The WKU volleyball team earned its first NCAA tournament win in program history Friday night with a three-set sweep of Loyola Marymount in the first round at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif.
The Lady Tops (33-3) will play No. 2 Stanford on its home court at 9 p.m. CST Saturday in the second round.
There will be more in Saturday’s Daily News, but I had the chance to talk on the phone after Friday’s match with WKU coach Travis Hudson and senior Jordyn Skinner. Here are their comments:
TRAVIS HUDSON, WKU coach
What does this win mean for the program? “That’s what moves me the most, I think, because I’ve been here and watched teams come through that have broken down doors for the teams to come. This team has now broken down that barrier of what can be done in the NCAA tournament for all the teams that come from here on out.”
How did the team adjust to the long trip? “Loyola is every bit as good as we thought they would be. The concern was that we hadn’t been in a lot of tight, tough matches, but we never wavered. We felt like we were good enough that if we just continued to play, things would turn out well.”
What went well in the match? “I felt like we would score offensively, and I knew the match would come down to how we defended. Early, I thought we struggled getting stops, but we hung in there with our offense. Jordyn Skinner affected the game from the service line and with her blocking, and she kept us in it long enough for our team to find that rhythm.”
On playing No. 2 Stanford next: “When you think college volleyball, you think of Stanford. They’re the No. 1 team in the RPI, No. 2 in the country. We understand what we’re up against, but we’ve done all we can do to prepare our team.”
Do you worry about the players being satisfied with finally getting a win? “It’s a special group of kids. I think these kids just want to keep playing together, so hopefully we’ll get an opportunity to do that.”
JORDYN SKINNER, senior
How did the match go? “We kind of started off slow. … We put it in our mind that we had to get stops, and that got better. We tried to come out late and play one point at a time and let the rest come.”
On playing Stanford: “They’re going to be really good, and the atmosphere is going to be awesome. We’re just looking at it like, ‘We want this game, and we’re going to play hardest.’ They’re going to have to play well and play hard to beat us.”