* I thought the top 3 last year was; Cecil, Gullickson, Juricova
All somewhat similar style, power baseliners.
The top 3 power players this year; Juricova, Gullickson, Barte
and they lost this season to;
lost to Vallverdu(2), Falconi(2), Schnack, Chifchieva
lost to Schnack, Gullickson, Dy, Falconi, Sanchez, Barte
Will, Dy(2), Sanchez
Barte also went to 3 setters against Schnack in the last two meetings.
Those players, to whom they lost have a distinct trait, methink;
Can move well, and can mix it up; slices, dropshots..
nice defensive skills that can foil or disrupt the attacker's rhythm.
In other word, an all-arounder.
* I enjoy watching a game in which the opponents have contrasting styles;
say in the last NCAA, Mosolova vs Zsilinszka.
Offensive rallying machine (not especially powerful) vs (Tactical) Moonball queen
Now THAT was some sight
In the same vein, I want to see
Juricova, Gullickson, Barte, Secerbegovic vs Cossou, Boonstra , Will (solid defenders, and C & B have excellent control and touch)