bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on the wins over Utah Valley, Seattle and UTEP?
Mike Jordan: Utah Valley came in playing really well. I think they have a lot of confidence right now in what they’re doing. They’re a pretty balanced team so it’s not like you can avoid people. You have to work at stopping people a little bit. I thought it was a good match when we were low error. Seattle had been struggling a little bit but the talent is unquestionable. They’ve got the length you need, they serve it really tough. We had some issues in serve receive with Jordan Abalos having sprained her ankle in the Utah Valley match. We were a little limited from a passing standpoint and Bradley Nash stepped up in both of those matches and passed for us and settled us down in the Seattle match when we needed it. Seattle is a good solid ball club. I was expecting tough competition from both teams and we got it and obviously it made it a little bit harder with Abalos not being able to play and getting us that extra pair of forearms that are so important to us. UTEP is struggling. They’re just not a physical team right now. Any time you’re on your home court with a good-sized crowd and you’ve got a physical advantage you should win and we did. I wasn’t too pleased with the serving in the first set but we settled down after that and did a nice job.
bc.net: You had a little bit of trouble in the first set against Seattle serving as well. What was your assessment of the first set against Seattle and the first set against UTEP serving-wise?
MJ: We’re just not consistent and that’s something we have to keep working at. We have people who are missing a lot and that’s forcing their teammates to back off a little bit. You don’t want to miss two in a row or two out of three, that kind of thing. When your teammate misses in front of you, you tend to back off a little bit. That’s a struggle we have to work at avoiding. You have to go back and hit your tough serve and not think about the fact that your teammate missed. That’s difficult to do. Their whole lives they’ve been taught not to miss after a teammate but the reality is that at this level of volleyball you have to serve tough and misses are a part of that. Look at how well SeattleU serves. They’re at almost two aces per set, probably top ten in the country and they miss a lot. But that’s okay. When you’re serving lame or easy, the other team is going to side out quite a bit as it is. You’ve got to take those chances and go for it and we’ve got to do a better job of that ourselves. Continue Reading This Post >>