Nov. 6, 2011
Wisconsin vs. Penn State Postgame Quotes
Nov. 6, 2011
Coach Pete Waite
“Well, that was a great win for our program in a lot of ways. We saw some very good ball on our side of the net on Friday against Ohio State in the first set but we didn’t sustain it. This time we sustained it, got into an exciting third set, almost closed it out then, but battled and lost 32-34.
"In the fourth (set), we were off but it didn’t faze them—that’s the great thing. They came back in the fifth and that says a lot for their composure and just the courage they had to come back and keep attacking Penn State—that’s a very good team obviously. They’re deep, big, fast and strong. I’m really proud of the team and the way they played as a team to get the win.”
On important stats in the match:
“A couple big stats for me is service errors. We had three, they had 13—that’s big. Defensively, we talked as a team just about outdigging them because that’s a great defensive team, and we got them 86-79, so that makes a difference in points.
"And just blocking. That’s one of our better blocking nights against one of the best teams in the country. It should make the players feel good on what we’ve been working on the whole time, that it came together when it needed to.
On Ellen Chapman rebounding after struggling vs. Ohio State Friday night:
“Yeah, she was one of a number of people who made some nice adjustments—kept her errors down, and just stayed aggressive. That was the biggest thing. I think that it really stood out at times when they suddenly thought a little too much and got cautious because they just knew that was the wrong thing to do and they just came back and responded very quickly with an aggressive play.
"Bailey did great on the outside along with Ellen there. … defensively, with four (it was actually five) people in double-digit digs—more than 13 digs each—that makes a big difference. And I think it kind of surprised Penn State that we were keeping so many balls in play.”
On Elle Ohlander’s first Big Ten start and the work ethic and leadership of the seniors
“Elle has done a great job, just working and working and working and improving her game, improving her blocking, just being positive with everybody all the time and just waiting for her chance. And she made the most of her chance tonight, that’s for sure.
"And (Janelle Gabrielsen) as always is just gritty and determined out there, and she just leads everybody with her effort. So that was big and I’m thrilled that they had a chance to get this win—here at home especially.