Agree with esodije. As was the case last year the Achille's heel of this
team is at the setter position. That makes the difference between a champion
and a runner-up.It is refreshing to see a guy come off the bench
when one of the starters isn't playing well and make a huge impact in the
game. BYU would have lost that match if not for Underwood's rising to the
challenge. I feel a little bad for Underwood and Heninger, both good enough to
start but end up riding the bench most of the time.That was the
first I heard that Taylor's younger brother will be playing for the Cougars
next year. Talk about huge shoes to fill! I hope he can handle that kind of
pressure where he will constantly be compared to his brother, perhaps the best
all-around volleyball player BYU has ever had.
Missed an exciting game because I was attending my daughter's final BYU
choir concert before graduation next month, but I'll be at the
BYU-UCLA volleyball game tonight,as well as the BYU football spring
game this morning, while catching the BYU-Connecticut Sweet Sixteen
in between.An exciting day of BYU sports!Good luck to
all of the BYU teams today!Go COUGARS!
An entire volleyball season can turn on one bad match--as the Cougs well know
from years past--so I was really glad to see them pull it together last night in
the fourth and fifth sets and eke out the win. I've been saying since the
season started that BYU's fortunes will rise and fall with Tyler Heap; his
set placement hasn't been great all year, and though bad passing has had a
lot to do with it, last night's match brought all his issues to the fore.
It's great to have a 6'6" setter, especially on the front row, but
he's got to start setting a better ball for BYU to have a real chance to
win the NC. What amazes me is how many kills Taylor Sander is able to get on
low, tight (i.e., bad) sets--he's not only physically gifted and finely
trained but extremely smart.
What the heck happened the second and third sets? It was like watching two
different Cougar teams! Passing was terrible and it looked like they were just
not "into" it. It is a good thing that they showed up the last two sets.
I love this BYU volleyball team. And, a TEAM they truly are!! They all work
together in preparation, in attitude, in absolute physicality, and are true
winners in every sense of the word. Good luck Saturday night. We are cheering
for you.Go Cougars!