Dec. 2, 2006
Second Round - December 2, 2006
UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski
"I'm happy to get the win and advance to the Regionals. I thought we played very well, especially in games one and two, when I thought we blocked as well as he have all season. I think we served very well. We had a few more opportunities where we scored off our serves. Playing throughout this year, we've been in a lot of tough situations and this team has stepped up to those challenges."
Regarding use of timeouts:
"Volleyball is such a momentum game. The use of timeouts helps us change the momentum. It helps us to come to the sidelines and get together so we can go back out on the court with more resolve."
UCLA senior middle blocker Nana Meriwether
"They're (Utah) a very aggressive team. In the third game, they definitely picked up their defense. My teammates definitely supported me and told me to just keep swinging."
UCLA sophomore setter Nellie Spicer
"We tried to spread the offense and run Nana away (from Utah 6'7" MB Emillie Toone). At the end, we started to open it up. I try to make sure and get the ball to my hitters and let them finish things up."
Utah head coach Beth Launiere
"I thought we battled hard tonight. We were just a couple of plays away from taking games two and three. They (UCLA) made a couple of plays late in those games, and that's a credit to UCLA. I'm very proud of my team. We have no seniors in this group, so we're looking forward to next year. We struggled in our passing during the first half of the match. I thought we pressed a little early in game one. When we're out of system, they (UCLA) have too good of a block to go against."
Utah junior hitter Whitney Webb
"We knew (coming out of game two) that there were just a few plays between winning and losing. We knew we had to come out strong in game three."
Utah junior middle blocker Emilie Toone
"I personally gained a lot (tonight) watching a great middle blocker like (UCLA's) Nana Meriwether. I want to bring up my offense next year so I can compete with the best middle blockers in the country."