Texas vs Purdue Post-match Quotes
Dec. 12, 2010
Head Coach Jerritt Elliott
On Purdue losing their setter to injury: When you lose a quality setter it took them some time to get their rhythm. We went on a run and used the tempo to go from there. We did a much better job in game 3. Jaclyn is a star player. It's difficult to lose someone like that. But their team never gave up, and I've got a lot of respect for that program.
Senior outside hitter Juliann Faucette
On her emotions after the win: Just the feeling of seeing this packed crowd in burnt orange for the second night in a row and knowing that they're a huge reason for why we're here was amazing. The emotions are flowing, as I'm making it to my third Final Four. It's my senior year, and to be able to lead a team to do something great is something I've always wanted to do. We're not finished yet. I'm really excited to have made it to this point, but we're going to keep pushing.
Junior setter Michelle Kocher
On Purdue's performance after losing Jaclyn Hart: I think whenever there is a sub there's always a little bit of an adjustment, and that's something they had to respond to. At first it was just a momentum shifter if anything because they're back up setter came in and did a really great job. We just used the momentum and went from there.
Junior middle blocker Rachael Adams
On finishing in four games instead of five: Fifth sets are something you hope to stay away from. In the fourth game we wanted to catch up and close it out. After the timeout we wanted to come out and finish it. We got the crowd behind us and made some plays and were able to finish out the match.
On this being a more special trip to the Final Four: This season has been very special. The people we're bringing along with us are making it very fun. For instance, this is Lauren Dickson's first trip to a tournament. This is a big thing that we're all doing together, and honestly I wouldn't have it any other way.
Purdue Post-match Quotes
Head coach Dave Shondell:
On Senior Setter Jaclyn Hart: I think it is time people understand. Senior Setter Jaclyn Hart's father was diagnosed with cancer about six weeks ago. For the last month everyone knew it was just a matter of time. She would practice with us once or twice a week and the rest of the time she would be home. So when the girls say Rachel Davis got some playing time, she did because she was often the only one there. I have never seen an individual handle that type of a family situation better in my entire life. She became my hero this season. The last couple of years she has played well, but never taken control of this team. This year, she took control of this team, as well as a lot of other things. Last night, her dad passed away. She got a phone call at midnight letting her know. The last thing he said was, "When I go, I'll be able to watch you play." He watched her play tonight. He was so proud of her. Her story is bigger than her injury tonight. She has persevered this season better than anyone I've ever known.
On the tournament's value: We've been to the Sweet 16 a few times, and the experience is always worth it. Beating Florida gave us great confidence. We are going to miss two, four year starters, but tonight we got to see the youth on our team perform very well. I am just thrilled to be coaching this volleyball team.
Sophomore outside hitter Ariel Turner
On Texas as an opponent and playing in Austin: Texas has a lot of experience playing in the Sweet 16 and the Final 4. We had three freshmen. That level of experience makes a big difference, but in spite of which, I think we looked strong tonight. I think the crowd was definitely in favor of Texas, but I don't think it affected us or our performance.
Sophomore defensive specialist Carly Cramer
On the future for the team: I think this experience is going to be huge for us. We are losing some players that are going to be missed but overall, playing here was invaluable and it going to spur us on to play just as hard next season.