Christmahanakwanzika Wish Lists
Hey, last year I asked for a press box for Lacrosse and now we've got a spiffy new structure next to the railroad track beside Little Yum, so wishes do come true sometimes.
A sweet 16 (or beyond) appearance. I've been to every UofL NCAA tournament volleyball in person since 2008, I believe, and I've never been to a volleyball sweet 16 (well, other than when it was hosted at the KFC Yum! Center, but I'm not counting that because UofL wasn't playing in it). The program narrowly missed it this year, and I hope next year to see an even more improved team and further success in tournament play.
A 6-2 offense. I've heard talk that this is being considered for next year. 6-2 offenses are, in my opinion, a lot of fun to watch. We've got 3 good setters on the roster in Kali Eaken, Lindsey Palmer, and Morgan Miller. When this was first mentioned to me, I was thinking Kali Eaken and Morgan Miller as the two setters, but a few days ago, I realized that Lindsey Palmer could have a major role as a setter in a 6-2. We haven't seen Palmer running the offense as setter because, at 5'8", she's not a very effective blocker and with a traditional 5-1 offense, the setter needs to be able to block when they're in the front row. With a 6-2, however, the setter is always playing out of the back row, so they don't need to be able to block. We lose the setter dump that Katie George so loved, but that's a small price to pay for always having three attackers available in the front row.
We've got a press box now, how about some concessions for the fans? Or perhaps a permanent structure with a locker room for the visiting team. Like Volleyball, a deeper run in the NCAA tournament beyond the second round would be great.
For the both the men and women on this one. More courts! I've heard that this one might already be in the works as well. It would likely take the form of adding more outdoor courts in front of the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center where the old soccer practice field is. With the spiffy new Lynn Soccer Stadium, the practice field isn't really needed anymore, and the Tennis programs would benefit by being able to host full tournaments rather than just competitions against individual opponents.
Swimming and Diving
While it's not directly for the program, I wish for a successful Olympics in Rio for various current and former members of the Swimming and Diving squad. This, also, is for both the men and the women. We've talked a lot about Kelsi Worrell's success, but perhaps alumna Tanja Kyliannen could be representing her native Finland. Joao de Lucca, for the men, will likely be representing Brazil and is a proud UofL alum. On the current squad on the men's side, Sophomore Carlos Claverie could be making an appearance for Venezuela.
Let's call better rebounding a stocking stuffer as it has already improved considerably over the beginning of the season, but could still use some tightening up.
Lethargy-B-Gone for the defense.
Success in post-season play. Ulmer recently got an upgrade, so there's not a whole lot to ask for from a facilities point of view. Well, there are some things we could ask for, but that would be a bit greedy, so we'll skip those.
I'd like to see the UofL Softball team advance to a Super-Regional. Softball hasn't had a great deal of NCAA tournament success in the past couple of years, not having won a game at all since the first game of the 2014 Regional against IPFW. They have not advanced to a Super-Regional since I've been going to games at all. Hopefully they'll do well enough that we would be hosting these events this spring, but if not, I'll certainly be looking to make an effort to road-trip for them.
I haven't put together lists for all of the women's sports teams, feel free to add some lists for other teams, or even add items for these teams in the comments. I'd love to hear what you would like to see out of these programs. Our biggest wish of all, though...is that all our readers have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!