UW struggles in road win

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa — Winning on the road in the Big Ten is never easy, and the No. 11 Wisconsin volleyball team showed exactly how hard it is to win away from home in their four game struggle against Iowa, winning 30-19, 26-30, 30-24, 30-21. “Iowa is one of those dangerous teams that is at the bottom of the conference but they fight like it is going to be the end of the world,” head coach Pete Waite said. “They have their backs against the wall, and that’s a dangerous team.”While the Badgers beat the Hawkeyes in almost every statistical category, it was evident that they are still not as comfortable playing on the road as they are at home.”It is one of the things we’ve been working on and struggling with this year is playing as well on the road as we do at home,” senior middle blocker and assistant captain Amy Bladow said. “We really talked about that after Minnesota, and it’s one of the things we wanted to work on tonight.”Wisconsin was able to come out in game one and jump right on Iowa, as they never trailed after taking a 3-2 lead. The Badgers were able to hold the Hawkeyes to a .068 hitting percentage in game one while they hit .286 and were led by freshman Brittney Dolgner with a game-high six kills. Game two started similarly with Wisconsin grabbing an early lead but things quickly turned south. With the Badgers trailing 15-10, Waite decided to put his senior captain Katie Lorenzen in — playing for the first time in Big Ten play — looking for a spark to get the team back in the game.”Lorenzen came in and did a nice job of changing the tempo of the game,” Waite said. “Jackie (Simpson) wasn’t doing anything too badly, it was just we needed a change out there and she did come in and kick started the team.” With Lorenzen running the offense, the Badgers were able to pull within two at 27-25 after a kill by Audra Jeffers, but Iowa went on a 3-1 run to end the game. Senior floor captain, Maria Carlini — who was scheduled to have the night off — was put in the starting lineup to start game three in an effort to boost the Badger’s offense. Carlini went on to have nine kills through two games. With Badgers down 2-6 to start game four, Waite went back to junior Jackie Simpson to try and spark the offense. The move worked as Wisconsin continued to peck away at the Iowa lead until they took the lead for good at 18-17.”The transition went really smoothly,” Bladow said. “When [Lorenzen] went in she did a really good job. She dug some really good balls, and blocked some really good balls and she obviously set really well. Then when [Simpson] went back in, it was the same thing. “I think it says a lot about both those girls that either of them can play, and it doesn’t affect our team energy. They both bring energy, and they both bring fire. They transition smoothly and will help us out a lot.”Both setters were able to spread the ball around as four Badgers finished with double-digit digs. Dolgner led all players with 25 kills, matching her career-high. Taylor Reineke, Bladow and Jeffers were also in double figures with 11, 11 and 10 kills respectively. “That is always our game plan [to spread the offensive],” Waite said. “If we do that, it’s really tough to stop the offense. The game we struggled in is probably not very balanced. We got [Dolgner] doing in the back row and that helped us.”Iowa was led on the night by sophomore outside-hitter Catherine Smale and junior right-side hitter Stacy Vitali with 15 and 11 kills respectively.While Wisconsin out-blocked Iowa 13-11, the Badgers did not have as good of night up at the net as they would have liked. “Iowa did a really good job of hitting around us,” Bladow said. “They roll shotted to the corners and they tipped a lot of balls and that really just makes our block ineffective.”One bright spot, however, was the blocking of Dolgner, who had five block assists on the night.”[Dolgner] had a couple good blocks tonight,” Waite said. “She is working on it everyday. We are watching tapes with her and we are showing things. It is a difficult thing going up against big hitters going at her, so for her to put up a couple bigger numbers, it helps us.”On the defensive side of the ball, Wisconsin out-dug Iowa 88-74. Junior libero Jocelyn Wack led all players with 25 digs. Junior Megan Mills and Dolgner also had double-digit digs with 15 and 14 respectively. The Hawkeyes were led by sophomore libero Emily Hiza with 21 digs.last_img read more

U.S. Open 2019: Tiger Woods closes out day with birdie to finish at even par

first_img U.S. Open 2019: Tiger Woods struggling to get going on Moving Day Tiger fighting until the end today.Big-time 🐦 on 16. #USOpen pic.twitter.com/eMoHUkrvKP— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 15, 2019His putter got him in trouble on the front nine as he missed a putt for par at the seventh and then another for birdie at the eighth which put him at 1 over for the front nine.Things just never quite looked right as Woods was visibly frustrated throughout points in his round. U.S. Open 2019: Runaway golf cart injures spectators in freak accident But he did make some really nice putts like the one on No. 5 which was part of his lone back-to-back birdies on the day.Back-to-back for Tiger! #USOpen pic.twitter.com/WiBH8Tqnhj— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 15, 2019He also finished his day up with a birdie at 18 to get to even par for the tournament. He had a putt for eagle but it was from long range and just slid past the hole on the right.Woods likely will not compete for the championship Sunday as he is well back of the leaders and four back of the leader in the clubhouse Danny Willett who sits at 4 under.center_img Tiger Woods battled from the first hole at Pebble Beach on Saturday.The 15-time major winner shot an even-par 71 in Round 3 at the U.S. Open but that number doesn’t even begin to tell the story. Woods was repeatedly in the fairway throughout the day but he never figured out his iron play and it got him in tons of trouble.He made five bogeys and five birdies to finish out his round and is now even par for the tournament going into the final round. Related Newslast_img read more

MLB toying with radical realignment for 2020; why it makes sense as a long-term plan

first_imgDo you think Bud Selig is trying to contain a smile or a wry chuckle right now? He can’t show happiness over reports MLB is considering a version of his ’90s radical realignment plan because the coronavirus pandemic is the reason it’s being discussed. But he still can feel slight satisfaction that baseball may be adapting and, perhaps, adopting his idea.Imagine how giddy he’d look, though, if this potential modern realignment, coupled with expanded playoffs — something else that’s being discussed — is a hit within baseball and becomes permanent? Throw out fans’ reactions. Most of them just want baseball, whatever the format. Some will find reasons to moan: the end of century-old league traditions, probably a universal DH, allowing mediocre clubs into the playoffs. People moan about everything, but, hey, at least they care.The 2020 MLB season is becoming as much of a research project as a sporting competition. Now would be the time to test whether Selig was on to something. When the owners and players compare notes in CBA negotiations afterward, they ought to agree that it’s good business to embrace at least some of the changes.Reported MLB division realignment planEAST: Orioles, Red Sox, Marlins, Mets, Yankees, Phillies, Pirates, Rays, Blue Jays, Nationals.CENTRAL: Braves, Cubs, White Sox, Reds, Indians, Tigers, Royals, Brewers, Twins, Cardinals.WEST: Diamondbacks, Rockies, Astros, Angels, Dodgers, Athletics, Padres, Giants, Mariners, Rangers. Let’s go through some of the reasons this plan makes sense as more than just a one-year wonder:Better rivalriesSelig’s 1997 proposal, introduced as part of negotiations related to the 1998 expansion, included four regional divisions rather than the three reportedly being discussed now, but the team groupings were largely the same. Local rivals separated by league — Yankees and Mets, Dodgers and Angels, Cubs and White Sox, and so on — would have become division rivals then, and they would become division rivals now. MORE: Starving for baseball? Here’s what you need to know about the KBOThose matchups are the main attractions of interleague play, another Selig-backed innovation. Upgrading them to division games would add tons of heat, especially in a year when the New York, LA and Chicago teams all have eyes on the playoffs. Subway Series to decide a division winner? Fans would take that.Better racesBased on the hypothetical realignment told to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale on Tuesday, not only would the Subway, Freeway, Windy City and other regional series become more meaningful, but baseball could also have these division races in 2020:East: Yankees-Rays-NationalsCentral: Braves-Twins-CardinalsWest: Astros-Dodgers-AthleticsYes, the Astros and Dodgers would be division rivals again after 27 years, which means they’d see enough of each other in the proposed 100 or 110-game regular season for LA to settle scores over 2017. This argument makes more sense in the short term. Seeing powerful teams from different divisions thrown together for an abbreviated season is a wonderful novelty. If these three divisions become the norm, then teams will inevitably separate and the races will just become . . . races.More playoffs, but not too much moreWith three 10-team divisions, there has to be a leaguewide playoff format rather than a division-based setup. The field could remain at 10, but that would require, say, giving first-round byes to the division winners and three wild-card teams. The six division winners receive byes now, but realignment should ensure that teams still have an incentive to finish first.The better play is to add teams; MLB can use the rationale this year that a shorter regular season won’t allow for proper separation among teams. What about a 12-team field, then, with the division winners and the top wild-card team getting byes into the second round and the other eight clubs matched up in four wild-card games? No team wants to play a one-game series if it can avoid it.* * * There’s a lot for people in the game to like about all of this long term: potentially less travel, more intense rivalries, extra playoff teams. Downsides? Maybe the schedule wouldn’t work over a full season. What else, realistically?last_img read more