Sept. 10, 2009
Overall thoughts on the match
"I thought tonight's match featured two good teams playing early in the season and were still trying to figure out exactly how to play together. But we knew that they were good and they're only going to get better. It is a valuable win for us. In the beginning, especially in the first two sets, we were winning because of our serving. We found their weakest passers and went after them. Then they came back, started playing great and beat us in the third set. Luckily, we came up with some big plays in the fourth set which saved us. I think UNO has a really good team and this is a valuable win right now."
On the lulls in scoring tonight on Tulane's part
"We got sloppy and that's the only thing we kept saying in the huddle - stay on top of them. Then, we got sloppy with service errors and we didn't really capitalize on their bad sets. We're not moving our blockers right. If we do that, it would have been much easier in the fourth set. But a win is a win and we're happy to have it."
On the importance of opening the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic with a win
"Today is definitely a positive, beating a good team on the first day of the tournament. Now we are facing two really tough opponents. Hopefully, we can fix some things that we need to work on and play better and better. This was definitely an improvement from last weekend."
On the back-and-forth struggle throughout tonight's match
"That is how we started the whole match, saying `no matter what happens - whether we're up or down - we have to keep fighting.' This is a tough team and they're just going to keep playing better and better. They are picked to win their conference and are no joke. The key is always to win that first game, and we were fortunate to do that tonight."