Re: WVB - LMU next
well, I wouldn't characterizing it as 'deriding' the decisions. He is a great coach (from what we've seen so far) but even great coaches can be stubborn or have some blind spots (unlike average coaches like Monson who pretty much showed zilch in adaptability for 10+ years) and it's tough to navigate choices
yeah, I am questioning it or poking at it, nbd, I mean it's pretty obvious from watching. which I think is valid, I'm sure the coaching staff is questioning themselves, it doens't have to be a
'negative connotation' type of view though
I mean, it does beg the question when Kennedy was superb as an outside, and has lost all rhythm this year trying to attack as an undersized middle with sets that are closer to the net. Anyone that watched her last year as an opp with beautiful right and some left side approaches would attest to that - she became more dependable than Kash as the season wore on..... that's not derision, it's observation
and it begs the question of a quandry a coaching staff has - Tyler has even mentioned it. I just bring up why the staff is so stuck on rotating either Glenn (or Jordon as they did a bit) in the front-row ALL THE TIME, when the attack has not taken advantage of what we saw from Bacon and Kennedy last year.
the most probable projected expected regular starters from last year going in to fall were Kennedy and Bacon....and the staff has minimized their use in the positions they excelled the most last year.
I'm sure it's a topic of discussion with the staff, it's why coaching is hard. and why being a fan is difficult. I know stats aren't everything, but they will reflect some harsh realities
You keep saying Tyler is a great coach, and deriding his decisions at the same time. You can’t have it both ways.
At the post-Nebraska match press conference, Tyler joked about having trouble with turning his line-up card at the beginning of the match, because he’s never done it before. He’s had all of a half dozen matches under his belt.
As far as Kennedy, Tyler isn’t doing her or himself any favors. He’s probably prioritizing his own players that he recruited rather than what’s best for the team because that’s what an inexperienced coach does.
Hopefully, he figures it out soon. Hawai’i has struggled record-wise, but they are probably the favorite to win the conference. They hung tough with both UCLA and USC, two good teams—one of which will likely host the Big West auto qualifier.
well, I hope it wasn't getting worn down!! 3rd set of the only match of the week with a full week of rest!?
agree I have faith in Tyler... just not sure if there isn't some ratnalization of a small small data points in the face of all other information/data
Tyler, being the great coach, surely can get Kennedy in a groove, right?!
We should keep in mind that Glenn was hitting over .300 in the first two sets at Nebraska. She simply got worn down in set 3. I'm gonna stay with with Tyler and his staff these first few years and be confident they know what they are doing. I do think we are going to see an influx of tall pin hitters in the next couple of years, either by the portal or recruiting.
after beating UCLA decisively, they BARELY squeaked by San Jose State (a lot like our win over Oregon State)
sure hope we are doing reps on Middle timing and getting (please please please) Kennedy some attack attempts with a higher ball on the pins. If we can get O'Sullivan some higher balls (which she is puts away), why in hades can't we for Kennedy?
"if it doesn't work, fix it"
if Kennedy & O'Sullivan & Bacon can get the type of sets they need, this offense can be just as good as the defense.
Watched an LMU match and they are good. They don't have the overall height of Nebraska, but Kari Geissberger is a 6'5 OH and she is quite good. Their setter Isabella Bareford is talented, and she is from Long Beach. Phoebe Awoleye a 6'2 transfer MB from Georgia is very athletic. Rose Booth a 6'1 OH has a good all around game. Don't think they will wear us down like Nebraska did, but it's going to be a huge challenge. A split would be a good result for us.
Friday @ LMU Gerstan
Saturday @ the Pyramid
great bellweather match. LMU has played the #6 SOS, including also got swept at NEbraska.
they beat UCLA last week, decisively
probably pretty close to Pepperdine,
this is along the lines of an at-large tourney match, winning one is key, winning both would be a huge resume booster
gonna be close intense matches
Big looming question with the approach Tyler is going with.
will he again continue with this Kennedy experiment?
her hitting hasn't come close to last year, she doesn't get the high ball sets that she had last year, she's struggling to mount a decent attack.
at the same time Glenn is struggling to put away balls in the front-row, especially control of hits down the line
the blocking has been great
it's just seems to be a fascinating/interesting approach
why is Tyler stuck on not using Kennedy as an opp, with using Glenn only in back-row?. It would not seem to sacrifice (in fact should make even better) the blocking. it would sacrifice a bit of floor defense (but would think not much since it's with Glenn in the front row anyway).
Kennedy is very mobile for a MB, which I'm sure is some of the attraction, but at the same time 3 weeks of the type of sets she gets is just not in her wheel-house, it's pretty apparent. She has not got many high-ball sets she used to get as a pin/opp which she was all over last year.
in time Glenn I'm sure will develop into a Morgan Chacon type capable OH, but so far it's only resulting in poor efficiency from both Glenn & Kennedy
Chacon needs help, O'Sullivan is showing her terminating skill, but this 2nd OH/Opp attack is the missing piece. Opposing teams are going to know what is coming, and the team needs better front row pin attacks.
it'll be interesting if Tyler does try to make an adjustment, he's got this rotation that keeps Glenn on the floor in the front-row, just is a head-scratcher in why keeping proven Kennedy & O'Sullivan as the front-row high ball attackers hasn't even been tried once this year.
it's like the choice available is only between O'Sullivan, Bacon, Kennedy, vs. why not using all of Glenn, O'Sullivan, Bacon, & Kennedy? Appears, he wants Chacon/Glenn on the court all the time, no matter what.
of course, in the words of Bobby Knight, I"m sure he's forgotten more VB than I'll ever know. that pin hitting offense is the missing piece of the puzzle, so we'll see. Maybe it's the fear of adjusting the rotation will muck with the defense, even though it's one front-row rotation without Glenn that would seem to be not much of a sacrifice to get more proven pin (and MB with Bacon) attack capability in there instead.
we shall see