NCAA Gymnastics Pre-Meet Quotes

April 17, 2002

Tuscaloosa, Ala. -

UCLA Head Coach Valorie Kondos Field

'I just want to say how excited we are to be back. We came out to Alabama about a month ago and had a great time, a great reception. The crowd was actually really, really good. It's exciting for us as a team to come back. You can never take coming back to the national championships for granted, and so we obviously took Regionals very seriously, and we're thrilled to be here. I'd also like to compliment all of the teams who have made it here and just give a little 'rah' for the Pac-10 for having four Pac-10 teams at the national championships this year.'

UCLA Junior Onnie Willis

(On return trip to Tuscaloosa): 'It's actually really great (to have been in the facility once already during the season). When we were here the fans were really amazing. We had a great time. They were very hospitable and very encouraging. They have great support. They cheer for good gymnastics regardless of who's competing. It was good to come here a month ago and test out the equipment and get used to the environment. We were really excited to come back because we know it's a good environment to compete here.'

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