MONDAY PRESS CONFERENCE: Joe Getzin

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin spoke with the media Monday.
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Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin spoke with the media Monday.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Sept. 17, 2012

Opening statement…
“We were on the road this past weekend. We opened up with the two new members of the SEC. Those schools are embracing the SEC with a great deal of fanfare. They had 1,800 fans for our Friday match at Texas A&M and 2,300 fans at the Sunday match against Missouri. They’re looking forward to being a part of the SEC. They were two very good teams. We came home 0-2. I thought we played well given the environment, crowds and new gyms we had not yet been in. It was kind of a frustrating weekend that we played as well as we did and didn’t get any victories out of it. The scores were not indicative of how close the matches actually were. We did good things throughout the weekend, especially from Kara Morgan, who continues to be one of the best offensive attackers in the league. We also got great production from Allegra Wells. Our upperclassmen are starting to pick it up a little bit. We have one match this week against Mississippi State. It’s good to play at home and we’re looking forward to hosting a more familiar foe and we hope to take care of some business.”

On keys to making improvements…
“We’ve got to continue to do a better job of taking care of the ball from an offensive point of view. We need to increase our hitting percentage. We have solid numbers there but I think we can get better. What seems to happen is our pin hitters and outside hitters will have a good match, but our middle blockers won’t have a very good match or vice versa. There have been pieces there but just not at the same time.”

On Mississippi State…
“Any time you play a rival school it is big. Mississippi State right now is 0-2 just like us. We’re playing for state bragging rights. The records always get thrown out. They will come to play. Their coach is an alumnus and he will get them fired up. The key for us is protecting our side of the net and not getting caught up in the emotions of the match. We will use our home crowd to kind of balance that. We have to have execution. It should be a good match. We match up well. We’ve got a lot of work to do on our side of the court.”

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