While Samedy is definitely the team's MVP thus far, Shaffmaster may be as crucial to their success. The bench seems very light on backup setters. Neither McMenimen (who appeared to be in street clothes) or Atherton (who could be hurt) are playing at all.I really like Shaffmaster. I think she'll be fantastic. Maybe not the best setter I've ever seen but she does some great things and is very helpful in the blocking game.
While Samedy is definitely the team's MVP thus far, Shaffmaster may be as crucial to their success. The bench seems very light on backup setters. Neither McMenimen (who appeared to be in street clothes) or Atherton (who could be hurt) are playing at all.
Hugh has always run a 5-1, so I don’t expect to see backup setters in barring injury.
Not entirely true as Hugh at one point went with a 6-2 with Palmer/Tabberson at the beginning of his tenure here but besides that, you're right. He much prefers a 5-1, as most coaches do in an ideal world.
Shaffmaster brings alot of great things to the table, so I don't want to make it seem like I'm ragging on her at all (she's clearly the best option on the roster). That being said...
1) She HAS to set the middle more. It is not acceptable to set the middle only 4-5 times a set.
2) Her tempo to the outside hitters must get quicker. She leaves them hanging airborne and it stops all the momentum from Rollins/Landfair's approach at times and allows the opposing block to set up.
3) She's 6'3. Her blocking has got to improve.
Besides that, she has looked quite poised and I'm happy with the adjustments she continues to make. She's going to keep improving, that is forsure, and her defense right back is so much better than what I thought it'd be for a setter her height. Freshman setters have a steep learning curve... all things considered she's doing well!
Wow! That has got to be about the best first set the Gophers have ever played against a quality opponent. Everything went so well.
“[Samedy] did everything we thought she was going to do,” Cook said. “Our players didn’t make plays at the end of the game and Samedy did. That’s the difference in the match.”
Samedy has upped her game to another level this year -- and she was hardly a slouch before.Slow starts and crunch time struggles led to No. 4 Nebraska’s first loss of the season as the Huskers fell to No. 5 Minnesota in four sets at the Devaney Center on Friday night.hailvarsity.com
John Cook's summation was simple:
I agree with MRJ. Our outside hitters did poorly because I thought Shaffmaster's setting was off last night. Way too many dink shots because her sets were off, not high enough most of the time.
Final Stats had:
Samedy with 27 kills hitting .379 and McGraw with 18 digs. Pittman tied a Gopher record with 14 blocks.
It was not a night for Gopher outside hitters: Wenaas hit .125, Landfair .074 and Rollins -.038.
Cook conveniently left out the part of his hitter smashing the ball right into the hands of our block or into the forearms/chests of our defenders, all night.