Final Four Press Conference Quotes
Dec. 12, 2001
Stanford Coach John Dunning
Transition Year in first year, conference title, coach of the year, Final Four
I've had some blessed moments in my life, and moving to Stanford has been a great move. I'm really proud of the group we have. They're fun to be with. I look forward to going to the gym everyday. The thing I like the best, is they really have jelled as a team. They're doing great things together. It's been a great year and it's nice to be here.
Added pressure with Stanford's history in the NCAA's
Besides have you sold your house, will you ever be able to afford a new one, that's the most asked question. The pressure I tend to feel is for the players. I want the program to be the best that it can be. The real pressure I felt is that transition years can be difficult. I didn't want this to be a throwaway year for the seniors in particular. It was my job to make sure that we did everything we could so that this group of seniors would have a great year.
Matching up with Nebraska
Nebraska has some things that are really on their side. Their coach, John Cook, is very good. His teams are very fundamental. They depend a lot on their block. They demolished Hawaii last year with their blocking. So we know how that can affect the game. The other thing they have on their side is that they were here last year as a National Champion. Depending on how the cards play out, that can work for them or against them as far as trying to defend because that can get into people's minds. We're an odd matchup for people. We have some players who do some things that are hard to defend. At this time of year, it all comes down to passing and serving. Whoever controls the ball better, their blocks can be more effective and they're going to hit better. It's going to be a great match. I like playing against them because they just play. They're here to see how good they are and we're here to see how good we are.
On the general field
It's a great one. Each team in its own right has a real shot at winning this. There are going to be some great matches. This is great for volleyball because there are good teams here and fans are going to see some excellent matches.
S, 5-10, Sr., Long Beach, Calif.
Regarding constant knee problems
I try to take things one day at a time. My knees have felt pretty good today through practice and that is a good thing. Between the coaches and the training staff, everyone has done a good job in managing it.
Regarding Long Beach State
I really regard them just like I would any other team. Just because I am from there does affect the way that I would prepare for them. I would like the chance to see them again.
OH, 6-1, Jr., Salt Lake City, Utah
Regarding general thoughts
It has been a great year with Coach Dunning and the other girls on the team. I am excited to be at the Final Four with a chance to make it to the championship.Regarding the team's first time to the national championship since 1999. Our last time here was in 1999 and I am glad to be back. I think that every team is different and that we needed to overcome our own obstacles to make it here this year. I would love to bring home a national championship. It would be a great start for Coach Dunning and a great way to finish the year.
Regarding being named All American
It is always a huge compliment to be named as an All American. I have had time to enjoy the recognition in the past, but this year I am concentrating on finishing with a national championship as a team.