SEC Tournament: Day 4 Quotes

April 19, 2014

2014 SEC Men's Tennis Tournament
Nashville, Tenn.
Currey Tennis Center

Day 4 Quotes
No. 2 Texas A&M 4, No. 3 Kentucky 1

Texas A&M Head Coach Steve Denton
On the match:
"Doubles was huge. We were down at the break in number one doubles, and for us to be able to come back there, our guys played very well at the end of the doubles to get that doubles point. That proved to be really important for us. Then we knew it was going to be a huge battle in singles. I felt like our guys wanted it today a lot. They competed their butts off, and as a result, we were able to scrape through, get a couple matches under our belt, and keep the momentum on our side."

On advancing to the championship:
"We've graduated a little bit, so I'm pleased with our progress. You know, there's still a lot of tennis to be played. Tomorrow either team is obviously going to be a huge test for us. I'm pleased with where our guys are right now. I feel like the biggest prize is the NCAA tournament. All these matches are great preparation for it. Having to play three hard matches in consecutive days, I think it's good for all these teams here. That's why the SEC does so well in the tournament because we play so many tough matches against so many good teams. It kind of prepares us for what we're going to have to face at the end of the season."

Kentucky Head Coach Cedric Kauffmann
On the match:
"I'm disappointed with the outcome of this match. I thought the doubles point was important, but not a killer. We had the lead, but they are both good teams and the match on one could have gone either way. We talked in the locker room about playing all six singles matches and after a rough start the first five to 10 minutes, we played better. We were not able to close out the first set on four and six and not able to come back at three, but we had our chances. I'm also disappointed at myself. I should have had them more ready to play and do something special. There was no difference in talent, and Texas A&M wanted it more than we did, and that's my fault."

No. 4 Florida 4, No. 8 Vanderbilt 2

Florida Head Coach Bryan Shelton
On the match:
"I think today's match started just like the one against Vanderbilt a week ago: we got up one point in doubles and today we played well on all three courts in doubles. We put ourselves in a position to win all three and we were able to close it out very effectively. Then, singles started and our freshmen really came up big. Maxx and Elliott both reversed matches where they lost last week and dominated their opponents today. We got the 3-0 lead, but it was far from over as Vanderbilt had leads at Nos. 1 and 2 singles."

On senior Mike Alford
"I'm really proud of Mike. Once again, he came through for us. I really can't tell you how many times in his career that he's been the guy the ends up finishing those clutch matches. I think we can all learn something from him because when the challenge is the greatest, that seems to be when he thrives. I'm happy for him. I'm happy that he was able to step up and finish it out and give us a chance to win a championship."

Vanderbilt Head Coach Ian Duvenhage
On the match:
"I told the guys I was proud of them. We got edged here by a team that played a little better than we did, and we also put ourselves in the hole a little bit with the doubles point. It's asking a lot to beat a team of their caliber twice in a row by winning four singles matches. I was proud of our guys, I thought we competed like crazy and it was close there at the end. We just came up a little short."

Looking forward:
"I think, in spite of today's loss, we're peaking at the right time and we're really looking forward to the postseason. We won two really good matches this tournament, and we beat Florida a week ago, so I think we're getting ready to fire on all cylinders once the NCAA Tournament comes around."


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