USC sweeps rival Bruins to remain perfect

first_imgIt was a sweet victory for the No. 3-ranked USC women’s volleyball team on Wednesday night as they opened up their Pac-12 conference schedule with a sweep on the road against crosstown rival and No. 13-ranked UCLA in straight sets (25-22, 25-12, 25-19).The 105th all-time meeting between the two schools would prove to be one-sided as the Women of Troy drew first blood and never allowed the Bruins into the match.With the sweep in Westwood, USC improved to 13-0 and 1-0 in conference, while UCLA’s eight-match winning streak was snapped and the Bruins fell to 9-2, 0-1 overall.Perhaps the star of the match was freshman outside hitter Alyse Ford. While playing in her first ever rivalry match, Ford came out of the gates swinging.“I was just looking forward to experiencing my first rivalry game,” Ford said.In the first set, the Laguna Beach, California, native tallied five kills on a .667 hitting clip to lead USC. The Bruins could not figure out how to stop Ford, as the freshman continued to pound away in the front court to finish the night with 11 kills to lead USC.“Personally, I’ve just been trying to be more poistive and limit my errors as much as possible,” Ford said. “Once I limit my errors, everything opens up more and I’m able to get into more of a rhythm.”Senior outside hitter Samantha Bricio had an uncharacteristically off-night, tallying just 10 kills on 33 swings. Bricio, the nation’s leader in aces per set (0.87) and points per set (6.26), did, however, record a service ace and four blocks.Junior middle blocker Elise Ruddins had a big night for the Women of Troy as well, hitting .500 and adding eight kills and four blocks of her own.Freshman setter Baylee Johnson, who ranks ninth in the Pac-12 with 6.84 assists per set, dished out 18  helpers and added eight digs, while junior setter Alice Pizzasegola added 16 assists of her own.Inside a packed Pauley Pavilion, the Women of Troy took it to the Bruins from the opening whistle and never let UCLA or the Bruin faithful get going. In the first set, USC ran out to a 13-5 lead thanks to solid defense and blocking at the net.“Playing here … it was amazing seeing all the people coming in from UCLA and giving us a hard time, but we ended up pulling through,” Ford said.UCLA would pull within two at 21-19, but Ford’s five kills in the set would make the difference as the Women of Troy gutted out the 25-22 set victory.The second set would be more of the same for USC, as the Women of Troy led by as many as 12 points to silence the Bruin crowd.Timely kills by Bricio and solid setting by Johnson allowed USC to pull out the 25-12 clobbering in the second set.It was déjà vu in the third set for USC as the Women of Troy pulled out to a 14-5 lead early. Ford and Bricio teamed up at the pins once again and an ace by freshman libero Victoria Garrick ended the third set and the match in favor of USC, 25-19.“I just try to contribute as much as I can,” Ford said. “That was the main idea when I came in … I was like how can I save Sam [Brico’s] shoulder for her next career.”On the defensive end, USC put up a wall with 11 blocks on the night, while forcing UCLA into a mere .056 hitting percentage. Senior middle blocker Alicia Ogoms, who leads the Pac-12 with 1.71 blocks per set, added five blocks to her tally.The Women of Troy were also able to contain UCLA’s top pin hitters, including leading scorer Jordan Anderson.Anderson, who ranks second in the Pac-12 in kills per set behind Bricio, came in averaging 4.70 kills per set, while sophomore Reilly Buechler ranked 10th with 3.58 kills per set.USC neutralized the two and held them to only seven and six kills, respectively. The Women of Troy also outhit UCLA as a team, .267 to .056 on the night.With the victory, USC now leads the all-time series record against UCLA, 56-49, and have won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Bruins.Furthermore, under head coach Mick Haley, USC is now 11-4 in conference openers.The challenging conference slate continues into the weekend for USC as the Women of Troy head up north to face a familiar foe in No. 8-ranked Stanford in Palo Alto on Sunday at 4 p.m.  in a match that will be broadcasted on the Pac-12 Network.USC and Stanford have both split their matches in the last two years, with the Women of Troy sweeping both matches in 2013 and the Cardinal winning each meeting in 2014.last_img read more

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Ichiro retires: Social media reacts to legend’s final at-bat

first_imgBaseball legend Ichiro Suzuki has informed the Mariners he will retire after Thursday’s game against the Athletics in Tokyo, Kyodo News reported.In what was believed to be the final at-bat of his career, Ichiro struck out looking for the first out in the top of the seventh inning. However, Seattle sent five batters to the plate after Ichiro to ensure he got another chance with the bat in his hands. Not the way he wanted it. But if this is the last at-bat of Ichiro’s career, he can reflect on the other 3,089. #Ichiro pic.twitter.com/x9dvrVJAB9— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) March 21, 2019And with that chance, Ichiro made the everyone hold their breath as he hustled down the line after a soft grounder to shortstop. He did not beat the throw, however, to end the top of the eighth inning.Ichiro trotted to right field for the bottom half of the inning, but Seattle manager Scott Servais stopped the game before a pitch was thrown to pull the 45-year-old and give the crowd a chance to honor one of the greatest players in history.Suzuki — who was the AL MVP and Rookie of the Year for the Mariners in 2001 — has played 14 of his 18-plus MLB seasons in Seattle. Prior to Thursday’s game, Ichiro had 3,089 hits in MLB (23rd all-time) and 1,278 in Japan. His combined total of 4,367 is a world professional record.last_img read more

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The Great Race: A History (part 2 of two-part series)

first_imgPart 2 of two-part series.by Garrett Wilson, Sumner Newscow —  One thing that makes growing up in Wellington so unique is the events that take place every year. The town cannot wait for them to be here and each year is special.Some of these events include the annual Wheat Festival, Crusader football, and The Great Race.Most people in Wellington have heard of the Great Race but how many know of the history of the event?The first race took place in 1977 and started at the old Depot Restaurant located alongside Highway 160. Jack Potucek who operated The Depot came up with the idea of an event to kick off July 4 and allow Depot employees to enjoy the evening with their families.“It was originally on July 4 and we would shut down the Depot and really start off the holiday around town,” Potucek said.The race was run back then for The Watson Cup instead of the Depot Cup that is used today. Potucek remembers the first race being done in a hurry.“I told a bartender to grab a notepad and we went around and mapped out the course in about an hour the night before the race,” Potucek said.The race was run with this course for five years until 1982. The main reason for the change being that a fire destroyed the Depot and left the starting point bare.“It was really like a cemetery,” Potucek said.So the years passed and no race was held. It continued this way until the Wellington Chamber of Commerce came to Potucek with the idea of starting the race again.“They decided to start it at South Woods Park and maintain most of the original route,” Potucek said.One thing that Potucek was most proud of was what the race had done for Woods Park itself.“It was really rundown and now it is just a beautiful spot to hold the event,” Potucek said.The only reference to the Depot today is the Depot Cup that is awarded to the victors of the race. However, the race still has some remnants of the beginning.Two of the teams from the 1977 race still compete every year. The Greeno Flameouts and The Black Oak Striders have been in every race since 1977.So come one out July 27 and see one of Wellington’s great traditions. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 368 weeks ago So, I read both articles and I have questions. How far do they run? Why are there 15 members on a team? Is it like a relay or best total time of all runners? When is/was the sign-up? Can we enter the day of the race? Are there parameters for the makeup of your team? Report Reply 0 replies · active 368 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Garrett Wilson · 368 weeks ago There are 15 members because there are 13 legs. With the 2 canoe legs requiring 2 members each. As for signing up. I know entries are closed for this year. Each teams age had to average out to 26 or 28. Jack Potucek can answer your questions more thoroughly. Report Reply 0 replies · active 368 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Just Wondering · 368 weeks ago You can get a race pamphlet at several buisinesses around town. This has more details about the race. I watched my first race last year and thought it was really fun. Good luck to all contestants. Report Reply 0 replies · active 368 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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SHOCKING FIGURES REVEAL 66% OF IRISH MEN ARE CONSIDERED OBESE

first_imgHEALTH: Shocking figures reveal that 66% of Irish men are considered overweight or obese.We all know your health is your wealth and the stark truth is obesity can lead to increased risks of many illnesses including: heart diseasehigh blood pressurestroketype 2 diabetesmany surgeons won’t operate on people with a BMI in the overweight rangeThe good news is, help is available!This years Men’s Health Week led by Letterkenny CPD coincides with Fathers Day and the Donegal International Rally.It is running from 14th to 18th June with plenty of information on men’s health and wellbeing.So if you are worried about yourself or a man in your life you can find out more by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/slimmingworldindonegal/ or come along to the Letterkenny Shopping Centre this Friday or Saturday and talk to a Slimming World consultant about how you can ensure your loved one doesn’t become one of these statistics. SHOCKING FIGURES REVEAL 66% OF IRISH MEN ARE CONSIDERED OBESE was last modified: June 16th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FeatureshealthLetterkenny CDPMen’s Health WeeknewsSlimming Worldlast_img read more

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