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Sunday December 4, 2011Florida Quotes from NCAA Volleyball Second Round (Florida 3, Northern Iowa 1)

Cedar Falls, Iowa

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Florida Head Coach Mary Wise

Opening Statement

“Our experience has been that second round matches have been epic. You get two teams both coming off of a win and we’ve had some incredible matches over the years but we’ve had the benefit that all but one of those, now two tonight, we were at home. To beat a team as talented and well-coached as Northern Iowa but to do it on their home court, that was a reflection on these two seniors (Kristy Jaeckel and Kelly Murphy) and how well they played. I think it was one of our best matches all year; it had to be. We knew we couldn’t beat Northern Iowa unless we played our very best. I think Bre Payton could make any team a conference contender running a 5-1 for any team in any conference around the country. It’s the first time I’ve seen her in person and my reaction was ‘I wouldn’t want to play her in a league and have to see her twice a year.’ All of Northern Iowa, the offense that they run is so fast, and it took us a while to adapt to it. It was one of our best matches all year and that’s what it took to be this team on their home court.”

 

On if the Gators had seen an offensive style similar to UNI

“No, we hadn’t and we’ve played some very good teams. We had not seen a team with the ability and confidence to set the transition ball to the middle as fast as they do was way impressive. We weren’t able to imitate that in practice. Could we learn to adjust to it? I wasn’t expecting to lose 25-16 (in the first set) but I knew it would take time for our team to understand just how fast you have to move between contacts to defend them. The defense was such a big piece for us. We were low error but we had to play lights out defense to have any chance to beat Northern Iowa.”

 

On adjustments between sets one and two in terms of running the Gator offense

“I think in terms of what we asked of our team, if we could get into a passing rhythm, which we did, and ask our setters to make better choices based on the commit blocking and the blocking schemes UNI was running. I think Kelly and Chanel really got into a very good rhythm. Our hitters got very good looks and when they didn’t get a 1-on-1 situation, they took really smart swings, especially Kristy and Kelly who saw two blockers often.”

 

On putting pressure on UNI after set one

“We talked to the team between the sets (one and two) and said we didn’t think UNI could play much better. I think they only had two unforced errors the entire set. They were so good through that first one. The words we used were ‘weather the storm’. This is them at their best and could we create a two-option pass and set up with our serve. Can we stress them? The theme of tonight’s match was (to) get UNI uncomfortable. We didn’t do a great job of that the first set but as the match went on, I felt that we were able to put some pressure on them and get them uncomfortable.”

 

#6, Kristy Jaeckel, OH, Sr.

On the difference between set one and the last three sets

“I think just responding when they made a good play. It took us two or three points before we combated that and it just accumulated and they got to 25 way faster than we did. I think just us knowing that they’re going to make good plays and that they’re going to have ‘roll-the-ball-back’ plays, we just had to respond and make our own.”

 

On her multiple blocks in the fourth set

“I think we just realized how offensive Bre Payton wanted to be and we just started keying in on her and tried to make her really work for the points she was getting. We started getting our blocks.”

 

On if getting back to Gainesville for regionals was motivation

“I think we definitely used it and we embraced it. We could have thought of it the other way, thinking that it was a disadvantage, but we took ownership of it and we came out here and we played with no fear. We came out and played as hard as we could.”

 

On the team recording only two hitting errors in each of the final three sets

“I think we were able to find the open player and able to put the ball where we needed to in order to score. Credit to our low error, when we didn’t have an opportunity to score, we tried to put pressure on them instead of taking a swing that could be high error. We were keeping ourselves in the rally.”

 

#12, Kelly Murphy, RS/S, Sr.

On the setter battle

“We knew that she was very offensive. You look at her numbers and it’s very obvious. We knew it would take a total team effort to defend her and everybody stepped up and did their part tonight. As far as my hitting numbers, I have to give credit to our good passing. I thought we passed really well and Chanel was able to make really good decisions and it opened a lot of things up on the right side.”

 

On how the team only recording two hitting errors in each of the final three sets

“I think our good passing and our good ball control. We weren’t just getting digs, we were getting quality digs, and we were able to set our middles in transition and our pins were open and we were just making smart shots.”

 

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