Chris Petrucelli mailbag: November 9
Petrucelli: "First, you hope that your non-conference schedule has been strong enough to put your players in the kinds of environments that they will face in league as well as tournament play. The more difficult environments that you can put them in, the more prepared they will be for those pressure games."
Petrucelli: "We will definitely miss them both. Melissa and Julie are two of the classiest people we have had in our program since I arrived in Austin. They work hard every day in training and have left their mark on our team."
Petrucelli: "Not having her available for the past few games has significantly changed our game plan. We are certainly not as explosive in attack without Kelsey on the field. As a result, we have to be more cautious when going forward and also more solid defensively."
Petrucelli: "Your team has to play with urgency and keep their focus on the game at hand. It's easy to be in that environment and look down the road. Keeping players focused on the current game is extremely important to a team's success. It also helps to have players with tournament experience on your roster."
Name: Lori Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Petrucelli: "I would have to say that the most exciting postseason match that I have coached in at Texas would be the four-overtime Big 12 Tournament semifinal game against Missouri in 2001. Still, the conference tournament semifinal match against Colorado last Friday would have to be a close second."
Petrucelli: "I think Dianna has been a lot better in handling balls served into the box than she was early on in the season. She is also a lot more comfortable and confident right now."
Petrucelli: "It is a lot easier when you are at home since you are not worrying about travel arrangements as well. Being at home, allows you to focus on preparing for your next opponent right away. For us, that means trying to find some game film on that opponent, contacting a number of the teams that the opponent has played this year to obtain scouting reports and giving our squad a game plan based on that information."