Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin spoke with the media Monday afternoon at the Manning Center.
Sep 9, 2013
Opening statement… “We’re currently 4-2. We’ve had a couple of second-place finishes in the two tournaments we’ve been involved in. Our only losses are to Maryland in a five-set match, where we probably should have won in four. Our youth kind of took over. We then got in a tight fifth game and we didn’t execute as well as we should have.
“This weekend we were home at our Magnolia (Invitational). We beat Kennesaw State to start Friday morning. We then came back Friday and lost a tough match to Georgia Southern, who played a very good game against us. Our youth kind of caught up to us again, just them getting frustrated with a team that didn’t let up. That’s why we play a preseason against good teams, so we can prepare for SEC teams down the road. We came back Saturday morning, and I was really pleased with the turnaround and attitude. We grew up a little bit and beat a tough Arkansas State team.
“From week one to week two we saw significant improvements. We jumped 70 points in our hitting percentages. We got almost three kills a game more from our hitters. We’re seeing some growth from the young kids. It’s just not fast enough all the time. We had Melanie Crow and Nakeyta Clair named to our all-tournament team. Both of those are young players that will be strong down the stretch for us.”
On next two weekends before conference play… “Once again, it’s on our side. We go to TCU this weekend. We’ll play some really solid teams down there. We’ve got to see that continued offensive power getting better. We’re still struggling a little with our outsides hitting for big numbers. We have to find ways to move them around a little bit. If we can make the strides that we did from week one to week two I’ll be really pleased.”
On the play of Nakeyta Clair… “Nakeyta has actually been struggling a little bit. She finally kind of came out of it this weekend. Teams recognize that she’s a good player now. They kind of game plan for her a little bit. She’s been seeing a lot of double blocks. She’s got to learn to do a little bit more with that. We started seeing her respond to it this weekend. With her size, she should be a really good blocker. Instead of going up so high, she started reaching over the net a little bit more and she tied a school record because of it. Being only a sophomore, she’s still a young player. She’s making some really good progress.”
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