After two road wins over Michigan and Michigan state this past weekend, the Wisconsin volleyball team added another win to their match streak Wednesday night as they won their 14th straight match, defeating Michigan once again, 25-19, 26-24, 25-18.Friday night was a thrilling match for both Wisconsin and Michigan, as they battled through five sets. In the end, the Badgers overcame the Wolverines, but Wednesday evening, Michigan was given a second chance within a five-day period to win against Wisconsin; but this time, under the lights of the UW Field House.“All week it was a business approach from our team,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “It was just the next team in front of us and I think that our team is really good at being consistent with their approach and taking each match as it comes.”Set one started off well for the Badgers as the gained a 2-0 lead right from the get-go with a kill from outside hitter Ellen Chapman and a combined team block. However, that lead did not last long. There were a total of five ties in the first set, primarily due to a few hitting and service errors by both teams.Finally, with the score at 15-12, a service ace by senior right side hitter Courtney Thomas began the Badgers’ climb towards victory. Back-to-back kills by Chapman forced Michigan to call a timeout at 22-15. Michigan’s star middle blocker Abby Cole answered with a stifling kill of her own, helping her team nudge their way back into the set. Ultimately, Wisconsin’s red shirt senior Dominique Thompson demolished a kill out of the middle to win the set for Wisconsin 25-19.In the second set, defense started to become a lot more notable. Scrambling plays filled with fantastic scrappy saves and impeccable defense on both sides of the net made for long rallies. Wisconsin only allowed 35 kills off of 135 attempted assists from Michigan. According to setter Lauren Carlini, the team’s all around defense was something to be proud of.“There was a lot more discipline with the blocking and the back row working together. Last game [we were] kind of all over the place,” Carlini explained. “Our bodies weren’t in the right position. I think this game we focused in a lot more and stayed disciplined.”However, set two was an edge-of-your-seat type of set. With a total of 15 ties in this set alone, the Badgers definitely had their work cut out for them. Wisconsin had a good run going during the beginning of the match, when they were up 10-6 after Thomas tipped the ball just over a block. With good aggressive net play by Michigan, the Wolverines were able to tie the set up at 11 a piece.Finally, three kills in a row from the combined efforts of Chapman and middle blocker Haleigh Nelson propelled the Badgers towards somewhat of a lead. Michigan was not about to let up easily as they clawed their way back in, tying it up as 23 points each after a missed serve from Chapman. A kill by freshman Kelly Bates put the Badgers on top 25-24. A missed dump by Michigan setter, Lexi Dannemiller handed the set to Wisconsin, and put them ahead 2-0.The third set started out in another tug-of-war battle. Two ball handling errors in a row by Dannemiller helped the Badgers get on top 5-4. It was not until the serving efforts of Kelli Bates that Wisconsin was able to pull away with a four point lead 13-9 that kept on growing.About one rally after Cole received a monstrous kill off of a slide, the 6-foot-5 star was slow to get up after a play. She did walk slowly and unaided to the bench and stood after a few minutes, but did not return to the game after the score read 17-12.After that, the game sailed smoothly along for the Badgers. Bates and Thompson combined for a block, which was followed by a fiery kill from Thomas out of the back row, increasing their lead 22-15.To finish, a perfectly executed block by Carlini and Nelson sent the Wolverines packing, and tacked on another sweep for Wisconsin as they capped off the match 25-18.This fourteen game win streak has kept the Badgers at the top of the Big Ten and within the top ten teams in the NCAA rankings. The team takes this lightly and does not harp on the past. They stay focused and only look to the future.“It feels like we’ve just won one match and we have another one in a couple of days,” Nelson said. “[The] train keeps moving. We forget about the last one. The streak is awesome, but we’re already focused on Iowa.”The Badgers will now travel to Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes again this Saturday night at 7 p.m.
14 Sep 2013 Alex Peters is England’s top woman golfer for 2013 International Alex Peters has won a nip-and-tuck race to top the England Golf ladies’ order of merit, sponsored by the golf tour operator Lorrin Golf.Alex, from Notts Ladies’ (image © Leaderboard Photography), has claimed the title of England’s top woman golfer by a tiny margin from fellow international, Sarah-Jane Boyd of Cornwall.The two players were neck-and-neck over the closing stages of the competition. Sarah-Jane took the advantage after the British stroke play championship – where she tied seventh – but Alex snatched back the top spot in the penultimate event when she tied third in the Royal Birkdale scratch trophy.Third place went to Meghan MacLaren of Northamptonshire, while Georgia Hall, the British amateur champion from Dorset, was fourth.“I’ve had a good year and I’m really pleased to have won the order of merit,” said Alex, 19, who thanked Lorrin Golf for their support.“It’s a big thing to win because it shows that all my hard work has paid off. I’ve been steady throughout the year and it proves that you don’t need to win, but you do need to be consistent to get to the top.”David Kelly, the managing director of Lorrin Golf, commented: “Lorrin Golf would like to congratulate Alex Peters on her fantastic golf throughout 2013. As winner of the England Golf order of merit we wish Alex all the very best for her new challenges in 2014.”Alex, who has represented England since she was 14, was runner-up in both the English amateur and Welsh stroke play championships. She also reached the last 16 in the British amateur championship.Other highlights of her year included representing GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe. She was the only GB&I player to win her singles on the second day.Now she plans another year in amateur ranks and will be targeting a place in the 2014 Curtis Cup team.Women’s Order of Merit, sponsored by Lorrin GolfLeading final places:1 Alexandra Peters (Notts Ladies)2 Sarah Jane Boyd (Truro)3 Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough)4 Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak)5 Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall)6 Rachael Goodall (Heswall)7 Charlotte Thomas (Singapore)8 Emma Tayler (Saunton)9 Samantha Fuller (Roehampton)10 Charlotte Thompson (Channels)
By John BurtonRED BANK — The owners of properties in foreclosure must still maintain them, and an ordinance proposed at last week’s borough council meeting is intended to ensure that they do.The ordinance introduced last Wednesday would require property owners to provide specific contact information that would enable borough officials, or members of the public, to get in touch with the owners if the property isn’t being cared for properly.According to Mayor Pasquale Menna state and local laws require owners to maintain their property, whether they are present or not. But in the last couple of years, as the rate of foreclosures has escalated and properties have changed hands, it has become difficult to track down who is actually responsible for a given property.Over the past few years in towns and cities across the nation, thousands of homes formerly owned by families or individuals have been acquired by banks through foreclosure. Mortgages have changed hands and banks have been absorbed by other banks. Under those circumstances, it can be difficult to track down who is actually responsible should a property be neglected.Under current state law, if a bank or other lender forecloses on a property the bank has to send notification to the municipality.The ordinance proposed in Red Bank would also require the lender to pay a $125 fee and register with the borough, providing a contact name and telephone number of the party responsible for maintenance.Should the ordinance be approved later this month, the institution responsible for the property would also be required to place a permanent sign on the site with contact information informing the public how to get in touch. “So we are not, and the neighbors are not, tracking down nameless banks all over the country,” Menna explained.“We’re going to put the burden on them to make sure their records are up to date.”The ordinance, the mayor explained, was modeled after one used successfully in Lodi.At this point there are approximately 100 to 125 properties in foreclosure in the borough, according to the borough clerk’s office.