By Cindy Luis
Sorry, had the scrimmage story and two final preview magazine stories to take care of.
I’d say about 100 were in the arena to watch some pretty good off-season play. There’s definitely a commitment to ball pursuit and not giving up on a play.
Impressive defense on both sides. Hard to gauge in that so many combos were used.
Uiato’s side always won and she had Hartong as her go-to player.
Spoke with Longo, Hartong and Uiato after the match. They were fairly pleased with today but know they want to work on some things before Friday’s first match.
A few of you have suggested starting lineups on another thread. After talking with Shoji, this is what I gather … and what I wrote for tomorrow’s paper.
The only givens seem to be Hartong and Croson on the left, Uiato at setter and Longo at libero.
The middles are up for grabs, although he said Adolpho came out No. 1 after today. Said he didn’t want to say who would be No. 2 because things could easily change this week.
He said the rights are pretty even. Said Olevao didn’t have a great day but that you could see the potential. He knows he has options.
Was sitting with Jim Leahey most of the scrimmage. He was very impressed with Longo too. He agreed with me that Longo was moving better and Maeda was playing the best ball of her career.
If I had to pick a lineup based on today, I’d say Hartong and Croson on the left, Adolpho and Vorster in the middle, Goodman on the right, Longo at libero and Maeda top DS.
Shoji did say that Hartong passed the best he’s seen her and if she does that they can keep a traditional passing formation. If not, then things will change.
did ask about what 15 subs would do. He said it would allow for the middles to be subbed out every rotation and that Lelepali would be in after Maeda.