Pre-Match Quotes: vs. KU

Nov. 11, 2014

K-State head coach Suzie Fritz

On if the KU rivalry match has any extra motivation after losing the last two matches…
“I hope not. I hope that we are approaching it to try to win one point of one [set] at a time. There shouldn’t be [any extra motivation]. It’s a very, very important match, and it would be a very important match regardless of who we are playing. The next match is the most important match.”

On matching what worked in the first meeting against KU…
“We played really hard and battled for points in transition. We weren’t always that clean, but we played really hard. We were better than [KU was] in transition. We won that match in transition. Transition is unpredictable; it’s very spontaneous. It’s very fluid, so you have to continue to better the ball as transition rallies ensue. Sometimes you are not in good situations, but we managed really well in that match.”

On the role of resiliency in the final weeks of the regular season…
“You get into late October and November, your ability to be resilient becomes even more critical because now the cumulative effect of the wear and tear from the season is in place. Everyone’s got [the wear and tear]. So the teams that are willing to fight through that, fight through the fact that we’ve played a lot of matches now and some of the newness has worn off. Now you’re grinding. You’re fighting for position, fighting for NCAA tournament opportunities, fighting for seed opportunities – there are a lot of things you are fighting for, but you don’t feel like you felt in August. Your body doesn’t feel the same. There’s no question that resilience is important, and I think this team has [resilience].”

On the Texas match…
“We hit like .700 [in system in the first set]. That’s hard to sustain .700. We played exceptionally well. I say often that we have to win the serving and receiving battle. We went into game one and clearly won the serving and receiving battle. I thought we hit productively against a big Texas block. We made good attacking choices. We had good balance in our offense. There were a lot of things going well for us. We came out in game two, and we were a little higher error, backed off a little bit in our serving, and we didn’t sustain the kind of passing stability that we have to have to have balance in our offense. There was just a little bit of a lot of things that we didn’t sustain.”

On the feeling coming out of the Texas match…
“We fought so hard in that match that it had a good feeling even though we didn’t get the win in the end. I don’t want that to come off as though we are not excited about winning. We played very hard and out-played [Texas] in a lot of facets. We felt better that we got better in that match, and it is important to get better in November.”

On the possibility of K-State regaining its defensive identity during the match...
“We talked more about it. Just like we ask our team to have balance and be good at a lot of things, we, as coaches, have to be good at providing that balance for them at practice and not get one-dimensional in practice in terms of what we are focused on so much that we lose what we are good at. We continue to stay focused on our strengths. We block a lot of balls - that is one of the things this team is good at. We need to continue to block more balls, and because we block a lot of balls, we sometimes don’t work on blocking that much. You have to continue to develop your weaknesses while you continue to build upon your strengths.”