For the first time in over 20 years or so, Shoji is not voting on the coaches poll. He said he thought it was almost automatic since he’d been doing it for so long. Then when he reread the email he realized that there was a deadline to respond. He was a couple of days late and was told they’d found someone to replace him. He said it didn’t really bother him. That the poll means nothing. It was all about the RPI anyway.
He hadn’t seen the poll. we discussed it a little. His comment was about the usual suspects being in the top. Was surprised that San Diego wasn’t ranked, that he expected the Toreros to be a very tough team
They scrimmaged a lot this afternoon, went longer than he had planned because he forgot they started at 3 and not 3:30. He’s been going 2 1/2 hours. they went to 6 so that was 3 hours.
they had been taking minimal stats but did a little more today. He liked the passing efficiency but thought it could be better, and that none of the 3 middles were hitting negative.
Shoji said that the players need to know that there are no guaranteed starters, except pretty much for Hartong and Longo. That everyone has a chance, that no decisions had been made and they should all keep working hard to make that starting lineup. Decisions will start being made maybe later this week and next week. Said the staff was putting pressure on the players to see who could handle it. That he wanted the toughest people out there, and that means mental toughness.
He knows his son Erik has a great volleyball mind so he took a picture on his cell of the stats taken during the scrimmage and sent them to Erik for analyzing.
As for the scrimmaging, lot of combinations being used. Tuaniga continues to move well and he’s looking at Kastl (6-0) and Taylor (6-3) on the right. Long (5-11) played some right-side and might do well there against a smaller block. She hits line so well and has a nice 3-meter attack.
One drill had a full team on one side and defense on the other. They’d set one LS, then put another in. Same with the set to an MB, then they’d swap out with another. Then with the RS and also the setters. All three setters getting reps during drills and scrimmages but pretty sure Goodman will redshirt.
He continued to stress fundamentals, getting in the middle of the court to show what he wanted. One point made was how passing set everything up and he pointed out a couple of digs that had been made by certain people that led to the perfect set being made.
Think that’s about it. They have early and late practices to accommodate some school stuff tomorrow. They go at 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.