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  • 2018-19 Lambo Radio Shows

    Lambo will hold court on Monday, August 24th with his 2018-19 season opening radio show (KFH 1240 AM/97.5 FM) at 6:00 pm from AJ's Sports Grill at The Alley.

    There will be no show on Labor Day, t 2nd. The next show will be on Monday, September 9th.

  • #2
    Probably the bottom-line take away from tonights coach's show is that Lambo is really thinking more in terms of what they can do this year to setup for next year and beyond. Said he has another very good recruiting class coming in again next year. Not that he is throwing in the towel on this season but he only has 5 players who have played in a D-1 match for the Shockers and it sounds like one of those, Kora Kauling is not likely to play much this year as she wasn't even mentioned when he discussed the setters. He does have Dmadj Johnson, a senior transfer from Indiana State also. He made a comment that makes me wonder if he is not thinking about redshirting Brooke Smith this year. He had planned on giving Brooke a needed redshirt but injuries sidelined those plans. In any case, this is a pretty young team and he may well end up playing more true freshmen than has typically done. But he says many of the 1st year players are talented enough to help this team. That would inlcude Kayce Litzau, who he spoke about in glowing terms, Sophia Rohling, Sina Uluave, Nicole Anderson and Arianna Arjomand. The Shocks also have two players coming off redshirt years in Brylee Kellly and Chinelo Ogogor. Brylee had a very good spring and summer and has gotten much stronger and Chinelo should be in the mix once she completes the rehab on her shoulder which may be a couple more weeks. Sounds like his goal for this season is to consistently grow and improve and hopefully find a way to get into the AAC Tournament and then perhaps catch fire and steal an NCAA bid.

    He didn't talk about what kind of offense the Shocks will run. My money is on a 6-2 but we will see. He is definitely counting on Mikayla and thinks Kayce will be a very good player for the Shocks at the setter position. I see Emma, Dmadj and Chinelo getting most of the floor time at the middle positions. Not sure about Brooke. I think Kara and Arianna will get most of the playing time at the L/DS positions. Megan,Sophia, Brylee, Sina and Nicole will mostly likely all get to show what they can do on the outside.

    He wasn't sure at all about who he might redshirt and it didn't sound like he had focused on that too much at this point.

    Last edited by 1972Shocker; August 27th, 2019, 02:16 PM.


    • #3
      is there a podcast for this?

      EDIT...found it.
      Last edited by SuSHOCK; August 26th, 2019, 09:53 PM.


      • #4
        This weeks edition


        • #5
          One thing that was confirmed was that Brooke Smith is redshirting this year or at least trying to. They wanted to redshirt her as a freshman and as a sophomore but injuries forced Lambo to play her in both of those years. If Chinelo had not been released to play they would have had to play Brooke when Damadj went down in the San Jose State match.

          Brooke wants the redshirt year so hopefully we can get through the season without any more injuries to our middles.


          • #6
            Lambo said that two of the middles from last year transfered because they thought their playing time would diminish with Chinelo coming off her redhsirt year. Lambo mentioned no names but presumably that would have been Abby Pugh and Grace Burken.
            Last edited by 1972Shocker; September 10th, 2019, 01:39 PM.


            • #7
              According to the San Diego State athletics website, Abby has yet to make it into a match this season and Grace isn't on the Iowa State roster and I can't find any other information on her.

              Chase Jackson is on the roster at Incarnate Word but hasn't seen action & Regan Stiawalt was leading McNeese State in scoring when it appears she may have sustained an injury. She has not appeared in the last 4 matches for her team.

              Alayna Maslinski went home to Tennessee and is playing for D2 Christian Brothers University in Nashville. She is the 1 in their 5-1 and the stats say she's doing a nice job for her team.

              Can't find any information on any of the others on the roster last year but not this year. Only thing I know is that Makenna Miller is not playing volleyball and yet is more fit than any 10 people here, combined.
              Last edited by WuDrWu; September 10th, 2019, 11:31 AM.


              • flyingMoose
                flyingMoose commented
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                Tabitha is playing at Rice, of course. She has played in every set and is fitting in well - that is, playing a minor role on quite a good team. She is 12-10-57 for .035. That is the seventh most swings on the team.

                Could she start on this year's Shocker team?

            • #8
              Coach's show starting late tongiht. 6:15 start time. A techincial issue. They have been talking for 15 minutes and thought they were on the air. Imagine that techical issues on a Kennedy internet stream.

              Need to get in system more. Should be getting the ball to the middles 3 times as much as they have been.

              Megan is the best on the team when she gets a good ball in system but is the worst on the team in scrambles and on less than ideal situations.

              Emphasising scramble situations in practice this week. Considering how little we are in system this year that is even more important than usual but is an area this team is behind the curve on.

              Dmadj took a few swings in practice today. Still can't move laterally but hopefully not too much longer before she can be fully released to return. Dmadj leads the team in hitting percentage.

              Sina and Nicole both need to bet more consistent. Not unusual for 1st year players. It really is an issue teamwide. At this point the Coaches really don't know what their best lineup is.

              Didn't say much about the setting situation other than 2 years after the great Emily Hiebert we should be a lot better than we are in that role.

              Talked about how good his 2008 team was in scramble situations. In fact, the had a lower attack error rate in scramble situations than they did in system. He said, they would send the ball over and block it or dig it. That team included Emily Stockman, Kelly Broussard, Mary Elizabeth Hooper, Melissa Granville, Lindsey Eckenrode (pre-injury), Amanda Backes, Kaite Niggemeyer and Sarah McGee.

              When asked if he could bring back two former players to come in and talk to his team about out-of-system play he mentioned Emily Stockman and Sarah McGee. Said he thought Sarah was one of the more underrated players he has coached. Said if he had time to think about he could probably come up with 10 names.

              Last edited by 1972Shocker; September 16th, 2019, 08:07 PM.


              • WuShock16
                WuShock16 commented
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                WuDrWu would never underrate Sarah McGee.

            • #9
              This week's show:

              Playing good teams exposes things that a weaker schedule would not - especially middles on scrambles.

              Not having Brylee and Damadj at times has not helped.

              Hitting percentage is not much different with good serve-receive versus bad s-r - which speaks to the setting.

              Not in a system yet - still searching because of inconsistencies.

              Need to get some (by name) ready for scramble-ball more.

              Stuff blocks can be mentally draining.

              Sometimes hitters resort to tips rather than continuing to swing away.

              Need to learn confidence from process rather than results.

              What happens when you start well early and then seem to fade?
              We need to have good approaches and swings because passing and setting is not good enough to rely on a system.

              Serving: some servers go for it, some are relying on accuracy. [Bunch of serving standards numbers.]

              Spend some time on defense this past week. Kara seemed to benefit. But Lambo pointed out that we still lose the ball-control battle.

              Brylee: several nice comments about her working hard, swinging hard and aggressively. Similar comments about Sina.

              Austin Hosto on the mic, replacing Chris.

              Better recruits than normal, but playing a very tough schedule. Despite that, some matches (SJS, Wyoming) did not go as hoped.

              This year's team still eager, still together, still trying to get better, still serious.

              Reaction to scouting reports: Megan and Emma are especially good on their understanding. Changing on the fly is still a little rough.

              Defense comments from Mike: Austin says we are on the right track. Block-touches were up.

              Chris returns.

              Blocking comments starting with the Brylee/Emma combination.

              Brooke: Not getting enough offense from middles. Damadj not back, so Brooke had to play. Best blocker of the middles, another factor mentioned.

              Tulsa: Probably not in the same class as Wyoming, although review of tape is incomplete. Thinks beating Tulsa is doable.

              Cincinnati: Jordan Thompson spent summer with WVNT. Need to come see her.
              Last edited by flyingMoose; September 24th, 2019, 01:04 PM.


              • WuDrWu
                WuDrWu commented
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                Lambo's show is always good, but I thought the discussion last night was particularly informative and entertaining. He makes an hour fly by.

              • flyingMoose
                flyingMoose commented
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                Add stuff I left out. Trying to type and listen to the Replay, so stuff was definitely left out.

            • #10
              Cannot find the archive of the 9-30 show. Am I still too early?


              • #11
                Originally posted by flyingMoose View Post
                Cannot find the archive of the 9-30 show. Am I still too early?
                KFH doesn't exactly make it easy to find:



                • #12
                  They changed the month from "09" to "9." No wonder replacing "23" with "30" didn't work.


                  • #13
                    Lambo Radio Show - Monday 10/7/19


                    Lambo said that he's sort of in player development mode. Breaks his heart that they have come this far and Sophia is not on the floor. He has some classic dilemmas to consider here. Whichever way he goes he has to give up something.

                    They thought Arianna would be the libero for this team. Arianna has the talent but Kara has the experience. Arianna is trending up. A lot of fans don't realize how valuable that 1st contact is in volleyball.

                    The scrambles and out-of-system plays go a long way in delineating the best teams from the run-of-the-mill teams.

                    The difference between the Memphis and SMU matches was that one night they faced 80 mph fastballs and the next they faced 90 mph fastballs and just couldn't keep up. SMU was particularly good at fast transitioning from defense to offense. Best he has seen all year.

                    Maybe not getting the best execution and decision making from McKayla but Lambo said the effort and want to is there. Doesn't think she could give him any more effort.

                    The coaching staff will be debating about staying with the 5-1 or going back to the 6-2. I really could not tell which way Lambo might be leaning. I think it really is a dilemma for him at this point.

                    The team had a miserable time getting back to Wichita after the SMU game. Ended up taking a bus back after getting jacked around at the airport and got back at 5:00 am in the morning. 3 players had exams this morning.

                    The Shocks will be the underdogs again this weekend at home against Houston and Tulane.

                    Last edited by 1972Shocker; October 8th, 2019, 01:35 PM.


                    • #14
                      Lambo Radio Show - Monday 10-14-19


                      It would be nice to find consistency and settle on a lineup. Lambo thinks he knows who the outside hitters but that's about it.

                      The Shocks have become too predictable and opponents pretty much know where they are going in certain situations.

                      Megan went 6 rotations for the 1st time in her career against Tulane and did pretty well.

                      Megan said in in a post-game interview after the Houston match that outside of her redshirt year in 2017 she has never played on a winning team and Lambo worries his team may be becoming a bit too comfortable losing. So he perhaps has some mental development in addition to the physical stuff that needs improvement.

                      Missed assignments happen all the time but this year this especially has been an issue and needs to be cleaned up.

                      Mykayla has come a long way in improving her decision making at the setter position.

                      Shocks aren't scoring enough and they make too many errors. Not a winning formula.

                      Attack errors by setters are kind of like getting a baaseball player getting picked off of 1st base. It's just the kind of error that seems worse than other errors.

                      To just let the raw, young talented players play you are going to reduce your chances of winning. The 6-2 would allow them to play more youngsters. It would allow Kayce to get more time. Kayce looks better in practice than in games. Her accuracy is just not very good in matches to this point.

                      A lot of his players are serving well below what they show in practice. But Sophia stepped in against Tulane and served very well. Sophia is a bit of a liability on the back row defensively and she is stills struggling to score but Lambo is still very high on her.

                      Said the setter coming in next year (Hailey Plugge) is in the mold of Emily Hiebert in terms of physicality.

                      When your hitting negative you are moving the opponents scoreboard more than you are moving your team's scoreboard.

                      Chinelo's performance against Houston and Tulane was definitely an upgrade. Still a lot of development and upside for Chinelo. The more reps they can give Chinelo the faster she will develop.

                      Brooke will never have the power to compete at this level so she has to get it done with quickness, anticipation, vision and contact. Brooke's strength is playing fast be we don't have the setters who can set precise enough to consistently get Brooke the ball in the narrow window she needs. Chinelo's athleticism gives setters a much bigger window.

                      Interesting comments on Wichita State's relative place in the AAC compared to where they were in the Valley and how it comes into play in recruiting. Also talked about playing on Friday and Sunday and how that impacts players days off. Nice to have Sunday off in the Valley. Also impacts attendance as Friday is up against High School football and Sunday is up against NFL football. But that isn't going to change with the emphasis the AAC puts on football.

                      Points of emphasis in practice this week. Out of system bump setting. Not enough players on the team do that well. Making sure the setters and middles are more comfortable. He and Austin also spent a lot of time analyzing what they call hitter coverage and they will be doing drills on that especially in scramble situation. Not sure I totally understood what he was referring to but said no one on the team graded as high as a B.

                      Arianna getting better at the libero position. Made a lot of digs on quicks this past weekend.

                      Can Megan survive on the back row as a 6 rotation player but they are going to give it a shot.

                      UCF has everything they need to never not be relevant in the AAC.

                      USF is probably similar to the Shocks in that they are a little more talented than their ability to function as a team. Also, similar to the Shocks, they are inconsistent. But they do have talent.


                      • #15
                        Originally posted by 1972Shocker View Post
                        Lambo Radio Show - Monday 10-14-19


                        Interesting comments on Wichita State's relative place in the AAC compared to where they were in the Valley and how it comes into play in recruiting. Also talked about playing on Friday and Sunday and how that impacts players days off. Nice to have Sunday off in the Valley. Also impacts attendance as Friday is up against High School football and Sunday is up against NFL football. But that isn't going to change with the emphasis the AAC puts on football.
                        I think geography plays a big role in the Friday/Sunday schedule versus what was possible in the Valley. This year, teams will do an away/home (or vice versa) weekend and have to fly on Saturday to get to the Sunday site. Could they move to the Wednesday/Saturday format that the Big 12 uses? Too hard for me to think about. Geography probably still plays a role.