Post by tarheellife on Nov 28, 2022 22:38:06 GMT -5
The 2022 outperformed expectations, but that is also where we differ —> reasonable expectations. A team loaded with freshmen and sophomores (helps that a big senior OH transferred in) won the SEC. I was hoping for a top 25 season but got closer to a top 10. I have only been able to watch a few ACC matches this year. GT was impressive, but feel Bergman carried a heavy load. Can they be as competitive without her next season (assuming she’s going pro)? FSU is decent, but not great. Miami is fair. Did not watch any of Louisville (I’ll add it to my homework folder), but being number 2 overall, they have be really solid. After those five there is a big drop in talent.
Texas coming into the SEC will only solidify the conference to help it compete with the B1G. I do hope the ACC continues to improve - at least their top teams are there. I personally do not think Mary will be around by then, so a reasonable change in expectation would follow but I am hoping that their success continues.
Potential sweet 16 opponent in Pitt this season is not an easy opponent whatsoever. However, Gators will have to get past a few other teams first and it’s the tournament - have to show up each round or get sent home.
Appreciate that you came clean on where your bias is. We disagree on coach K but you knew that. That got settled last season so we won’t go there.
I don’t think we disagree that reasonable expectations are appropriate. I feel like we had them for this season at UNC. We got a bunch of young talent, ranked 7th recruiting class in the nation. So my reasonable expectations were that they would be in the top 5 in the conference. We showed we could play lights out at times and then we broke so badly at other times. That’s where coaching is supposed to step in and smooth that out. But we didn’t and deserve what we got.
You have Mary who is a no nonsense coach. We miss that kind of leadership for years now. Many talented kids come in and then leave because of lack of development. So our reasonable expectation is that this changes now.
I think that SEC use to be a strong volleyball conference but this has changed significantly. Only two teams did anything in the past few years: FL and KY.
Your team is not all freshman and sophomores as you claim. Two main OHs for you are senior and junior. You rely on freshman Stucky and we on Babic. Talent wise not much difference there. I did my homework and looked up their stats. Check it out if you don’t believe me. Your Lib is a junior and our is freshman. Big difference there not because of lack of talent but because of experience. Libs are probably even more important than setters and best Libs are typically upperclassmen. We have repeated ACC award winners. So talent has not been a problem for us. Execution has. So I disagree with you that after top 5 in ACC there is a drop in talent. NCSU also has talent but their execution is not the best either.
I say that FL is not as good as rated because you have a much easier schedule in conference and coupled with SEC’s weird schedule should be ranked lower. Although I agree that tournament is weird and anyone could beat anyone it ultimately will show how strong FL is so I may stand corrected.