Monday Press Conference: Pete Waite

Wisconsin volleyball coach Pete Waite addressed the media Monday

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Opening Statement

"I think first we want to talk about last weekend a little bit. We found out what it is like to be the odd team out in this rotation this year. The fact that we do not have a travel partner and every team we play is going to have a little time to prepare for us. What happened on Wednesday—Michigan beat Michigan State in a big match, which surprised a lot of people. And I think that really reenergized Michigan State for the time when we saw them then on Friday night. They played better than I've seen that team play in the last five years. So we took one on Friday night, but I think it was big for us to come back against Michigan and take one on the road and get a win in five games. So that was very, very good. So the Big Ten is going to be tough for us this year when we play those types of weekends. Now coming up this weekend we've got Iowa on Friday and Minnesota on Sunday. Iowa has been struggling this year, so it'll be interesting. We saw them at our tournament here. So that'll be an interesting match for us just to get going after last weekend, but Minnesota is going to be the huge match. Minnesota started the season in the top 10 and they dropped out of the top 25. They started slow in the Big Ten and took some surprising losses on the road at Indiana and Purdue, but this is a very, very good team and this is a huge match for us in Big Ten play right now, so it should be a great match."

What did you see in those losses that Minnesota took that surprised you I would assume?

"They, just last year coming back as Big Ten champs, returned all but two starters and they lost to an Indiana team who does play very well at home, but then they lost to a Purdue team who has been struggling in the Big Ten for the past few years. (Purdue has) a new coach and he is doing very well. But (Minnesota has) all the personnel that they need to be a great team. They just started the season really tough in the non-conference play where they almost might have overscheduled the difficulty of it and might have lost some confidence in their play. But I can see them charging back and that's hopefully not going to be this weekend, but it should be a great battle."

What were the major problems at Michigan State for you?

"Michigan State is a very big team—I keep saying that—in the Big Ten, but they are probably the tallest team across the line. We were not able to get on track offensively. Aubrey (Meierotto) was a little bit off and she normally is our kill leader. She couldn't quite get it going. We just never got things in rhythm for an extended period of time. We had them actually in the third game and we gave up a couple points at the end and that really hurt the momentum for the fourth (game). They changed their lineup after the Michigan game and we scouted them one way and they came out another. I think it changed just their energy on the court. They just played very, very well."

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