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Thomas, Wisconsin sweep three games over weekend earn HotelRED Invitational title

first_imgPlaying in front of their home crowd for the first time this season, the Wisconsin volleyball team took only 10 sets to be crowned the HotelRED Invitational champions over the weekend. The No.4-ranked Badgers improved to 8-0 on the season with wins against Ball State, Miami (Fla.) and Missouri State.Host Wisconsin cruised to a three-set victory over Ball State (3-6) Saturday night in the finale of the tournament to secure the championship. Sparked by three early kills from senior outside hitter Ellen Chapman, the Badgers jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the first set, forcing Ball State to call timeout.“I think we came out in front of our home crowd, and we’re here to show them what we’re made of,” senior right-side hitter Courtney Thomas said. “We’re trying to play every game the same no matter who we’re playing.”Thomas went on to be named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, and sophomore setter Lauren Carlini knew who to go to in those big moments.“Courtney was putting balls down and being really consistent,” Carlini said. “She’s kind of been our rock this season, as far as when we need points, we’re gonna go to her.”After the quick start, the Badgers would not look back. The closest the Cardinals would come in the set would be 11-5. Redshirt senior Julie Mikaelsen came off the bench at the end of the set and had two kills to finish out the set 25-11.The Cardinals were the hot team at the beginning of the second set. After Ball State went up 7-4, the Badgers fought back, with an ace from Thomas, a kill from sophomore middle blocker Haleigh Nelson, and a kill from Thomas to tie it up at 7.From there, the teams would remain neck-and-neck, with neither team gaining more than a two point edge until 15-15. UW then went on a 3-0 run, highlighted by two Thomas kills and an ace from Chapman.That kick-started a 10-2 run to close out the set. Several attack errors by Ball State, plus two kills from Thomas, put the Badgers up 24-17, when senior defensive-specialist Kt Kvas aced the Cardinals to secure the second set for Wisconsin.The Badger offense exploded to start the third set. Three kills from Chapman and a kill apiece from Nelson and freshman outside hitter Kelli Bates were key components of a 8-1 run.Senior Caroline Workman then saw her first action of the game and made the most of it. The defensive specialist served three times, forced one error and aced the Cardinals the other two times.Every Badger on the roster saw time in the match except for junior Romana Kriskova who has been dealing with a knee injury.“We had a lot of subbing that was going on and I thought we flowed with that,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “When the subs were happening, we were continuing to play well, and last week we weren’t able to do that … there was a little bit of growth in regards to that from this week to last week.”Ball State would battle back from a 12-2 deficit, though. The Cardinals clawed their way to a 21-18 score, when Sheffield called timeout to settle his team down. Wisconsin ultimately pulled out a 25-20 win to complete the sweep of the Cardinals and a tournament victory in front of their home crowd.Missouri State Perhaps it was the noon start time that left the Badgers feeling groggy and mystified by Missouri State (6-5).Wisconsin dropped the first set of the match against the Bears 29-27. Until that point, the Badgers had lost only two other sets the entire season.UW finally woke up and punched back, knocking out Missouri State in the second set 25-13. They would cruise to wins in the next two sets, 25-21 and 25-9, to down the Bears.“We weren’t real happy with the way we started this morning,” Sheffield said following the victory against Ball State. “I thought we responded appropriately the following match [against Ball State].”Four Badgers had double-figure kills in the match. Chapman led the way with 14 kills, while Thomas had 12. Nelson recorded 11 kills, while redshirt senior middle-blocker Dominique Thompson added 10.Both junior libero Taylor Morey and Carlini had 16 digs, while Carlini’s 51 assists paved the way for the Badger attack and a double-double.Miami Emotions were running high Friday evening, as the matchup against Miami (5-4) was the first time the Badgers were playing in front of their home crowd this season. In addition, Wisconsin dropped the banner commemorating their underdog run to the National Championship game in 2013.The Badgers channeled that energy and took down Miami in straight sets (25-12, 25-15, 25-19). Bates led the way for the Badgers with a career-high 14 kills.“It was pretty surreal,” Bates said. “I’ve never been in that kind of environment before so it was really fun being in front of a crowd that big and that exciting. These fans are really excited for us, so that makes it really easy to play in front of them.”last_img read more

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Albert Commey confident Aduana can win league title

first_imgChief Executive Officer of Aduana Stars Albert Commey is confident his side can still clinch the league title.The Dormaa side have seen a great transformation in fortunes following a disastrous start to the campaign losing their first three games.They changed coaches with Romanian Cioaba Aristica returning to the club and for Commey, Aristica deserves plaudits for the turnaround.“Football is 90 percent scientific and 10 percent luck and with the players we bought, we needed to blend them together with the old ones,” he told Asempa Sports “It wasn’t easy for us because they have different dynamics and with how things were going on within the club, the coach [Nururdeen Ahmed] said he wants to parts ways with the club and we replaced him with Cioaba Aristica and within that time they are really playing very well.” “Cioaba Aristica has been at Aduana Stars before and with the kind of quality and dynamics he has brought into the team is awesome and we thank God the players have responded to it.”  “The owner of the team has also paid all the outstanding bonuses in the team so it is very well obvious that the players are very well motivated.”Commey was still optimistic about his side’s chances of winning their second league title. “In every season we play to win the league because our mentality is to participate and win the league and with how the performance of the team has increased we are still favorites to win the league.”“The league is unpredictable because it was a big surprise to everyone when Hearts of Oak lost to Wa All Stars in Accra and with other results that has come up it very difficult to predict it but are still favorites to win the league and we respect all the clubs competing especially Hearts of Oak being on top of the table but we will defeat them when they play us.”Photo credit: Senyuiedzorm Awusi Adadevoh.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Why the Angels’ Mike Trout never competes in the Home Run Derby

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Besides, he added: “It looks tiring.”WHAT ABOUT SKAGGS?Tyler Skaggs threw a second bullpen session in three days and did some fielding drills on Tuesday, passing almost all the tests required for him to return to the Angels’ rotation on Thursday.Skaggs will have missed one start on the disabled list with tightness in his hamstring area, after having an earlier start pushed back a few days.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Around all that, he’s fashioned a 2.64 ERA, which ranks eighth in the American League.Could he sneak into the All-Star Game? Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield ANAHEIM — The Home Run Derby participants will be announced on Wednesday and Mike Trout will not be among them again.Trout, who will be playing in his sixth All-Star Game, has annually rejected the opportunity, but why?Concerned with injury? Altering his swing?“I don’t know about any of that,” Trout said Tuesday. “I’d rather just have that night with my family, spend time with them. … I just want to relax and enjoy the day. Just watch it. … I just never had any interest in doing it.” Skaggs was not among the five starting pitchers picked by American League players in voting. One of them, Justin Verlander, was already replaced because he’s pitching on Sunday. He was replaced by Trevor Bauer, who is also scheduled to pitch on Sunday, so he’ll be replaced also.Blake Snell, who leads the league with a 2.09 ERA, is also a candidate to be an injury replacement. Assuming Snell gets one spot, Skaggs would need another pitcher to become unavailable. James Paxton and Charlie Morton would also be candidates.“I think (Skaggs) has thrown the ball as well as anybody we’ve seen throw the ball against us,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’s been very consistent. He’s pitched well when he hasn’t had his best stuff. He’s been very consistent pitching at a high level. There’s been no doubt that he’s worthy of All-Star consideration.”ALSOAndrelton Simmons was fifth in voting among the five candidates up for election for the last spot on the AL All-Star team as of Tuesday afternoon. Seattle shortstop Jean Segura was leading. Online voting concludes on Wednesday at 1 p.m. …Nick Tropeano (shoulder), who threw five scoreless innings on 53 pitches in a rehab outing on Saturday, will make another rehab outing on Friday at Class-A Inland Empire. “I guess they want me to throw a no-hitter this time,” Skaggs said. “I feel like I’m ready to go, but I understand.” …Jim Johnson (back) is going to need at least one more rehab outing, Scioscia said. Johnson pitched an inning on Sunday. …The Angels recalled outfielder Michael Hermosillo, giving them a true outfielder on the bench. They had been going with Jefry Marte and David Fletcher as their backup outfielders for a few days. Hermosillo took the roster spot of pitcher Deck McGuire, who isn’t needed to start if Skaggs is coming back. …Jahmai Jones, one of the Angels’ top prospects, was promoted from Class-A Inland Empire to Double-A Mobile (Ala.). Jones, who was converted this year from outfield to second base, hit .235 with a .721 OPS at Inland Empire.UP NEXTAngels (Jaime Barría, 5-5, 3.39) vs. Marco Gonzales (9-5, 3.64), Wednesday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more