No. 9 in the Big Ten in hitting percentage after the weekend slate of matches. Rammelsberg is hitting .349 and has recorded 150 kills.

All-Time Series
• The Gophers have a strong grip on the all-time series record, 58-17. The last win for the Hoosiers was in 2014 where they picked off Minnesota 3-1 (18-25, 25-20, 25-20, 35-33).

• Indiana and Minnesota have already met once in the 2021 season. The Hoosiers traveled to Minneapolis on Sunday, October 17 where they stumbled, 3-0 (15-25, 16-25, 21-25) to the then 12th ranked Gophers.
 

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Miyabe falls into the category of leader who is out of eligibility aymt the end of the season.

From what I have seen of Wenaas this season is coasting and not asserting leadership.

We got owned by Penn State and we should be better than them. Instead, it was a clown show.

Ohio State is over ranked based on the school's name, so I'm not surprised by beating them.
"Miyabe falls into the...." So what? Are you saying you knew Miyabe would become a leader this season after she hit .116 last season and barely played? You said we weren't seeing anyone from the roster from last season come along to be a leader. And now you call Miyabe a leader. Yet have extreme doubt another player will do the same next season.

What is "coasting"? Do you think she doesn't hustle or give full effort? And what is "asserting leadership?" Double digit kills every match? Enthusiastic fist pumps and loud shouts to fire up teammates? Samedy never appears that overly vocal. Is she still a leader? Are you courtside every match? Can you hear how all the players communicate with each other? Is an on-court angry look and borderline displays of 'roid rage-style aggression (ala Lauren Barnes) a prerequisite for leadership?

We should be better than Penn State? Why exactly? Because we beat them last season? Penn State starts 6 seniors, I believe. They brought in the #3 recruiting class according to Volleymag, including 2 experienced transfers to try to shore up their OH deficiencies. Oh, and they have a coach who has won 7 national championships. I'm guessing Russ Rose might know something about coaching and be fairly good at evaluating players, don't you think? The Gophers were outplayed. And they need to improve a lot before tournament time. But don't act like Penn State is some slouch.
 




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Does the volleyball RPI model differ from the basketball RPI that has basically been scrapped from use?

It's the same-almost. The old basketball RPI factored in road/home wins. The volleyball RPI does not. My assumption is that RPI will return to it's role in volleyball selection this season (after a year off because of covid) as the most reliable means of projecting which power 5 teams are in the top 16.


Here's an article from 2019 that still applies.


The Ratings Percentage Index, more commonly referred to as the RPI, has its flaws, but is not yet in its final days. The demise of the RPI was over-exaggerated, and it is still used for postseason selection despite the known struggles with the metric.

The RPI is another way to dive deeper into a team’s record. Some records do not tell the whole truth of how the team plays or who a team has played against. For that reason, RPI was created in 1981 to show a team’s strength of schedule and its’ opponents strength of schedule.

The RPI does a couple things right. It weighs matches against teams with better win percentages higher than those against weaker teams. 50% of the RPI formula is based on the opponent’s winning percentage, which means that playing teams with better records gives a larger RPI boost.


The other half of the formula revolves around other winning percentages.

The RPI formula is 0.25 (team’s winning percentage) + 0.5 (opponent winning percentage) + 0.25 (opponent’s opponent winning percentage).

The formula appears to be simple, which hurts the RPI’s effectiveness. Not every formula is perfect, but the RPI has come under more scrutiny than most throughout the years for various reasons
 

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But at the end of the day, it's a human selection committee that picks the 16 seeded teams that each host the first rounds.
 

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It's the same-almost. The old basketball RPI factored in road/home wins. The volleyball RPI does not. My assumption is that RPI will return to it's role in volleyball selection this season (after a year off because of covid) as the most reliable means of projecting which power 5 teams are in the top 16.


Here's an article from 2019 that still applies.

Ignatius, anyone who responds at 4:40 a.m. must either be sleep-deprived or one huge volleyball fan.
 

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Ignatius, anyone who responds at 4:40 a.m. must either be sleep-deprived or one huge volleyball fan.
Or Ignatius, like others of us, is at an age when a full night's sleep is a grudging commodity. Not always a fun experience.
 



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A quick 20, 14, 16 sweep over Indiana tonight. Samedy hits .441 with 18 kills and 15 digs. Gophers out blocked the Hoosiers 15-6.

Second match of the double header, Badgers and Huskers, is about to start.
 

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The Badgers swept the Huskers in Lincoln 24, 19, 23.

6'9" Badger freshman Anna Smrek was a particular problem for Nebraska as she had 12 kills in 17 attacks with 1 error.
 

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Wisconsin is a lock for the Final Four. I like how Wisconsin doesn't recruit high school liberos and defensive specialists anymore. They just let other schools train their liberos in for a few years before they poach them. :sneaky:

Nebraska, on the other hand.....Even before this match, I wasn't so sure they were the second best team in the Big Ten. They had a pretty easy first half conference schedule.
 




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I'm sure after almost 29,000 posts you can do better than calling this athlete a "freak ". And this comes from a Gopher fan who dislikes all Badger teams.
Thank you, thank you! I was so shocked by MplsGopher's comment that I had no idea how to respond. It was absolutely repulsive!
 

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"Miyabe falls into the...." So what? Are you saying you knew Miyabe would become a leader this season after she hit .116 last season and barely played? You said we weren't seeing anyone from the roster from last season come along to be a leader. And now you call Miyabe a leader. Yet have extreme doubt another player will do the same next season.
I have a daughter who plays vb. She singled out Miyabe last season as someone who needed more playing time last season. I saw that when they put her in things picked up hitting percentage be damned.
What is "coasting"? Do you think she doesn't hustle or give full effort? And what is "asserting leadership?" Double digit kills every match? Enthusiastic fist pumps and loud shouts to fire up teammates? Samedy never appears that overly vocal. Is she still a leader? Are you courtside every match? Can you hear how all the players communicate with each other? Is an on-court angry look and borderline displays of 'roid rage-style aggression (ala Lauren Barnes) a prerequisite for leadership?
Coasting is keeping up with the pace of play, doing just enough to be B1G player. Asserting leadership is taking control, calling for the pass, making the deceptive dump and/or getting the point by out thinking your opponent.
We should be better than Penn State? Why exactly? Because we beat them last season? Penn State starts 6 seniors, I believe. They brought in the #3 recruiting class according to Volleymag, including 2 experienced transfers to try to shore up their OH deficiencies. Oh, and they have a coach who has won 7 national championships. I'm guessing Russ Rose might know something about coaching and be fairly good at evaluating players, don't you think? The Gophers were outplayed. And they need to improve a lot before tournament time. But don't act like Penn State is some slouch.
So, you're saying Russ Rose is a better coach and recruiter than Hugh McCutcheon? I think you need to find the Nittany Lion fan board.
 

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So, you're saying Russ Rose is a better coach and recruiter than Hugh McCutcheon? I think you need to find the Nittany Lion fan board.

Who the hell knows that? I mean, Rose is a great coach and McCutchen is a great coach. Who knows who is a “better” coach in the year 2021. I mean… it’s players who play the game.

I just think that better coach question is unknowable. You might as well as something as amorphous as which Big Ten men’s basketball player had the best hook shot? I mean who could ever know that? Who could judge?
 

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Who the hell knows that? I mean, Rose is a great coach and McCutchen is a great coach. Who knows who is a “better” coach in the year 2021. I mean… it’s players who play the game.

I just think that better coach question is unknowable. You might as well as something as amorphous as which Big Ten men’s basketball player had the best hook shot? I mean who could ever know that? Who could judge?
Well being an alumni of UMN, I am not ashamed of my bias for the Golden Gophers. I stand by my statement that we should have beaten Penn State. Ski-U-Mah!
 

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Good first set for MN. Hopefully, they keep this going. Samedy is so much fun !
 




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