BYU has already clinched 1st place and the #1 seed in the MPSF tournament, so
they were really playing for nothing versus Hawaii, UCSB and UCLA, while the
other teams were fighting for seeding in the tournament.I expect the
Cougars to play much better back on their home court with conference tournament
and a possible national championship on the line.
Adversity can either be the catalyst to regroup and be better or the poison pill
that will breed doubt in your abilities and diminish your capacity to believe in
yourself. Hopefully these last two losses will do the former and a happy ending
to the season is still possible!Go Cougars!
esodije makes some good points. This team has struggled with passing and
setting all year long. And in all our losses that I have seen this year (and
especially the national championship game last year) it seems like every hit
offensively is met with 3 blockers from the opposition. Did BYU peak too
early and the other teams peaking right at the right time?I hope not. I
hope that they aren't relying on the home court advantage too much because
they aren't playing too well now and they have a huge target on their back;
and teams are starting to figure them out.
It's frustrating for this Cougar fan to watch another season waft away into
the ether. I've started to realize that it isn't just a matter of BYU
playing progressively worse--by the end of the season, the other teams seem to
have BYU completely figured out, and the Cougs simply don't have any new
wrinkles to throw at them. Deception and variation are the key to any
successful volleyball offense, and when the other teams put up a solid block on
virtually every set, no matter the location or the speed, you know you're
tipping your hand somehow. Yes, execution is an issue--the passing hasn't
been great, and Tyler Heap hasn't yet come into his own as a setter--but I
think coaching has a lot to do with it, too.