Pre-Match Quotes: at No. 5 Texas

Head Coach Suzie Fritz

On the offense in the Iowa State match…
“What you see in the box score in regards to third contact starts with first contact. It is not our preference to set Kylee [Zumach] 43 times but that was the best choice given the situation. You don’t want your setter forcing some things in bad-pass situations. We got to manage the ball better. We got to handle first contact at a higher level so that we can create balance.”

On the offensive approach in the first time facing Texas on Oct. 18…
“It’s hard to not be affected in some ways because [the Texas front line is] big. It’s a pretty imposing block. You can’t just hit at it. You have to hit productively. That isn’t any different than what we are trying to do all the time. Pay attention to what’s in front of you, take what they give you. There are a lot of ways to kill it. As long as you’re creative in the way you are trying to hit the balls – any good hitter, in general, can beat the block.”

On the defense over the last few matches…
“I think we have gotten away a little bit from where we were defensively. Sometimes when you are playing really well on one side of the ball, you are spending a lot of time talking and focusing on another, and then the bolts get kind of loose. We’ve been trying so hard to be offensively more in rhythm that we let some things slip by on the defensive side and now there is some catching up to do. We try to have a little more balance in what we talk about and continue to build on our strengths, which up to this point has been on the defensive side.”

On the thought process going into the Texas match…
“We are just trying to get better. It sounds cliché but it really is [what we are trying to do]. I say the same thing over and over: when we are good, we are really, really good. Even up at Iowa State, when we were in the system, we were siding out at 67% and hitting over .300. That will win a lot of games, but we are only [in system] 60% of the time right now. Our focus is to grow and get better. We still have a lot of things that we can control.”