bleedCrimson.net: The championship match you took on Bakersfield and you mentioned that their team was good at everything and that their weakness was that they were just smaller. Your team came out and really took care of business.
Mike Jordan: We got an overpass, Desiree crushed an overpass on the first play of the game and then we stuff blocked straight to the floor three of their first four swings and so I think we just got in their head right away. We did a good job of executing, we were aggressive and we really played like we wanted to win that title as opposed to trying not to lose. I know that’s a cliche but you’ve got to play to win and we did. I was very impressed with what we did.
bc.net:Ciara Brown was one of four Aggies to make the All-Tournament team. What does that honor mean for a player like Brown especially as a senior?
MJ:Obviously she doesn’t get a lot of credit for what she does. She’s not the best athlete in the lineup, in fact she’s probably the worst athlete in our lineup but she tries really hard and she’s passionate about the team and winning and she’s worked hard to get better. I think for her to get some recognition is a great thing and it’s well deserved. Interestingly enough one of her weaknesses since she’s got here is that she just doesn’t serve the ball tough enough. She gets four aces against Idaho and I don’t know how many she got against Bakersfield but she served that first point of the game where they had the overpass and she had a long run. I think she probably got the all-tournament nod because of what she did at the service line more than anything else. For Desiree to hit .400 with Ciara setting her primarily speaks a lot to the things that Ciara can do for us.
bc.net:You drew Arizona in the first round of the NCAA tournament. What were your initial thoughts when you saw their name go up on the board?
MJ:I think it’s a good draw in the sense that we’re familiar with them. They’ve got a great team obviously and they’ve got a Pac-12 schedule under their belt. They’re very, very good and they’re well coached. I think because we have played them a lot in the spring we have a familiarity with them. While I think they’re great athletes, I don’t think they’re out of our class athletically. We’re looking forward to the challenge. Obviously it’s not going to be easy but it’s a winnable match if we play very well. I’m hopeful with a veteran team that we will. Continue Reading This Post >>