Sept. 6, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - After a 1-1 Utah swing, the Cougars are ready to hit the East Coast. The team leaves for Annapolis, Md. Thursday morning where they will play in the U.S. Naval Academy tournament against East Carolina and Navy.
"This weekend, we're road warriors again," head coach Dan Tobias said in a press conference Tuesday. "We set up the schedule so that we can play a rigorous non-conference schedule, to prepare for the demands of the Pac-10 conference."
After a 3-2 double overtime victory at Utah and a disappointing 3-0 loss to 14th ranked BYU, the Cougars are ready for another weekend of fierce competition on the road.
"Our players are a little bit disappointed about how we started [the BYU game] but I think feel a little better about their performance in the second half and the things we corrected," Tobias said, "but I think they are hungry to get better results."
With four freshmen at starting positions, the Cougars are using youth to their advantage. Tobias stressed the importance of the experience his team gained in Utah, especially with the younger players.
"They're [the freshmen] learning to find a better understanding of their roles," Tobias said, "and sometimes matches are the only way to figure those things out. Kim [Morgan] and Rachel [Rodrick] play in the middle of the field and offensively they've been pretty consistent, but defensively they've been having a hard time with their shape and their spacing. The good thing is that they're correctable things and the players recognize it and they're going to get fixed."
The Cougs take on East Carolina Friday, September 8 at 12 p.m. and Navy Sunday at 9 a.m. PST.