The seniors who closed out their career's last night can be proud of how they helped grow this program. Even with this year's highly touted freshmen, Landwehr and Staube are still the highest rated recruits to play VB at ISU. They did not disappoint, as both have been AA. Hockaday did not come in as highly rated, but she might have left as one of the most decorated if not for that knee injury. The only year this class did not make the Sweet Sixteen, was the year she got hurt in the first match. While her replacement ultimately became an AA, I don't think the final result that year (first round loss) was a coincidence. Still Hock fought back and helped this team get back to the regionals two more times. Someone can double-check, but I think she is the only Cyclone to play in four Regionals. As a fifth-year senior, her original class is the only one to make the regional final twice.
Here was this years starting 7:
MB - Jamie Straube, Tenisha Matlock
OH - Victoria Hurtt, Rachel Hockaday (albeit Andie Malloy spelled Rachel on the front row during the season)
RS - Mackenzie Bigbee
S - Alison Landwehr
L - Kristen Hahn
My projected 7 next year still looks pretty good:
MB - Matlock, Tory Knuth
OH - Hurtt, Malloy
RS - Bigbee
S - Jenelle Hudson
L - Hahn
Caitlin Nolan also returns as the defensive specialist. Next year's frosh won't come in as highly touted as this years, but they will not have to step right in. Still, the three will add height and big-time hops which we need to develop more of to better compete with elite teams.
The biggest hole to fill is setter. Can Hudson fill Ali's shoes?. Will we need to use a form of the 6-2 system to keep a strong frontline? The setter is CJL's specialty, so it might mean the pre-season is a bit rough, but I think they will get along just fine.
Thanks for a great season ladies!! And thanks to the seniors for your passion for the program!
Somehow I had it in my head Hahn was a senior. Wow, that makes a difference. I am glad people got that depressing thought out of my head.
With a 6-2, will that let us have 2 OH, 2 MH, and 2 RH? We could bigbee and malloy at rightside and have kuhrt be an OH. Her aproach and hitting look pretty good when she warms up, and CJL said in a call in show that somedays kuhrt is the best player on the floor.
did kuhrt redshirt this year? did anybody? I think Tory will be fine defensively as she puts up a huge block, but offensively she should improve a ton over the next few years.
I never heard nor saw Kuhrt play all year. Good to know we have some more talent waiting on the wings.
Yeah, that Pac 12 is sooooooo overrated...
Texas is ahead of USC 2-0. That actually is comforting although I am not exactly crazy about Texas winning anything. It looks like they are going to win that match. They are ahead slightly in the third set. Stanford doesn't start until late, don't think I can stay up for that.
Texas wins fairly easily over USC. I don't know why they put Stanford and Michigan so late at night. It doesn't even start until 10:30.
I change my mind, I think Texas is the best team and we almost beat them twice! I still think Stanford is really good, but now i'm thinking that we just didn't play good.
I think Stanford is better than Texas. Stanford has been building, with lots of freshman on the team this year. It was surprising how easy Texas dispatched USC. They almost had an easier time with them than Stanford had with us. You can't judge teams until they go head to head. Stanford if they win will play Oregon. Penn State will play Texas. I think it will be Stanford and Penn State in the final. I think Texas has a chance though.