Ignatius L Hoops
- Sep 9, 2015
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7. Georgia Tech
9. Ohio State
15. Florida State
20. Penn State
Yes, at least there's hope. But WI needs to give their pursuers some help. Hopefully other coaches have scouted them enough to find a hole or two somewhere. Plus WI's 5 or 6 super seniors (what are they now, 23-24 yr old?) may grow a bit stale or predictable enough to let other teams get a foot in the door, as Maryland did. Or there could be WI injuries. Otherwise Nebr. will need to go undefeated from here on even to be assured a possible tie with WI. Or the Gophers could win their last 8 and still not even tie. So let's hope for a miracle or two & great MN play!What a week. This time last week, it felt like our B1G title hopes were running on life support. All of a sudden Wisconsin hands Nebraska its first loss, we beat Nebraska, and Wisconsin drops one and we are one game out of first with 8 to play and a game yet to play against one of the teams we are chasing. Not much margin for error left, and we need someone else to beat Nebraska, but all of a sudden we look very much alive. The Wisconsin game is pretty much must win because if we drop that, we need the #3 team in the country to drop two more even if we go 7-0 the rest of the way.
It is a solid looking win on paper, at the moment…
I'm not here to argue since I see the value of your feeling; you talk sense. However, I see nothing wrong if some fans desire the Gophers to be better than Nebr. and WI. (I suspect what they really desire is a NC.)I guess my issue with this post is “so what?” Can’t we just enjoy the wins? And when the losses happen, enjoy the quality of the play?
I guess what always seems to be the reason for negatively among some fans is their desire for the Gophers volleyballers to be better than even Nebraska and Wisconsin.
I'm not here to argue since I see the value of your feeling; you talk sense. However, I see nothing wrong if some fans desire the Gophers to be better than Nebr. and WI. (I suspect what they really desire is a NC.)
Having grown up far enough south in IL that WI & Nebr. felt off the charts, I couldn't have cared less about either state. Moving to MN changed the perspective.I sort of regretted my post about 5 seconds after I posted it. It was too trolly.
I too would love the Gophers to win the Big Ten this year. However, I think most of us thought prior to the first serve of the year that we would finish the conference season between 2nd and 5th in the standings, most likely 3rd or 4th, and as the Gophers are trending to a strong finishing position (without Landfair!) that likely puts us in that 2nd or 3rd spot in a real tough conference; wow we as fans should be happy.
An unexpected hot streak, lots of lucky breaks, SS playing out of her mind great, whatever magic Hugh has up his sleeve, a propitious draw and who knows. A lot to ask. Otherwise......I'm still not convinced about this team. If they can prove to be more than simply cannon fodder for the truly better teams down the stretch, I might reevaluate my position. But for now, I'm taking a very wait-and-see approach.
6 Georgia Tech
9 Ohio State
19 Penn State
Moving on up… nice.
NCAA RPI through matches of 11/7/21. Gophers #11 move into hosting territory
The scenario you describe can be avoided by: 1) winning the last 6 games & maybe getting a top 4 seed or 2) going on the road in the NCAAs & winning 2 games v. tough opponents. Seems impossible, but both have been done before. You're right; chances appear slim at best. Won't stop fans from watching, though.At this rate, they'll get a seed and host the first "round" where it's a group of four teams that will play in the Pav. We'll win those two matches and move on.
Will have to go on the road to a higher seed, and lose in the next "round".
Which is precisely what I predicted for this year.
Hey, I'd love to go back to the final four. But I don't think that's possible with how weak we are in the middle.
They call her “Hops” and it’s easy to understand why.
When talk turns to the fabulous skill set of Prior Lake senior outside hitter Julia Hanson, it is typically done in astonished tones referencing her amazing ability to leap above 7 1/2-foot nets.
“I’ve always been able to jump super-high,” said the 6-foot-1 Hanson, the Star Tribune’s 2021 Metro Player of the Year. “In inches, I jump about 33 to 35.”
Her remarkable leaping ability always gets noticed, as does her dedication to improvement. University of Minnesota coach Hugh McCutcheon saw her potential early and offered her a scholarship before her sophomore year.
“Ever since I started playing, I’ve wanted to play for Hugh and represent my home state,” Hanson said.
“She’d been talking to quite a few colleges when the ‘U’ contacted her for a visit and then made the offer,” Lisa said. “We were amazed. Her hometown school. We were so excited.”
Hanson understands there’s a lot of work ahead of her. She’s not a finished product, admitting that “my blocking and serving are two things I need to get better at.”