bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview

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bleedCrimson.net Interview With Krista Altermatt, Erin Birmingham and Kelli Goodan

bleedCrimson.net: Kelli, you finished in the top five in hitting percentage and top 10 in blocks per game in conference play last season, what have you been working on this offseason?
Kelli Goodan: I've been working on my fundamentals, my footwork and my hand position and where coach wanted me to go on the transition moves. It's all the little things put together that make the big picture better and make it work like a well oiled machine.

bc.net: What are you hoping to bring to the team this season?
KG: I hope to bring leadership and motivation. I want to better the team as a whole. I want to contribute to the team as best as I can, I want to be the best player I can possibly be and hopefully bring everybody else together and be a big force on the court.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 08/08/09

bleedCrimson.net: First time seeing all the kids in the gym together, what were your initial impressions?
Mike Jordan: We're athletic, our skill level has a long way to go. We've got a lot of young players and so there's a lot to learn. We're going to find ourselves walking through a lot of stuff systems wise to make sure they understand it and watching a lot of film to help them as much as possible. It's going to be a lot of work. But we are very athletic. I think we've got a shot to be very good.

bc.net: With having three seniors and so many young players will you rely on those seniors more this year than maybe in years past?
MJ: We always rely heavily on your seniors every year. That's not going to change this year. We've got some good upper classmen that are good players and they understand leadership and they're really good people. I think they'll do a really good job taking care of the younger players.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 12/09/08 :: 2008 Season Wrap Up

bleedCrimson.net will be conducting weekly interviews with Aggie head volleyball coach Mike Jordan during the 2008 season. This week we talked with Coach Jordan about last week's NCAA tourament matches, their first round win against St. Mary's, the loss to Cal and the four seniors.

bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on the St. Mary's match. You lost the first set 25-21 but then rolled in the next three sets.
Mike Jordan: I don't really think it was a very well played match, particularly the first game was ugly. Both teams played poorly I thought. A lot of mistakes, a lot of easy balls we should have capitalized but didn't. It was pretty disappointing to watch because it's so important to get off to a good start in the NCAA tournament. But we settled down a bit in game two. We made an adjustment that helped us and really picked it up defensively and made it harder for them to get kills. I think our physicality, our size advantage took over after that.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 12/02/08

bleedCrimson.net will be conducting weekly interviews with Aggie head volleyball coach Mike Jordan during the 2008 season. This week we talked with Coach Jordan about last week's matches and their importance to keeping routine and the NCAA tournament draw against St. Mary's.

bleedCrimson.net: Talk about last week's two matches against VCU and New Mexico, playing after the WAC tournament for the first time, how has that helped with your routine and not having that long break?
Mike Jordan: I think it's been good for us. To sit longer than a week without playing a match would be probably detrimental to us. You need to have that competitive thing going on and so it's been pretty much status quo for us right now which is good. At the same time, after Friday night's match we were able to take the whole weekend off which was good, relax and rest up a little bit. I think playing those matches, obviously they were competitive and kept us in our routine so we got what we wanted out of it.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 11/17/08

bleedCrimson.net will be conducting weekly interviews with Aggie head volleyball coach Mike Jordan during the 2008 season. This week we talked with Coach Jordan about last week's matches against Utah State and San Jose State, the WAC tournament and what he thinks has been the biggest improvement during this season.

bleedCrimson.net: Against Utah State you mentioned last week that you were looking for the team to come out better than they had in the previous three matches and after getting down 3-0 in the first set it was lights out.
Mike Jordan: Yeah. Definitely one of our better attacking matches. We passed pretty well and really did a nice job offensively. Limited our errors. I think we had nine errors for the whole match. That's unheard of for us. Typically we can be anwhere from 28 to... I don't know what our average errors per game is but to keep it to three per game, we're pretty happy with that kind of performance this late in the season.

bc.net: You had three players that hit over .850, Lindsey who hit. 522 and Amber who hit .643.
MJ: We ball handled so well and so we were in system a lot and our setters did a great job of locating the ball which helps.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 11/11/08

bleedCrimson.net will be conducting weekly interviews with Aggie head volleyball coach Mike Jordan during the 2008 season. This week we talked with Coach Jordan about last week's matches against Nevada and Fresno State, Amber Simpson and the two regular season ending matches against Utah State and San Jose State.

bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on the Nevada match.
Mike Jordan: Obviously you can't make the amount of attack errors we made and expect to win games, especially on the road. I think after game one we had 12 attack errors. Fortunately between games two and three we settled down and got our head on straight and started executing better in game three. The first game against Fresno State was kind of the same thing. I'm not sure why we're starting so slowly but that needs to stop happening.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 11/04/08

bleedCrimson.net will be conducting weekly interviews with Aggie head volleyball coach Mike Jordan during the 2008 season. This week Coach Jordan discussed last week's sweeps and looked ahead to this week's road trip.

bleedCrimson.net: Last week you picked up a sweep against La. Tech at home, Kelsey Brennan got some good playing time in the second set and picked up six kills in seven attempts.
Mike Jordan:: She's improving, she's still got a long ways to go but she's athletic and has a great arm. She's still trying to catch up with the speed of the college game. We think she's gonna be a really good player eventually.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/28/08

bleedCrimson.net will be conducting weekly interviews with Aggie head volleyball coach Mike Jordan during the 2008 season. This week Coach Jordan was out and so we talked with assistant coach Stevi Adams about the sweep over UTEP and Louisiana Tech, Alyssa Gintant, and looked ahead to this week's matches against Louisiana Tech and Boise State.

bleedCrimson.net: The UTEP match, there was a good crowd, a good atmosphere and the team handled the atmosphere very well and came away with sweep.
Stevi Adams: It's not really hard getting jazzed up for UTEP. We understand it's a big rivalry match for us. We actually have a large amount of the crowd in our favor which really helps. The crowd and the community really get involved and we really get hyped up for that and we came out and got a three game sweep which is what we always love. We played pretty well and got some other people in who don't usually get in as much as we like and they all produced for us. Overall I think we did a great job.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/21/08

bleedCrimson.net will be conducting weekly interviews with Aggie head volleyball coach Mike Jordan during the 2008 season. This week Coach Jordan was out sick so we talked with assistant head coach Ashley Hardee about the sweep over the Idaho schools, Kelli Goodan and Erin Birmingham's play and looked ahead to this week's matches against UTEP and Louisiana Tech.

bleedCrimson.net: Against Idaho the team really seemed to come out focused for the match and the performance was probably even more dominating than the victory over them up in Moscow.
Ashley Hardee: Yeah we really did. You play at Hawai'i and you win there and automatically you come back and were talking about not having a letdown. We knew Idaho was a good team. They were third in the league at the time and they played us really tough up there. Even though it was only three games it was three tough close games. But we came out here we played really well we were really focused the whole time. It was a nice performance.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/14/08

bleedCrimson.net will be conducting weekly interviews with Aggie head volleyball coach Mike Jordan during the 2008 season. This week we talked about the sweep against #6 Hawai'i, Amber Simpson and Erin Birmingham's play in the match and the upcoming matches against Idaho and Boise State.

bleedCrimson.net: Talk about the victory over Hawai'i, what were you most pleased with?
Mike Jordan: We've just been talking about playing the game more aggressively at the service line, defensively, in particular when things are going bad. Try not to get too frustrated or down on ourselves and stay aggressive. I thought we did a really good job of that and that was one of the big reasons we won.

bc.net: What did you tell your kids during the timeout in the second set after you'd gone down 8-1?
MJ: I think I reminded them of that and we just talked about that we weren't going to get all the points back at once. You're down 8-1, you've just gotta chip away at it. I told them that the goal would be to be tied back up at 18 or 20 and just tried to keep them composed as best I could.  Continue Reading This Post >>