Match 1: UCLA vs. American: Quotes
Dec. 3, 2010
UCLA Post-match Quotes
Head coach Mike Sealy
On problems the team had tonight and his injured middle blocker: She's [Katie Camp] definitely the biggest middle we have and the most technically sound blocking, so in a match-up like tonight, it's hard not to think about all the balls that were just going over the top. Rachel Kidder, we didn't publicly announce this, but she's coming off an ankle sprain in practice this week. So, we were basically without our two biggest blockers, one in the middle, one in the outside. So that's one and two, even three, with Rachael not in there, struggling offensively. We've got small end blockers. With Rachel in there, you can kind of send her toward the power hitters and scheme a little bit. Without Rachel in that match, it was a very bad match-up against an American team. They can set the high ball and hit it. We looked at the passing stats and after set two and set three, both teams were passing poorly.
Junior middle blocker Sara Sage
On the team's resilience: Like coach said, we're fighters. That's what we go for, and that's what keeps us going through all the time. We fight, we fight, we fight.
Senior outside hitter Dicey McGraw
On what made the difference between winning and losing: I would say for our side it was desire. We wanted it more than anything. Things weren't really going our way, and we were trying.
On getting the team's energy level up for tomorrow's game: I think it's impossible not to get fired up playing against Texas.
American Post-match Quotes
Head coach Barry Goldberg
On getting your team ready to play a good team like UCLA: Well that's something we're trying to solve, and we were pretty close to solving it in this match. It's a big step. Our practices are pretty competitive, and I think that helped our performance here.
Senior outside hitter Angelina Waterman
On the disappointing loss: It was very disappointing. We lost a couple of points here and there which hurt our momentum. We're just trying to look at the bright side right now and see that even though we didn't graduate with a win in the first round, we had awesome games and everyone on our team contributed.
Senior outside hitter Magdalena Tekiel
On the disappointing loss: Of course it's painful, especially since we were so close to pulling off the win. But I think we tried our best. We missed out on a couple points, which hurt us.