In 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.
Wellington Police notes for Friday, Jan. 30 to Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015:Â Friday, January 30, 2015â€¢6:08 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1700 block E. 16th, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Jeremy L. Harris, 39, Oxford, and a fixed object/utility pole owned by the city of Wellington.â€¢6:11 a.m. Officers investigated driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving while license by a known driver is suspended in the 1700 block E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢Jeremy West, 24, Wellington was issued a summons to appear for a charged of theft.â€¢10:15 a.m. Officers investigated dog at large from a known owner and no Wellington tag in the 1100 block S. F, Wellington. The dog had no tag.â€¢11 a.m. Officers conducted a courtesy motor vehicle accident report in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Gloria N. Freeman, 86, Wellington and a fixed object/fence owned by Sonic Drive-In, Wellington.â€¢11:30 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the 500 block E. U.S. 160, Wellington, involving vehicles operated by juvenile, 17, Wellington, Jaden M. Hines, 18, Wellington and Ronald P. Norris, 50, Wellington.â€¢11:30 a.m. Juvenile male, 17, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for inattentive driving.â€¢12:11 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a license plate in the 2000 block N. H, Wellington.â€¢3:21 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a window in the 900 block N. Poplar, Wellington.â€¢3:35 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 300 block W. U.S. 160, Wellington involving vehicles operated by juvenile male, 16, Wellington and Phyllis J. Anderson, 86, Wellington.â€¢3:35 p.m. Juvenile male, 16, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for inattentive driving. Sunday, February 1, 2015â€¢12:21 a.m. Officers investigated aggravated endangering a child, distribution of methamphetamine, child in need of care, possession of methamphetamine and possession ofÂ drug parapahernalia in the 1300 block. Michigan, Wellington by a known suspect(s).â€¢1:40 a.m. Terry J. Anglin, 36, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with aggravated endangering of a child, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.â€¢1:40 a.m. Kira D. Anglin, 39, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with aggravated endangering of a child, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.â€¢3:30 a.m. Damon A. Dobkins, 36, Anthony, was arrested, charged and confined with aggravated endangering of a child and distribution of Methamphetamine.â€¢3:52 a.m. Damon A. Dobkins, 36, Anthony, was arrested and confined on a city of Derby Warrant for failure to appear.â€¢10:14 a.m. Savanah D. Pinkston, 28, Wellington was arrested on a Sedgwick County Warrant for failure to appear for charges of driving while license is suspended and a Harper County bench warrant for failure to appear for charges of speeding and driving while license is suspended. She was confined through Sedgwick and Harper Counties.â€¢11:25 a.m. Officers investigated battery by known suspect(s) in the 100 block N. High Dr, Wellington.â€¢4:52 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block N. Haslet, Wellington.â€¢6:50 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 600 block N. Plum, Wellington. Saturday, January 31, 2015â€¢2:48 a.m. Keelie J. Wilson, 20, Argonia, was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration.â€¢Christopher E. Wilson, 37, Wellington was served a summons to appear for battery and disorderly conduct.â€¢2:35 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 500 block W. 18th,Â Wellington involving vehicles operated by James A. Williams, 42, Oxford, and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Teddy R. Wisely Jr., Wellington.â€¢6:55 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Jesef Dorozynski, 66, Mississauga, Ontario and a fixed objects/signs owned by the city of Wellington.
As the eyes of the world continue to be fixed on the United Kingdom (UK) following its recent vote in aCaricom SG Irwin LaRocquereferendum to exit the European Union (EU), the Caribbean Community (Caricom) believes that its relationship with either will not be affected by that move.Speaking at a roundtable discussion with the media on Saturday, ahead of the 37th Heads of Government Summit here in Guyana, Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRoque pointed out that while the situation on the ground in the UK is evolving rapidly, he does not foresee anything happening overnight that will have a drastic impact on relations with Caribbean States.He noted that there is definitely an anxiety over the UK’s exit and with the UK being a significant contributor to the European Development Fund (EDF), from which Caricom benefits, the community will be closely monitoring the situation as it evolves.“I don’t anticipate that our relationship in terms of Europe to be directly affected… We don’t anticipate any diminishing of relationship of the EU and certainly not the UK, our relations are very strong,” he remarked.Meanwhile, Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge reiterated that the Brexit situation is complex and problematic. He noted that there is spectrum of things explained that EDF aid is a legal commitment from the UK and this arrangement cannot be altered until Cotonou expires in four years’ time.Greenidge had explained to reporters on Friday at a media conference that Guyana is a party to the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the Caribbean and EU, as well as the Cotonou Agreement between ACP and EU. These agreements, he asserted, are legally binding commitments to member States:“There is not likely to be any short-term adverse consequences by way of a curtailing of resource or resource flows or curtailment of access of, let us say sugar or any other commodity into the European Union, whatever may be the case in relation to Britain,”Three days ago, 51.9 per cent of UK voted in a referendum to leave the EU trade bloc. This was despite 48.1 per cent vote from London, Scotland and Northern Ireland backing ‘stay’ in EU.Moreover, Greenidge had stressed that the future of market access for Guyana’s products will depend on new trade negotiations by the UK.“For specific products, you may have some hiccups but that may depend on exactly what Britain itself negotiates in relation to the European Union,” he explained.According to the EU, the 11th EDF, which spans 2014 to 2020, has a budget of €30.5 billion. This is an increase from the €22.7 billion in the 10th EDF, which covered the period 2008 to 2013.