Nov. 20, 2009
Post Game Quotes
Head Coach Sinisa Momic
"We expected a tough match. We beat them twice before, but we knew we needed to forget about that and just expect a tough match. We got a tough match, but the difference was, while we knew they were blocking well and playing defense well, we had to do the same. We came up with 95 digs, which was our second best in a match this year. Definitely for Ksenija Vlaskovic, her 21 digs was, I believe her career best, so it was a great match to come up with that. We knew we had to keep going until we tired them out. The first two games finished with a two-point difference, later we were more steady. In the end we proved our offense worked better than their offense, with both defenses playing great."
On Semifinal Opponent Tulsa
"We split with Tulsa this year, but I think that they are, if not the best then, one of the top two in our conference right now. They have this year's co-Player of the Year and also Freshman of the Year. Offensively, they are good and overall they are playing well as a team. We expect another tough match tomorrow. Tournaments like this, there's no holding back. You have to just leave everything on the court and we expect another match like that tomorrow. I think we played well, and I think we can beat anybody in this conference. It might come down to one game, or one point, we don't know. We just want to go all out and make sure after this tournament we can say `we did our best.' So we expect another tough match tomorrow."
Senior Outside Hitter Ksenija Vlaskovic
"We'd been working a lot on our defense in practice lately and coach wanted me to step up my defensive game. I wanted to focus on that, but also make sure that all other elements were on the right level. It's a lot of pressure (in a tournament), but it's not the first time for me. I'm a senior so I've been through all these situations. I was there when we lost in the first round, I was there when we won the conference championships. I feel the pressure, but I know that every time I'm playing defense or at the net, I need to go all out, and that's what I'm doing now."