This is an entry in my volleyball coaching log for 2014-15.

We played the team that based on last year’s has to be considered one of the favorites to win our league this year. Results in matches so far this season tend to support that, though perhaps one other team will give them a serious run for the title. That said, this is not a team that we have any real reason to fear. They have an advantage in size at the net, to be sure, but we can play with them.

The result was basically as expected in terms of the outcome, but there were a number of positive takeaways. My movement of last year’s OPP to OH definitely gave a real boost to the offense, though we are weaker in blocking because of it. Generally speaking, I was pretty pleased with the attack. The new setter still has a long way to go, but she’s making progress. Defensively we were solid.

That said, blocking has to get better. There were some bad missed serves – including on set point against for both Set 2 and Set 3. The first set was very nervous, but it got better. There’s still some panicky type play going on, and there were a few bad decisions.

Considering this was the first time on the season thus far that we had all of the starting players available to play, not a bad performance all in all. Important match for league standing on Sunday. Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll be missing a key player.

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John Forman
John Forman

John is currently the Talent Strategy Manager (oversees the national teams) and Indoor Performance Director for Volleyball England, as well as Global Director for Volleyball for Nation Academy. His volleyball coaching experience includes all three NCAA divisions, plus Junior College, in the US; university and club teams in the UK; professional coaching in Sweden; and both coaching and club management at the Juniors level. He's also been a visiting coach at national team, professional club, and juniors programs in several countries. Learn more on his bio page.

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