16 Sep

Volleyball: Wisconsin pummels Georgia in Badger Classic opener

first_imgIn hindsight, University of Wisconsin volleyball’s opening match was just a hiccup.That’s how the Badgers are viewing that opening loss to Western Kentucky after pummeling Georgia in three straight sets en route to a victory Thursday night at the Field House.The convincing performance to open the Badger Classic brought Wisconsin’s win streak to five straight games as the No. 11 Badgers look to continue improving.“I thought we passed well,” UW head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “But even more so than that … I thought we transitioned really, really well. I thought we came up with some really nice defensive plays and played scrappy and controlled.”The Badgers and Bulldogs combined for some very entertaining and long rallies in front of a packed crowd, complete with the impressive transitions Sheffield mentioned.Wisconsin infuriated and frazzled Georgia’s attack with 47 digs and 21 total blocks in the match.Seemingly everywhere on the court, the Badgers’ defense smothered Georgia the entire night. Most notably in the second set when they held the Bulldogs to only six points.Wisconsin’s ability to keep the ball in play was only doubled by their ability to end rallies with super-efficient attacking play.In that same second set, the Badgers hit at an attacking percentage of 60 percent and recorded 17 kills.Sophomore Kelli Bates spearheaded the attack with 14 kills and an attacking percentage of 40.7 percent on the night. Aided by fellow sophomore Lauryn Gillis who was just behind with 12 kills of her own.Freshman Tionna Williams stepped into her own as well, starting the match and hitting at 100 percent with seven kills until her next attempt was kept alive late in the third set.While junior Lauren Carlini again worked her usual magic and provided 33 assists on the night.But possibly the most impressive performance all night was that of Taylor Morey, who went on a 14-point service run early in the second set.“It’s something that we work on in practice all the time,” Morey said. “It’s just being able to go back to the service line and clear your mind, whether you’ve served one ball, five balls or 10. We work a lot on our in percentage and that’s something that I try to take pride with, that my serve is serve confident and in the court.”Players pointed to the overall energy of the student section as a major driving force in their performance.“We’ve been looking for ways to find momentum,” sophomore Kelli Bates said. “So when we have a crowd as big as our student section was tonight, it’s really easy to find momentum and find that energy just because of the crowd’s feedback … the fans make it a lot easier on us to find that momentum.”With hefty momentum on their side, the Badgers look forward to Kent State team tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at the UW Field House.last_img read more

28 Aug

Fixture change: All Stars v RTU moved to Sunday

first_imgThe Premier League Board has made a change to the fixture list for the weekend’s matches in the Glo Premier League with the meeting between All Stars and Real Tamale United now moved to Sunday, December 2.The match which will be played at the Wa Park was previously scheduled for Saturday.Following the change, all the games on match-day-10 will be played on Sunday. All matches kick-off at 3:00pm.last_img

26 Aug

Clippers’ 7-game win streak ends in San Antonio

first_img Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ PreviousSan Antonio Spurs’ Bryn Forbes, right, and Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams chase the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, right, attempts to shoot as he is defended by San Antonio Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan, center, and Jakob Poeltl during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)Los Angeles Clippers’ Paul George shoots during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSan Antonio Spurs’ Derrick White (4) attempts to drive around Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)San Antonio Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan, left, and Los Angeles Clippers’ Maurice Harkless fight for possession during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)San Antonio Spurs’ Rudy Gay (22) dunks over Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard looks to pass as he is defended by the Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan during the second half of Friday’s game in San Antonio. Playing just his second game back in the city he played in to start his career, Leonard was booed throughout his team’s 107-97 loss. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, right, drives against San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)San Antonio Spurs’ Dejounte Murray (5) drives around Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers yells at a referee during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)San Antonio Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge (12) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard walks upcourt during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)San Antonio Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan, left, shoots as he is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)San Antonio Spurs’ Jakob Poeltl, left, shoots against Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich watches the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)San Antonio Spurs’ Bryn Forbes, right, and Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams chase the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, right, attempts to shoot as he is defended by San Antonio Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan, center, and Jakob Poeltl during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)NextShow Caption1 of 16Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, right, attempts to shoot as he is defended by San Antonio Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan, center, and Jakob Poeltl during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)ExpandSAN ANTONIO — This trip looked a lot like Kawhi Leonard’s last game in San Antonio.LaMarcus Aldridge and Derrick White each had 17 points, and the San Antonio Spurs beat Leonard and the Clippers 107-97 on Friday night.“They wanted it more and it showed tonight,” Clippers guard Patrick Beverly said. “You’ve got to congratulate them. They came in here with an edge, with more of a thirst, and it showed.”The Spurs stopped the Clippers’ seven-game win streak in Leonard’s second appearance in San Antonio as an opponent. Leonard finished with 19 points on 8-for-23 shooting. “This wasn’t just any old team,” San Antonio’s DeMar DeRozan said. “It’s a high-caliber team in our conference. We went out there and compete, compete, compete and the outcome came out our way.”San Antonio had lost two straight and 12 of 14, but found its footing against the Clippers.Leonard spent his first seven seasons in San Antonio before demanding a trade. He was shipped off to Toronto and won his second NBA Finals MVP last season before joining the Clippers as a free agent.Leonard’s initial return to San Antonio on Jan. 24 resulted in thunderous boos and a 125-107 loss for the Raptors. Friday’s game had a similar feel.“Uhm, didn’t make nothing of it,” Leonard said of the reception. “Felt like a normal away game.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Leonard received a chorus of boos during pregame introductions and whenever he touched the ball. Every time he missed a shot, it was cheered, and the level of vitriol increased throughout the game, especially with the Spurs having by far their best game of the season.Leonard missed his first three shots before collecting a steal at the free-throw line and sprinting down the court for an uncontested dunk as the Clippers led by as many as eight points in the first quarter.Marco Belinelli helped the Spurs move in front, making a 3-pointer and a no-look pass to Trey Lyles for a 32-30 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the first half.Jakob Poeltl, who was acquired by San Antonio in the Leonard deal, continued the momentum with four points and three blocked shots in a pivotal run in the second quarter, including two blocks on Leonard that drew deafening cheers.“Whenever one guy hustles, makes a big play, that ignites us on the bench and on the floor and gets our crowd going,” said DeRozan, who also came over in the Leonard trade.Patty Mills’ 3-pointer with 10:32 remaining gave the Spurs an 81-71 lead, prompting a timeout from the Clippers. The Spurs made five 3-pointers in the final quarter, going 14 for 36 from beyond the arc for the game.DeRozan had 15 points, and Poeltl had six points, six rebounds and four blocked shots.Paul George had a season-low five points on 2-for-11 shooting for the Clippers, and Lou Williams had just seven points on 2-for-10 shooting. Leonard, George and Williams combined to shoot 12 for 44, including 2 for 12 from 3-point range.Adding insult to injury, Clippers coach Doc Rivers was locked out of the locker room after finishing his postgame press conference.“Fitting,” Rivers deadpanned. “That’s the kind of night it’s been for us.”TIP-INSClippers: Landry Shamet missed his 10th straight game with a sprained left ankle. Shamet, who has started all 10 games he has played, is averaging 9.1 points in 29.4 minutes.Spurs: The Spurs played their 700th game at the AT&T Center since it opened in 2002. They have the most wins at home of any team during that span with 564 victories.UP NEXTThe Clippers host Washington on Saturday night.More to come on this story.Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more