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  • Volleyball 2018

    A Iowa State fan told me yesterday that UNI just had a returning player quit the squad but they couldn't remember who it was. Is that true or was this just another Clone fan who doesn't know what they are talking about?

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    I hadn't heard anything along those lines, but comparing last year's roster with what is currently listed as this year's roster, there are a number of individuals who are no longer listed (aside from Heather Hook, who graduated/exhausted her eligibility):
    Moriah Johnson (would have been a Sr)
    Bri Weber (would have been a Sr)
    Kati Cassabaum (would have been a Soph)
    Taylor Allen (would have been a Soph)

    Johnson and Weber were significant contributors last season. Kind of shocked not to see them listed.

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    • #3
      Damn sorry to hear that Bri Weber is not returning. We were (and maybe still are) looking at a really strong team if the setter transition from Hook to Koop goes well. IIRC the MSU players who really stuck the daggers in us last season were both seniors.

      Johnson was a DMACC transfer and a decent backup for Thomas. I was hoping we were finished with multiple transfers out after that batch a couple of years ago.

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      • #4
        I'm just worried the team could get off to a rough start given how challenging their non-conference schedule is.
        6 matches in the first 9 days all against teams that made at least the 2nd round of the NCAA tourney last season.

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        • #5
          Yeah, I was really looking forward to this season, I expected them to make a decent run in the tourney, but it's going to be difficult losing Bri. Still should be good, just not as good.

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          • #6
            Just read the Register article about last season's win over ISU, which mentioned Johnson's older sister played for the Clones. That might be how Plainsmen Panther's ISU friend knew about it. It also said she has medical field ambitions, and at first did not intend to play college VB.

            I'd forgotten, but Cassabaum was the one who played WBB at St Ambrose before transferring in. Saw in her bio that before that, she'd signed a NLI to play VB at UNI and then didn't attend. Looks from the outside like a kid who just hasn't figured out what to do yet.
            Last edited by in_the_stands; 07-17-2018, 06:36 AM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by in_the_stands View Post
              I'd forgotten, but Cassabaum was the one who played WBB at St Ambrose before transferring in. Saw in her bio that before that, she'd signed a NLI to play VB at UNI and then didn't attend. Looks from the outside like a kid who just hasn't figured out what to do yet.
              can't hold that against her. heck, I still haven't figure that out for myself. haha.

              It isn't that unusual for one or two underclassmen to drop off the roster, deciding to put priorities on things other than volleyball, or any of many other valid reasons. I don't fret too much about that, but it does seem unusual when a key returning player who had been getting quite a bit of time on the court doesn't return. Not that we're really owed any sort of explaination, but still, the curiousity is there.

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              • #8
                mentioned Johnson
                said she has medical field ambitions, and at first did not intend to play college VB.



                Do I remember that Bri wants to be a nurse? Maybe she was accepted by a nursing program after three years. (I don't think she redshirted, but I could be wrong.)

                Darn it, she was my favorite player last year - strong in both the front and back row.



                Josh Mahoney, Ellie Blankenship, Adam Koch, Jacqui Kalen, David Johnson, Madison Weekly = Golden Panthers on and off the court.

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                • #9
                  At this point, I think everyone should remain calm. Roster changes happen. Personally, I have the utmost confidence that our coaching staff has everything under control. I am approaching the season with a positive half-full mentality. The team could struggle in their nonconference portion due to challenging level of that schedule portion but it will only make the team stronger. I see the team challenging for conference title like always and making NCAA tourney again.

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                  • #10
                    The preseason Coaches Poll was released today.
                    https://www.avca.org/polls/di-women/8-8-2018.html

                    UNI's first week or so of the season goes like this:

                    Friday: #13
                    Saturday: #10 & #5
                    Wednesday: #21
                    Friday: RV (#33)
                    Saturday: RV (#33)

                    Then they have an easier weekend (no teams that received votes), followed by a weekend with #12 and #13. And #26 on a Sunday in the middle of their conference schedule.

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                    • #11
                      So they just have to win 2 of the first 3 and they will start getting noticed. Then win the next 5 and they will be ranked. Then as soon as they lose a conference game they will drop out of the rankings with no chance to return again.
                      GO PANTHERS!

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                      • #12
                        Return 4/6 of the starters on a round of 32 team and not a single vote? Alrighty then.

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