Texas vs. Texas A&M - Quotes
Dec. 1, 2012
Texas head coach Jerritt Elliott
On the second set: We got anxious in the second half. We got anxious to the point where we needed to slow the tempo down rather than pushing the tempo up. We made some adjustments, players came in. I thought Nicole Dalton did a nice job and I thought (Kat) Brooks did a nice job controlling us. We flipped the lineup to get some different match ups. We are going to take some hits; just for about 10-15 points than we got some aces. We steadied out, I thought we had a chance at coming back but we had some swings that we did not convert on. Texas A&M put some pressure on but the most important thing is that we turned it around after the break.
We are one of the most physical teams in the country, but with your physicality we are not as good with ball control. We have got to be able to find that balance. We are using power to win games, while other teams like Texas A&M are more controlled with the ball. We will see if our ball control and defense can get better.
On continuing the tournament at Texas: That is fantastic to be home. We need the fans to come out and support us, they were very loud and great tonight. It was a big help in this victory. It is important for the players to get some rest so that they can compete against next week at a very high level.
On the competitiveness of the regionals: Every match you start to see more physical players. If it is Florida, it will be a battle. It will be a challenge. We have to play great and in order to do that we will have to have the crowd here.
Junior outside hitter Bailey Webster
On Texas A&M winning the second set: We needed a set to regroup and refocus, which we were able to do during the half time. It worked out well for us.
Sophomore outside hitter Haley Eckerman
On Texas effort tonight: We did a good job of telling each other what was open, especially Sarah Palmer. We were great in communication.
Texas A&M Head Coach Laurie Corbelli
On the change in the second set: The game started to change when serving had been sharp and confident. Serving and passing are the two fundamental parts of our game, when those things are strong and each player knows that every teammate is on board and confident, it is worth ten points almost. It is like putting the other team out of their system, although it is hard to put Texas out of their system because they set the bar so high. It is not really a system but a high set bar so even if the pass is on the net you are going against a hitter. We tried to put up pressure and defend.
On her team's effort: I am proud of the team. Sierra Patrick, for instance, our new freshman; that position has been a rollercoaster for us all year long. We have put five different girls in that spot and for her to rise to the top at this time of year and have not such a great match last night, but we had faith in her and put her back in. I know she is a gamer, she says she is a gamer, because she definitely does not like practice. She got out there and went after it with no fear. She even spoke on the bench, which freshmen typically don't do. In a time out with five seniors surrounding her and she was the one saying what she needed to say to them. I saw some really great things. I am proud of the team.
On Texas as a team: They are the No. 3 team for a reason; they have the power that I really haven't seen. There are some teams that have pieces of that but they [Texas] are able to put them all together.
On the message to the seniors following the game: Stephanie Minnerly who was taken out last night for the freshman Shelby Sullivan, but tonight was Minnerly's night to go out. She has been in the program for 10 semesters. She came in early from high school to try to earn a spot, she did not earn a spot. Second season, she did not earn a spot, got beat out by a younger player. Third season, she had an injury. Fourth season, she starts the season but gets beat out and yet she is one of my hardest workers; in the weight room and the gym. She busts her tail in academics. And here she is in her senior year, I have three new studs. She has refused to give that spot up; she got an MVP award in a tournament earlier this season. When I do speeches, I will always bring her story up because I am proud and honored, she is the epitome of a student-athlete. The senior class is leaving a great legacy. The seven freshman have those five to be the example of what we are trying to do here as a program. I could not have asked for a better senior class, I shared those thoughts in the locker room.
Senior outside hitter/libero Tori Mellinger
On the early aces in the second set: Quick turnarounds are always awesome especially after losing. We wanted to get up as quickly as possible, we got up and stayed up.
Junior outside hitter Heather Reynolds
We were definitely on a roll coming into this match, everyone on the team was confident including the bench. We came into this match not thinking but knowing we would win, that is the mindset you have to have when you are trying to advance to the NCAA tournament.
It was more of an NCAA atmosphere than a rivalry. The crowd was crazy, which is always awesome to play in front of. Seeing the banners with the NCAA logo is awesome. We approached the match not thinking about the rivalry, but thinking about advancing to the Regional.