Post-game Quotes

Nov. 17, 2007

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November 17, 2007

Head coach Ray Bechard:

On the game this morning:

“If you came in off the street and stumbled in to the HorejsiCenter around 11 o’clock and didn’t know either team or anything that was going on, you probably would have been well-entertained for two hours and 10 minutes. We’re very disappointed in the outcome, but we are very, very proud of the seniors that played extremely well today. (Caitlin) Mahoney had her best match as a Jayhawk, how fitting is that? (Emily) Brown had some double figures in three categories, but in the end, we desperately wanted this to be a match that they could remember in a fond way from the standpoint of being successful. We do have another match and we have an opportunity to go out with a win. That will be our goal Wednesday.”

On how much the seniors have grown since day one with Kansas:

“(Caitlin) Mahoney has overcome a great deal from a standpoint that she came to us with a pretty serious injury and it took her a year-and-a-half to two years to even feel comfortable. She’s been the best teammate you could ask for. She was always more excited about someone else’s performance rather than hers, but today 13 kills, one error and she hit .480. She has to be thrilled with her situation. (Emily) Brown is a reflection of what we’ve asked her to do. Fifteen kills, 29 assists, three service aces, 13 digs, six blocks. That’s like a triple-double-plus. She’s given us her best shot for the last four years and there are a lot of categories that she’s influenced. They are both really good people, number one, and good teammates. It was great today that the HorejsiCenter was full. Many of those people had a direct relationship with the two seniors, so that tells you a lot about the influence they’ve had on the program.”

Senior Emily Brown

On her last time playing in Horejsi:

“I don’t think it will hit me until later that I’m really done, but it definitely is in the back of my head. It’s been a great place to play and there’s a good atmosphere here, it’s always packed and pretty loud. It’s something I’m really going to miss. KU is a great university. The athletic department is something I’ve always loved. I’m really glad to be a part of it and very fortunate that I was able to play. The first thing that comes to mind is the people. They are so great. The diversity broadens your horizons a little bit. Everyone always says, `it’s going to go by fast, enjoy it while you can,’ but it is so fast. You try to tell people, but you don’t know until it hits you. I don’t know what I’m going to do now. Afternoons off? I have no idea what that’s like. The friendships I have made and people I’ve met are what I’m going to miss.”

Senior Caitlin Mahoney

On the emotion of her last game:

“I just wanted to play hard. Everyone was pumped up for it and we were ready to win. We knew that we were going to fight today. Things didn’t turn out so well, but we did fight. There was passion there today. We fought hard, so I’m glad that even though we lost, we lost fighting. It was hard. I guess it really hasn’t hit me yet that I’m not going to play on the court anymore. It’s weird to think about, but as I walked off for the last time, I was kind of thinking about my speech, I have to be honest. It’s crazy that I’ve been doing this for five years and it’s coming to an end. I don’t know how to explain it.”