Will Stacey accept that?
To quote USC coach Peter Smith, Stacey doesn't owe Stanford anything, she already contributed to their winning the NCAA...maybe she might...transfer?
I mean, she's a NCAA finalist, for chrissake
I thought that USC coach Peter Smith has too much class to make a statement like that.
To borrow a quote by Brian Risso, Athletics Communications/Media Relations at Stanford:
"There are times when Forood, a diehard San Francisco Giants fan, must feel like she's switched places with skipper Bruce Bochy and is managing the pitching-rich 2010 World Series champions. Stanford's singles lineup is nationally-ranked and unbelievably loaded, the equivalent of having a big league starting rotation with six No. 1 starters.
Arguably talented enough to play No. 1, 2 or 3 for any other team, the Cardinal players
have accepted their lineup assignments in a business-like manner and understand their role in the big picture."
Other comments made by Kristie Ahn and Nicole Gibbs:
"I think Hil and Mal have been doing a great job at No. 1 and 2," explained Ahn, a native of Upper Saddle River, N.J. "At any other school, we might be playing No. 1 or 2. But the fact is, our team is so good, we just need to get those points at No. 3 and 4. Honestly, it's just such an honor to be playing on the team to begin with. So it doesn't really matter what position you play. Lele always tells us to own our court. Also, you can always improve yourself regardless of what level you are playing."
"Every player has a goal of ultimately playing No. 1 for their team, but we have really seen it as our job this year to simply win the match wherever we are placed," added Gibbs, who hails from Santa Monica. "We recognize that we are part of an incredibly talented team, and that means we may be playing lower in the lineup. So I think we've done a really good job of pushing each other throughout the season and working hard in practice. It has really paid off in our results this year and I'm proud of what we have done."