bleedCrimson.net: Tough weekend for the team out at Bakersfield and Utah Valley.
Mike Jordan: Yeah it was a rough weekend. There's a difference between training and competing or performing. When we're in the practice gym you're getting a ton of reps and I think for us one of the things that's standing out to me is we have to all those reps count. I feel like we take a few too many plays off in practice and that seems to be translating itself to games when we're performing.
We were doing very well at Bakersfield and seemingly had control and we walk out flat, give up seven of the first nine points in the third set. Their [Bakersfield's] confidence starts to grow and almost immediately we started to look like that team at the beginning of the year that was second guessing themselves and waiting for somebody else to make a play as opposed to making a play themselves. There was a huge momentum shift and I thought we settled down in the fourth set, we led the whole way. Then at 22-21, one of our seniors misses a serve, we make a hitting error, we get aced, we make a terrible pass and another hitting error and we lose. That's just really not acceptable. It was very disappointing. Then 11-8 we're up in the fifth and the house of cards come falling down again. We make a serving error, get aced, we make two more hitting errors. We scored literally like 80 percent of their points for them. They played aggressively and took it to us. I was disappointed with how we were reacting on the floor. I didn't see a lot of fight in us and that's something we just have to keep working at.
bc.net: The Utah Valley match, how much of that was residual from the way the final two sets from the match before against Bakersfield?
MJ: I think a lot of it. I think they came out and played very well against us and you tip your hat to them. They were aggressive at the service line, they were aggressive attacking it. They played much better defense. I was appalled at the amount of digs we left out on the floor. So from that standpoint, defense is effort and paying attention to details. We didn't do much of that. We get off to a bad start. Set two we settled down again, we lead the whole way and at the end, again, Stephanie digs a ball over the net that we should have hit, Bradley gets aced, we make a hitting error and all of the sudden we're just giving away points freely and fast. Our confidence just goes in the tank and with some upper clansmen, the expectation is that they will take over and say the right things and do the right things. We're counting on them and they need to step up. Continue Reading This Post >>