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Quotes: Tennessee 3, Duke 1
Monday 12/01/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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DUKE HEAD COACH JOLENE NAGEL

(opening remarks) 

"We're very disappointed that we weren't able to execute just a little bit better tonight in order to come out on top. I think the biggest disappointment for this team is that it's the last time they get a chance to play with each other and compete as a team. They really were all in, as far as trying to get this match tonight.  It's been like that throughout the year, and I think it's been a really special team, whether they were on the court or on the sideline.

"Everybody really had the best interest of the team as a priority.  The year kind of taught us about the team that it is a very selfless team, they challenged each other, they all wanted to be the best out there, but they also supported their teammates in their successes as well. I've been doing this for quite a long time now, and one thing I feel like with this team is that it was a real special team in regard to supporting each other and wanting what was best for the team throughout the year, too."

(on Tennessee) 

"We knew they had great size and everything and were very successful at the net. We knew we would have to touch a lot of balls on the block to slow them down to hopefully be able dig them in transition. We really talked a lot about blocking and trying to get touches, and our team's goal has been relentless pursuit.  That was our players' one focus going out there tonight - was relentless pursuit.  We knew that would be a big, important piece, as well as us serving really tough, because if they weren't able to be in system all the time, that would really help us.  They did a very good job of making the most out of even a pass that wasn't great in order to be successful."

(on the Lady Vols' height advantage and whether they've seen anything like that this year) 

"No, I don't think we have.  We've played some big teams and some good blocking teams, maybe better blocking teams than Tennessee, but there were some big players out there tonight, for darned sure. I don't think we've seen as many of them at once. They did a great job. They have a lot to look forward to because of their talent, and they certainly did a great job tonight. We're disappointed that we weren't able to pull it off, but at the same time we know they are a good team, and they executed well tonight and better than we did."

(on utilizing runs to gain momentum, particularly in Duke's set two win) 

"That's volleyball as you know, certainly, those momentum swings like that. That's what you have to be careful of, and certainly stop, if they are going against you. We didn't do a good enough job of that tonight. I think in game one there was a rotation where they got quite a few points on us and took us out of that some. We needed to try and stop that a little sooner and didn't do a good enough job. I think our serve was working really well and fed our runs in game two. For the most part, we didn't serve badly, but at times I would have liked to serve a little tougher. That would have put a little bit more pressure on them, and then we could have seen what we possibly would have done. Those runs I don't think any coach is happy about seeing when they go against you like that, and certainly if we had the opportunity to play tomorrow we'd be talking about that, and that's something that has to be a goal of ours to not let happen."

DUKE SOPHOMORE LIBERO ALI McCURDY

(on the season Duke had)

"Last season, we got really fired up in the tournament and made it to the Elite Eight, so this year that was what we strived to do and possibly go farther.  I think that the leadership of our four seniors was huge, and it was a new team.  We had some big wins and it stinks to come out on this side of it tonight, but Tennessee was a great team. As coach said in the locker room, they are going to go far.  We played well, but there are certain times that you've got to get the momentum, and that was for them tonight.  Overall, this season, we're fortunate to have been here in the first round to play such a talented team."

DUKE SENIOR SETTER KELLIE CATANACH

(on what she took away from this season )

"For me, it was my last shot, my last chance. Going into it (season), I really just wanted to enjoy every moment of it, and I think that is something that the three other seniors in my class and I really did. We learned to leave a legacy for Duke Volleyball and make an impact on the younger players, not just in terms of volleyball but in their lives as well. I think we succeeded in that. For me that's really what is most important, not that we finished the season with a loss but everything that happened throughout the season."


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