Stanford v. Penn State Aug 28, 2012 15:41:18 GMT -5
Post by ay2013 on Aug 28, 2012 15:41:18 GMT -5
I dont see how never having lost a match will impact this year. It is also important to note that 2 of the four matches they won were at Stanford. Certainly they will beat Florida, they are probably better at every position. What is it about Stanford that makes you feel they will play better than last weekend? Do you not think PSU and Stanford are pretty equal, and that PSU playing at home isnt an advantage? What impact do you think flying to Hawaii, and then Flying to St College will have?
There are challenges that Stanford will have to overcome. Obviously, travel may be a factor. Dunning will also have to figure out a lineup that will give the Cardinal its best chance for success. Does he start the rotation that blitzed Hawai'i in game 1 (Spelman, Ajanaku, Howard, Williams, Wopat, Cook, Gilbert?) or does he put a lineup on the floor that allows Stanford to utilize its best talent (Williams, Ajanaku, Howard, Burgess, Wopat, Cook, Gilbert/Benjamin?)
I believe Stanford has more talent than PSU (but that was also the case against Hawai'i) and Penn State playing at home should be an advantage for the Nittany Lions but it is an advantage because they are playing at home and will be the better rested team. Stanford just played at the SSC in front of 6,000 plus fans. I really don't see the intimidation factor of Rec Hall after this, and I don't believe there will be one as far as the Cardinal are concerned.
Despite its youth I believe Stanford will be more prepared to play Penn State than Penn State will be to play Stanford. While Penn State was beating up on Morehead State, Western Kentucky, and Louisville, Stanford was battling Saint Mary's and Hawai'i, much tougher competition. Plus Kevin Wong and the Hawai'i Coaching Staff were able to scout Stanford for 2 nights to come up with a gameplan to defeat the Cardinal, Penn State's coaching staff will not have that luxury. Hawai'i was also able to frustrate Stanford with its floor defense and transition game, I just don't see Penn State being able to replicate that. I think Hancock will be able to score some points off of her serve but not enough to make a difference in the match (Stanford has to be better at receiving serve as they struggled against Hawai'i)
Stanford has to be be smarting over their loss to Hawai'i in a match that many Stanford fans (on VT) have stated was one of Karrisa Cook's worst setting matches ever. I don't know if I believe that (although I don't think she was great against Hawai'i) but you have to think that she will be better, probably much better. I do believe Stanford's freshman will shine, they are a talented bunch.
-Seems to be a false link by suggesting that Stanford WAS intimidated by the large crowd in Hawaii but 5 days later they won't be intimated by an equally challenging home court advantage at Penn State. Rec Hall has hosted and beat just as many top teams in recent years as the Stan Sherriff. It may not be the same number of people but the environment is just as challenging...You may not understand this because Hawaii almost never plays a top non west coast team on the road, but Rec Hall is a more intimate arena and it gets loud, plus a far greater portion of the crowd are jeering students. logically I think it's fair to suggest that if a tough environment can rattle this Stanford team, 5 days later, they still will probably be rattled by a tough environment.
-It's funny how after one week of playing you can use the Team A is more prepared because they play better competition than team B, but every year come post season you and many Hawaii fans rebuke other posters claims that Hawaii hasn't faced enough quality competition for months and they won't be prepared to handle the competition from the big conference programs because of their inferior conference schedule.
-You are right in claiming that Wong has 2 days to come up with a game plan to beat Stanford, but now PSU has 5+ days to come up with a game plan to beat Stanford PLUS they have video of a team actually doing it! So wouldn't that then make the Penn State coaching staff having the advantage in identifying Stanford's weaknesses meanwhile the Stanford coaching staff just has whatever footage of PSU beating up on cupcakes?
Some of you argument as to why the PSU matchup could work in Stanford's favor makes sense, such as the not being able to replicate the floor defense (though I do think the PSU block will present a much bigger challenge than anything Hawaii threw at Stanford), but it just seems like you are reaching (sometimes to the point of hypocrisy).
(I await your insults....though I do hope we can keep this line of convo civil and focused on volleyball)