Dec. 13, 2013
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen Post-Match Quotes
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 3, Florida State 1
State Farm Center // Champaign, Ill.
Wisconsin Post-Match Quotes
Head Coach Kelly Sheffield opening statement:
"We came out and battled. Game one, we jumped on them. I think our lefts had a little bit of a tough time coming out of the gate. They got blocked quite a bit early on. To their credit, they stayed with it. That was key. If you have your lefts doubting themselves or getting overly frustrated and not staying with it, you're going to have a tough time winning the match. That was the huge key--those two staying with the process and keeping battling and working different areas of the court."
"I thought Lauren was great. She owned this match with her distribution and making some really tough plays and recognizing when Florida State was making some of its adjustments. She was really, really good. Florida State is a really good team. They've won a lot of matches. They're one of the best serving teams we've seen all year. To be able to hit .279 against that block with that kind of serve, you sit there and say, `Our passers must have done a really good job and been locked in.'"
Sheffield on if he knew how good this team could be:
"We never talked about placing in the conference or how far in the tournament. We knew we had talent. We knew that we were going to be good. I didn't want to put a ceiling on this team by saying, `This is what we can do.' We can shoot higher than that. The only thing we talked about from day one was, `Dream big. See yourself doing great things. Believe in it; believe in each other. Let's buy in; let's make sacrifices. Let's handle the adversity that's going to come our way.' It's a real tribute to these guys. They believed in that, and they've owned it."
Freshman setter Lauren Carlini on the play of Dominique Thompson and Ellen Chapman:
"They were both demanding the ball, and they were both hot hitters tonight. They wanted it."
Ellen Chapman on adjusting to Florida State's block:
"I think it took a little bit to get in a groove and see where they were blocking, to get to the point where I could see the block. I was trying to go hit the ball at the beginning. I think it took me a while to get the feel for the ball and that type of stuff."
Dominique Thompson on what was the difference in the match:
"We were given a really good game plan. To know the shots that are open and being patient and watching what you have, that was important."
Florida State Post-Match Quotes
Head coach Chris Poole's Opening Statement:
"Well, it certainly wasn't the way we wanted to end our season. We struggled to get into a rhythm tonight. Sometimes that happens. When you get to this level, you've got to give credit to your opponent. I thought Wisconsin did a great job of staying consistent most of the time. I thought they did what they needed to do in order to take advantage of things we were trying to do. Certainly, you're always disappointed. We had a great season. We accomplished a lot, and we were able to take a team that had lost four starters from last year and replaced them with a lot of young players this year. We spent the season trying to blend them, and when you do that, sometimes you're going to have some ups and downs. I thought Wisconsin did a better job here at the end of the year being able to play very well, and unfortunately, we just let down and weren't able to keep our focus through the match."
Poole on the impact of the end of the third set:
"The third set was going back and forth. We were very close at the end. It did take the air out of us. I think we came back in set four, not having nearly the same focus we had had in sets two and three. That's to Wisconsin's credit that we could just never get in a rhythm completely, and we weren't able to pass and defend or side out as we normally are able to do, so I think that was very frustrating. You always know that when you get to the end like this that you'll be dealing with lots of emotions when you know it's the end of the season and it could potentially be your last match. You've got to be able to focus and need to be able to make plays, and there were a lot of errors. We looked more like our team in the first half of the season than we did in the last month of the season."
Senior middle blocker Ashley Neff on what the team has accomplished during her time here:
"The team is completely different from when I first got here in 2010. The level has just gotten incredibly high. We've brought a lot of good recruits in, and it's amazing to see a program make changes like that. It's really a great opportunity, and I'm blessed to have been a part of it. I'm going to miss it, but I hope that they keep going, and I know they will. CP is a great coach, and I know they're going to do great things."
Neff on the impact of the end of the third set:
"Volleyball is all about momentum, and you either have it or you don't. We just didn't have it tonight and unfortunately, couldn't find it. It's not fun to end it this way, but I just hope that the girls learned from this season and bring it to the next."
Junior libero Katie Mosher on what the team learned from today's match:
"It was a tough loss for us, and we've had a lot of these matches where we get disappointing losses but are able to learn from them. The next match, we make it even better, but unfortunately, we don't have that next match this time. The returners are going to learn from this and build on this."