Quote the Horns: Aug. 11
Aug. 11, 2010
Head coach Jerritt Elliott
On getting back out on the court: We are really excited. It is definitely a different team. We have a tremendous amount of talent, and they are all committed to one another. They stayed here all summer to work out, and they have looked really good in practice.
On senior Juliann Faucette's role on this squad: Juliann is a big time player and is obviously one of the best players in the country. I think that she has embraced being in a leadership role and kind of being our marquee player, but we have also had some younger players step up that we have seen some big differences from already. It is going to be fun. She is not going to have to carry this team all by herself, that is for sure. She just needs to take care of her responsibilities and perform at the level she can in order to be successful.
Senior outside hitter Juliann Faucette
On the freshmen: Monday's first practice, we were all impressed with each and every one of them. I think that they all have a shot, which is really good for the rest of the team to push us. It is a really competitive environment.
On whether the loss of Ashley Engle and Destinee Hooker is the start of a new era: Yes. They were a huge part of Texas Volleyball. They definitely left a legacy. I think that the program has a culture, and the freshman that come in see that. We will definitely miss them, but I do think that it is a new era without them.
Junior setter Michelle Kocher
On using the loss to Penn State last season as a motivator: It is pretty easy. We are reminded pretty often [of the loss], but at the same time, it is always going to leave that bitter taste. From the end of the season until now, it has always been in the back of our minds. It is kind of the same thing that happened when we lost to Stanford [in 2008]. It was extra motivation. We spent the whole summer here working out, making sure that we are prepared as ever to be ready for this season.
On this season's standards and goals: The standards are always the same--work hard, play well, have fun. Our goal is to win. Besides having fun, we just want to go out there and perform, represent for the Texas Longhorns the best we can, and hope to bring home a W.
Junior middle blocker Rachael Adams
On senior captain Juliann Faucette: Today in practice, I was admiring her. She has grown up so much. She adds stability and focus to this team. If she left practice, you would notice it. She brings a calm, cool focus, but she will call you out if you are not doing your job.
On last year's loss to Penn State: It kind of hit hard at first, but I think that it has only made us more focused and more ready. I think that we have all learned from it, grown from it, and we are ready.