Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin spoke with members of the media Monday at the Manning Center.
Oct. 14, 2013
Opening statement... "We had a split weekend. We started the weekend at LSU, where we lost in four sets down there. We had to return home and play Auburn yesterday afternoon and lost a four-set match there. Right now, we’re struggling a little bit just in confidence more than anything. Our stats and numbers were competitive with the teams. Down at LSU, we lost (19-25), won 25-23 and lost (25-27). The kids are fighting hard. It was a good match for that yesterday. We came out and dominated the first set. We got a little bit too comfortable. We were up 19-13 in the second set. We're playing a lot of newcomers to the SEC. They haven’t yet realized that they’re going to have to learn how to battle through the end and to the last whistle. We kind of let up a little bit, and we lost a bit of intensity. Auburn is a team with a lot of seniors on it. They took advantage of that. Once we started reeling a little bit, we lost that confidence. The kids are playing hard enough. They deserve a win, but in the SEC, no one is going to give you any wins. We’ve got to find a way. In practice they do it pretty well, but that’s what the challenge is. They’re going to have to step up and finish out matches. We have Tennessee and South Carolina this weekend at home. It will be good to be at home a little bit and get comfortable again. In these two matches, we match up well with those teams. We’re looking forward to playing."
On keeping the team positive despite the recent struggles... "In practice it’s a fine line of challenging them because they’re going to have to learn how to be challenged, but giving them success so they realize what they do. Nakeyta (Clair) is a sophomore and is already tied for sixth in all-time solo blocks (at Ole Miss). It’s pretty amazing that someone who isn’t even through their sophomore year can be that high on the list. Our attacking numbers from the middle are good. We just have to stay consistent in what we’re doing. The kids have to believe. We just have to keep reminding them of how good we are and what they do well. We do that on a daily basis."
On how the newcomers have developed this season... "They’re developing really well. We’ve got three freshmen that play regular minutes all the time or get good reps. The numbers look good. There are things that worked where they just came from that don’t work in the SEC. Not enough to make them change a little bit. They’re growing each and every match. I’m real positive on this group of kids. They’re working their tails off. They’ve got to learn how to finish and go the whole distance."
On how Cara Fisher has done upone her return from injury... “Cara’s starting to get comfortable. She started the season on the sidelines with a broken collarbone. This weekend we saw a little bit more of her true self coming out. It’s just a little bit of endurance. She had a good first set against Auburn. She was a big reason why they struggled so much on her defense. They made some adjustments and went away from her. She didn’t find ways to make the ball come to her. She’s got to do that a little bit better. I’m really pleased with the performance of Cara.”
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