Welcome to UMD Volleyball Volumes, a brand new weekly roundup of all the motion from the weekend. Featured might be deeper dives into particular person/group performances, nearer seems at important moments throughout the matches, quotes from coaches and gamers and extra. If you happen to get pleasure from narratives to complement stat sheets, UMD Volleyball Volumes would be the place for you.
The Bulldogs entered the weekend with a #10 rating to pair with a formidable 10-0 rating. Three’s a crowd, so how about one other 10 stat: all 10 of the Bulldogs’ wins up up to now had occurred on the street, whether or not that be in neutral-site matchups or true street matches. It is secure to say the rise on the odometer of the Bulldogs’ group bus was barely increased than 10.
This weekend, UMD lastly obtained to play the function of host. Their success in taking part in this half is relative- for the Bulldogs, issues went fairly properly. Not solely did UMD defeat each MSU Moorhead and Northern State, however they did so in six consecutive units. With this in thoughts, it is secure to say the guests would’ve most well-liked a extra amicable local weather.
These performances had been sufficient to propel the Bulldogs up one spot on this week’s AVCA ballot, permitting them to enter the brand new week the ninth-ranked group within the nation.
The deeper you dive into the Bulldogs’ efficiency as a unit throughout the weekend’s motion, the higher issues search for them. There wasn’t a single main group statistical class by which the Bulldogs weren’t ranked someplace within the high 5 within the NSIC on this stretch. UMD was #1 within the convention in each kills per set (15.83 Ok/S, 95 whole) and blocks per set (3.33 B/S, 20 whole). They had been #2 in assists per set (14.50, 87 whole), opponent hitting share (.084) and repair aces per set (1.83, 11 whole). The Bulldogs got here in at #3 in digs per set (17.83, 107 whole). The bottom UMD fell in a class was fourth in group hitting share with a clip of .269. Not a nasty weekend.
Cianna Selbitschka undoubtedly did not have a nasty weekend. In truth, she had one in every of her greatest statistical weekends of the younger season. The quantity that pops off of the web page is her kill rely of 30. This ties her efficiency within the first day of the St. Cloud State/Concordia St. Paul Event as her greatest two-game offensive stretch so far. This final effort was much more environment friendly than the one earlier than it- Selbitschka did all of this on a .382 hitting share. On Friday towards MSU Moorhead alone, Selbitschka had 14 kills at an unstoppable .583 clip.
Ask Selbitschka, and he or she’ll defer to her efficiency as only one in a sea of efforts from her group at-large.
“I could not have finished it with out the help of my teammates and the touches that got here earlier than mine,” Selbitschka stated. “We’ve been working so laborious this season to this point, and everyone seems to be placing within the effort and time to guarantee that our sport is at its full potential.”
Ask head coach Jim Boos, and he’ll put Selbitschka’s large offensive outing into perspective.
“Actually on Friday night time, (Selbitschka) had lots of highly effective kills the place she was actually ripping the ball, however I used to be equally as impressed on Saturday given a few of the kills she had had been extra managed, shifting the ball across the courtroom, taking the ball off of blockers’ arms,” Boos stated. “These are photographs that earlier on this yr she was erroring on, final yr she had a tough time with due to the problems she had along with her hand, so it is actually encouraging to see her not solely be as terminal as she was however simply to be as environment friendly as she was and to restrict the quantity of errors that she has. At occasions, she was actually carrying us offensively for these two matches.”
Selbitschka’s efforts over the weekend have left her dead-even with fellow offensive standout Syndey Lanoue for the group lead in kills with 137.
NO GRACE FROM DAAK DEFENSIVELY:
The Bulldogs are a group that’s all about stability this season, one thing we’ll hear extra about slightly later. For a preview of this, take into account the truth that the group was in some way capable of produce a defensive efficiency this weekend that was equally as spectacular as Selbitschka’s barrage in the direction of the opposite aspect of the web. Enter Grace Daak. It is laborious to say that it is ever troublesome to see Daak- the Junior Center Blocker is tied with Samantha Paulsen for the moniker of group’s tallest participant at 6’3″. Over the weekend, although, Daak made her presence recognized in a wholly completely different approach, in a spot the place all are degree: the stat sheet. Daak exited the weekend with 10 extra whole blocks to her title. Solely her two-game stretch of 12 blocks on the primary day of the UIndy Invitational was higher. As is the case most of the time with Daak relating to blocks, she did it flawlessly, too, recording no blocking errors within the course of.
Daak was completely happy to see the fruits of her labor and equally as completely happy that all of it transpired in entrance of her group’s dwelling crowd.
“Blocking is one thing I’m striving to proceed to get higher at, and it felt nice to have the ability to do this for my group,” Daak stated. “Being at dwelling simply makes it even higher as a result of the vitality in Romano is so enjoyable to play in.”
Boos’ reflections on Daak’s efficiency over the weekend echoed the thought of continued enchancment whereas additionally detailing a participant that already holds robust, seasoned defensive capabilities.
“Not solely the precise blocks that finish the purpose, however simply the presence she has, making hitters both must go over her or round her, which lets you defend round that,” Boos stated. “It lightens the load slightly bit on your protection. She confirmed a propensity to be an influence blocker final yr with the place she completed within the league from a blocking perspective, and we have been working laborious right here these previous couple of weeks to attempt to appropriate some issues along with her arms, and as she continues to work and get higher at it, it is simply going to proceed to assist her be extra profitable blocking. She’s utilizing her eyes and her expertise to place herself in a very good place to make lots of good blocks, and we’d like that from her.”
Daak at present holds a convincing group lead in whole blocks for the season with 50. That is good for a clip of 1.16 blocks per set. By all of it, Daak has recorded simply three whole blocking errors.
BULLDOGS’ DECISIVE MOMENT OF THE WEEKEND:
It took precisely one installment of UMD Volleyball Volumes for us to cheat. This week’s decisive “second” is absolutely two, very comparable eventualities.
The primary second situates us within the thick of an intense first set between UMD and Northern State on Saturday. After leaping out to a 6-0 lead, the Bulldogs rapidly noticed their fortunes flip bitter and by no means cease souring till they discovered themselves down 24-22 and getting ready to shedding a set for the primary time since September 3. With no timeouts left to take, UMD merely needed to experience the wave- they usually rode it properly. The Bulldogs had been capable of degree the rating at 24-24 and survive one other scare at 25-24 Wolves to finally take the set 28-26.
Did that sound enjoyable? Hopefully you are into that form of set, as a result of the very subsequent one was fairly comparable, sans a robust early benefit for both group. A down-to-the-wire second set finally noticed the Bulldogs forward 24-22 with an opportunity of their very own to shut issues out. An assault error by Selbitschka to make the rating 24-23 prompted a timeout out of Boos, however the very first play out of the break was yet one more Selbitschka error to degree the rating at 24. The Bulldogs did not a lot really feel like taking part in round on this version of additional rallies: they instantly rambled off two straight kills to finish the set at 26-24 and take a commanding 2-0 lead within the match.
In simply two units, The Bulldogs had stripped the world from the arms of their opponents and almost had it stripped proper again away. It is one thing coach Boos had no scarcity of phrases for, a typical aspect impact of familiarity.
“I feel what this group has realized very early within the season, as a result of it is occurred to us a number of occasions, is that no lead is secure in volleyball in both route, and that it is a very momentum-driven sport,” Boos stated. “Once you really feel like you’ve gotten issues underneath management, you continue to must play level by level, and you’ll’t get forward of your self and suppose that you simply’re onto the following set. It’s important to end what you are doing and benefit from the lead and alternatives you’ve gotten and vice versa. Once you’re down, and issues look bleak, all it takes is one little momentum-changing play to occur, make a cease, and subsequent factor you already know, you are again to tied once more.”
What was stated throughout that 24-23 timeout within the second set? Not that Boos had one to make use of, however what would a hypothetical 24-24 timeout within the first set have seemed like? Boos reiterated his “no magic potion” stance from earlier within the season: there exists no template that’s 100% profitable. All he can do is present reassurance, however he would not must do it alone- usually, the group takes up that obligation on their very own.
“There isn’t any magic dialog we now have, there is not any magic phrases which might be used, it is simply the fixed reminders- particularly amongst themselves,” Boos stated. “I hear them saying it to themselves, simply to sort of transfer on to the following factor, give attention to what’s subsequent. That is actually the wonder and the ache of our sport.”
ROLLING IN ROMANO:
By all of it, the Bulldogs had been handled to the “pleasant confines,” as coach Boos places it, of Romano Gymnasium for the primary time all season.
Selbitschka was pleased with the ambiance and made particular point out of members of different UMD groups making it to the matches.
“It felt wonderful to be again in our dwelling fitness center with all of the help from the neighborhood and different athletes,” Selbitschka stated. “The vitality that stuffed the fitness center this weekend was really an excellent feeling.”
Daak took notice of the lengthy drag of street journeys the group had endured earlier than this weekend and had excessive reward for Romano besides.
“Having some lengthy away weekends, taking part in at dwelling undoubtedly felt good with the help of different college students and the Bulldog neighborhood,” Daak stated. “I feel we now have the most effective gyms within the convention, so we’re at all times fortunate to play at dwelling.”
Amidst continued success, Boos has continued to note the identical profitable technique inside his group: equal distribution. Situations like Selbitschka’s 16-kill masterclass standing far above different offensive performances on Saturday are a rarity with this club- they’re extra used to profitable by offensive committee.
“Our power continues to be our stability and our potential to assault from all 5 spots that we now have on the ground, and even to herald our subs and have them proceed to do good issues for us,” Boos stated. “Once you have a look at our kill numbers, to have 5 individuals over 100, however no one above what Cianna and Syd have (137 kills every), that is sort of the place we wish to dwell. We wish to transfer the ball round and have everybody concerned, and after we’re ready to do this, good issues occur.”
Talking of Saturday, that matchup towards the Wolves uncovered challenges that exist even inside an uber-consistent offense just like the one the Bulldogs function. Boos thinks what lies on the core of the issue is one thing inside.
“The factor that Saturday taught us is that if we’re not serve-receiving in addition to we’re able to, that makes (equal distribution) more durable to do,” Boos stated. “It is more durable to get everybody concerned, and also you begin changing into much more pin-dependent. That could be a more durable method to win. Even when Cianna and Syd are doing superior on the market, it is nonetheless simply much more difficult for us to win that approach. It is an space we now have to proceed to verify we work on and tighten up is with the ability to get (Madison Gordon) a possibility to maintain all people concerned in our rhythm and our tempo.”
PREVIEW OF THE PREVIEW:
Keep in mind that new AVCA Ballot? The Bulldogs’ continued climb in that area is sweet to see, however the group can be clever to see who now sits on the high of the mountain: Wayne State Faculty, UMD’s opponent this coming Saturday, September 24. A troublesome Augustana squad coming to city on Friday, September 23 is not precisely a pleasing appetizer, both. Keep tuned for a full preview of this weekend’s matchups.