Predicting Breakout Fall Players
When guessing breakout players it's important to note that I'm not going the easy route by picking stars such as Emina Ekic and Mechi Pastor. Those are obvious great players that we already expect to have great seasons.
It's also important to make note that this is going off the assumption that these players are returning for the 2020 season. I did not name any freshmen to the list.
Erica Cooper has been a favorite of Coach Sowry's and sees a lot of playing time. The Louisville native had two game winners, her only two goals on the 2019 season, but will be Pastor's dynamic duo partner on offense the upcoming year.
Margot Lawn was low on the list in minutes played but was fourth in total points and fifth in goals scored. She has one game winner on the year, but with her high point percentage in terms of minutes played she has a good shot at having a breakout season.
There's only one player that graduated even though a couple players decided to retire from volleyball so a majority of the roster returns for similar roles.
Amber Stivrins got hot in the back half of the season and her playing time increased. Besides being middle of the pack in sets played she ranked fifth on the team in points per set, fourth in kills per set, and sixth in attack percentage. One of those ahead of her in attack percentage graduated, another transferred, and one went 1-for-2, moving her up to third in the category if those numbers repeat themselves.
Anna Henderson showed leadership capability during the spring season and showed she can run withthe big dogs. With plenty of key players having graduated someone will have to step up to be the number two beside Emina. Henderson ran under the radar last season giving her an advantage over opponents in their scouting reports.
Delaney Snyder seemed to be overshadowed by other offensive players last season but finished third in goals and points. Snyder has ball control that mirrors that of Ekic, so even though she lacks breakaway speed she makes up for it in skills and soccer IQ. She'll outmaneuver defenders on her way to a breakout season.
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