bleedCrimson.net: You opened up conference play two weeks ago with a sweep, then you won two five set matches where you had to come from behind at 2-1, then you went up to Seattle, fell behind 2-1 but weren’t able to rally this time and the third set you lost 29-27 and if you win that set, it’s probably an entirely different match.
Mike Jordan: It’s frustrating when you’ve got a 24-20 lead and a good rotation to side out in and you don’t get it done. We missed a couple of defensive assignments. We just didn’t play assertively enough or aggressively enough. Part of that is youth, part of that is getting the ball to our experienced players. You’ve just got to make the right plays at crunch time and Seattle, you give them credit, they stayed aggressive. They were taking big swings when they needed to and we played patty-cake with a couple balls we should have hit. We missed those defensive assignments and it cost us. The fourth set, it was 20-all and the referee blows a call, it cost us a point and it shifts momentum but you still have a lot of time as a team to recover and make plays and we just didn’t do that. Again, we got a few good opportunities and we tipped balls we should have hit. We walked out after a timeout after being told to take aggressive swings and we tipped the next ball. I think we got what we deserved in that match. But hopefully we’ll learn from it and if we don’t you’re not paying attention. I’ve seen a lot of good things. I think when we’re playing well, which certainly isn’t consistently enough, but when we are playing well, it’s the best volleyball in the conference. We can beat anybody and unfortunately we just have to develop that consistency. We haven’t done that yet and that’s the goal right now is to put it together, play well in long stretches, miss fewer assignments, make the right decisions at crunch time and become the team we’re capable of becoming. It’s harder this year because we are young. We’re probably the youngest team in the conference. We’re in a 6-2 and we’ve got a rotation of 10 or 11 player we use on a consistent basis, really 12, and five or six of them can be freshmen. I’ve looked out on the floor quite a few times in the last few weeks and seen four freshmen on the floor at the same time. It’s not an overnight fix. It’s going to take us a little while but as long as we keep working and paying attention, we’ll get there. Continue Reading This Post >>