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OT: Big Weekend for PSU Women's Volleyball - Wisconsin and Minnesota at Rec Hall


#1

The Minnesota Golden Gophers will visit Rec Hall this Saturday (Wisconsin plays Penn State on Friday night), and we’re hoping lots of Penn Staters come out to cheer the team on. The Gophers are very good, but they’ve have had their ups and downs this season. Early “ups” were the back-to-back sweeps of Texas. An early “down” was the 3-2 loss to Kansas. This past weekend, Minnesota dropped one at home to now-#1 Illinois, but bounced back with a 3-1 win over Northwestern.

In some ways, the Gophers remind us of the Nittany Lions – running hot and cold, a bit unpredictable. We asked ®uffda (a family name?) a Minnesota fan, to talk to us about which team he expects to show up against Penn State – the one that took out Texas twice (say that fast ten times), or the one that started slow against Northwestern, losing the first set 25-12, before rallying to take the match 3-1 – as well as to answer a number of other questions about the Gophers and who will win the match. Here’s a link to his answers: http://www.dignittanyvolleyball.com/2011/09/28/fanalysis-minnesota-vs-penn-state/


#2

Hmmmm. might be something for me,m y brothers and my cousin to do. We’ll be in town for a golf weekend. If any of you are golfers we’ll be the group slowing play on the White on Saturday morning and Toftrees on sunday morning. I promise that it is my brothers who are slow and not me. :frowning: Weather looks like it will be pretty crappy >:(


#3

Penn State’s match with Minnesota will air live on the Big Ten Network at 6 pm on Saturday.


#4

I’m here. Anyone else?


#5

I was there, but without internet access until now. I may have seen you. Were you the tallish, shortish guy with brownish, blondish, reddish hair, wearing PSU gear of some kind? :slight_smile:


#6

The gal’s will also be on the BTN live on Wed. night 10/5 vs. NU @ 8 PM.


#7

Tivo’d the game and after seeing a few minutes at the start of Neb/Wisc and Bama/Fla switched it over to the match during a commercial. My kids quickly got into the match and we didn’t switch back to the football until after the ladies did their thing. Very impressive. Seems like the early season rough road to the West Coast and Nebraska might be paying off for this young team. We’ll see on Wednesday night if that is indeed the case.


#8

I assume the “very impressive” is how your kids got into the match and didn’t let go! :slight_smile:


#9

Indeed :wink:

They are a chip off the old block and appreciate good, exciting sports that have a lot of action and passion. Though also, like their dad, they’d much rather participate than watch. So to keep their attention for an entire match, though I actually sped it up in sets 2 and 3 to the 15 point mark (so we could get back to the football :slight_smile: ), was certainly an eye-opener to me.


#10
I was there, but without internet access until now. I may have seen you. Were you the tallish, shortish guy with brownish, blondish, reddish hair, wearing PSU gear of some kind? :)

[quote=“JakkL, post:4, topic:2692”]I’m here. Anyone else?[/quote]

WOW! That was me!

#11

[quote=“NittanyIllini, post:7, topic:2692”]Seems like the early season rough road to the West Coast and Nebraska might be paying off for this young team. We’ll see on Wednesday night if that is indeed the case.[/quote]I agree. This is such a young team with 2 seniors and 2 juniors and i think only one of each really plays. Those tough early season matches were a tremendous learning experience for the young kids.


#12
[quote="NittanyIllini, post:7, topic:2692"]Seems like the early season rough road to the West Coast and Nebraska might be paying off for this young team. We'll see on Wednesday night if that is indeed the case.[/quote]I agree. This is such a young team with 2 seniors and 2 juniors and i think only [b]one of each[/b] really plays. Those tough early season matches were a tremendous learning experience for the young kids.

Actually, only one, period, sees regular time. Junior Kristin Carpenter is the only upperclassmen who’s appeared in more than half of the sets (45 of 51 sets) and her time has actually diminished as the season has gone on. Seniors Katie Kabbes and Megan Shiflett have played in 21 and 25 sets respectively (Kabbes did play all three sets against Nebraska but none against Wisconsin so it might be a match up thing with her). Junior Marika Racibarskas has appeared in just 9 sets. So of the top ten in sets played, only one is an upperclassmen and that’s Carpenter.

Carpenter started on the season as the setter (same role she had last year) but was moved to libero early on in an attempt to shore up our back line defense (freshman Micha Hancock took over the starting setter’s spot). Currently, Carpenter is splitting the libero role with soph Ali Longo and Longo has gotten more of the starts recently (in B10 play, Carpenter has appeared in 12 of the 14 matches while Longo has been in all 14). Unless, Russ elects to make a mid season shift to a 6-2, Carpenter may be relegated to a part time defensive specialist’s role. That would basically mean we would pretty much be an all FR/SO team.


#13

To see just how young Penn State is, take a look at an analysis I posted yesterday on DigNittanyVolleyball, comparing the top five teams (based on won-lost records through 10-2-11) in the Big Ten: Illinois, Nebraska, Purdue, Penn State, and Michigan. I looked at the top 10 players on each team (based on number of sets played), and compared the totals for the freshmen and sophomores in those cohorts to the team’s total in each of three categories: kills, digs, and points. Here’s a link http://www.dignittanyvolleyball.com/2011/10/03/big-ten-teams-freshmen-sophomores-womens-volleyball-penn-state-how-much-kids-doing/. Case in point - 95.18% of Penn State’s kills have been made by freshmen or sophomores who are among the top 10 in sets played; for league-leading Illinois, that percentage is 21.04.