Quote the Horns: Aug. 31
Aug. 31, 2011
Head coach Jerritt Elliott
On the youth of the team: We have so much youth. Last night we were commenting on how Haley Cameron had never started a match and all three freshman played. We have a very young group out there that doesn’t have a lot of experience, so we’re just trying to get them acclimated to playing at that level.
Senior L Sydney Yogi
On key takeaways from the Burnt Orange Classic: Although we have a lot of things to work on, I think our first tournament we played really well. I think we learned how to compete and how to stay together. A lot of our matches we could have lost very easily, especially the first time we played the Israeli National Team. We lost 12-25 in the first set and we could have been out, but we fought and could have won it in five. For us to come back on Monday and sweep in three and show how much we learned from the first time was really awesome to see. I’m really excited about the rest of the season to see where this team can go.
Senior MB Rachael Adams
On her expectations for this weekend’s matches at Minnesota: We could be playing there for a regional, so it is a good opportunity to get used to the environment. It will be a hostile environment for the team and a great test so we can continue to grow and build on what we’re working on.
On the team’s focus heading into the weekend: We’ll continue working on our trust, our passing and blocking and out-of-system swings for the freshmen and putting those small pieces together.
On the team’s progress following the Burnt Orange Classic: Before Monday’s game, we were saying that we have to win this together. We brought a different kind of energy and it allowed us to relax and feed off of each other rather than just try to do everything ourselves individually.
Freshman OH Haley Eckerman
On how she is settling in to the collegiate level of play: I think every day it gets better. We still have a lot to work to do, but I think day by day, game by game, we kind of get more comfortable with relaxing and not having the nerves. For me, the first couple games were kind of nervous and after certain plays I would be nervous. After the third or fourth game I was able to relax and just focus.