Gopher Volleyball 2022 Season


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Two answers

1.) The Gophers should be in the mix for the Big Ten title. I have not looked at the schedules. Often comes down to who, when, and where you play each other and whether you miss a contender. Nebraska, Ohio State, and pardon the term Wisconsin should also be right there. Health and team chemistry could be key.

2.) Regarding the NCAA. Final eight should be a must and final four the hope or goal. No reason to think less
The last weekend of the season: Gophers play OSU in Columbus on Friday, then play Nebraska in Lincoln on Saturday.

What a joke
 

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Another joke: 13 home games on BTN+. I refuse to pay for this. I already pay for BTN. Simple, hard no. Won't do it!

Hopefully some of these will also be broadcast locally on Fox 9+, like they did last year.
 

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Two answers

1.) The Gophers should be in the mix for the Big Ten title. I have not looked at the schedules. Often comes down to who, when, and where you play each other and whether you miss a contender. Nebraska, Ohio State, and pardon the term Wisconsin should also be right there. Health and team chemistry could be key.

2.) Regarding the NCAA. Final eight should be a must and final four the hope or goal. No reason to think less
Wouldn't it be ironic and wonderful and sad all at the same time if the Gophers win it all the year after Stephanie Samedy completed her Gopher career?
 

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No offense to Samedy, but I doubt anything will top having a senior SSS leading the team in 2018 and the Final Four being in Minneapolis …… only for the team to s___ the bed against Oregon. Was at that game and everyone was disgusted.

Sports gods rained down piss upon all our heads, roaring in laughter as they did. Of course, Oregon got b__chslapped by Nebraska in the next round. Of course they did, but of course not before playing the game of their lives and getting every lucky break.
 



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No offense to Samedy, but I doubt anything will top having a senior SSS leading the team in 2018 and the Final Four being in Minneapolis …… only for the team to s___ the bed against Oregon. Was at that game and everyone was disgusted.

Sports gods rained down piss upon all our heads, roaring in laughter as they did. Of course, Oregon got b__chslapped by Nebraska in the next round. Of course they did, but of course not before playing the game of their lives and getting every lucky break.
There is no doubt SSS has been the best setter this program has seen since Hugh has been the HC. The opportunities were all there to win a Natty, but for whatever reason the team could not pull it together, when it counted the most. I will never forget SSS being consoled by TayMo at the end of the match. Yes it was probably the largest disappointment as a Gopher fan that season, but more so for the players involved.

The pressure to win can become too great. I keep going back to the psychological aspect of a sport. I feel this was a perfect example of how huge it can be.

Does a team really need the #1 ranking to become a National Champion? In my mind it just adds more "pressure" to these players who are already under a lot of pressure to win. Especially when they are at home playing on a National Stage. Don't forget Nebraska "almost" upset Wisconsin for the Natty last season.
 

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There is no doubt SSS has been the best setter this program has seen since Hugh has been the HC. The opportunities were all there to win a Natty, but for whatever reason the team could not pull it together, when it counted the most. I will never forget SSS being consoled by TayMo at the end of the match. Yes it was probably the largest disappointment as a Gopher fan that season, but more so for the players involved.

The pressure to win can become too great. I keep going back to the psychological aspect of a sport. I feel this was a perfect example of how huge it can be.

Does a team really need the #1 ranking to become a National Champion? In my mind it just adds more "pressure" to these players who are already under a lot of pressure to win. Especially when they are at home playing on a National Stage. Don't forget Nebraska "almost" upset Wisconsin for the Natty last season.
And thanks for reminding us that Wisconsin got a national title before the Gophers did. :( Should have been us in 2018.

Wisco seniors third ride, that they shouldn't have gotten. They should've all graduated after the 2020 (spring 2021) season, with another L hanging around their necks. Rettke lying about there not being a touch at the end (of the fall 2021 natty game) just took the cake. Incredible defensive effort by Neb, playing with three Big Ten starting libero level defensive specialists.
 

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…. :( Should have been us in 2018.
This is crazy talk. There is zero way we were going to beat that 6’ 6”-tower-of-power Kathryn Plummer who was absolutely unstoppable when she needed to be. It wasn’t going to happen.

I am sorry but all this talk about the Gophers winning national volleyball titles only leads to one outcome: disappointment. They can win Big Tens though. Anything that happens after the Big Ten season is just gravy… it’s not the real meal.
 



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Two answers

1.) The Gophers should be in the mix for the Big Ten title. I have not looked at the schedules. Often comes down to who, when, and where you play each other and whether you miss a contender. Nebraska, Ohio State, and pardon the term Wisconsin should also be right there. Health and team chemistry could be key.

2.) Regarding the NCAA. Final eight should be a must and final four the hope or goal. No reason to think less
10 years ago you had maybe 2-3 really strong programs within the B1G. Now with UCLA and USC joining in a few years, more than half the conference will have a fighting chance.
 

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This is crazy talk. There is zero way we were going to beat that 6’ 6”-tower-of-power Kathryn Plummer who was absolutely unstoppable when she needed to be. It wasn’t going to happen.

I am sorry but all this talk about the Gophers winning national volleyball titles only leads to one outcome: disappointment. They can win Big Tens though. Anything that happens after the Big Ten season is just gravy… it’s not the real meal.
2015 was our best shot. Veteran leadership with Santana, strong lineup (Wilhite, Tapp twins, Rosado) and B1G FOY SSS.
 

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all this talk about the Gophers winning national volleyball titles
Is the only thing that matters. Have already won the Big Ten. Natty is all there is left to do.

If a genie tells me that Hugh over the next 10 seasons: wins the Big Ten 5 times and never finishes worse than 3rd, but never makes it past the semi-finals:

fire him. Start over. Give me someone who will win a natty.
 

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Is the only thing that matters. Have already won the Big Ten. Natty is all there is left to do.

If a genie tells me that Hugh over the next 10 seasons: wins the Big Ten 5 times and never finishes worse than 3rd, but never makes it past the semi-finals:

fire him. Start over. Give me someone who will win a natty.
Gopher fans have to be fans in the way that they want to be.

But as for me; I just can’t do fandom the way Gophers_4life chooses to. Too disappointing.

I guess the question coming from the quote that I have bolded above is, what if nobody can? Natties are… like… hard to come by.
 



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Gopher fans have to be fans in the way that they want to be.

But as for me; I just can’t do fandom the way Gophers_4life chooses to. Too disappointing.

I guess the question coming from the quote that I have bolded above is, what if nobody can? Natties are… like… hard to come by.
But Wisconsin can do it? BS
 


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The pre-season scrimmage will be coming up soon. That should be a great indicator on who will be the starters this fall. So my PRE SCRIMMAGE THOUGHTS.....

I cannot see Mc Wu not starting. As the majority of us have already stated, the three pins should be Landfair, Wenaas and Mc Wu (although we have a true opp in RS Crowl on the roster). I feel who the starting pins will be always comes down to this......Hugh's 6R system he likes to run. So far Wenaas is the only OH who has proven she fits that system the best.

Also, I keep going back and forth in my mind who the two MB starters will be. I have not seen Gros play as a Gopher, but with what I have been reading about her game, I am now leaning toward her and Husemann as the starters.

Davis had a very decent season at Ohio State. However, I felt she was struggling with both setters this past spring.

Although we could use a 6'7" MB like Booth, I am thinking she might be red shirted this season. Wisky graduated Rettke, but I feel Smrek is a much bigger threat for them. IMO Rettke had the slide, but Smrek's game offensively is much greater.

Our setters.....connecting with the middles isn't either McGhie's or Shaffmaster's strength of their games. So I am looking forward to seeing our other two setters in this scrimmage....Chloe Ng and Mir Wu. There is no doubt that Shaffmaster is the starting setter, but the #1 backup to her is still questionable.

Guaranteed after scrimmage thoughts to come soon.
 



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The pre-season scrimmage will be coming up soon. That should be a great indicator on who will be the starters this fall. So my PRE SCRIMMAGE THOUGHTS.....

I cannot see Mc Wu not starting. As the majority of us have already stated, the three pins should be Landfair, Wenaas and Mc Wu (although we have a true opp in RS Crowl on the roster). I feel who the starting pins will be always comes down to this......Hugh's 6R system he likes to run. So far Wenaas is the only OH who has proven she fits that system the best.

Also, I keep going back and forth in my mind who the two MB starters will be. I have not seen Gros play as a Gopher, but with what I have been reading about her game, I am now leaning toward her and Husemann as the starters.

Davis had a very decent season at Ohio State. However, I felt she was struggling with both setters this past spring.

Although we could use a 6'7" MB like Booth, I am thinking she might be red shirted this season. Wisky graduated Rettke, but I feel Smrek is a much bigger threat for them. IMO Rettke had the slide, but Smrek's game offensively is much greater.

Our setters.....connecting with the middles isn't either McGhie's or Shaffmaster's strength of their games. So I am looking forward to seeing our other two setters in this scrimmage....Chloe Ng and Mir Wu. There is no doubt that Shaffmaster is the starting setter, but the #1 backup to her is still questionable.

Guaranteed after scrimmage thoughts to come soon.
I saw that some people found a blurb in a preview that seems to indicate Wenaas will be the one moving to RS.

Thoughts on this, as opposed to Landfair or McWu?
 




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I saw that some people found a blurb in a preview that seems to indicate Wenaas will be the one moving to RS.

Thoughts on this, as opposed to Landfair or McWu?
Why wouldn’t it be her? You put your best athlete in that RS position, don’t you? It seems obvious to me. What am I missing?
 

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The pre-season scrimmage will be coming up soon. That should be a great indicator on who will be the starters this fall. So my PRE SCRIMMAGE THOUGHTS.....

I cannot see Mc Wu not starting. As the majority of us have already stated, the three pins should be Landfair, Wenaas and Mc Wu (although we have a true opp in RS Crowl on the roster). I feel who the starting pins will be always comes down to this......Hugh's 6R system he likes to run. So far Wenaas is the only OH who has proven she fits that system the best.

Also, I keep going back and forth in my mind who the two MB starters will be. I have not seen Gros play as a Gopher, but with what I have been reading about her game, I am now leaning toward her and Husemann as the starters.

Davis had a very decent season at Ohio State. However, I felt she was struggling with both setters this past spring.

Although we could use a 6'7" MB like Booth, I am thinking she might be red shirted this season. Wisky graduated Rettke, but I feel Smrek is a much bigger threat for them. IMO Rettke had the slide, but Smrek's game offensively is much greater.

Our setters.....connecting with the middles isn't either McGhie's or Shaffmaster's strength of their games. So I am looking forward to seeing our other two setters in this scrimmage....Chloe Ng and Mir Wu. There is no doubt that Shaffmaster is the starting setter, but the #1 backup to her is still questionable.

Guaranteed after scrimmage thoughts to come soon.
Any thoughts on their defense? Next year after CC is gone, do they go with the incoming freshman Choboy or look towards the transfer portal?
 


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You put your best athlete in that RS position, don’t you?
Do you? I'm not sure if that's true. I would also think Landfair a better raw athlete than Wenaas.

Just because Samedy was superwomen, I don't think necessarily should dictate a single thing moving forward.
 

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New media rights deal leaves volleyball coverage unchanged.

Olympic sports unchanged

While the new media rights deal will alter the landscape for football and men's and women's basketball, the conference announced that Olympic sports coverage will not be part of the deal. Those rights will remain with the Big Ten Network — and its streaming service, B1G+ — with plans to currently "carry the same level of Olympic sport content as before."
 





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