Weekly Coach Jordan Interview

warning: Creating default object from empty value in /var/www/ on line 33. Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/09/12 Your thoughts on the past week's matches at Utah State, a loss, and San Jose State, a win?
Mike Jordan: Utah State of course has a good team and we're disappointed that we lost. I'm more disappointed the way we played. If we were standing on a beach we couldn't hit it in the ocean. That's how bad we were. We were just so error prone, made a ton of attack errors, a ton of service errors, some at crucial points. We had sizable leads at different points in the first two games and we would just hemorrhage points at times and let them back into it. It was difficult to watch, it was frustrating. It's uncommon for this team to be so error prone. It was by far the worst match we've had from an attack error standpoint that we've had. Lou Henson told me a long time ago that your team is going to play bad three times a year and there's not much you can do about it. That just happened to be one of those nights. You've just gotta get past it and move on.

We did a pretty good job of preparing for San Jose. We played very well for the better part of the first two sets. We were dominating the second set and we let them score some points late which drew my ire a little bit. It seemed like we took our foot off the gas pedal so to speak which is frustrating because we've done that a lot this year. But games three and four were pretty good volleyball. I think San Jose State played really well and we were good in stretches. Not consistently so but good enough to win on the road against a solid team. From a bounce back standpoint I'll take it.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/02/12 Your thoughts on your team's play last week? You had the loss at UTEP but your team bounced back with a good win over Denver.
Mike Jordan: Yeah, we were disappointed obviously losing to UTEP, we hadn't done it in like nine years or something but they've got a good team. It's probably the best team they've ever had and I knew it would be a closer match than a lot of people thought. We had a two sets to one lead and really crushed them in the third set and I think we relaxed a little bit unfortunately. They got off to a good start in the fourth set and jumped on us and we weren't able to come back in time, made a lot of mistakes and then the pressure got to us. We need to grow up a little bit and put together entire matches and deal with pressure better, especially on the road.

Denver we were at home and it's good to play in front of the home crowd even though it wasn't a good crowd because of the noon start on a Saturday and some of the other stuff going on. But I think we were determined to put a whole match together and the players did a good job. We passed the ball pretty well for the most part and they had trouble stopping us from siding out. I still think we can play much better defense than we're playing at times and we're going to need to if we want to put point runs together. We're happy to be 5-0 in the conference but I think we all understand there's a higher ceiling for us.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/25/12 Your thoughts on the two matches this past weekend?
Mike Jordan: It was an interesting weekend. Obviously we had some issues against LA Tech siding out. Give them credit, they played great defense and dug a ton of balls. Frustrated us a little bit. We were able to eventually pull it together and play better as the match wore on. But we weren't very satisfied with our performance obviously.

Saturday I thought we played really well. I thought we worked hard defensively, we blocked the ball well and did some good things. Hopefully we're making progress. As far as blocking goes in the UT Arlington game what were some things from that performance that you want your team to see and carry forward?
MJ: Well, LA Tech plays a game where if you look at their block numbers against, they don't get blocked and they don't get blocked for a reason. They don't hit into you, ever. They play a different style of offense where they're just trying to chip and roll and hit off the hands. It's not like we blocked poorly. I thought we missed a few assignments and had occasional bouts of bad technique but they're just very good at chipping and tooling whereas most teams will come at you with some heat. UT Arlington tried to do that and that's why we were able to block more balls. They're just going to hit lower and harder and if you get in the right spots the chances of blocking a ball a really good. That's really the difference between the matches.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/12/12 Your thoughts on the tournament at Colorado State where your team went 1-2?
Mike Jordan: I felt like we made some progress between weekends defensively. Sweeping FIU was good it was our first sweep of the season. We didn't pass the ball very well but we were able to fight through that. We actually passed exceptionally well against Pepperdine and fairly well against Colorado State. Pepperdine and Colorado State are great teams and if you look at the stats we actually outperformed Pepperdine in a lot of areas, in most areas but they were able to make more plays in crunch time than we did. We were serving at 23 all in the third set tied 1-1 and we missed a serve and that was a big momentum killer for us. If we win that third set obviously things could had been a lot different. Give Pepperdine credit they are a great team. In stretches I thought we played some of our best volleyball there.

The Colorado State match was tough from the standpoint of how good a blocking team they were. They served it tough, they blocked big and they were able to take us out of our rhythm offensively and they played well on their home court and they swept Pepperdine two nights before so their confidence was high. Both teams are clearly Top 20 caliber teams and I think we learned a little bit more about ourselves.

Defensively we're playing a little bit better but we've got to block better so we're making some changes there. We're going to spend more time on it. Offensively we're hoping to be a little bit more versatile and I think that'll come with time and better ball control. I would expect us to make strides there soon.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/06/12 Your thoughts on this past weekend's tournament where you picked up a couple of good wins over Cincinnati and Drake and had a competitive match against Northwestern?
Mike Jordan: We were disappointed in the loss to Northwestern. We didn't defend very well particularly in the first set and they were able to score some points that I don't think they had to work too hard for unfortunately. It was a winnable set. Set three we made a couple changes and started playing a little bit better. Set four we're up 24-22 with an opportunity to push it to a fifth set and made some mistakes you just can't make in crunch time. A couple bad passes in serve receive, our setter's shoe comes off in the middle of a rally. Kind of a comedy of errors. I think I heard carnival music playing the background. But it was a loss against a pretty good team.

The Drake win, you take the 'W' but I don't feel like we defended well in that one either. The Cincinnati win is a solid one. After the first game we picked it up a notch tempo-wise offensively and did some good things against what I think is going to be a solid Big East team. So 2-1 is not bad but 3-0 was the goal and we didn't quite get there and so we move on.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 08/29/12 You had a very successful opening weekend going 3-0 in a very competitive tournament. Your thoughts on the overall weekend?
Mike Jordan: I was excited that we finished 3-0 and we played three good teams. We did enough to win and when you're playing good teams early anything can happen. I think every coach in the tournament from having talked to them, felt like they could go 0-3. Again, it's a nice start for us for sure against some quality competition and hopefully we'll keep it going. In the first match against Wichita State and second match against North Dakota State your team got down by six points late in the fourth and first sets respectively and came back to win those sets. You talked last week about wanting to see how your team competed when they were faced with adversity. You have to be pretty pleased with your team's ability to come back and win both of those sets and eventually those matches.
MJ: We kept competing which was great, that was one of the things we wanted to see and early season teams struggle with certain things. We played bad enough and made some mistakes to get us down but we are also capable of playing at a higher level and we turned it up a notch here and there and managed to say in some games which was great. I think some of that too is we're a very, very physical team so in transition if we play defense well enough and get a quality enough swing we're going to put a lot of pressure on people and we were able to do that late in games.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 08/22/12 :: Season Preview The season kicks off on Friday and this is a very challenging schedule, it might not have the biggest names for the people that don't necessarily follow college volleyball but all three non-conference weekends are going to be some pretty stiff tests.
Mike Jordan: Yeah, it really is. You're right it doesn't have a Texas or Stanford but that's by design. We needed to schedule teams that we felt were Top 75 teams in the non-conference RPI-wise to help us out and by help us out I mean help get us to the NCAA tournament for an at-large selection. If you win matches against some of these teams then your RPI is going to get a huge boost because you know they're all going to win a lot. They're all very good teams. If you lose to them it doesn't hurt your RPI number that much, if at all in some cases. It's a challenging schedule there are no guaranteed wins on it and it's going to be a tough test every day. We've got an opportunity to play our way into the NCAA tournament before conference play even starts and that's what we're looking for. If we don't do it, if we're not successful, if we don't get any wins against the good competition then we've still got the automatic qualifier to play for. We're giving ourselves the best chance for a high RPI and quality wins and preparation for the conference slate as well. The conference slate is a little different this year because you've got five new teams coming in so it's almost like your entire schedule is like a non-conference schedule because you're learning about these new teams and unlike last year when there were only eight teams in the conference, you've got a much longer conference schedule this year.
MJ: Yeah and it's going to be a challenging schedule. Obviously the big dog, Hawai'i, is gone but there's still a lot of good teams. Idaho returns a lot of good players from a year ago. Utah State, I think, will be improved. They're a little bit more veteran ball club this year. Then Texas State and Texas-San Antonio had good really good seasons last year with Texas State going to the NCAA Tournament. Those four teams are all solid, they're going to compete and be in the equation down the stretch and I think you've got some teams that have shown a lot of improvement as of late. San Jose State is a team that's vastly underrated. I think they're going to be a lot better, they showed signs of it last year. So I think we're going to have to play really good volleyball to win night-in and night-out.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: Semifinal Recap/Championship Preview You got three very good performances from Kelsey Brennan, Meredith Hays and Stephanie Ziegler in the win over Idaho last night.
Mike Jordan: We passed the ball really well and we were able to stay in system offensively so we hit for a good percentage against a very good defensive Idaho team, that was great to see. Defensively we didn't block well but we dug the ball pretty well. Everyone was engaged defensively, playing hard and made a lot of really really good digs in key moments and I think that was the difference. You take on Hawai'i tonight in the championship match. You've played them twice now. What do you take away from both of those matches and what do you need to do well tonight?  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 11/22/11 Your thoughts on the match last night?
Mike Jordan: I thought we played well defensively early which got us off to a good start, a nice point run, built some confidence and played pretty error free in sets one and three obviously. Set two we struggled a little bit but that's not uncommon for us. We've got our error issues occasionally that peak their head out and create issues for us but it's not something that we're unaware of obviously. We understand going low-error is really important to us. Some of it is just the skill level and execution. As we get better at it we'll be tougher to beat and be more consistent. How much has the week off between the last match and yesterday's match helped the Aggies?
MJ: It's nice to get a lot of practices back to back. You don't get that in conference play with us playing Thursday and Saturdays typically. We get very few practice opportunities like we got last week and so it was good for us to rest a little bit. We took a couple days off early in the week and then went hard for four days in a row and that was beneficial. We were able to get in a scrimmage here and there for competitiveness. Nothing's quite like playing a game and in a new venue it's always interesting. I was really happy with the way we played.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 11/01/11 You had a bit of a rough road trip last week losing 3-2 to Utah State and 3-1 to Idaho. When we talked at the midway point the number of road matches in the second half was a bit of a concern for you. What were some of the issues you had in the two matches last week?
Mike Jordan: Well you have to credit Utah State and Idaho for playing well. I think they do things that give a lot of teams problems-- they block well, they serve well, they played very hard and they played well at home. I was disappointed in our performance. The games we dropped at Utah State were disappointing because the number of errors we made. We were Jekyll and Hyde and you can't be, especially in a fifth set, and expect to win. We made nine attack errors in the third and the fifth sets. They got some help by a couple non-calls that were terrible and they won. Give them credit for playing well but I'm looking at us and saying, "Why are we so inconsistent?" Sometimes that happens on the road but at this stage of the season, we've got to rectify that.

Real tough travel, four hotels in four nights and there were some issues with the practice facility at Idaho, we didn't get much of a workout in. But we still should have been very very ready to play. I didn't feel like we competed at all. We won set one, didn't play that well, they didn't play that well either. Then set two when they started to pick it up a little bit we didn't have much of a response and we had some upperclassmen that didn't make plays in crunch time in set two and it cost us. Sets three and four I kind of felt it was the same thing and I didn't like what I was seeing and decided to start subbing and give people a chance. If you work hard, you deserve a chance. We gave a few people some opportunities. It didn't work out for us, Idaho played very well, it was their senior night, they played with a lot of emotion and started to build some confidence and it was pretty disappointed in that performance for sure.  Continue Reading This Post >>