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  • BYU Women's volleyball 2020-21

    Since my daughter quit volleyball, I haven't watched much, but I binge watched the four games on byutv last week. Competition has been inferior, but I am surprised at the lack of significant step down after losing Lake and Miller to graduation and Gneiting to a mission.

    Madi Allen is not Mary Lake, but she's pretty darn close--especially for a freshman. If she keeps working, I think she could be on part with the GOAT BYU libero.

    Taylen Ballard-Nixon is playing better than I expected. Dalton outkicked his coverage here for sure.

    Whitney Bower-I didn't see her play much last year, but for 5'9" (I think she's more like 5'7"), she's playing phenomenally well in a 5-1. I thought for sure they'd go 6-2, but she is athletic enough to help with the block when she's front row. I do worry that against superior OHs, she'll be a defensive liability. Her setting has been nails, and she knows exactly when to dump/attack the ball (as a lefty, she can put a little more juice on her kill than Haddock). I can't say enough good things about her play.

    Kate Grimmer is the biggest upgrade I can see. A lefty opposite who is smart, accurate, and powerful.

    Leilani Dodson, a freshman OH (played MB in high school) has been filling in for two injured MBs. Good on the slide. She's a little short for MB at the D1 level, but she's held her own.

    Tayler Hifo has been unreal as a serving specialist. Like, she gets in the opposing team's head and they don't know what to do with her serve. I think she rattled off four straight aces last match.

    Biggest downgrade from last year are the DSes. Grace Wee is okay. She has some room to improve, and I think she will. Abbey Dayton is getting PT in the back row. She seems like a nice young woman. But I can't think of a team the last five years where she would be playing.
    Jesus wants me for a sunbeam.

    "Cog dis is a bitch." -James Patterson

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    My volleyball expertise lags behind a few other sports but I plan to watch the NCAA second round match tonight. It would also be really cool if a surprising Weber State team can upset Wisconsin to set up a sweet 16 matchup with BYU.

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    • #3
      Whitney Bower won WCC Setter and Player of the Year. Not too shabby.
      Jesus wants me for a sunbeam.

      "Cog dis is a bitch." -James Patterson

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      • #4
        BYU showed a lot of toughness last night in fighting through the first two sets. By the third UCLA didn't seem to have much left in the tank and BYU rolled. It was also amusing to see how the Utes who were seeded higher than BYU were awful -- swept in three and not even close in any of them. The Pac 12 appears to have been pretty overrated, but the committee had a tough job this year given that no one played outside of their leagues.
        Last edited by BlueK; 04-16-2021, 05:44 AM.

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