Men’s volleyball resumes season at UCSB

first_imgThe men’s volleyball team heads up to UC Santa Barbara to face the No. 8 Gauchos on Wednesday.USC (3-11, 3-9 MPSF) is coming off of a 5-set upset over then-ranked No. 5 Hawaii. Senior outside hitter Alex Slaught looks to use the victory as motivation.“I think it’s something that we can use to build some momentum for the rest of the season going forward,” Slaught said.In the win against Hawaii, junior outside hitter Lucas Yoder put up a season-high 21 kills. His cousin, sophomore setter Jack Yoder, put up a season-high 56 assists.Lucas Yoder talked about how important it was to get the win over the Rainbow Warriors and how it was fun to put up good numbers alongside his cousin.“I’ve played on every team with [Jack],” Lucas Yoder said. “He’s a really fun setter to play with.”Jack Yoder pointed out how the team is continuing to improve.“We’re playing better each game and we’re finding that rhythm,” Jack Yoder said. “It’s good to see out here.”The last time the Trojans and the Gauchos met, USC hosted UCSB ((11-6, 7-5 MPSF), but fell to them in four sets (22-25, 25-23, 22-25, 23-25).Slaught and Yoder led USC with 16 kills each. Senior middle blocker Tommy Leonard put up 11 kills in the match.Plenty has changed for the Trojans since the last time they faced the Gauchos. Notably, junior middle blocker Andy Benesh has returned to the lineup. Despite playing five less matches than the rest of the starters, Benesh is second on the team in blocks with 30, while averaging .77 blocks per set. Leonard leads the team with 47 blocks, averaging .85 per set.Benesh brings more than just a strong defensive presence, he also brings offensive aggressiveness. The junior has 64 kills on the season while hitting .364, the team’s second highest hitting percentage.One factor that has been in the Trojans’ favor recently is the team’s ability to come into the match at anytime. Head coach Jeff Nygaard has been playing around with lineups and making substitutions throughout matches.Slaught credits the team’s ability to always being ready and “comfortable” to go in.“We all do a good job of when our number is called, just coming in and doing our job,” Slaught said. “I think it’s a strength that we can work off of for the rest of the season.”For the Gauchos, redshirt junior opposite Matt Marsh led the team during the last matchup with 19 kills and 3 aces. Marsh leads his team with 202 kills on the season, a 38 kill difference from the second highest. The Trojans will have to utilize the blocking they’ve begun to build up over the last few matches to limit Marsh.USC has continued to put work in during practice. Since their win against Hawaii, they’ve had an eight-day break following a homestand of four matches in seven days. Despite their losing record, the team is confident that their hard work will start to pay off.“This team works hard every single day,” Slaught said. “It hasn’t shown on the court, but we know we’re getting better and we’re working as hard as we can.”The Trojans face the Gauchos Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in Santa Barbara.last_img read more

Third base a priority for Dodgers

first_imgNATIONAL HARBOR, Md. >> Even though the Dodgers didn’t get Chris Sale, it still may have been good news for them when the Chicago White Sox traded him on Tuesday.By dealing Sale to the Boston Red Sox, the White Sox essentially signaled to the industry that they are rebuilding. It would be logical for them to also trade third baseman Todd Frazier, who is a free agent at the end of 2017.The Dodgers have made re-signing third baseman Justin Turner one of their priorities this winter. If they can’t, Frazier could be an alternative.When Dodgers president Andrew Friedman was asked if he interpreted the White Sox move to signal a willingness to move other players, he said: “My cheap seat analysis would be yes, but it’s a better question for them.” “The market plays a huge part of in in where this plays out,” Friedman said. “The free agent market plays out to the point of doing more than what you rationally want to do. If you do what you rationally want to do, you will finish third on every free agent.”Dave Roberts said he’s talked this winter to both Turner and Jansen, but it was “more of a check-in, coach to player, as opposed to a sales pitch.”Bautista too?Although the Toronto Star reported that the Dodgers have “checked in” on free agent outfielder Jose Bautista, that would seem to be an unusual move, considering their glut of outfielders.“It’s not something we’re intensely focused on,” Friedman said. He added that if the Dodgers did bring in an outfielder it would mean one of their current outfielders would be part of a trade.Bautista is coming off a disappointing season in which he hit 22 homers with a .234 average and an .817 OPS, all lows over his past seven seasons. The Dodgers would have to surrender their first-round pick if they signed Bautista, because he was given a qualifying offer.AlsoRoberts said the Dodgers are planning on Austin Barnes as the backup catcher, indicating they aren’t looking for help at that position behind Yasmani Grandal…Friedman said the Dodgers plan to be “more aggressive” with Kenta Maeda’s workload in his second big league season. In his first season coming from Japan, where starters work once a week, the Dodgers regularly gave Maeda a fifth day of rest between starts. They plan to reduce that in 2017. Roberts said the Dodgers want Maeda to gain to some weight so he can better handle the increased workload…The Dodgers have not heard from Maeda about whether he plans to pitch in the World Baseball Classic. Roberts and Friedman said they would support whatever decision he makes. Frazier, 30, hit 40 homers last season, although he had an uncharacteristic .225 average and .767 OPS.Besides Frazier, the third base trade market also includes Yangervis Solarte and possibly Mike Moustakas.The Dodgers first choice, however, is still to re-sign Turner.They also are still trying to re-sign closer Kenley Jansen, and Friedman said Tuesday that they still have room in the budget to do both.However, he cautioned that the dollars they budget don’t always fit with the player’s demands.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Ramos against the referee: “There are predetermined decisions”

first_imgSituation. “When you don’t win, they say it’s the fault of the defense. But it’s not like that. We are a team. Now we have to suffer with these defeats. But now is when the uncles see each other: during this week when we play the Champions League, the League and the season. “Pursued? “No, I don’t feel persecuted. I will do something wrong, I am self-critical if I see so many cards. Whoever wants to see my cards, look at my resume. “Hazard. “What he has is screwed. It is an injury that has fallen back. It is quite annoying. Hopefully I will return as soon as possible. When it’s good, it’s very good. Hopefully not as serious as the first” Barça of the messes. “Everyone has their problems at home and everyone fixes it as they can. After being pushing all season, what is clear is that we are not going to throw the season. ”Goal Problem “In the end it is the same as always. When we win, we all win. And when we lose, we lose all. You have to be together and be united. ”Occasions not completed. “Not at all. Is bad luck. We made goals a few days ago. We will work this week to try to get the goal in the decisive week. It’s when I like to be the most, in the difficult moments ”. Next week. “We face it with enthusiasm. We are screwed in a league that is complicated. You have to turn the page. There is no time to lament. A magical week is coming and we must show who we are. Take a giant step against the City and the Classic. ”Morales: “If you talk to Hernández Hernández in bad ways, he answers you in the same way ““They (the referees) take the pulsations to 180. From my experience as a captain, if you talk to him calmly, he gives you his explanations. If you go in bad ways, then maybe … In Jaén, who arbitrated us in the Copa, we protested in a bad way, we made him corrillo and he answers you in the same way. You have to try to control your nerves and pulsations. It may be that the referees, at some point, may not be receptive to protests. “ Referee. “I don’t like talking about the referees. I’ve always said it because they are human and they can be wrong. But sometimes they make you doubt and make you think. The criterion is different according to the days. My last hand in the Super Cup, against Valencia, is beaten and is involuntary. And today there are two involuntary hands and they are not beaten. But With this referee I am not surprised at all. The referees were more respectful before. You could talk to them and you can’t talk to them. The captains are there to help the referee. Arrogance is had or not. It is outrageous. At the end of the game I asked him that question, if he had any personal problems with me. I hold on to the realities: in the 10th minute, the referee conditions you with a yellow one after suffering a stomp and elbow. There are predetermined decisions. I’m going a little screwed up. Holding on to Var is very advantageous. Madrid have made a great game, but we missed the goal. Today we lost the three points, not the VAR. “ Balance. “It’s a fucking night. I also say that the decisive moment of the season is coming. We have to turn the page. We leave seconds here and the differences are minimal in the League. Any mistake can cost you the title. There were many things in the game. that we are not going to value “.last_img read more

GAA NOTES: KILLYBEGS

first_imgThe Killotto had no winner this week. The numbers were 4, 12, 25 and 29 129. There was one winner of Match 3 Numbers. Willie Tully, Killybegs. Next week’s Killotto jackpot is €3,200 and Match 3 is €60.There was no winner of Bingo Jackpot. Consolation prizes went to Pauline Mohan, Tullintane. Next week’s Jackpot will be €2,100 on 50 calls.The A.G.M. was on last Friday in the Tara Hotel. CLG Na Cealla Beaga AGM 13-01-2012 Vice Chairman – John O’SullivanAssistant Secretary – Andrew MullenPRO – Charles TullyOifig Na Gaelige – Shane Murrin Registrar – Rita Nolan & Kathleen McCabeInsurance Officer – Ed ByrneCoaching Officer – Joe McBreartyCounty Board Delegate – Bernard ConaghanPresident – Patsy McGowan Vice President – Eddie McGuinnessSenior Team Manager – Joe McBreartyU-21 Manager – Andrew MullinLadies Manager – Margaret McHugh, Mairead Gallagher, Betsy McGuinness Some more positions to be filled…”Club Membership is now due. You can pay Rita Nolan or Kathleen McCabe.Family – €50Single – €30Student – €15Minor – €10Ladies start back training on Wednesday 25th of January in St Catherine’s Vocational school gym at eight o clock. New players are welcome.The Club will be having a Scrap Metal Collection in Eamon Byrne Memorial Park on Saturday the 28th of January. All types of scrap metal will be accepted and any enquiries please contact Bernard 0861755621 or Macdara 0879119505GAA NOTES: KILLYBEGS was last modified: January 17th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:killybegs gaa noteslast_img read more