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NCAA Selection Show Quotes


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Nov. 25, 2012

Head Coach Suzie Fritz
On K-State’s NCAA Tournament draw…
“I am not surprised, I guess. I think it is a pretty difficult draw and a very difficult first round matchup with Northern Iowa, and that match is the only one I care about right now. In a way, we put ourselves in this position over the last several weeks. We say this all the time, we divide our season into four distinct segments. Preseason, we did a tremendous job. The first half, we did a decent job. We did not take care of the second half of the Big 12 season, which is our third segment, but now we have a do-over going into the fourth segment, which is the postseason. You can win 20 matches or you could lose 20 matches and it does not really matter because once you get to this point, you are playing one at a time. I think our Director of Athletics John Currie is right, all we are trying to do is be 1-0 and then we are trying to be 1-0 again and that is the philosophy that we are going to have going into it. So we will put everything we have into Northern Iowa. I do think there are some areas where we have tried to affect some change where we have seen some progress in. We blocked 17 balls last night and that is an area where we have been trying to improve a lot, so we have to continue to try to come together. We have got to continue to get eight, nine people playing well at the same time and see if we can put all the pieces together. If we can do that, and I know we have it in us because we have shown it a lot of times before, we have got to turn the corner here going into the tournament and I think we can. We are optimistic.”

On Northern Iowa …
“They are a very good Missouri Valley program. They are well coached. They are always a solid team in their conference. They are always very competitive and I really like the way that they play. They are very talented kids and I think their coaching staff does a good job with them. They are the real deal.”

On playing in the Nebraska Regional …
“Having been there before, period, is helpful no matter what, just knowing that we have been that situation. There are certainly some similarities because we have played in the Coliseum a lot; this is not a new venue for us. I think the familiarity of it and the fact that we have some experiences there is helpful, but I do not think it makes a difference.”

Senior Opposite Kathleen Ludwig

On K-State’s NCAA Tournament draw…
“We are so excited that we get another opportunity to compete and to go into another NCAA Tournament. We are excited that we worked so hard to get to this point and we are very optimistic. We are very excited to continue to get better and make a run this year.”

On the team’s focus heading into the tournament …

“Right away, it is Northern Iowa. That is the first and foremost thing on our list. We just need to do what we have to do in order to get that first win and if that happens, we will do what we need to do to beat Nebraska. But I do not think we are trying to think about anything from last year. This is a new season and a new team, so we are just excited to get back up there. We have been in that gym before, it is not too far away –  we do not have to fly somewhere for hours and hours –  so it is nice to be in the Midwest. But like I said, we are just excited to get to that first match and do what we do in a different gym and in a different environment.”

On the team’s current state of mind …
“We are looking at it as a new season and it is like we are starting over again. Like (Director of Athletics) John Currie said, we are looking to go 1-0 and then 1-0 again. So we are going to learn from our mistakes, but at the same time, we are looking forward to regrouping and starting fresh in tournament play.”

On Northern Iowa…
“I am sure they are competitive because they are in the tournament, but I am sure that our coaches will probably head to the office right now to do everything they do to prepare us and they do such a good job of that. With our coaching staff and the people that we have onboard, I am sure we will feel comfortable in terms of preparation and in terms of what we will need to do in order to play to our strengths and expose their weaknesses, so no matter whom we are playing, that has always been a strength for our coaches. We definitely have faith in them to get an idea of what (Northern Iowa) is about and see what we can do.”

Sophomore Middle Blocker Taylor Johnson
On playing in Lincoln…
“It will be a great time. We are going to have the hometown crowd and people who traveled from K-State there, so it will be an awesome experience. We will have the band there and I think we are comfortable playing there, so it will be a great experience for us.”

On using last season experience in Lincoln to their advantage …
“We have been there before, we are used to the gym, we know what their crowd is like, so we have a little bit of confidence. Obviously, it is going to be a challenge, but I think we will be able to take on the challenge.”

On Northern Iowa…
“We do not know anything about Northern Iowa. The girls and I just looked them up on our phones to see who they have played and who they have lost to. But all that does not really matter. It just comes down to them against us. But I guess we will get in, watch some film and be ready and prepared to go.”

On the team’s mindset heading into the postseason …
“We treat the season as four segments and we are in the fourth segment. We just have to let everything go because the past in gone and we are starting from scratch. It is like it is 0-0. We are ready to get started and take things one game at a time.”