Feb. 27, 2009
Overall thoughts on Tulane's wins over UTEP and Texas-Pan America
"Today was a great day for Tulane women's tennis. When we got voted Top 25 nationally in recruiting, I knew that we had the talent to be competitive. Today, having Anna in the lineup has helped. But at the same time, the little things that we have really focused on are really tarting to show up in point play and in between points. That's something that we've really spend a lot of time talking about. I told the girls from the beginning that it was all about baby steps. Today, they saw what those steps looked like. Today, for the first time all spring, we showed what team we really are and what we are capable of doing on the court."
On what the two wins does for the team's confidence
"Going on and being in the finals of this tournament is huge. In one day, we went from 4-7 to 6-7. That builds confidence and momentum and that is exactly what we need right now."
On the play of freshman Anna Bartenstein
"Having Anna in our lineup shifts a lot of people into positions which are more suited for their game. She brings a great deal of experience to our team and we are thrilled to see her in the lineup for the first time. Anna is a tremendous competitor. She is very offensive minded. She hits big balls and a lot of the time, she really pushes girls around on the court. It was a phenomenal feeling as a coach to look out there and see her playing No. 1 for us. At some point, it can be a little intimidating when you haven't played all year because you had to sit out and then jump in there against some tough teams and play one. She put her heart out there, went out and played very well. Having Anna on the court is really going to change the rest of the season for us."
On tomorrow's opponent, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders
"They're a good team. They've got a lot of talented players and they really did a good job today. We had two matches today and we were focused on them one at a time. We've got a chance to win a tournament tomorrow and we want nothing more than to bring home Tulane's first tournament title since 2005. We know we're in for a dogfight, but we're excited, we're ready and we're hungry."