Head Volleyball Coach Jeff Nelson Quotes
Sept. 26, 2000
LUBBOCK, Texas - "It was a great week for us. We had a couple of really important wins to get our Big 12 season going. We came out strong [against Kansas State] like we have in every match. We have pretty much dominated the first game of all our matches, and then kind of sat back and let them get back in the game. We led 14-10 in the second [game] and let it go and ended up in a marathon. Two-and-a-half hours later we pulled it out. I felt like that was a match we could win. I certainly am happy to have the win, but know we have to do a better job of finishing off our opponent when we have the chance, not playing two-and-half or three hour matches."
"It was also important, Kansas State is a highly-ranked team and very well-respected. It's going to be good for us in the long run as we make our run through the season and hopefully into the NCAA Tournament. Everyone of those counts. The conference is loaded and we're going to have to have four or five good wins. We're happy to have that one and that's one of them."
"The Texas match was a little different on Saturday. I really feel like it's the first time in the six seasons I've been here that our players went down there [Austin] expecting to win. I don't think there was ever a second where any of them didn't believe they would win that match. The day has been marked on the calendar a long time. It was never even discussed in any way that it wouldn't be a win. It was especially gratifying to see them go down there and do that."
"I didn't think that we played our best match, but I certainly think we controlled the match. I felt like it was more of an emotional match than necessarily real strong play, although we blocked very well, which is something we've been working on and hopefully will continue to get batter at. But it was highly emotional. We our entire staff down because we thought it was going to happen, and we also had about 70 or 80 people who got to go down with us. They got to sit together and made a lot of noise for us and had a lot of fun. We had some alumni there that were part of all those years of never winning down there."
"Our players won and they were excited, but those alumni, they were in tears. They were really happy, and it was a great win for all of those people who suffered through never winning down there. And that's who I was most happy for. One of these people is one of my assistant, Lacy Nye. She was extremely gratified. That was probably the best part of it. It was awful great to silence those 1,500 or 2,000 Texas fans who never give us a break down there. That's a huge win for the program."
"The conference is brutally tough, and we really don't ever get a break. Missouri comes into town on Wednesday night, seven o'clock, and they're 13-1. They have wins over [Texas] A&M and Baylor already and look to be a really strong team. We've played some common opponents, and had almost the exact same scores. We could be looking at another two or three hours in the gym on Wednesday night. That's fine. We're glad to be playing at home in the [United Spirit] Arena. We're off to a great start in there. We're going to continue that."
"Saturday we're up at Kansas, and looking forward to a rematch for a match last year we let get away from us. That's another one our players have really been looking forward to, so I think it will be a great match for us."