Sept. 24, 2009
On this weekend's matches against Tulsa and SMU
"It's our first conference matches at home, so obviously everyone is excited. We've beaten some good teams like LSU and New Mexico, but still not consistent. That is something we'll work on. We definitely can't take anyone lightly, especially not Tulsa or SMU. We know that we can beat probably any team in the conference, but if we're inconsistent, we can get in trouble. Our goal is to open up our home conference matches the right way."
On Friday's opponent, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane
"They're tough as usual. They have a freshman outside that is playing very well for them. They also have a senior outside, a lefty. That's they're two primary hitters, and they also have a big middle blocker who's 6-3. Those are the three players we're going to pay attention to as far as their offense goes."
On what it will take for Tulane to come away with a pair of wins this weekend
"We definitely have to play more consistently. We can't play as up and down as we have so far. That's the first key. We have to control our passing and our setting. If that happens, our offense will work fine against anybody. We just have to be consistent and play at a high level at all times, not go from a high level to not playing so well and losing points in a row. That is the biggest issue we have right now."
On the addition of Milica Jovic to the lineup last week against New Mexico
"Her performance was a difference maker against New Mexico. I know she is capable of playing at that level. That is a great performance for not only for a freshman but also for any hitter. Now the question is can she repeat that every single match. It worked for New Mexico and hopefully it will work again. If not, we will find whatever works best for the team at that point."
On the overall level of play around Conference USA
"It looks like our conference is getting stronger and we're not in a position to think about having an easy match against anybody. We're going to take everybody seriously and just prepare the best that we can. The biggest thing for us is playing our game and not worrying about who we play. I think if we can control our side of the court, we'll be fine against anybody."