BYU women's volleyball: Although team loses talent, Cougars could make another deep run in 2019

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  • JohnG Provo, UT
    Dec. 19, 2018 7:18 a.m.

    CoHawk: I find a lot of your comment to be pretty suspect (I do agree with you about the writer's need to get the positions right, though even there, you failed to note that Robinson was actually playing at opposite for stretches prior to Miller's injury). Robinson looked good when she got the ball in system. Yes, she needs to learn how to deal with the block better, but she's a true freshman. RJP wasn't that great as a freshman either (she hit .206 with 171 kills in 2015, while Robinson hit .220 with 150 kills this season). Anyone who hits the ball as hard as Robinson does is likely to be successful. She can learn how to jump. Who knows? It may not work out, but it's far, far too early to write her off as "not the answer at OH." It's also premature to talk about redshirting Miller. Let's see where she is in the summer first. Also, the "defense issue"...uh, you're aware that, the passing meltdown in the Final Four notwithstanding, BYU actually led the country in opponent hitting percentage, right? I don't expect BYU to make the Final Four next season, but they should still have a good look at the Sweet 16.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Dec. 17, 2018 11:38 a.m.

    Congrats to the Cougars on a fantastic season! No shame in losing to the #1 seed.

  • CoHawk Littleton, CO
    Dec. 16, 2018 7:48 p.m.

    Brandon, if you are going to write articles on vb you need to get familiar with the positions. Haddock didn't play Opp for the injured Miller. Miller is the #2 OH behind RJP. The Opp was going to be Hamson and BYU filled in with a combo of Haddock, Stetler and Ballard for most of the year. That combo didn't do well against decent teams. Eventually Stetler was called on to serve for Miller and play back row for Miller but not Opp. Stetler really didn't play back row for her entire career at the Y except this year because of injury. Robinson is NOT the answer at OH #2 because she is short and can't jump that well. She does have a good arm but she was exposed against Texas, Florida and especially Stanford. Big problems that could really hamper BYU for next year: RJP replacement? Miller likely won't be ready until towards the end of season (maybe should red-shirt). Need legit OH's at first of the season and Ballard better be fully healthy. Hamson better be fully healthy at Opp. Setter is the biggest issue because I don't think the other 2 setters are close to Eppich. Lastly, is the defense issue. Olmstead has to pull a rabbit out of the hat and get 2 or 3 DS's now!!

  • PRSomega Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 16, 2018 12:10 p.m.

    The women's volleyball team could use some really good 6'6" OH and OPP hitters. They would be a shoe-in for the final four. Other than Miller, at 6'2", I don't see much there. I do like the potential of Robinson though. Good luck recruiting for next year.

  • Boyd in Provo , 00
    Dec. 15, 2018 10:52 p.m.

    After watching the just completed Stanford/Nebraska volleyball match it looked like the best team won. Eight national titles for Stanford. With more energy from our team we may have stayed up with the Cardinals in the last match. We are very close to being a national power and it has generated a lot of interest for this team. Having the coaches around the country vote for Heather Olmstead as the nations best coach was a great and deserving honor and having Heather with us will enhance our chances at a national title very soon. I'm excited for next season to begin!

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Dec. 15, 2018 9:48 p.m.

    BYU Women’s Volleyball becoming a national force, just like BYU Men’s Volleyball.

    Dec. 15, 2018 9:46 p.m.

    Disappointing ending to the season, but any year you get to the final four, in any sport, is something special. I'm hoping the team will be able to learn and grow from their experience this year and do even better next year, go Cougars!

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    Dec. 15, 2018 8:50 p.m.

    It will be hard to replace RJP & Lyndie, BUT Olmstead is proving to be an excellent recruiter (football & basketball coaches should be taking notes) and with the talent waiting in the wings the overall strength of the team could be even better next season. Already impatiently waiting!