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Media Day Quotes

May 22, 2002


NCAA WOMEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
May 23-27, 2002
Don E. Porter ASA Hall of Fame Stadium
Oklahoma City, Okla.


Wednesday Press Conference Quotes

CALIFORNIA HEAD COACH DIANE NINEMIRE
On making it to the WCWS:
“We are a completely different team than last year. This year we have
added
10 new players to our roster and it was a challenge in the beginning to
play
together as a team. We started out slow in the beginning, but then we
went
on an 11-game winning streak which turned the program around. Our team
is
led by seniors Candace Harper and outstanding pitcher Jocelyn Forest.
We
are looking forward to the World Series and we feel prepared after the
regional last weekend.”


On Oklahoma:
“They obviously have a home field advantage, but I told our team that we
have to keep the focus on ourselves and take care of our own game.
After
playing at Fresno last weekend, we are used to having a lot of fans
against
us.”


CALIFORNIA SENIOR JOCELYN FOREST
On pitching against Oklahoma:
“I remember Oklahoma from the past and I know that they always swing for
the
fence. I will have to adjust my pitching to what they do. I enjoy the
challenge and am ready for it.”


FLORIDA STATE HEAD COACH JoANNE GRAF
On the 2002 season:
“We just went through a real tough regional, having to win three games
on
the final day due to the rain delay (May 19 in Tallahassee, Fla.). I
guess
the best way to characterize this team is that it’s a core group of
individuals who really work together as a team and believe in themselves
as
a unit. As for the season, we played a tough schedule and we beat some
good
teams. Losing the conference championship was a disappointment but we
used
that to rebound in the regional. It’s been awhile since the last time
we’ve
been here (1993), so our players are really excited. But its going to
be a
challenge.”


OKLAHOMA HEAD COACH PATTY GASSO
On the state of the 2002 team:
“It’s been a tough season to say the least. Despite our record,
expectations have been extremely high and we lost some talented seniors
from
last year’s squad. We’ve been trying to figure out how to replace them.
But Jennifer Stewart has been her notorious championship self and our
freshman and defensive play has stepped up this past month. We were
able to
beat our biggest nemesis, Texas, last Saturday. That win against them
means
a lot to this team because they had beaten us four previous times and it
got
us back to the Women’s College World Series. I’m proud of this young
team
for being able to put it all together, especially of late.”


Remarking on the 2000 WCWS game vs. California:
“That was our first World Series game and we were very unnerved. The
fans
were a big part of that game. It was a true battle and a great way for
us
to get started. We’re looking for more of the same tomorrow against
Cal.”

UCLA HEAD COACH SUE ENQUIST
On UCLA’s repeated appearances in the College World Series:
“Each year we come here, there is a greater level of appreciation to be
here. This sport is growing so fast and the non-favored teams are
competing
until the end of the season. It is great for the sport of softball. I
feel
that we bring experience to the postseason. We know how to handle
pressure
situations and what to do when our ‘A’ game hasn’t shown up. Our key is
to
get into our game as quickly as possible and take care of the ball on
defense while making good choices.”


On catcher Stacey Nuveman:
“The numbers she puts up at the plate haven’t been seen by the game in a
long time. She gives the sport of softball great recognition. She
doesn’t
get much credit for how incredibly disciplined she is. She has great
home
run and RBI numbers, but at the same time she doesn’t strike out much.”


UCLA SENIOR STACEY NUVEMAN
On the World Series:
“I’ve been here a lot, but it has only once ended the way I wanted it
to.
Experience is great, but you want to win when you get here. A goal for
me
coming back this year was for me to finish the season off the way I want
it
to.”

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