Expectations were we should have beaten up on Dixie St. , and not even close, barely squeaked by. Should have beat MSU Decisively, not close. Boise State expected to be competitive, but they were short-handed and didn't even have a setter, then blowing a lead, and stinking up the last 3 sets. Considering of the 4 teams, LB had the MOST rest between the first matches, even worse the way we closed out.
Conditioning: we looked gassed, yes all 4 teams had to deal with that, but that's the coaches job and we had probably more depth than the other teams. Mistakes galore, mistakes results from poor preparation or teaching, and it's hard to assess. Was more hopeful for the setting, but did not go well, and that falls on Joy for recruiting, losing a game-changing setter, and then inability to develop any decent setting so far. Joy has a history of her teams playing disorganized, regardless of the reason, that's what it still looks like. there can't be any excuses in year 5. There has to be some expectations with this program that get conveyed somewhere, it's not clear to me at year 5 what the expectations of this program are other than to field a WVB team and offer schollies, so I guess until further notice, I'm assuming those are the expectations of this program from Mrs. Doubtfire & Fee & Joy.
Lovett: A. Clearly the best thing. She's a frosh, and she's our the best player, yes better than Kash, cause she's the most effective OH. I'd give an A, has to cut down some of the errors on serve, although given the key serving runs that were critical, and the jump serve is risk-reward. Her serve reception was really good but slipped up vs. Dixie state.
Williams: B. She can carry the team. She creates a number of plays from nothing. Has to deal with subpar setting so far. Still by this stage of her career, hitting low 200s vs. the type of block and opponents we saw won't cut it. Simply needs to cut down mistakes. She played all around for 10 sets on Friday, so she's a warrior. Serving like Lovett can be effective, has to work on that right to left serve she was missing. She's gonna make some errors with the volumn, just needs to cut down one of those a set to make a huge differene.
Hoff: B+. She was consistent was ready to constantly provide sets for sub-par receiving. Still herself had too many sub-par receptions/passing, like WIlliams she'll make some errors, but that wasn't tough serving and a reception %, 0.900 doesn't cut it for a starting libero, was in place for a lot of balls. WOuld help to have an overhand set if she's going to have the # of bail out sets she does. Crazy to think she has a better set % than either of our two setters. The setting % stats were eye-popping from Saturday. Not a great pressure serve, but is able to move the ball around with it especially on the short serve
Canez: B+. not the most athletic but played within herself and her hitting placement was great. We could use a better block from her, part of that is she doesn't have the veritical of top tier blockers. Executed the slide really well.
Fuller & Bacon: D+/C-. Maybe some potential, but bottom line is that rotation with our 2nd MB simply has no option to terminate. The hitting % is probably the worse ever for LB MBs. Some of it is setting and passing of course. Just woeful, realize they are young. Kennedy an option. Kennedy doesn't have a single block. Bacon has 1 block. We have an Olympic coach whose speciality is MB, so need something to happen here.
Kennedy. C+. Hit for a decent % but not on Saturday. thought she'd play more, maybe it's blocking. Hard to assess.
Chavira. C+ played on Saturday, set locations not great, guess she's the back-up setter, but might have to be the starter. I think along with Lovett our overall all-around most skilled player, the problem is where to put her. Though we'd see her at the Right/Opp after the way she closed 2019. But she might be the best option until Partyka can set reliably.
De La Cruz. C One player who seemed to play better Saturday. She's a veteran, so has to be ready to step in and perform, and got picked on by MSU a bit almost resulting in losing to MSU, but did finally get a service reception when push came to shove, and hit an out ball at a critical juncture vs. Boise. Her serve was good on Saturday.
Giambi: B. an effective DS so far, too bad she got knocked out on Friday. Needed to cut down on serve receive and serving errors.
Patryka: C-. Having trouble setting. Her service is ok, her dumps are well times, so give her a B+ there. Just not consistent.
Nelson: C. Just has trouble terminating, combination of athletic ability and doesn't have any sort of developed roll shot she needs. She's a D front row player, and a A- back-row. Too bad because we could use her back-row skills, her reception stats are perfect. It's a another quandry how to use her.