Quote the Horns: Aug. 20
Aug. 20, 2010
Head coach Jerritt Elliott
On the team's preseason No. 3 ranking: As I told the team before we started double days is that we have an opportunity to be really special. That opportunity is going to be based on what we do and the building blocks that we build every day in terms of the fundamentals that we're able to show and the statistical categories. The wins will take care of themselves if we're able to perform at that level.
On the team's biggest challenge: I think balance. Obviously we lost some big players, but we have some great returners. We've got a big program. When we're playing well we can compete with anybody. It's also relative to who is good that year. There are a handful of teams that can win this year and we're in that mix for sure. We'll see how good we are over the next few weeks. We'll keep building. We know it's a long season. We've got plenty of time and we've got to be peaking in December.
On what the team does better at this point than last year's team: I think our defense is a lot better at this point already. We've been making some really nice plays. Our touches have been better. In this sport it's so important to have the first contact, whether it's passing or defense to give yourself an opportunity. We're pleased in that area.
On Saturday's autograph day with the football team: We're excited about Saturday. It's so nice of Mack Brown to offer his program and to help us grow our program to build this place and sell out our events. Mack is partly responsible for the success we've had. He's been an integral part of my recruiting. He's been an integral part to the communications with our team. It's always nice to share the same ground with Mack and the football team. We appreciate the football program.
On his message to the UT students: The message to the student body is that it's one of the most enjoyable college events in college athletics when you come into Gregory. The athleticism and speed of the game is exceptional. It's really a sport that you have to see first-hand, because a lot of people have seen high school volleyball, but they don't understand the magnitude or physicality and the speed at which this game is played.
Senior outside hitter Juliann Faucette
On her confidence in this team: I definitely think we still have a lot of great pieces to our team. We're a really tight-knit team this year. Chemistry is going to be huge. We know we have to push harder than we might have last year, and I think we're ready for that. It's a really hard-working mentality that we have.
On how the team has built chemistry: I think the summer and spring helped us build the chemistry with the people we already had and the freshmen coming in and knowing the tradition and culture of Texas Volleyball. I think that's huge for this program and what we've built on for the last four or five years.
On if her expectations have changed: I think every year we set the same type of goals. We want to win the Big 12. We want to win a National Championship. It's knowing what to do to get there each year has changed, because we have increased each year. I think the knowledge of that has changed.
Junior middle blocker Rachael Adams
On what it takes to take the next step: Coming in extra early, getting extra reps, the little things in the weight room, eating right. It's the small things that are going to take us over.
On the similarities between last season for the volleyball and football teams: I feel like we always go down the same road together. They're right there with us. We have so much pride together. They're (ranked fourth). They're right there with us. They're going to have to fight as much as we are. I feel like we're going to be in this together again this year.
Senior middle blocker Jennifer Doris
On the freshman class: Our freshman class came in and they're great. They're able to step in and contribute right way. They have great personality. I think they're adding a lot to our team right now. We already have really good chemistry. So it's going to be an exciting time. We're all ready to suit up and start playing but we still have a lot to work on.
Junior outside hitter Amber Roberson
On if the team will improve throughout the season: Possibly. There are a lot of good people that are coming in. They're doing very well. It puts us at a higher step I would say.
On the end of last season: I'm not going to say it's invisible, because it's definitely not. We definitely didn't store it away. It's in the back of our head. We're not going to forget it, especially because we were that close. It pushes us every day to get better, stronger, faster, anything that can get us there.
Junior setter Michelle Kocher
On her expectations for the team: I expect the same thing as usual. It's a high standard. We're a fun team. I think the biggest difference from this year to last year is the dynamic of it. I think we're a lot closer and I think we're going to need that. We don't have as many outlet hitters. We have a lot of depth. We're all going to need to contribute. That's something that can work against us or for us. I'm excited to see how that works out.
On how good this team can be: Really good. That's why it's exciting. It's because right now it's a process and taking one step at a time and improving each day. If we improve each day, we have a good chance to get to that same position as last year.