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normalbird
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Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:01 am

The Redbird women’s volleyball team went 7-4 pre-conference, losing only to nationally ranked teams, and mostly in hotly contested matches.

In their first conference match, they pretty much blew perennial power and MVC preseason #2 ranked Missouri State off the floor in Springfield.

Coach Johnson has done a great job mixing existing players with high quality newcomers. This team deserves our support.

Now would be a great time to start (or resume) attending exciting Redbird volleyball games!

JHBird
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Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:34 pm

This could be our schools best team this year. The blowout at MSU took me off guard. I guess playing those three nationally ranked teams this year has toughened them up. Don't forget MSU had a 30+ MVS win streak that we just broke on their home court - heck, broke? More like obliterated. This team deserves a packed house next weekend!

cubird
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Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:50 pm

First time this year the team did not compete the entire game. Total meltdown in the 3rd set to N Iowa after squandering the 3rd set away. Got to turn it around at Drake to split on the road.

bb fan
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Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:10 pm

Birds take care of Drake. Friday the VB team is at home ahead of Hoopsfest. I plan to be there.

JHBird
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Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:31 pm

Hope we can beat UNI here again, to even it up. Seems like the second set loss broke our spirit. I would've liked them to have at least pushed it to the fifth set. Getting swept always sucks...

Pretty much all our wins have been sweeps.

Adunk33
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Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:42 pm

I can tell you this.. I haven't gone to a VB game in about 5 years, it was a departmental obligation. I really look forward to Friday's game against Valpo! I have been tracking the VB scores and keeping tabs on them. Hopefully they have a good showing because as a lead-in to Hoopfest, it should be one of the largest crowds of the year.

topiarydan
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Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:52 am

Realtime RPI is predicting we lose this match 3-2. So let's prove them wrong. Valpo has RPI of 50 while we are 62. However our SOS is better. We win this match and not s_it the bed vs Loyola we'll be back in top 50 RPI which is key for an at large bid

JHBird
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Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:03 am

topiarydan wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:52 am
Realtime RPI is predicting we lose this match 3-2. So let's prove them wrong. Valpo has RPI of 50 while we are 62. However our SOS is better. We win this match and not s_it the bed vs Loyola we'll be back in top 50 RPI which is key for an at large bid
Wow, I didn't realize Valpo was that good. I figured we wipe the floor with them. But yeah, this is a big match.

topiarydan
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Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:12 pm

Great win tonite vs Valpo - follow up by beating Loyola and we'll be back in Top 50 RPI

Adunk33
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Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:05 am

Really fun game last night. Valpo had a decent amount of fans there and I'm guessing that's the largest crowd VB will play in front of this season.

I'll probably do season tickets next year! Fun product and atmosphere.

cubird
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Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:58 pm

Great weekend can be topped off with a Monday win over the Braves!

JHBird
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Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:49 am

This is only my second year having season tickets, but that was the largest crowd I've seen for volleyball. It makes quite a difference. Great game too. Hopefully they make this event happen every year during homecoming, with a volleyball game at 6pm, followed by hoopfest. I'm thinking the volleyball team created some new fans from this.

cpacmel
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Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:16 pm

Tough match vs Bradley. But the Women did win 3 games to 1!
That's 15 consecutive wins over Bradley. 68-12 all-time.

Humdinger
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Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:35 pm

ISU volleyball is a GREAT product. I was a basketball freak but watching those girls play with that athleticism and speed and power forever won me over. Every bit as enjoyable as a basketball game...dare I say it...maybe more in the right environment.

bb fan
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Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:14 pm

I have always thought if more folks would attend a volleyball match, they would be hooked. It is a fun, fast paced, action packed sport to begin with. And we are a fun team to watch with a lot of talent.

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Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:10 am

When they changed the rules to rally scoring, I think that really made it more interesting for fans. Back in the day when it was you could only score when serving....maaaan we had some long matches.
LET'S WIN THIS GAME!

Morans14
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Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:19 am

bb fan wrote:I have always thought if more folks would attend a volleyball match, they would be hooked. It is a fun, fast paced, action packed sport to begin with. And we are a fun team to watch with a lot of talent.
Couldn't agree more! It's a fun sport and the price is right for season tickets.


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JHBird
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Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:01 pm

isuquinndog wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:10 am
When they changed the rules to rally scoring, I think that really made it more interesting for fans. Back in the day when it was you could only score when serving....maaaan we had some long matches.
Thanks for clearing that up. When I first started going to the games last year I thought you could only score when serving? So I definitely wasn't imagining that. I could see how the games would then take much longer. I tell you though, when they sweep somebody the game almost goes too fast. When they beat Evansville the game was over in 70 minutes!

I noticed also this year they don't really have a 'half time' after the second set. They don't go to the locker room at all, and the 3rd set gets started pretty fast. I didn't think the games were too long last year, even the five setters, so I kinda of miss the 'half time' games the fans participated in, but oh well.

I was talking with one of the team parents. He told me the last two recruiting classes all came from the previous coach. He said they didn't lose a single recruit due to a coaching change, including his daughter. That's a big compliment to our institution here. Kids like the visit, so they commit to the school & program, not the coach. He said when the young ladies give a verbal commitment that you don't see a lot of that decommit nonsense you see in the big time male sports. Their word means something. Funny way of looking at things, right? He also told me this years recruiting class has a really good libero plus a great outside hitter who is what they call a 6 position player. Kinda like Lilly Johnson from MSU last year. She basically stays on the court for most of the game. That will be nice to have., but yeah, coach Johnson can recruit. Looks like she's got another 20 win season coming too. Hopefully we make the big dance.

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Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:22 pm

JHBird it was changed probably 10 years ago now, I think. But yeah, matches are super fast.

It's the same in high school and I've thought hard about becoming a volleyball official. Don't have to move, inside and super quick matches. Checks all the boxes. ;)
LET'S WIN THIS GAME!

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LET'S WIN THIS GAME!

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