Sun and Kubik were not "out for that match". You make it sound as Sun and Kubik were not available. They were used as serving subs. After the Utah match Nebraska is unsure who will be their starting OHs.
My mistake. In the prior match against Utah, Kubik and Sun both hit abysmally. Lexi Sun was only in 1 set in the Stanford match and I found it hard to believe that she was capable of playing and didn't especially considering that the freshman who were playing more didn't play well at all. I would think that she would have come in near the end if nothing else seeing how that her replacement didn't play that well. I would wager that Cook thinks about the same as Coach about winning and losing. See below for Cook's supposed rational. I say supposed just because coaches will never tell you all that they're thinking. But I've proved that I can't read RR's mind; not a surprise that I can't read John Cook's mind either.
Here's part of an newspaper article about the Nebraska vs Stanford match.
"Batenhorst had 10 kills (.098 hitting), Krause 10 kills (.088 hitting) and Lauenstein five kills (.105 hitting).
Earlier this season Cook may have made a change after a rough first set for the Husker hitters, but he stuck with his starters for the second set.
'We just made the decision we were going to go with those guys tonight and see what they could do,” Cook said on the Husker Radio Network. “We haven’t had any of our (outsides) hit any better than that this year, so we’re trying to find options and I wanted to give Whitney another shot and see what she could do. I thought she did some nice things.
“We got to start getting people over there where they’re not looking over their shoulder and thinking they’re going to get pulled if they’re not doing well. So that was another goal tonight.'"
Both Kubik and Sun hit better than that against Creighton, hitting .200 and .250 respectively, not sure what that's about. Could be that he's trying to get the attention of Kubik and Sun. Then again, if the freshman can't handle being pulled, then Nebraska has a big problem this year.
If you guessed at the composition of UMD's pre-conference schedule, you'd be right. Back in 2017, they had a chance to play UWA, USC, and OK in the preseason and beat two. This year, no such opps. Will Adam's face look like Sunahara's after realizing a preseason with no losses is no guarantee of success v a team from the B1G?
Attractive as the 12-0 looks on the surface, I suspect Coach, Cook, and Hugh wouldn't trade their losses for UMD's 2021 schedule.
TOSU OTOH, beat UWA and played no other ranked opponents as far as I saw; but they're wondering what their preseason revealed about their prospects. Their case may be diametrically opposed to UMD's, if last year's performance is any indication. They'll be playing 8-1 PU (lost to Louisville) first thing. That should be interesting. BTW, they play Notre Dame at TOSU this afternoon. (Update: beat ND, but it took 5. TOSU had a single, very dominant looking set. The rest was hard fought.)
WI (8-0) lost a set each to Baylor and UKy and beat NCAA championship perennial Dayton twice. Technically, today, sitting in 3rd. We shall see.
Last Edit: Sept 20, 2021 5:59:08 GMT -5 by traveler
Hate it when they express % that way. Should read .356; .097. FTFT.
agree most wholeheartedly. But that's just the math version of a world of grammer violations, word misusage, and idiom that can't be right because it's not my generation! Yes, I am part of the "Get off my lawn!" generation. Proud of it, dad gum it!