Oct. 5, 2012
Post-match quotes vs. Michigan
Oct. 5, 2012
Head Coach Pete Waite
“After a slow start, I was encouraged that we came out of the locker room (between sets two and three and) turned things around. I thought it was much different attitude on the court. They were playing with a lot more confidence.
“Looking at the stats, we had 12 blocks for their five. I think that says a lot for what were doing with the block but offensively our numbers were lower than we needed to be.
“Defensively, we outdug them by almost 10 so a couple of good things there but still (we lack) the consistency we need to finish off a match.
“I’m hoping that our team will gain some confidence in themselves that they can beat a team like this. We just have to go from point 1 to point 25 steadily and not give up some easy points which I think is what happened in each of the sets.”
On turning it around late in the third set:
“I think they just stayed aggressive at the net. We were playing better defense; I think everybody was focused more on defense. A couple of big blocks by Crystal and Elle, sparked things a little bit and the rest was just everyone scrapping a little bit more than they had been.”
On the positives of the match:
“We believe we can beat all of these teams – as players they have to prove that. We changed some things in the line up a little bit. I think that worked well. I think the more they get used to that, they’ll feel even more comfortable with what they’re doing.
“I think we served tougher tonight. We got six service aces and seven errors, so that’s not a bad (serve) percentage at all. That was better, keeping Michigan State out of their offense. There were definitely some positive signs we can take from it but we can’t be happy with a loss and we can’t be happy that we gave up some of the points that we did.”
On the play of Crystal Graff:
“I’ll also say Crystal in the third set, she came off the bench and did a great job - 10 kills, one error - that really sparked the team a lot. We talked with her about it during the week. She redeemed herself from last weekend and came back very, very strong tonight.”
On the change in the lineup:
“We like that. We worked on it all week. It worked well tonight and we’ll continue with that and we’ll get even better.”
On the play of Lauren Wicinski:
“She played for our two assistant coaches (Dan and Coley Pawlikowski) for the last six years - both in club volleyball in high school and then at Northern Illinois. So our coaches obviously did a good job training her. Unfortunately, for two more years were up against her while she’s in the conference.”
Middle blocker Mary Ording
On what was working on blocking:
“There was a lot more communication. That’s something we worked on in practice this week - just talking between the blockers makes it easier.”
Defensive specialist Caroline Workman
On a career high 18 digs:
“I think I just had a mentality tonight that I wasn’t going to let any balls drop. I think overall, our defense improved a lot from last weekend. I think we were picking up a lot more balls and even front row players, off blockers, were a lot more scrappy on the net.”
On defending Lauren Wicinski:
“I think her hits just were really fast and kind of floated and they were just tough to surround but if you got in front of it, anything up center court was good.”
Outside Hitter Crystal Graff
On keying the comeback in the third set:
“I guess just the same as last weekend, just having that sense of urgency after losing the first two sets. When you come back there’s still a lot of game to play, so just trying to bring the team up and get confidence back in everyone.
Setter Courtney Thoma
On the offensive flow:
“We had good passing tonight. I thought we were digging a lot and our passes we right in front on the court which helps me run offense and set the hitters. I thought we hit well and had a balanced attack.