Micah had virtually no one to set other than Ciarelli but he mixed it up and got em one on ones and that's why USC won the league whereas Caldwell had a ton of great hitters and got them nowhere with his bad set selection. If Micah had UCLA's hitters they would have won the league and the title.
Post by volleyhitter on Apr 30, 2012 8:23:46 GMT -5
cdefg: Don't let the facts get in the way of your conclusions. You obviously know and personally like Christensen - good for you. And I have no doubt he is a nice kid off the court. And let's hope he continues to improve his skills as a setter. However, he is yet to EARN the acclaim that you are so anxious to throw his way. You do USC a disservice to suggest that Ciarelli is their only offensive weapon. He is indeed a dominant force, their go-to guy and one of the premier hitters in the country and any setter would be THRILLED to be setting to him, but USC has a variety of options that have helped to lessen the defensive focus on just Ciarelli. UCLA on the other hand has two terrific middle blockers, but no consistent or dominant pin hitters. They had no opposite, relying on Vogel, who moved from the middle and tried playing that position for the first time this year with rather mixed results. Their two outsides were a mixed bag at best and very weak passers, which made running the middle very difficult. Bottom line, UCLA (and Caldwell) did a lot with a little. If you look at Christensen's stat line, you will see he did a little with a lot.