Badgers can’t get by Hawkeyes in Big Ten opener

first_imgKirby Toon (1) and Alexis Mitchell (4) had nice games offensively for the Badgers, but the Iowa defense was too tough for UW.[/media-credit]In its first conference game of the season, the Wisconsin volleyball team fell to the Iowa Hawkeyes in four sets at the Field House Wednesday night.After dropping the first set 25-21, the Badgers (5-5, 0-1 Big Ten) came back in the second to beat the Hawkeyes 25-19 in the second set. Battling to a tough 26-22 loss in the third set, the Badgers were unable to keep up with Iowa in the final set, falling 25-18.“I thought we started a little slow the first game and we just really weren’t on track at all,” UW head coach Pete Waite said. “But by the second set things picked up, and I thought we were playing some really nice volleyball.”With senior captain and outside hitter Brittney Dolgner sidelined for most of the game because she was recovering from the flu, Waite made several substitutions throughout the match. In particular, Allison Wack had to fill in for Dolgner, which proved to be a simple task for the junior.“You never know coming in to a match who’s going to be ill,” Wack said. “This week it was just kind of a surprise and everyone always has to be ready, and that’s something that our bench is getting better at. Just being able to come in and fill in whenever.”Waite allowed most his team to play, using several different lineups to try to create a more effective unit. Despite the game’s result, he was pleased with the bench players’ efforts.“We subbed a lot of different people in,” Waite said. “A lot of people had a chance to contribute to the game, so I thought they did a good job.”While Dolgner has proved to be one of the Badgers’ top players, Waite noted her recovery was keeping her from helping the team when it needed her. That, along with the other players’ success, was enough for the head coach to keep his captain on the bench.“She wasn’t quite herself out there, didn’t have the same elevation on the jump,” Waite said. “You know, the shots weren’t there. She was tentative and you know, you take days off like that and your body is feeling the way it does after it happens, we knew that was a possibility.”When Waite brought in Alexis Mitchell in the third set, she made a huge impact, notching four kills in the set. While she hadn’t received as much playing time as other players on the team in recent matches, her play certainly kept the Badgers in contention for much of the game. “I’ve had a lot of reps in practice,” she said. “Just swinging hard and being aggressive and I think when I came in I had that mindset of just hitting right off the block and getting us some points and it worked out pretty well.”Bringing in Wack and Mitchell paid huge dividends for the Badgers. Wack had a game-high 17 kills while Mitchell contributed seven kills on only 15 attempts while Dolgner watched from the sidelines.“Al Wack had big numbers. I thought she looked really comfortable out there tonight both in servicing and attacking the ball, so I thought that was really good,” Waite said.Despite the strong games from Wack and Mitchell and 13 kills from freshman Kirby Toon, the Iowa defense was simply too much for the Badgers to handle. Coming into the game with the best statistical defense in the Big Ten with 17.36 digs per set, the Hawkeyes exhibited their superior blocking ability, negating Wisconsin’s 59 kills with 15 total blocks.Nevertheless, while Iowa proved to be a formidable opponent on the defensive side, Waite noted the Badgers would have had a better chance of winning if they cut down on simple mistakes. Even though libero Kim Kuzma had a strong defensive game with a game-high 18 digs, it wasn’t enough to overcome the Badgers’ miscues.“Kim Kuzma was passing really, really well, so it allowed us to run the offense,” Waite said. “But I just think we made too many unforced errors. We didn’t ball-handle well at the important times and that’s just critical. It changes momentum and we gave them too many points.”On Friday, the Badgers travel to Minnesota to take on the Gophers in their next Big Ten matchup. Last year, the Gophers swept Wisconsin, beating the Badgers 3-1 in Minneapolis and 3-2 at the Field House.last_img read more

Former Syracuse receiver Sales invited to Atlanta Falcons

first_imgThe Atlanta Falcons invited former Syracuse wide receiver Marcus Sales to their rookie minicamp, according to the Post-Standard.Sales was the SU’s second-leading receiver last year, catching 64 passes for 882 yards and eight touchdowns. Sales missed the 2011 season after being suspended for a drug arrest. He finished his four-season SU career with 132 receptions, 1,780 yards and 16 touchdowns.He will join former teammate Deon Goggins with the Falcons. Goggins signed as an undrafted free agent Sunday. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 28, 2013 at 11:57 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_center_img Related Stories Class of their own: NFL Draft presents final step in seniors’ effort to restore Syracuse’s legitimacyFormer Syracuse tackle Pugh drafted 19th overall by New York GiantsNew York Giants select former Syracuse quarterback Nassib with 13th pick in 4th roundPittsburgh Steelers draft former Syracuse safety Thomas with 111th overall pick of NFL DraftFormer Syracuse guard Chibane to join Buffalo Bills as undrafted free agentlast_img read more

MOYS to intervene in Nunoo-Mensah saga

first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) is making frantic efforts to convince Ben Nunoo-Mensah to rescind his decision to quit as the Chef D’ Mission of Ghana for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.Information gathered by the www.sportscrusaderonline.com, reveals that, the ministry is unhappy with the sudden resignation of the Chef D’ Mission since it would have negative effects on Ghana’s preparations for the games.The two ministers; Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah and his deputy Joseph Yamin, have initiated measures to convince the hardworking Chef D’ Mission to reconsider his decision and return to work as soon as possible.Other high ranking members in government have also stepped in to convince Nunoo-Mensah to reconsider his decision.In another development, the Commonwealth Games Federation has directed the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) to deal with all internal issues ahead of the Games.The directive was in response to a letter sent to the Games Federation informing them about the resignation of Ben Nunoo-Mensah. The Federation from all indications was not happy with the development and therefore asked the GOC to make efforts to address the situation that led to the resignation of the hardworking Chef D’ Mission.Ghana, is rated as one of the best countries, which has made so much progress in their preparations towards the Commonwealth Games.Ghana was also given high commendations for the successful organisation of the Queens Baton Relay.Nunoo-Mensah, early this week quit his position as the Chef D’ Mission of the Ghana for the Commonwealth Games and Treasurer of the GOC.last_img read more

Bazdarevic announced the List of Players for Matches against the Ireland

first_imgOn the list of players that head coach Mehmed Bazdarevic announced today, there are no major changes compared to the last two qualifier matches, so all the players are available, except Muhamed Besic who is suspended and cannot play the first match of play-off. The only new name is Rade Krunic.At today’s press conference, Bazdarevic announced the list of players for the upcoming play-off matches for the European Championship in France 2016, which our team is playing against the national football team of Ireland.The following 28 players are on the list: Asmir Begovic, Ibrahim Sehic, Jasmin Buric, Mensur Mujdza, Toni Sunjic, Ermin Bicakcic, Emir Spahic, Sead Kolasinac, Edin Cocalic, Muhamed Besic, Marin Anicic, Tino Sven Susic, Rade Krunic, Ervin Zukanovic, Miralem Pjanic, Srdjan Grahovac, Anel Hadzic, Ognjen Vranjes, Senad Lulic, Sejad Salihovic, Edin Visca, Ermin Zec, Haris Medunjanin, Izet Hajrovic, Edin Dzeko, Vedad Ibisevic, Armin Hodzic and Milan Djuric.The first play-off match is scheduled on the 13th of November in Zenica, while the rematch will be played three days later in Dublin.Bazdarevic gave thanks to all those who followed the team in previous qualifier matches.The coach added that our players should not be deceived by the fact that Ireland is playing with a big number of injured players.“We know that as a nation, they are full of desire and persistence, and it will not be easy for us. They have alternatives for injured players so I don’t pay attention on that,” stated Bazdarevic.He reminded that they did a good job during the qualifications and that the players did everything he asked.“They showed character and willingness and now we are in the position to determine our own destiny. We want to finish the job in the best way possible. We want to go on the European Championship,” said Bazdarevic.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more