Feb. 5, 2013
By Michael Eldridge | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- UT Arlington softball coach Kristie Fox shared with the media Tuesday her thoughts on this year's team and her expectations for the 2013 season.
The Mavericks open up their season on Feb. 15 in Orlando at the UCF Holiday Inn Select, hosted by Central Florida.
Q: How has the experience at UTA been?
A: "The number one thing is changing the culture and changing the expectations. We have a goal and a goal for every year and that is the World Series. We have so many good things here. It's a great location and great area for recruiting. We are going to do the things to get there."
Q: What do you think about UTA being ranked seventh in the WAC Preseason Coaches Poll
A: "They do not know a lot about us with the changes and what happened last year. They went with whatever they felt and with the other schools that are in there. So I think it is an advantage for us."
Q: How has the team liked the new indoor practice facility?
A: "It's wonderful. We have had a couple of practices where we have finished earlier because it is more efficient. We have already had recruits come in and look at the facility and they are impressed. It sets the tone for our program and our commitment to our program."
Q: What is the biggest strength of the team heading into the season?
A: "The chemistry and the fight. We may not be the most talented group right now but they truly believe in themselves. It is just us playing our game and always going out there and competing. We know how to handle adversity and I think that is going to be one of our strengths during the course of the year."
Q: What is a weakness the team is struggling with now?
A: "Numbers. We are low on our numbers and had some injuries that have hit us hard. We have had some players leave the team in the coaching transition. But these are the girls that I am going to go to war with and are the girls that I want to go to war with."
Q: How do you feel about having so many road games to start the year?
A: "Moving forward I would love to have some more home games but this year it will be good for us. Just for the fact that we have low numbers but going forward I want to have more at home. It's just us playing another team though, no matter where we are at."
Q: What is the outlook of the pitching staff?
A: "Our pitchers are tough cookies. They want to go out there and beat everyone they face. These two have taken on a huge roll. They know exactly how this goes and have done it for two or three years."