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Expert Analysis: Stanford vs Wisconsin, NCAA National Championship by Joe Trinsey

The NCAA Volleyball National Championship has had a history of exciting matches. Last year Stanford pulled out a tightly-contested 3-2 win over Nebraska. This year, their Championship match was not as close. Stanford won both the semifinal and final in convincing fashion. The statistics in the two matches looked similar: Sideout Key Factors, Semifinal vs…

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Expert Analysis: Stanford vs Minnesota, NCAA National Semifinals by Joe Trinsey

We started our NCAA Tournament Analysis with a look at the Wisconsin vs Baylor match. Now, we turn to the other semifinal: Stanford vs Minnesota. While the match had some tight spots, Stanford led most of the sets en route to a 3-0 victory. Let’s turn to the GMS Stats App for some first impressions:…

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Expert Analysis: Wisconsin vs Baylor, NCAA National Semifinals by Joe Trinsey

This NCAA season has been one of the most contested in recent years; at least 10 teams felt like they had a shot to win the National Championship this year. Baylor has been strong all season, rising to number-1 in the RPI to start the tournament. Wisconsin started less-than-dominant at 9-4 (including a loss to…

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5 Tips to Getting Started with GMS

5 Tips to Getting Started with Gold Medal Squared   So, you’ve Attended a Gold Medal Squared Coaches Clinic. Now what? Time to apply the principles you learned, the advice you received, and the data you’ve collected. As the saying goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best…

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Blocking in Volleyball – How to Master the Bunch Read

Blocking in Volleyball – How to Master the Bunch Read Blocking in the sport of volleyball is one of the most worked on skills out there.  It’s complex, demanding and requires great discipline to get good at.  My dad (Carl McGown) was relentless when teaching blocking.  Because of his love for this skill, those that got…

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How to Execute the “Set-Over”

How to Execute the “Set-Over” By Rob Browning, Saint Mary’s College Before coaching at Saint Mary’s, almost all of my volleyball career had been in boys and men’s volleyball where there is a general disdain for the set-over. When I came to Saint Mary’s to coach the women’s volleyball team I was not a fan,…

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Middle-Middle 2.0

The first time I heard of Carl McGown, I thought he was a fool. I read an article about how most balls go to the middle of court, and most of them landed at least 10’ in from the end line. Fortunately for me, I knew this to be nonsense. Your middle-back player was supposed…

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Back Setting

There’s currently a discussion going on in the volleyball toolbox forum regarding back setting.  I thought I’d share Tom Black’s response here.. Thanks for this question. My urge is keep setting as simple as possible, so I’ll stay consistent with that here. Contact on your midline We want to take the ball in the same…

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Setting off a Lead Leg

Setting off a Lead Leg Spend any time discussing setting with another coach, and “what type of footwork do you teach?” pops up pretty quick. It tends to be a hot button issue at our GMS clinics as well (something has to take swing blocking’s place…). Ron Larsen did a great study for us here…

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Shot-Put Serve

Question:  “We have all seen the girl that does a “shot-put” arm motion when serving. What have you tired that has helped?” Answer:  Carl McGown has been talking about “cycling the arm”. In this system, we get the should her elbow BACK (not up). In fact, Carl is saying that it’s perfectly ok for the…

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