Nebraska reminds me of the shiny Indy race car that makes everyone gasp when they see it from a distance…but the closer you get you realize it is leaking oil and the engine is the same as a VW Beetle. . . Let’s face it, Oregon has a huge advantage at setter. 🏐 Nebraska has 3 setters, two of them are broken and one of them is not capable at this level. In addition, Knuckles leaves a huge hole in the backrow. I will be shocked if Nebraska wins, but defense can only take you so far with inept setting. We’ll see how it goes… 🏐
Nebraska is clearly the better team EXCEPT (and it is a big EXCEPT) they just lost one of the best defensive players in the country. Losing a player of this quality this late in the season and on a team that relies on their backrow defense might be too much for Nebraska to overcome. (Not to mention the health of Hames). Nebraska is still more talented but it will come down to how good Nebraska's setters play. People are counting Nebraska's hitters out. Just remember these are the same hitters that we lost a National Championship (25-22, 29-31, 23-25, 25-23, 12-15) with last year. It's all about the setters.
Those hitters hit .193 in the tournament last year.
I have so much respect for Nebraska's run last year -- it was a masterclass of serve and pass -- but it wasn't because of their pins.
Kubik was 3rd team All-American last year and 2-time honorable mention All-American. She is a 2-time First team All B1G and 1-time 2nd team All B1G plus B1G freshman of the year. Krause hit .293 in the 4 matches that were the 2 Regionals, Semifinal and Championship game last year and .436 if you don't count the Wisconsin match. I doubt anyone would have had much success against that Wisconsin team. Kubik's career speaks for itself and Krause's .271 hitting pct. this year playing in the B1G is more impressive than Colyer's .271 and Nuneviller's .293 playing in the Pac12. Oregon did play 2 B1G teams this year and Nuneviller's hitting pct. against them was .162 and Colyer's was .097. Comparing Hitting Percentages for players playing in the Pac 12 or Big 12 against the B1G is an apples to oranges comparison.
Last Edit: Dec 6, 2022 0:24:36 GMT -5 by 2021mdneb
I mean... maybe. as a roster definitely but the players on the floor are what matters
oregon has the better 6-ro OH duo and the better setter. Nebraska is stronger in the middle and libero, but Murphy is still really good. the gap between her and Lexi is much smaller than pukis and the Nebraska setters
each team has about 4 players that would see the court at the other school
Oregon doesn't have a Top 10 recruit.
Nebraska has TEN Top 10 recruits (including 8 in the Top 4). It's kind of crazy this is an argument.
what?? who cares about what they were ranked when they were 17 years old?? far more crazy that you just made THAT argument as a way of comparing talent on a collegiate roster. was Lanier better than Plummer in college? not even close but she was ranked higher in high school.
the question was who has the more talented team, not who did prep volleyball think was better 3-4 years ago