USC HEAD COCH Mick Haley On high seeds hosting future NCAA regional semifinals "There's a number of bad things about the high seed hosting regionals. First of all, that probably means the high seed will stay home for two weeks in a row. That means that you can't schedule in that facility for six days out of 14 and there are other sports that use the same facility. So that means that some schools go to their secondary facility, which is not really where our sport is headed. Our sport is, in my opinion, the number one women's sport in the country and we ought to be playing in the top venues and have the opportunity to draw 5,000, 7,000 or more fans every night."
On the regional semifinal match with Creighton "That was fun tonight, watching all those plays the teams out there made tonight. There were some great plays. Great effort. This is the best family entertainment, I think, out there. People appreciate that. We need to play in the top venue in the towns we're in. But the regionals need to be neutral. Four teams come; they've worked all year and they go to one site and no one should have a home court advantage."
USC SENIOR OUTSIDE HITTER Samantha Bricio Why are mental mistakes made during the tournament? "I think... in the playoffs, you have to win in order to keep going. I think that's one of the things that puts more pressure on you. Also, right now we're in finals so we have to study. We have to pass this class. We also have to play. We just have to do a better job of separating those two."
USC SENIOR MIDDLE BLOCKER Alicia Ogoms On leaving the game in the second set with an injury "One of their players came under the net on my right foot. That's not my hurt foot so it was fine but it hurt a little bit."
USC FRESHMAN OUTSIDE HITTER Alyse Ford On having one of her most productive nights in a couple of weeks "For the past couple of weeks, we've been working on rhythm with the setters, so I've been a lot better with that type of stuff. Just before the game, to have Alicia and Sam tell me `Hey, it's just another game. Just chill out.' That helped a lot as well."
Transcription courtesy of San Diego Media Relations.