Yuliia Yastrub had never played libero. But in Syracuse’s most important game in program history — the second round of last year’s NCAA tournament against then-No. 8 Penn State — head coach Leonid Yelin put her there.
The move was a testament to her versatility.
“She’s getting touches that you would think she should never get,” junior Dana Gardner said.
After sitting out her freshman year, Yastrub started just seven games in 2018, but the junior stood out because she could play multiple positions. Yelin said Yastrub can play every position except setter; Gardner thinks she could even do that. With Santita Ebangwese no longer on the team, Yastrub is looking to fill her shoes as one of Syracuse’s (0-2) leaders this season. And in two games, she’s already appeared in every set.
“She’s the kind of person who people feel comfortable around,” Yelin said of Yastrub’s leadership heading into her junior season.
Though the Orange lost 3-0 to Penn State last December and were eliminated, Gardner said this was the “highlight-game [to watch] if you want to see how versatile she is.” While most of SU’s players are considered to be specialists, Yastrub is unique because her overall skill set allows her to play …read more
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