The RS freshman players,and the sophomore you are referring to,were ALL six rotation players and two of the three have extremely wicked arms.My guess is a lot of worry for no reason.There will be bumps in the road no doubt because of the lack of experience,nerves etc, but I agree with Hambly -"by the end of the season they will make a nice run".
I know some of these girls really well ,and I can assure you they love the game,will give 110% all the time, give us all a good show and smile while theyre doing it . The rest is up to fate ,and the volleyball gods I guess.. lol.
I would love to see McMahon turn into a 6-rotation player. I would like to see her starting to resemble Blair Brown of PSU. She is new to rightside so it could be a bit of a transition for her to develop her passing game, but with the lack of experience from the new outsides next year, I see IL needing the option to use her in the back row.
She was recruited to be a 6 rotation player. How soon I guess depends on how fast she adapts to the speed of the college game. Maybe this year or next. While it would certainly be good her playing the back row I don't see her developing ant faster than the LS's. Don't forget Beltran, Wolfe, & Conard are already back row as well as Stark who is supposedly already very good in the back.
I heard that the outsides did fairly well considering it was the first time this team played together. I dont know if they keep stats on this kind of game but that would be interesting to see.One of their OH is still healing from surgery, and one of their starting middles didnt play so I dont know that anyone has seen the real deal yet.
I saw a bit of the morning session. Liz McMahon played right and some back row. Erin Johnson didn't play while we were there (she had her knee taped up). I thought Jocelyn Birks looked pretty powerful. Jendryk and Dorn alternated at middle. I think Laura DeBruler got stuck paying the Jimmy Johns delivery guy.
For ISU, Jamie Straube stood out like she always does. It was also good to see Rachel Hockaday back on the left side. I believe Tenisha Matlock was the Cyclone I saw walking around with a nasty limp.
Did anyone watch the NCAA post-championship match presser? Annie Lurhsen said something to the effect of "We'll miss the seniors even more than we know now." You can replace a Michelle Bartsch from the hitting standpoint but all the other things that she does well, I think not easily if at all. And that adds up to a lot of points over course of the season.