bleedCrimson.net: Last week the team play possibly the best three match stretch that they've played all season long.
Mike Jordan: Yeah, I certainly wouldn't disagree. The one possibility you could say was the opening weekend of the season. We changed the lineup before the tournament and made some drastic changes. We put Preslie Alexander back in the middle and Steph Ziegler at libero again Bradley Nash played all the way around, six rotations, she's been getting stronger the last month so it kind of made sense to do that. She's a solid ball control player, she's able to move around and the knee is getting stronger. She really, really played above expectations. I think she's come on so much in the last month, I'm really proud of her. Preslie being so offensive and getting so many kills in the middle made it difficult for teams to key on Meredith. Meredith's kill attempts went down but her hitting percentage went up and that's a big deal obviously. Those things, Nathalie Castellanos taking Preslie's place on the right. Nathalie didn't lead us in attempts or kills or anything special but she was just a good athlete and came up with big plays when we needed them. We had a lot of balance and it's tough to beat teams that had a lot of balance like we did.
bc.net: You mentioned the opening weekend, during the WAC tournament last week I thought your team served the ball as well as I'd seen since that opening weekend.
MJ: You know I think it's the best we've served. We had some people get back there and really put more into serving it tougher than they have, something we've been really trying to get them to do but I think they understood how good the other teams could be if they're allowed to pass easy serves. Fortunately we stepped up and got on a nice run, against Utah State in particular. Of the six players that were consistently going back and hitting serves for us, five of them were serving tougher than they normally do and hitting spots too which was great. That was certainly a key to the matches. Continue Reading This Post >>