Dec. 4, 2010
2010 NCAA Tournament First Round
Louisville vs. Middle Tennessee State
Belin Court at Holloway Gymnasium
West Lafayette, Ind.; December 3, 2008
Purdue Head Coach Dave Shondell
"We're excited to be advancing in the NCAA Tournament. Last year, our team did not qualify for the NCAA Tournament, and that has been something that stung our team quite a bit ever since the season ended last year. We knew we were going to make the tournament this year, and we think we have a team that can go deep into this tournament if we continue to play well. Beating a program like Kentucky that is very well coached and has some really good athletes is a good way to get it started."
On key tonight's win...
"I thought the key for us tonight was our little people, as we like to refer to them, like Ehlers, Bashen, and Cramer. They kept us in system all night long. No breakdowns defensively or on serve receive! When you outdig a team like Kentucky that's so well coached 50-30, you have people making plays. I thought that defensively, we really did some nice things against Kentucky."
On the crowd support of playing at home...
"I am thrilled with the support our team has received this year. Our student fans have been the best ever. We've always had great support from our students. We have some people that are doing a great job organizing our student crowd, and to have 300-to-400 students come out to watch is big."
Anna Drewry, Sophomore Middle Blocker
On playing in first NCAA tournament match...
"I came into it feeling a little tense because I've never before been in this type of environment. As the game went on, I realized this was still my team. This is in the exact same gym I played all year long. Why lose confidence now?"
Jaclyn Hart, Senior Setter
On coming back from losing the second set...
"We realized that we were a better team that is not just good enough to make the tournament. We had to make sure that we made statement in the Tournament, and we were determined that we were not going to let them win on our home court. We came out [of the intermission] with a fresh start to the game, with a three set match ahead of us, and we decided that we were not going to let them win."
Ariel Turner, Sophomore Outside Hitter
On play in the third set...
"I felt really confident the whole night. I felt like I was jumping well and getting really good sets from Jaclyn [Hart].Their block didn't scare me at all. I just kept taking swings."
Kentucky Head Coach Craig Skinner
"Tip your hats to Purdue, they played awfully well. I thought after game two we put a lot of pressure on them. They had to make some adjustments. They came out on fire in game three. In the end, their outside hitters struggled a little bit in game two, but turned it on late in games three and four. When you terminate the ball at that level and we are not able to make some plays defensively, it is hard to close out some sets. This team fought and they competed and their effort was good the entire match and the entire season for that matter. I am proud to coach this team."
On the momentum after the second set...
"There were a couple calls that could have gone either way at the end of that game. It is a high intensity game and a high intensity sport. Purdue hits the ball hard. They were able to get kills when they needed to after the second set. I thought we started out great in the beginning of set three, but then we couldn't sustain it. It's just a matter of killing the ball more and forming your block better so your defense can anticipate and make more plays."
Lauren Rapp, Senior Middle Blocker
On Purdue's blocking...
"They are a great defensive team. They have a big block up there. We just needed to move it around the block a little bit and work around it."
On Purdue sophomore outside hitter Ariel Turner...
"She's a great hitter and we just didn't adjust to her as she got going. Props to her, she played well."
Christine Hartmann, Sophomore Setter
On Purdue senior setter Jaclyn Hart...
"I definitely think that she knew where to go. She didn't just go to the same spot every time. She knew how to mix it up and get us out of position on defense. She did a good job."
Stephanie Klefot, Sophomore Libero
On trying to stop Purdue's attack...
"I think we did a pretty good job for the most part blocking, we just needed to make more plays tonight than we did."
On the second set...
"I think we were making more plays second set and we were being more aggressive. We weren't as timid after the first set. We were playing a little scared in the beginning, then we just relaxed so it was easier for us to make plays."