bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on how the team played out in Hawai'i?
Mike Jordan: Well, I wasn't very happy. One of the things that in setting the schedule up we wanted to challenge ourselves and learn a lot about ourselves. So from that standpoint I learned a lot. Unfortunately some of the things I thought we'd be good at early in the season, we're not. That was a little frustrating obviously. The serve-receive inconsistency was a problem. I thought because we had a lot of returning players we'd be a lot better at dealing with the pressure late in games and we weren't. So we've got some strides to make up here pretty quick.
I'm still glad we went. Before and after the tournament I told the team, "Would you feel differently if we were 5-1?," and of course they all nodded their head and said yes. I said, "We could make that happen for you scheduling wise by playing a lot of mediocre teams but the way we would feel about ourselves would be inaccurate. We'd think we were better than what we really are. Now we know to play with the Hawaii's of the world and the UCLA's of the world we have a lot of ground to make up and some specific weaknesses that we have to address. From that standpoint it's better to learn now than to learn down the road.
I think this is only going to benefit us from an improvement standpoint. We have a bar to shoot and we'll hold it over their heads every day to improve. We've got really good physical athletes, we've just got to get better at playing volleyball and specifically the serve and pass stuff has to improve. I'm sure it will. We've got to find a way to get Gwen Murphy untracked offensively. She's got so many great physical tools. We've got to start locating sets to her that she can put away. And we've got to be less error-prone. If we can do those things we're going to be fine. Continue Reading This Post >>