yearNCAA Second Round Quotes
Northern Iowa Quotes
Head Coach Bobbi Peterson: "This was a tough, great match between two great teams. I am really proud of our kids and the year that they had."
On the rivalry and this match: "Our passing broke down for us, Minnesota plays great defense, and pocketing. They picked up balls that we blocked. Jessica Byrnes was one of the players that we were worried about and she was strong."
On Minnesota's Block: "Their defense outplayed us especially at the net. Out of all the teams that we have played Minnesota is one of the best."
Commenting on the team's postive attitude: "This team never thought they were out of it, they never felt like it was over. One team had to be done tonight and unfortunately it was us."
Jessi Worrell on the players confidence: "We knew that we had to just keep on stepping up when the blocking was not right, because they kept coming, we had to just keep stepping up."
Molly O'Brien: "We tried to hit around the block, we let them get some runs and that really hurt us."
Jill Arganbright on fan support: " I think that tonight, it was seen that our fans are among the best in the nation."
Mike Hebert: " We had to match their will tonight and I think we did a good job. They rely a lot on Molly (O'Brien) to get kills for them, and we had to recognize that. Our blocking kept a lot of balls in play, and that was big for us. We knew that we had to get a big match out of Jessica (Byrnes) and I think she had her best offensive performance of the season."
On Northern Iowa's program:"My respect for their program is among the highest. They are well coached and their players battle hard every point."
Jessica Byrnes on her season: " I knew that I needed to turn myself around early in the year and I did that. At the end of this match my emotions just came out, I had a great time playing with my team out there tonight."
Cassie Busse "Jessica (Byrnes) was hitting her slides and that is what spread their defense out for the rest of us to capitalize on."