Um POY Brinkerhoff may have something to say about that, as would the setter because he played great today also. Neither of them leave the court. :shrug:Disagree - I think Bowling is Darby's best all around player - he never is on the bench !
I would completely agree here. Definitely more parity across the state which is more fun. And you're right the favorite, or even the 2nd favorite hasn't won the last few years.State tournament is becoming more and more unpredictable.
Definitely fun to see more true contenders. Makes the sport more fun to watch.
You can make a strong argument that none of the true favorites have won the past 3 years.
2015 - Darby (favorite - St. X)
2016 - Elder (favorites - Darby/Moeller)
2017 - St. Ignatius (favorites Darby/Elder)
(Of course the favorites are just based off of my opinion)
Hoban / Alter was a great match. Gerwig was amazing, was fun and scary to watch. (Alter fan) I want to give a shout out to Alter coach Craig Erfort and his coaching staff. The team played together and were outstanding, but I can tell you watching them early in the year there was no way this team was going to win a state championship.Great updates here from Darby Davidson fan. I just spent the weekend watching a great couple days of volleyball.
Not enough love here for the D2 kids. Awesome play from both Alter and Hoban and congrats to Alter for turning it on in set 5. The Rose kid from Alter was phenomenal as was Gerwig from Hoban.
My son has had an outstanding experience with Hoban volleyball and from hearing the seniors speak at our Sunday mass at the hotel, it's plain to see how much that group of kids loved playing together and for their coach.
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Hoban / Alter was a great match. Gerwig was amazing, was fun and scary to watch. (Alter fan) I want to give a shout out to Alter coach Craig Erfort and his coaching staff. The team played together and were outstanding, but I can tell you watching them early in the year there was no way this team was going to win a state championship.
Erfort and coaching staff developed and improved this team throughout the year. The kids talent, hard work and team chemistry combined with fantastic coaching made this team a champion. 4 in a row. 6 out last 7 are outstanding achievements. Congrats to the Knights....
Totally agree with you. Did not mean to diminish the players talent, there were talented players on both sides. You are right it would have been very, very difficult to win without Josh (setter) in there setting in the 5th set.Indeed, congrats to Alter for gathering themselves in set 5 to pull out the title.
Volleyball is equally an individual talent game and a team game. In my mind, like pro football ... (Browns fan) if you have a strong QB, you have a chance. Without one, you have no chance.
You need a setter and 1 good Outside Hitter to make yourself a decent team and you fill in from there. Both finalists yesterday had those parts.
Without a dominant Outside, your upside is limited. Without a good setter, offense is also very limited.
Had the Alter setter, who went out with a leg injury for a few minutes late in set 4, not been able to return for set 5 - the trophy would likely be in Akron today. None of these teams are deep enough to withstand an injury to the top end of their rosters. It would have been tough to change the outcome of a state final game due to injury.
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