bleedCrimson.net: You've gotten some good play out of your three freshmen, particularly this past weekend in your three wins.
Mike Jordan: They're getting better. I think they're getting more comfortable and they're improving. They're missing fewer assignments and making more plays. That's all you can ask. As long as they keep competing and giving it their best then we're going to continue to see better and better results. They've got a long way to go but they're making progress.
bc.net: What differences have you seen in the play of Rocio Gutierrez from the beginning of the year to this past weekend where she had a couple of big matches in the wins over Idaho and Nevada?
MJ: Confidence is a big deal for her. She's got a much better idea when she's going out there and she's starting to make more plays. I think of all the freshmen she's the most confident but I think she should be too. She played a higher level club ball than most so she's a little bit more prepared to play at this level and she's doing a good job. She's pretty versatile.
bc.net: Kelsey Brennan also had a very good week for your team. It looks like she's getting back to full health on her ankle.
MJ: Yeah, I think she physically feels pretty good. She's had a really good season. She missed those three matches with the ankle and that was tough on her, tough on us. But she's been hitting for a pretty good percentage and hopefully we can get her the ball more.
bc.net: When we talked last week you talked about the team not hitting the panic button as quickly and that was definitely evident this weekend. How pleased are you with the composure your team showed when they were put into some tough situations this past weekend?
MJ: We seem to be staying together a little bit better, a little bit better chemistry which happens with time obviously. I think we've got a little more confidence in the young players that they're going to make plays and so we're calling their number a little bit more often and they're coming through more often.
bc.net: You take on Nevada and Utah State this week and you're facing Nevada for the second time in five days.
MJ: We know they're going to be difficult. Playing on the road is never easy and they're both good teams. Obviously we're going to have to play well to win. They're two really different styles of play that we have to prepare for. We've seen Reno once but it'll be our first time seeing Utah State and they play a lot different style than Reno.
bc.net: What's the biggest difference in style of play between Nevada and Utah State?
MJ: You get a lot more back row attack out of Utah State, they're going to swing block, they play the gold medal squared type system and Nevada is a little more traditional.