Vandymania: Tia, how did you all find out?
Freshman guard/forward Tia Battle: We actually met yesterday, yesterday evening with Coach Foster.
Vandymania: He was here? He called a team meeting?
Tia Battle: It was a called team meeting. He said he wanted to meet with us.
Vandymania: Was that the first solid indication you had that he would be leaving?
Tia Battle: We really didn't know. We had heard speculation, but we really didn't know.
Vandymania: How did you react?
Tia Battle: Well, I think initially we were all kind of shocked. We didn't have much to say. . . . We really didn't know what to say.
Vandymania: You're committed to staying here?
Tia Battle: Oh, definitely. They always tell you, "Choose the school first, choose the team, then choose the coach." I love Vanderbilt.
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Vandymania: When did you first get an inkling that he might be leaving?
Freshman guard/forward Ashley Earley: Well, I guess Thursday, but at that point I really didn't pay much attention to it, because I didn't think it was anything.
Vandymania: Ashley, when did you start thinking that it was serious?
Ashley Earley: : On Saturday when the meeting was called.
Vandymania: Are you already in strength and conditioning? That will just continue on?
Ashley Earley: Oh yes. You can't stop getting ready. You can't stop because there's some distraction or whatever.
Vandymania: Do you think there's a possibilitiy of transfers out because of this?
Ashley Earley: No, I don't think there will be transfers.
Vandymania: Do you think this will bring the team closer together?
Ashley Earley: Definitely, oh definitely. We're a team that faces challenges, and that's what you have to do -- you have to come closer together.
Vandymania: Do you see next year's seniors as starting to rally the troops yet?
Ashley Earley: Yes, definitely. Their senior leadership starts now.
Vandymania: Have you heard anything about our signees? Nicole Jules?
Ashley Earley: Yes, I talked with her this morning. She was shocked, surprised
Vandymania: Did she just learn it from you when you called?
Ashley Earley: I think she already knew. She was shocked and surprised, but I talked to her about it, and she's fine.
Vandymania: She still wants a Vanderbilt education?
Ashley Earley: Yes. She's still excited about coming here.
Vandymania: Do you know anything about her as a player?
Ashley Earley: I know she's a very good post player. I just know what Coach Foster has been telling us -- she's strong, she can bang, soft touch. She'll be good.
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In other news, according to trainer Kris Mack, sophomore guard Juli Colli is suffering from a novicular stress reaction in her left foot. Surgery is anticipated. Last year Colli was sidelined for several games with a stress reaction in her right foot.
Senior forward Zuzi Klimesova and senior guard/forward Jillian Danker have been invited to participate in the WNBA combine this weekend prior to the WNBA draft later in the month.
Women's Hoops: VandyMania talks with the players
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