New era starts tonight, against the Alumni - I'd expect Hudson to set for the Alumni, and Barber to be the main weapon.
while at the Manhattan Beach AVP open - Hochevar is in to the semis (defeating Caitlin DeDoux no less), and LeDoux in to quarters - hopefully on the way to a finals re-match.
Curious as to the changes Joy McKienzie-Fuerbringer might bring to the program
BG's offense featured lots of slides, double-quicks, and back-row hitting. Of course dependent on that first pass. MB's have been the Beach's strength for the past decade without a lot of OH strength (other than Barber & LeDoux).
expect a lot better leadership this year with seniors Rachel Nieto (DS), Ashley Murray (MB/Opp), & soph Hailey Harward - the team will miss Barber, but IMO this team should benefit a LOT from the mass turnover of players - a lot of addition by subtraction there
BG's teams of late were not particularly agressive serving - and was a high % serving team - as the teams have very few jump-servers and BG often float-served to the sides. So will McFuer opt for a different or more agressive serving strategy?
Harward, Nieto, & Kruidhof have come off a long stretch of beach play - so will they have adapted back for the nuances of indoor - especially having Nieto-Harward as starters from the get go (unlike last season) in the back-row this year should hopefully make for solid passing from the start
BG's teams were up-tempo - so will McFuer still structure the offense similarly. The last team McFuer was part of coaching (UCLA) won their National Championship heavily dependent on OHs.
With two quality setters, will McFuer play both on some rotations? BG also almost never pr rarely played his back-up setter (which was always a head scratcher for me) even in blow-outs - I can't imagine the frosh won't get more reps in some sets this year.
How good a blocking team will this be ? - 3 veteran MB's returning - plus adding height with Kirst at the Opp, and two better blocking setters than Owens, this could be Beach's strength.
Hopefully it'll be a well oiled machine!
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