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This was to be expected, but always good to get confirmation. Both Crawford and Robinson will be back with the Badgers for a 5th year due to the COVID exemption.

The team will be losing the following players due to eligibility expiring: Izzy Ashburn and MJ Hammill, outside hitter Temi Thomas-Ailara, middle blocker Gabby McCaa, defensive specialist Joslyn Boyer and defensive specialist Sydney Reed. Also, Outside Hitter Ella Wrobel has entered the transfer portal, so she won't be back. She didn't play much and was constantly battling back injuries.

As long as Franklin plays her 5th year, which is expected, the Badgers will have 5 highly experienced seniors in the lineup (Franklin, Crawford, Robinson, Orzol and Smreck). Couple that with Booth, Guctekin and a pretty decent incoming freshman class of 6 and this should be a team competing for another Championship. I also won't be surprised if the Badgers pick up a player or 2 through the portal.

The 6 incoming freshman are below:

* Setters Charlie Fuerbringer from Hermosa Beach, California, and Morgan Van Wie from Waunakee.

* Libero/defensive specialists Lola Schumacher from Carmel, Indiana, and Maile Chan from Portland.

* Outside hitter Trinity Shadd-Ceres from Kitchener, Ontario.

* Middle blocker Tosia Serafinowska from Kierkz, Poland.

Fuerbringer and Schumacher were American Volleyball Coaches Association first-team high school All-Americans. Fuerbringer was part of the Team USA U19 team that won the gold medal at the FIVB World Championships in August.
 

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I was elated when I read that Robinson and Crawford would be back. We're losing some talent, but it looks like we have some good ones coming in.
 
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I was elated when I read that Robinson and Crawford would be back. We're losing some talent, but it looks like we have some good ones coming in.
Agree. I think the "talent loss" is minimal though.

Temi might be the biggest loss, but her play was erratic and unpredictable all season. Overall, she was a bit of a disappointment to me.

Izzy was a nice backup and yes, they will miss her serving. That said, service and service receive is one area I hope the Badgers improve on. Texas clearly punished the Badgers in both departments.

Hammill is a loss, but again, I think more of a depth loss, that will be absorbed by someone else.


Now Oregon, the team the Badgers beat in the Elite 8, are feeling the hit on graduation. They are loosing 7 players, 6 of which were their starters, now that has to sting!
 

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Agree. I think the "talent loss" is minimal though.

Temi might be the biggest loss, but her play was erratic and unpredictable all season. Overall, she was a bit of a disappointment to me.

Izzy was a nice backup and yes, they will miss her serving. That said, service and service receive is one area I hope the Badgers improve on. Texas clearly punished the Badgers in both departments.

Hammill is a loss, but again, I think more of a depth loss, that will be absorbed by someone else.


Now Oregon, the team the Badgers beat in the Elite 8, are feeling the hit on graduation. They are loosing 7 players, 6 of which were their starters, now that has to sting!
Nebraska isn't losing anyone, unless the use the portal.
 
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A big transfer portal pick-up by Bucky.

Montana setter Carly Anderson is transferring to the Badgers. Now she isn't a top setter in the country, but she is a very good server and will give the Badgers much needed starting/back-up at the Setter position. The only other 2 true setters on the team are incoming freshman.

Anderson will only have 1 year of eligibility, but fits perfectly into a 6-2 or 5-1 system.

 

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Based on the info related to Anderson, she's going to be a very good addition to the team. This could end up being a real valuable portal acquire. If the word on her is even half way correct, she's gonna be a good players to allow others to grow into their roles.
 

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