I love watching this ball team even in a bad year like this. They have some
amazing talent and a great coach. The staff and players will improve and I look
forward to being back on top.-Go Cougars!
The last Stanford match in the MPSF tournament was a pleasant surprise, but the
BYU back row played pretty miserably all year. The Sander brothers spoiled Coug
fans with their ability to finagle kills off poorly located sets, not to mention
their stellar serve-receive skills. With bad passing and poor setting, BYU
looked very ordinary this year, despite having two great pin-hitters in
Garcia-Fernandez and Gardini.
I appreciate the author’s optimism, but this was the worst BYU Men’s
VB team in over decade. And the McKendree game left me with very little
confidence in our depth or our future. In that embarrassing match Olmstead left
almost all the starters on the bench to the bitter end in a loss to a very poor
team. With the exception of Ah Sue at OH and Oberender at MB, it was a very
disappointing effort by the backups.The Sander brothers excelled at
EVERY aspect of the game. This year’s team had no one like that. Garcia
and Gardini are pretty good pin hitters but their serving, serve-receive,
passing, and defense need much improvement. The middle blockers are serviceable
and have much potential, but their lack of a quality libero and a quality setter
after Stanley went down really hurt this team this year.The match
against Hawaii really showed us how far this team has yet to go to be considered
elite. They were lethal at every position and made BYU look very ordinary by
comparison. Hopefully the next recruiting class will fill some of
Cougs’ gaping holes.