Can We Talk? Quotes from the World Champions

Oct. 12, 2014, 7:59 p.m. (ET)


Alisha Glass
How does it feel? … “Can’t find the words. Incredibly proud of this team, of the USA Volleyball organization, everybody that played a part. It was such a team win. We did something that’s never been done. This is only the beginning. We’re going to get better and better. I’m grateful to everybody who worked hard over these last two seasons and there’s more to come.”

About the match … “They are a good team. They’re a dangerous team. We were fortunate to come out with a very fast start. They battled back as they should and made it really interesting and nerve-wracking I’m sure. We just had to fight for every point. I think we eventually came out and earned it.

First to win a gold … “It’s incredible. We’re trying to set a tone. This was our first big milestone. We’re still hungry. This is just the beginning and we want more. And we’re excited about USA volleyball in the future.”

Christa Dietzen
Winning on her birthday … “One heck of a birthday present that’s for sure.”

About the match … “They pose a lot of challenges, but I think we weathered the storm very well. They’re a team that never goes away. They’re always coming at you, so we had to be patient. I thought we did a good job of that down the stretch. I’m very proud of my team.”

How does it feel? “Incredible. I constantly think about how this is bigger than us. I think it represents the past players of USA Volleyball; everybody who has built this program from the bottom up. It represents the present players and not just the 14 of us who are here, all 25 to 40 of us that have come through our gym this summer; we’ve made each other better. This is a whole group effort. We’re setting the tone for the future.”

Jordan Larson-Burbach
How does it feel? “I’m speechless. Honestly, it’s been a long time coming to win this; it was definitely a team effort. We had some injuries throughout the tournament. A lot of people stepped up; everybody contributed. It’s unbelievable; our staff was amazing throughout and we did it the right way. We fought together and we played hard for each other.”

About Kim Hill … “She was unstoppable. She was hitting high over the block, high in the seam, passing well and just playing her game. She’s a baller. I’m really proud of her. It’s been awesome to get to know her. Just a very fun person to be around.

The future … “I think it made us more hungry. We still have a couple goals we have set, a couple tournaments we want to win. We’re going to do our best to keep working hard and fight for those.”

Kelly Murphy
How does it feel? “It definitely feels like all the hard work we’ve been putting in has finally paid off. We talked about doing something that’s never been done before at the beginning of this year. It’s such a great feeling.

What was the World experience like … “It’s been amazing. I think we have a really good group of girls. They made every day just so much fun. It was fun to play with them and work with them. I’m actually kind of sad that it’s over, but it definitely ended the best way possible.”

So there’s not a serve and pass in the morning? “No, I hope not.”

Kim Hill
What was it like on the court tonight? “It was tough tonight. China’s so good and we’re always playing the best’s best, so tonight was mentally tough for us. We really had to focus on coming together each and every point when they were going on long runs. We had to focus on siding out. It was definitely a test for us, but we handled it really well.”

“It’s such an accomplishment for not just this team, but this entire program and not just this year, but past, present and future. It means a lot to everyone who’s been involved. Everyone’s worked so hard.”

On winning Best Spiker and MVP … “It doesn’t feel real. It feels like I’m in a dream and it’s amazing. I don’t have any words to describe the feeling.”

Karch Kiraly
How does it feel as a former player who has won the World title now coach a team to the World title?
“It felt about the same to me. It felt as incredibly fulfilling and rewarding as it was as a player.”

“I’m really proud of this program. We had over 50 players this year wearing a USA uniform and they all made huge contributions. I’ve got a fantastic staff. The best staff I could possibly hope for. This had to be a group effort. We could do it without all 14 players and a whole lot more at home. That’s the biggest and most fulfilling part about it.”

On Kim Hill … “She actually had to get talked into the tryout. She was kind of afraid and nervous about attending and Marv Dunphy’s daughter, Alex, talked her into going. And here she is MVP of World Championships less than two years later, helping lead us to our first-ever title, helping us make history.”

“It’s been 62 years … we came here to make history and we did it and it was awesome.”

Doug Beal
USA Volleyball, CEO
Head Coach, 1984 U.S. Olympic champions

Karch winning a World title (and three Olympic golds), coaching the team to its first gold:
“I think it’s an achievement for the ages.”

“Karch has just done a job that exceeds any of our expectations, certainly any of mine. He’s got this team playing together. There were about five teams in this tournament that might have been able to win, but they didn’t. I’m impressed beyond words with the job that he’s done … the work of the staff and what he can get out of players with so little experience.

“He is obviously a very special human being and he’s proving it in a different way than he did as a player.”

On Kim Hill … “Kim just had a remarkable match. Almost every big swing that they needed she took and scored.

On the middle blockers … “Christa was fantastic. I think Foluke had the best match she’s had this week. Tonight she was great.”

Where does this feat fit in USA Volleyball history? “I think this team is ahead of schedule. It’s exciting to think how much better they can get because of how young they are.

“It’s a pretty special moment for USA Volleyball.”