bleedCrimson.net: Like you’ve had with a lot of your teams, you’ve got a young team but you’ve got a lot of young players who got a lot of playing time last year so even though they’re young in terms of their class, they’re not young in terms of their experience. What are you expecting to see from those sophomores and juniors.
Tamara Inoue: With the young ones, our freshmen last year played a lot last year, Moriah Mack especially along with Tyler Ellis and Brianna Freeman, those three got a lot of quality minutes. Tamera Williams also had spurts of minutes but it’s interesting. That was probably the first time Coach Trakh and I have been through with a team with no seniors and playing such a young group. Even our young players, Sasha [Weber] and Abby [Scott] playing a lot of minutes, that was new for us too. To watch them from one year to the next, with all the playing time they got from one year to the next and then the run they had in the tournament, the mindset coming in this summer to preseason to now is like night and day. The maturity level, the hard work, to finishing plays. Doing what you ask them to do, knowing they need to go hard because that’s what they’re going to see every day in games. It’s interesting to watch that with just one year of difference.
Now we still have a long way to go and they’re still young and there is always going to be slippage but just watching them hold each other accountable… Last year they kind of let a lot of things go because they didn’t want to hurt each others’ feelings, they wanted to be liked, this year it’s more business. It’s been cool to see because that’s what we always push. We always tell them, we push you hard in practice, it’s going to be hard come game time but you’re going to be ready for it. We push them very hard so they’re able to take it and they’re able to understand why we’re doing it.
Sasha and Abby, Sasha especially, she started for us both years and she’ll start for us again her junior year. She’s probably the most experienced player we have. For her to come in with the leadership that she has, that’s been fun too because not a lot of kids get to start and play all three years. Sasha has been able to walk into that role. She’s the most composed player we have. She’s calm and really keeps us together. That’s been really good too. Continue Reading This Post >>