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College: 5 Topics of Interest

The season is months away still, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t thinking about the hottest topics. Check them out.

Can Creighton continues its recent run of historic seasons? (Courtesy of Creighton Athletics)

We continue our mini in-season break from the club season, which resumes quickly with the JVA West Coast Cup happening this weekend in Long Beach, and the National Junior Classic in Chicago.

For this moment though, we have college on our minds.

Here’s five things about the upcoming season to watch out for.

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  1. bllewis2010

    May 24, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Watch out for UCLA, UNC, and Washington. They are going to be very strong this year.

  2. William Grady

    May 24, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Great article. Don’t forget Minnesota has Samedy (a beast) and Martin coming on board.

  3. William Grady

    May 24, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    BTW, Oregon beat Washington in a spring match. Could be their year.

  4. bllewis2010

    May 25, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Oregon is loaded with talent. I think this is the year many programs that were on the cusp last year become leaders as their youth mature. Examples are as you said, Oregon, UNC, Florida (since their rising sophomores will be key factors), and USC.

  5. Chris Tobolski

    May 25, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Oregon is an intriguing team this year. The feeling here is the girls will like playing for Matt Ulmer and maybe that’s enough to get them deeper into the postseason.

  6. Chris Tobolski

    May 25, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Don’t know how, but I actually kind of forgot about Samedy. That’s a huge piece, because I think she’s ready to make an impact right away. Martin I’m taking more of a wait-and-see approach. She could be a key piece, or she could not be.

  7. Chris Tobolski

    May 25, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    On board with all three – UCLA, UNC and Washington. I think they all can make strong pushes in the postseason, but I don’t know if I’m ready to label them as true championship contenders just yet. At least not on the same level as Stanford and Texas.

  8. bllewis2010

    May 26, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Key matches to watch will be the ACC/Big10 challenge between UNC, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Also watch UCLA and Nebraska. Of course VERT challenge will be big.

  9. William Grady

    July 5, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I believe by tournament time Wisconsin’s young guns, with Hillley setting, will be very tough to beat. It won’t surprise me to see Rettke and Hart intimidating teams, making everyone else more effective.
    Stanford losing Hodson and Vanjak must give other teams a sigh of relief. Washington’s two new middles are going to be scary good, and allow Bajema to return to her natural position. With Utah looking so good, the Pac 12 will be a slugfest.

  10. William Grady

    July 5, 2017 at 11:14 am

    My “dream Elite Eight” for 2017: BYU, Creighton, Oregon, Florida, Washington, Wisconsin, UNC, and Minnesota.
    Pick ’em from that point forward. I like every one of those teams.

  11. William Grady

    July 5, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Of course, that was my heart picking the E-8, not my head…though any or all of them COULD make it.

  12. William Grady

    July 21, 2017 at 11:33 am

    With Courtney Schwan’s stellar summer with the European Global Challenge team, and all of UW’s other weapons, I’m seeing them right there with Texas and Stanford. (I’d love it if neither of those 2 powerhouses make it to the final four, or even the elite 8…wishful thinking… –And those teams are loaded with young players, for crimeney sakes.)
    Another wish list item: BYU somehow comes up with effective middles, to make up for the loss of Boswell and Howard. They’ve got no experience there at all, the only weakness on an otherwise great team, I believe.

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