Beach volleyball has six wins in tournament

first_imgA weekend trip to the Sunshine State yielded great results for the No. 2-ranked beach volleyball team, who came away with six wins in dominating fashion at the fourth annual Florida International University Surf and Turf Invitational in Miami, Florida.In the tournament, the Women of Troy (17-2) played three top-10 teams and recorded 5-0 sweeps over South Carolina, Tulane, No. 10 Florida International and Florida Atlantic, while tallying 4-1 victories over No. 8 Georgia State and No. 9 Stetson to add to the third-longest winning streak in program history at 13 matches in a row.As the lone West Coast team in the field, USC met five of these teams for the first time in program history. However, the defending national champions would make quick work of their opponents in South Beach, losing just two of the 30 total games they played on the weekend.With six matches scheduled in two days, head coach Anna Collier was pleased with her team’s efforts.“I thought the girls played very well overall, especially in extreme heat,” Collier said. “It was very hot and there was some good, significant wind out there which was also difficult, but I think they handled all of the elements and all of the matches really well.”The Trojans started off the tournament on the right foot on Friday morning when they defeated No. 8 Georgia State, 4-1. USC won in straight sets at Courts 1, 2 and 3 to quickly seal the match, while sophomore Jo Kremer and graduate student Zoe Nightingale added another point at Court 5. The lone loss came from No. 4 pair of sophomore Jenna Belton and freshman Abril Bustamante in a tight three-set contest (21-14, 14-21, 18-16).Two hours later, the Women of Troy earned their sixth sweep of the year with a 5-0 drubbing of South Carolina. Once again, USC’s top three courts dominated their fights to clinch the dual. Wins at the five and four spots followed, with Belton and Bustamante redeeming themselves and outlasting their opponents (23-25, 21-17, 15-13).To close out the first day of action, a second consecutive sweep was in order as the Women of Troy defeated Tulane, 5-0. All five USC pairs won in straight sets over the Green Wave, with juniors Nicolette Martin and Allie Wheeler clinching the dual on Court 3 to mark their 10th straight win together.Saturday morning saw USC face off against the No. 9-ranked Stetson Hatters. In a battle between two of the nation’s undefeated pairs, juniors Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes easily snapped the win streak of Stetson’s Sara Putt and Vendy Strakova (21-11, 21-12) at Court 1 and extended their own streak to 45 matches in a row. The first four USC pairs would win in straight sets, while Stetson narrowly won on Court 5 to finish the 4-1 final score.In the matchup against No. 10-ranked host Florida International, USC notched yet another 5-0 sweep, all in straight sets. Sophomore Terese Cannon and freshman Katrina Kernochan came away victorious in their first action of the tournament when they swapped in at the No. 5 spot, defeating FIU’s Savannah Davis and Nati Giron by a score of 21-14, 22-20.The Women of Troy concluded their sixth and final match of the tournament with a 5-0 win over Florida Atlantic, all by way of two-set wins. Cannon and Kernochan secured the first point, Martin and Wheeler won their 13th straight match at the No. 3 spot, and Belton and Bustamante clinched the victory on Court  4. Claes and Hughes also won their 47th straight match and improved to a 22-0 on the season. All in all, the victory marked USC’s fourth sweep of the tournament, their ninth 5-0 win overall, and their 13th straight dual win.“I’m happy because we don’t get the opportunity to play this many great matches very often,” Collier said. “This [was] some good, good volleyball and to come out so well and on top is just great.”The Women of Troy will now return home to prepare for the USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach, April 9-10.last_img read more

FIFA put plans for lucrative new Club World Cup, Nations League on hold

first_imgHis other project is to launch a biennial league tournament for nations, the global Nations League, a sort of mini-World Cup with eight national teams competing. UEFA recently launched its own European Nations League.Infantino says he has an offer of $25 billion over 12 years for the two competitions from a group of investors, which the Financial Times has identified as SoftBank from Japan, backed by Saudi Arabia among others.The 48-year-old FIFA president nevertheless insisted that “no sovereign fund is involved”.The source added: “UEFA are against these new competitions, because the Club World Cup would trim their share of the market from the Champions League, and by creating a global Nations League, FIFA would want to take over the commercialisation of the rights for all Nations Leagues.”Infantino suggested that it would be better for FIFA to organise a tournament that redistributes money around the game than for top European clubs to regularly travel abroad to take part in money-spinning friendly matches.“Everyone is happy to go around the world and try to cash in as much as possible. The only organisation in the world of football which is doing solidarity and development all over the world is FIFA,” he said.“There is certainly space for these games, interesting club games, without adding to the international match calendar.”Infantino also used the Council meeting to confirm that FIFA is opposed to La Liga’s plans to stage a match between Barcelona and Girona in the United States in January.In addition, FIFA endorsed a package of proposals to reform the transfer system, including reintroducing licences for player agents and limiting the number of players that can be loaned out by clubs.South American federation CONMEBOL’s request to move the Copa America from odd to even years and be held every four years from 2020 was granted, as was the Confederation of African Football’s request to stage the 2023 Cup of Nations in June and July, as is already planned for next year.Share on: WhatsApp Kigali, Rwanda | AFP | FIFA President Gianni Infantino has delayed any decision over his plans for a lucrative new Club World Cup and global Nations League amid widespread opposition, instead setting up a taskforce to further look into the proposals.Speaking at a press conference in the Rwandan capital Kigali, where the FIFA Council has been meeting, Infantino said the taskforce will present “concrete proposals” at a meeting in Miami next March.The plans have been harshly criticised by opponents who say the international calendar is already overcrowded and have accused the FIFA president of using the projects to help win votes for re-election in June next year.A source told AFP that Infantino stepped back from adopting the new competitions on Friday when UEFA delegates threatened to walk out of the meeting.That is after the World Leagues Forum, a grouping of professional leagues, sent a letter to Infantino demanding that no final decision be taken in Kigali and lamenting the lack of any consultation. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has also been critical of the plans.“I am happy to have contributed to peace in the world today if some were seeing it so dramatic,” Infantino remarked.“Everyone agrees the Club World Cup needs to be revamped, everyone in the world.“There are some who have different interests. We were not going to decide today how to revamp them, there are different options on the table.“FIFA’s duty is to organise competitions, so I don’t understand why we cannot talk about them.”– ‘No sovereign fund involved’ –Infantino is pushing to revamp the Club World Cup by boosting it from seven clubs to 24 in a four-year format, 12 of them European. Currently the competition, which elicits little interest outside of Latin America, is played every year in December.last_img read more

Olympia Community Rallies to Support Service Workers with a Virtual Tip…

first_imgFacebook135Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Virtual Tip JarThe amount of support in our community has been something truly remarkable to see. Watching community members reach out to those in need is humanizing and brings meaning to this period of time. Many of us have wondered how we can be of service to those who have served us so diligently in the past. There are many who have truly been of service to us for years: those who have lovingly prepared meals, packed grocery bags, poured drinks, created hopeful art, made the perfect lattes and offered a helping hand to us in millions of other ways as well.Virtual tip jars are something you may have seen pop up online recently. They are fast becoming ways to donate to individuals who can’t work or are in need. These tend to be the same individuals we would already be tipping generously for their service if we could just sit in their establishment. Tip jars become a necessary branch to get those individuals through this time when we can’t be there in person to tip, though many of us still want to. Some of these sites are national and some of us may feel overwhelmed if there are too many places to extend our support. Olympia Virtual Tip Jar is trying to condense the needs of many into one place and connect it with the hope of many others to keep supporting. This is a hyperlocal Olympia based tip jar service with the goal of reaching as many individuals who find themselves in need including those in the service community and small business owners. Right now, we are collecting information to create a database full of local businesses, artists, servers, baristas and “non-essential” workers who need support. This Olympia based database will be able to continue even as workers return to their workplace, because, to paraphrase Governor Jay Inslee: The effects of this will be long lasting even after we are able to be together again. Right now you can add your information, such as your Paypal, Venmo or Gofundme, to the database if you are a displaced Olympia worker here. Please share this link with any and all all service industry folks, artists, gig workers, small business owners and any workers that were impacted by the recent pandemic who deserve a little support – encouraging them to add their info to the list. Tips have already been flowing to deserving community members and we are already feeling the love!As for those of you looking for a away to support… click here to tip, donate and support those who have served others for so long. Just pick a name from the list and send them the tip you would normally provide during your regular night out via the link to the payment method provided! Thank you for continuing to show love and support! We love you Olympia! Join and stay tuned to our  Tip Jar Facebook group for more information and upcoming virtual fundraisers.last_img read more