Quote the Horns: Nov. 4
Nov. 5, 2010
Head coach Jerritt Elliott
On if the season is going as he expected it to after a rough start: No, we obviously scheduled those matches thinking we would win those matches. With the adversity we’ve had, we’ve never lost our confidence. I think the whole message was that we can be really good by the end of the year if we just stick with it. The instructions with the staff were just to remain calm during the struggles and we’d eventually be able to find our rhythm, and I think we did that.
On if the make-up of his team: People expected Juliann [Faucette] to be the only go-to player this season and we knew Rachael [Adams] could put up some numbers. More important than anything, Jen Doris’s game has been able to move to another level physically. Amber Roberson has been, really good both in the front court and the back court, and it’s really given us some good balance. That is a key part to our team. They’ve taken on those responsibilities in the practice gym and they have been training hard. They’ve built up confidence and it has translated to playing at a high level on the court.
Senior outside hitter Juliann Faucette
On if there’s a heightened sense of urgency for the seniors on the team: Absolutely. Everyday I think of it as my last whatever day it is as practice. It’s never going to come back again, and I think Jen [Doris] and I recognize that, and obviously late in the season, we don’t have that many matches left in the Big 12 season. That’s a huge deal to us, and we definitely don’t want to miss opportunities.
Senior middle blocker Jennifer Doris
On where the team is at this point in the season compared to seasons past: I think our team this year is definitely a lot different than last year’s, just in terms of we had three solid go-to players that were able to put the ball away. This year, we’ve all had to step up and contribute in different ways. We don’t have just one player that can take over. I say we embrace each win and it makes each victory a lot sweeter because we’ve had to fight and grovel a lot harder than we have in the past. With the injuries and stuff that we have right now, it’s made the team a lot closer, a lot closer knit. It’s a lot of fun to be a part of.
On what it’s like being on a winning streak: It’s just a testament to how hard and committed our team is to winning and being a lot better. When we were struggling earlier on, we couldn’t really figure out what exactly the problem was and now the different areas of people’s games have improved, I think it’s just helped us all. We’re loving it right now. Beating Nebraska was huge. I think it definitely boosted our confidence and we’re taking each game one at a time and trying to finish out the Big 12 strong.