Badgers take care of Wolverines, win 14th straight match

first_imgAfter 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.last_img read more

Second night of PDC quarter finals

first_img14-time tournament winner Phil Taylor takes on Vincent van der Voort, while current BDO world champion Stephen Bunting has Raymond van Barneveld.Title-holder Michael van Gerwen beat Robert Thornton 5-2 last night, while Gary Anderson got past Peter Wright 5-1.last_img

Liverpool fall 2-1 to Sevilla in Fenway friendly

first_imgNolito’s powerful shot in the 37th minute past Liverpool starting goalkeeper Andy Lonergan — who was at Middlesbrough last season — was Sevilla’s reward after a half-hour of pressure.It needed a sprawling save from Lonergan in the 13th minute to deny Luuk de Jong after Liverpool lost possession in their own territory and de Jong was just wide with a header in the 23rd.– ‘Not too cool’ –Liverpool’s equalizer came off a scrappy set piece as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner was kept alive by Nat Phillips, the ball falling to an unmarked Divock Origi who swept in from close range in the 44th.Both teams made wholesale changes at halftime, but even a match that was just one more step in both team’s pre-season preparations there was nothing laid back about Sevilla.A foul was called on Ever Banega for a hard tackle in the 12th minute and when he slammed the ball to the ground in protest he was shown a yellow card.Liverpool midfielder Harry Wilson took a smack to the face just before halftime — an infraction that paled in comparison to that of Gnagnon — who was arguing with the referee as Larouci received treatment.“Harry got a knock on his jaw and a finger in his eye, so not too cool,” Klopp said. “He should be OK as well but couldn’t carry on as well.”Share on: WhatsApp LiverpoolNew York, United States | AFP | Alejandro Pozo delivered the late dagger in 10-man Sevilla’s 2-1 friendly win over Liverpool in Boston Sunday, a defeat made worse for the European champions when they saw Yasser Larouci stretchered off.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was furious at Joris Gagnon’s outrageous kick at an on-rushing Larouci in the 76th minute. Gnagnon was shown a straight red card after sweeping one of the Frenchman’s legs out from underneath him, toppling him to the pitch where his head bounced hard on the ground.“(It’s) much too early in the season to create headlines with saying the things I think about the situation,” Klopp said at his post-match press conference, where he added that it appeared that the 18-year-old Larouci was “lucky” in terms of avoiding serious injury.“But of course, how it always is with these things we have to wait a little bit. I don’t know 100 percent. It looks like he was lucky but I only spoke quickly to the Doc and that’s what he said, but we have to see.”Even with the La Liga outfit reduced to 10 men, Liverpool were unable find a way ahead, and Pozo sealed it in the 90th minute as he smoothly collected a pass from Munir El Haddadi, rounded Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet and knocked the winner into an unguarded net.Sevilla had enjoyed by far the majority of scoring chances on a sweltering evening at Fenway Park — home of the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. Both Liverpool and the Red Sox are owned by groups led by John W. Henry.Players were granted water breaks in the hot, humid conditions, and even the pitch created on the baseball diamond received extra water during the match.The pro-Liverpool crowd weren’t treated to many of the club’s stars as Brazilian internationals Roberto Firmino and Alisson were both absent for the Reds following their Copa America campaign along with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, both missing due to the African Cup of Nations.As in a 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Friday in Indiana, there was some shaky defending from Liverpool.last_img read more

Charlotte wins qualifer by a whisker

first_img Buckinghamshire county player Charlotte Nutt scored the narrowest of wins to lead the latest 10 qualifiers for the England Golf women’s Grand Medal Final. The 19-year-old won the Midlands South regional final at Tadmarton Heath, Oxfordshire, on countback, pipping Ji-Young Kim, who also plays at a  Buckinghamshire club. Both had rounds of net 74, but Charlotte, a three-handicapper from Beaconsfield, took the honours by virtue of her score on the last six holes.  “I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “It was such a shock. “I double bogeyed 17 and I thought I’d completely lost it and wouldn’t even come in the top 10. But then I got in and found there was another lady and me on 74 – it was a nice surprise.” The 10 qualifiers for the Grand Medal Final at Peterborough Milton Golf Club on June 28 are: Charlotte Nutt (Beaconsfield), Ji-Young Kim (Flackwell Heath), Jenny Gibson (Woburn), Susan Harrison (Harewood Downs), Linda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham), Jane Bennett (Lee-on-the-Solent),  Lema Townsend (Overstone Park), June Morgan (Langdon Hills), Susan Woolaway (Churchill & Blakedown) and Harriet Matthews (Droitwich).   All the regional finalists had returned the best four scores at their club in the England Golf Medals during 2013. Charlotte went straight to the regional final from her county championship, where she reached the semi-finals. When she plays in the Grand Medal Final she’ll go there straight from County Match Week, where she’ll be representing Buckinghamshire. “So, I’m going to have lots of golf that week!” she said. “This is my first national final and I’m really looking forward to it, it will be a very good experience.” Charlotte, who works at Sunningdale Golf Club, has played golf since she was about eight and is currently benefitting from time she spent at a tournament golf college in Portugal. “It definitely helped my game,” she said, explaining that last season she reduced her handicap from a high six to 2.6. This year, her target is scratch. This was the fourth of six Regional Medal Finals. The East, South and Midlands North finals have already taken place and the other dates are: North at Houghton-Le-Spring, Durham on 21 May; South West at Forest Hills, Gloucestershire on 25 May. Midlands South regional medal final qualifying scores Tadmarton Heath Par 71, CSS 74 r/o 74 Charlotte Nutt (Beaconsfield), Ji-Young Kim (Flackwell Heath)    75 Jenny Gibson (Woburn), Susan Harrison (Harewood Downs)    76 Linda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham), Jane Bennett (Lee-on-the-Solent),  Lema Townsend (Overstone Park), June Morgan (Langdon Hills), Susan Woolaway (Churchill & Blakedown)    77 Harriet Matthews (Droitwich) Click here for the full scores 15 May 2014 Charlotte wins qualifer by a whisker last_img read more