They went late, 5:30-815. supposed to end at 8 but they were in a middle of playing ‘baseball.’ one of Shoji’s favorite scrimmage games. Don’t ask me to explain it. somehow points equal either base runners or runs, opposing kills and blocks equals outs. Suffice it to say, it went extra innings.
Early on, they had some fun drills, where people who don’t normally hit from the left side did, such as the middles and liberos/DSs.Sort of like pregame warmups.
started scrimmaging early into practice, which should be taken as a good sign. Lots of combos being used. They did a lot of 3-meter attacks with Taylor taking some big swings behind the 3-meter line. Also hitting with authority from there tonight were Hartong, Kastl, Long and Manu-Olevao.
Shoji made a point to say to ‘all right side hitters” (which means if you are hitting from the right, not just the RSs) that when the ball is set low not to try to go line since it won’t make it, to make the smart shot, which is cross court, even if it’s a lob.
They also ran some combo plays ahead of schedule apparently. Uiato ran an inside slide to Tuaniga, which prompted Shoji to ask: Are we running that already? Ah Mow-Santos replied: It got a point.
Also a couple of misdirection plays, one where Tuaniga went right on the slide but Taylor hit a D out of the right back.
Long also working on the D from the right back (obviously). and a couple of times Vorster was lined up behind Kastl on the right, coming across to hit middle.
Lot of good transition plays off defense. One point from Shoji was about the trajectory of the passing, how stepping under it just a little will alter it greatly.
Forgot to mention that UH has an ‘observer’ from Japan for the season. He is a coach from a club in Nagoya on sabbatical. He is allowed some limited interaction but nothing that constitutes coaching Didn’t catch his name.
Oh, someone asked about the UH men’s assistant, the one who will replace Carney. Ran into Wade today. He said they were close to naming someone but, as usual, the paperwork takes forever. Didn’t say who, only that it would be a familiar name, but no one who has been on staff before. Said that Maulia is coming back as video guy and Vernon probably a volunteer coach.
Team is off Thursday. I won’t be. finishing up story on the Duke’s OceanFest for Friday’s paper.