With those kinds of serves it's all about timing. If she hits it just right the ball will almost immediately start to drop after crossing the net.
Hugh is a god!Peak Landfair in the Pav was awesome to see.
Hugh is a god!
Last night was another great example of Hugh’s ability to make adjustments and the Gopher’s capacity to jump in off the bench and do their assignment. Putting in Booth and Crowl changed the look of the block. It resulted in a less effective offense, better transitions for the Gophs, and ultimately gaps that Landfair took advantage of for her monstrous night!!
I love the depth of this year’s squad and can’t wait until Wucherer loses the boot. She will not only add to the depth, but I am predicting she will add another dimension to the right side at times. What do you all think?
Errors on her top spin serves really took her out of her game. After she went back to the more traditional jump float serve, MS starting setting her more.Good win. Tough match. Gophers looked great the first two sets--most aspects of their game were really working. Taylor Landfair had an outstanding match. Poor third set. It looked like the Gophers got tired. Jenna Wenaas appeared to lose her legs because she wasn't getting in the air as high as the first two set. Passing and setting dropped. Landfair stepped it up and pulled them over the finish line. McGhie had a chance to serve out the fourth set. It appeared that she looked to the side just as she as was about to make contact with the ball. The match with Stanford will be tough because they will be ready to redeem themselves. They should be just as tired as the Gophers. Hopefully, the Gophers will become tougher and more confident from the difficult match tonight. Go Gophers.
In that fourth set, I think MS should've called her own number at times to throw off Oregon's defense. I think it was late in that set when Mel should've went on two, but set someone else and oregon dug it up and got a kill.Now, Hugh's next task is to recover Jenna Wenaas's big spinner serve. As you wrote, it's nice to have depth-Elise McGhie did fine coming in as a serving sub for Jenna.
I think, in the final set, Oregon got causght out having fewer remaining subs than they thought they had. There was a lot of discussion between the coach, the down ref and the Duck's stat keepers.
They were playing from behind all night long. That third set win gave us some hope, but that was short lived.Disappointing play tonight. Lethargic. Gophers have played 6 sets in a row that were mediocre to terrible. They need some time off to recover, reflect, and refocus. Hopefully, Hugh will come up with some changes. Go Gophers.
It's a tough loss, but a necessary one. If you want see embarrassing volleyball play just look up USA volleyball in the PANAM final six tourney gold medal match. At times they just looked lost out there, zero communication and making high school level errors.An embarrassing, uninterested performance. Those of us who drove considerable distances to see the Gophers game can at least say we showed up for it.
I don't see anything necessary about any loss, and especially against a team with less talent on the roster. (Just my opinion.)It's a tough loss, but a necessary one. If you want see embarrassing volleyball play just look up USA volleyball in the PANAM final six tourney gold medal match. At times they just looked lost out there, zero communication and making high school level errors.
Lighten up, they have played 6 games and 5 of those teams have been ranked. They are 4-2 with two more tough matches coming up this week. Then the fun begins and we get into conference play. Still have some injuries and hopefully they will be at full strength soon.Another year of high expectations and disappointing results.
It really all depends on how easily disappointed you are. The correct approach is not to be disappointed yet because the season is early and the Gophers already have multiple nice wins against good teams. We will be a top-third-of-the-Big Ten team yet again (for something like the 15th plus consecutive season)… that is pretty great if you ask me.Another year of high expectations and disappointing results.