Kentucky-Georgia Tech Postmatch Quotes

May 16, 2010

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Kentucky Head Coach Dennis Emery

On what advancing to the Sweet 1 means to the Kentucky program …
“This is a big break through win for our program to get back to the Sweet 16. We have been in this situation several times and have not been able to finish off the job. This year’s team has a lot of character and it takes a lot of character because they (NCAA) do not give you this round. One thing that I am really, really pleased with is how Coach Cedric Kauffman has done a really great job to help us reach our goals. He has worked tirelessly to help us do that and I am really happy not just for our players but for him to do this.”

On gathering 25 wins, the most in school history …
“Getting the most wins in school history really does mean a lot to me.What it means is that we have been really consistent through the year. One thingthat our players have done really well is that they have a lot of character andhave matured through the year. They didn’t just give matches away. Youdon’t get to 25 wins by giving matches away so that speaks highly of them.”

On what Eric Quigley means to the UK team …
“Eric Quigley means a lot to this team because not only has he played great in singles but he has played great in doubles. He has just been a great leader at No. 1 because of the emotion and intensity that he brings to the court. There is all of those things that he brings that are positive. The best is that he doesn’t have to be the center of attention. He is just as happy when his teammates win and do their jobs and that, more importantly than anything else, is what he brings to this team.”

Georgia Tech Head Coach Kenny Thorne

On his team’s performance …
“I have got to give credit to Kentucky. They came out in doubles and playedreally well. I felt that they set the tone in doubles and did a good job andoutplayed us I felt like. In singles, they were in there in every single matchand every time that we had an opportunity to get up in a match they seemed tohave an answer. I think that we had a little bit of momentum but couldn’tsustain it.”

On if playing indoors affected the match …
“No, I think that it was equal for both teams.”

On the crowd and the atmosphere …
“Yeah, we had a great crowd and I think that it was a very fair crowd onboth sides. It is always fun to play in front of a great crowd and I think thatboth teams competed a little bit better because of it.”