Florida VB is a taller team than BYU. By far! Their MB is 4 inches taller than Gneiting at 6’8”. Their libero is same size at Mary Lake. They run a 6-2 offense vs BYU’s 5-1. Florida setters are one inch shorter and 3 inches taller than Eppich. This means they always have 3 hitters and blockers on the front line. Scary for BYU but it also means that neither of their setters are quite as good as Eppich. Florida’s other MB is 2 inches shorter than Gneiting but jumps well and hits well. Florida MB’s are probably the most talented pair that BYU will face this season. Very similar to BYU.
The big problem for BYU is the Florida RS who is ‘6”7 and leads the team in kills. This is where the Miller injury could hurt BYU. Depending on rotation the Florida RS could be matched up against Robinson at 5’10”. That won’t work for BYU. So we will have to watch that! BYU May have to go to the bench for Ballard or Bushman. Big worry here!
One Florida OH is a bit taller than Jones Perry. We should be fine if Haddock or Eppich or Ballard can play decent in their blocking game. The other OH presents a bigger issue for BYU blockers at 6’3” and she is their best player. If she hadn’t been hurt, Hall would lead Florida in kills. Unfortunately Florida has an OH who comes in if the others aren’t hitting on all cylinders and she is 6’4” a freshman and it wouldn’t surprise me if she starts against BYU. The Hamson injury is one that almost everyone has forgotten about. But it may be bigger than Millers. I just don’t think that the BYU starters can block this big OH with Stetler, Haddock, or any below 6ft player.
If BYU can put the pressure on Florida with the serve and stay in system on offense, they could make headway by keeping Florida off balance. This match has issues for BYU and it could be a trap match for our girls given the injuries they have suffered. We will know in the first set whether Olmstead’s gamble to not play Stapleton or Lewis Bushman on that front row enough to get them comfortable will bite us. She has opted to go with offense to replace Miller. I am nervous about that decision but Olmstead has 6 days to make the decision based on what she sees on film. I defer to her … but BYU will be in for a big time match come Friday.