Feb. 20, 2009
On Tulane winning the doubles point
"We focused so much this week on winning the doubles point. In almost every match we've played, we've gone into singles down, 0-1. We really decided to put a lot of time and effort into doubles. We changed a few duos and we had a lot of success today. The doubles point was a highlight of the day."
Overall thoughts on the match
"Today came down to emotional control. We had a couple of players become emotionally unraveled and that was the breaking point for us. The crowd at Houston was very loud, as most of them are a collegiate event, and it affected some of our players. They let the crowd dictate what we were trying to do. It became an issue where they stopped playing tennis and started playing the crowd. We did not do a good job today of staying mentally focused. That's unfortunate with this being a conference match. But on a positive note, we played a very good Houston team very closely. In our deciding two matches, we both lost in three sets. Should we have won them? Probably, because we won the first set in each of them."
On Tulane holding a 2-0 lead but not being able to earn the win
"Winning a third set against a player who has momentum at that point because they won the second is going to be tough. Between the crowd, the team and it being a very windy day, we could not hold on to our 2-0 lead. As much as I don't like to chalking things up to experience, it really did come down to that today."
On the strong performance of freshman Mariam Kurdadze
"Mariam is a serious competitor. She does a really good job of taking control early in a match and not letting her opponent back in. It was unfortunate that they changed their lineup (flip-flopping 1-2). It was probably a good move from a coaching standpoint. But Mariam, once again, did a great job in doubles and singles and we're proud of her."