DigNittany: We’re speaking today with Talking Head, who played D1 Volleyball and has coached the sport for many years. We’ll start by comparing some team and individual stats. The first table is courtesy of DigNittanyVolleyball Forum poster Millenium. The remaining tables are courtesy of VolleyTalk poster ilikecorn. We’ll rejoin our conversation with Talking Head at the end of the tables.
DigNittany: Looking at these stats quickly, Washington appears to be a strong serving team, and Penn State looks like a strong receiving team. Both teams have lots of freshman and/or sophomores who see considerable playing time. For Penn State — 6’1″ Fr. Opp Jonni Parker, 6’4″ Fr. MB Kaitlyn Hord, 6′-2″ Fr. MB Serena Gray, 5’7″ Fr. DS Jenna Hampton, 6’1″ Fr. OH Allyson Cathey, and 5’9″ Fr. DS/Setter Gabby Blossom. For Washington — 6’2″ Fr. OH Claire Hoffman, 6’4″ So. Opp Samantha Drechsel, 6’4″ So MB: Lauren Sanders, and 6’0″ Fr. Setter Ella May Powell. It will be interesting to see who steps up. Your thoughts?
Talking Head: In the lead-up to this year’s tournament, it seemed that Penn State’s younger players weren’t phased at all by their age or inexperience. In several instances, they actually played better down the stretch, against some very tough opponents. Coach Rose has mentioned in the past how freshmen can hit a wall in November, when their high school seasons would have been over. That hasn’t happened with this group of Penn State freshmen.