"As a kid, you dream about being on the No. 1 team in the country and how things work out like that, but the success we've had this year has been what we wanted," Ward said. "Not everybody thought we'd get it, but I think we all wanted it, and we all knew we could absolutely go out and take it if we really wanted it."
"It was a pretty clear message," sophomore attackman Justin Ward said. "That was for every team that was ranked ahead of us at the end of the fall. When we went home for Christmas break, we had something to think about. It worked. It was a lot of running, but it was for the right reason."