Penn State senior setter Micha Hancock named AVCA National Player of the Year today. Here’s the link if you want to read more about her.
For those missing the scores from last night:
(Rankings are AVCA poll)
No. 4 Penn State def. No. 1 Stanford 25-16, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21
No. 12 BYU def. No. 6 Texas 25-23, 25-16, 17-25, 26-24
Stanford was seeded first, Texas second, Penn State fifth and BYU unseeded
As has been mentioned, it’s the first time an unseeded team has reach the finals.
two pretty entertaining matches. Really good defense and BYU’s block was impressive.
Hard to tell if that critical touch call at the end of BYU-Texas was correct but the up ref was right there and apparently she ‘heard’ the contact.
First time I had seen Robins-Hardy set this year. very nice job by a freshman in her second start on such a big stage. ESPN put up a very interesting graphic about her travels going back and forth for basketball and volleyball during the past few weeks.
Sounded like people had trouble watching online Thursday. BYUcougars.com is supposed to have a feed through their website. Championship match at 2:30 p.m. HST.
Much will depend if BYU can keep Penn State from scoring during the rotations where Gray (corrected from early ‘Macy’ is out. That was the biggest weakness I saw in the Cougars yesterday.
BYU coach Olmstead, named national COY earlier this week, addressed the issue of the non-Power 5 schools. Since we had a discussion about that this week, thought I’d pass along his comments from the press conference prior to the semifinals.
Q. BYU has broken multiple barriers in getting here. And one of those is you’re the only non-power 5 team to be here. At the lower regional level, some coaches are a little concerned about the divisiveness between this autonomy move of the power 5 and the other schools. Do you share that concern?
COACH OLMSTEAD: That’s a great question. And I do my best to follow that as it unfolds, because it’s a popular, very, very popular conversation and especially with the rumors of BYU being in the Big 12 country right now.
I’m not oblivious to that and just say no, that doesn’t exist. But I believe there’s things happening, and I hope that a sport like volleyball and with the wonderful opportunities it provides these young ladies that we really look long and hard at how we manage all that. Because I think there’s so much money around there trying to be moved around and pushed around.
And before you know it, the money I guess in life money always talks, but we’re allowing sometimes maybe it to do too much talking when I’m hearing of this program’s getting cut or that’s getting cut because the money’s gotta go to football and pump up football. And it’s a bummer for studentathletes like these girls, because I think that’s really, really important.