Volleyball prepares for Pac-12 Challenge

first_imgTal Volk | Daily TrojanOn a roll · Senior libero Taylor Whittingham serves during the Radisson Classic. The Trojans look to continue their six-match win streak Thursday.After a rocky start to the season, No. 21 women’s volleyball looks to Thursday and Friday’s games at the Pac-12 Challenge. The Women of Troy have won their past six matches, and will face Oklahoma (9-1) and Maryland (7-2) at the Pac-12 Challenge at the Galen Center. Oklahoma, on Thursday, appears to be the most difficult. The Sooners have only lost one game this season, and the Trojans will have to rely on film since they have  never seen Oklahoma play live this season. They will, however, have the chance to see Maryland play before they face them on Friday. Head coach Mick Haley said that Maryland is a more physical team that faced many injuries last year, so they may not necessarily know what to expect from them. Haley explained how the goals for the team will remain constant throughout the season — to see less errors and to compete at a higher athletic level. He noted that the team is bonding closer together. “We’re starting to get to know each other a little better,” Haley said. “We’re getting more organized, which means we can play using our system.”The Trojans have many newcomers, such as freshman Khalia Lanier, who has stepped up in her role as outside hitter. Haley said the team’s 0-3 start was not ideal, but the Trojans are dealing with it well. They are becoming tighter as a group, which helps the team learn to trust one another and work together more cohesively. Senior middle blocker Elise Ruddins echoed Haley’s statement. She explained how the beginning of season was a little rougher than they wanted, but they were still trying to work out the kinks in their team. “Practice went well after that first tournament,” Ruddins said. “Everyone is connecting better and beginning to buy into our team’s standards.”Both Haley and Ruddins said that the attitude at practice has been a tenacious one. Both returning and new players are holding each other accountable to the team’s standards and game plan. However, the Trojans could still use some work in regard to the communication between their setters and hitters. “It is important for the hitters to get into groove with the setter on court to finish stronger,” Ruddins said. Overall, Haley believes many members of the team are coming together. The first he mentioned were his middle blockers. In addition to Ruddins, junior Jordan Dunn has become much more competitive, while sophomore Madison Murtagh can play both middle and right side. The setters are becoming more comfortable with the offense, while senior libero Taylor Whittingham is reliable on defense. “With a combination of the setters getting better, the hitters scoring, and the middles starting to pound, we will see success,” Haley said. USC’s first match against Oklahoma on Thursday will begin at 8 p.m.last_img read more

P.E. classes provide alternate education opportunity

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Jordan ArteagaKick it! · The P.E. department had 1,919 students in 2000 and had 5,013 students in 2015. This rise has been credited to many things, one being the fact that students deem physical education worthwhile post-graduation.It is a lazy, hot afternoon, and Ian Culbertson’s Wednesday, 1 p.m. stress management class saunters onto Brittingham Intramural Field. The first order of business? Split into three groups, form circles and pass a soccer ball around while saying the name of the recipient. “All I hear is, ‘Suh,’” Culbertson said to one student, perhaps fibbing a classmate’s name. “Learn each other’s names!” A couple of newcomers walk in and join in on one of the circles. “We’ve got two new additions,” Culbertson said to the group. “Learn their names.” For the next 50 minutes, there will be no class to sit through, no notes to take, no readings to worry about. After all, this is a class on stress management. For the next 50 minutes, students will unwind by playing soccer — a basic, yet effective activity that gets the endorphins flowing, encourages teamwork and trust and carries them away from the unforgiving grind of college life.  That’s the overarching goal of USC’s physical education program, which has grown into a popular option for students seeking to mix exercise and relaxation into their class schedule. It offers a variety of classes from the more traditional physical conditioning to two levels of yoga classes, along with Kundalini yoga and meditation.      “I hope [students] can understand where stress comes from,” Culbertson said on the goals of the stress management class. “So teaching them about nutrition, the importance of exercise and time management helps to enforce what you need to protect your body and your mind from stress.”In addition to soccer, Culbertson’s class does a variety of activities to relieve stress, including yoga, core exercises, ultimate Frisbee, capture the flag, meditation and progressive muscle relaxation techniques.Culbertson spoke to the various activities helping to mitigate the body’s “fight or flight” response to stress. “One of the best ways to do that is through forms of exercise,” he said. “We exercise in different ways to alleviate those toxins that are in the body.” Every class also has a lecture component, where students learn about living a healthy lifestyle and how to apply the activities to their everyday lives. Over at the Lyon Center, Sarah Hayes starts off her Friday 10 a.m. weight training class with a review session. There is a midterm in two weeks, and she is going through terms, such as what antagonistic muscles do (oppose the action of another muscle), what the difference is between elasticity and excitability (both are characteristics of muscle tissue) and what reversibility is (losing the results of training after not working out). Then, it’s off to the weight room to turn the terms into action, as Hayes demonstrates the proper technique for a lat-pulldown and seated row. Like Culbertson, she echoed how beneficial P.E. classes are toward relieving stress. “We realize how stressed students are,” she said. “Stress management is so important in today’s society in general. It’s great to have the [physical education department] offering those classes so the students can have that de-stressing. I always teach that they should be coming to PED classes to de-stress and not be stressed.” In addition to helping with stress, the classes give students a chance to be active, which Hayes said is becoming more difficult with advancements in technology. “They’re here to sit and study, and I understand that,” she said. “So we have to take that time, make that time every day, at least five days a week to try to keep moving.” Her students seem to be grasping the objective. Eric Gonzalez, a junior majoring in anthropology, said he only did cardio at the gym before taking this class and learning proper weight training techniques. Now, he enjoys the guidance from Hayes along with the break it provides in his class schedule. “It takes out some anxiety,” he said. “Helps you sleep better.”Though opting to take P.E. classes counts as one or two extra units — there is the opportunity to audit a class — students say it is well worth the commitment. “It doesn’t impose on anything,” said Stephanie Saisi, a sophomore majoring in business administration and Italian. “I only have this class once a week, but I wish I had it every day.” Both Culbertson and Hayes say their students are primarily non-athletes from different years, ranging from freshmen to Ph.D. students. “It’s a good option for a lot of those majors that find themselves doing a lot of work and sitting down a lot,” Culbertson said. “I’m sure all majors do a lot of work. There’s some that need a lot of self-care. It would be great for all students to have this kind of class. It helps enforce what they need to learn and what they need to do to take care of themselves.” Demand for a spot in P.E. classes has never been higher. Over 5,000 students took a P.E. class last school year — the most in the program’s history — continuing a 15-year trend of an increase  in total enrollment. The program has come a long way from the 1,919 sign-ups in 2000, when the PED department broke from being a subsidiary under exercise science and became an independent P.E. program, according to Steve Vankanegan, the director of physical education. Vankanegan attributed the growth in the program to a strong group of instructors and students who want to get the most out of their USC experience and then recommending classes to others via word of mouth. “We’re seeing in instructor evaluations that students indicate it was so worth their while,” Vankanegan said. “They say, ‘It’s the most productive class I’ve had on campus.’ People are thinking, ‘This is of value to me when I graduate, and not just a workout.’” Vankanegan said that surfing is one of the most popular classes offered, and the two new classes added this semester — health coaching and Kundalini yoga and meditation — filled up quickly. It’s a testament to both the quality of the P.E. program and students’ desire to find middle ground between hitting the books and hitting the gym. “It’s just what we need in today’s society — especially on campus — to have that balance,” Hayes said. “[Students are] learning a little more about themselves and how to live that balanced lifestyle for the rest of their lives. Find that time and make that time for yourself.” Culbertson offered the following to anyone who has not taken up that opportunity. “If you haven’t taken a P.E. class yet, you should,” he said. “Choose any class and check it out. I guarantee you, once you take one P.E. class, you’ll want to take another one.”last_img read more

Volleyball splits road trip against CU, Utah

first_imgJunior outside hitter Khalia Lanier picked up a total of 47 kills over the weekend and now has the sixth most kills all-time at USC.  (Tal Volk / Daily Trojan) The USC women’s volleyball team dominated Colorado Friday before falling to No. 18 Utah Sunday to cap off its weekend road trip. Sophomore setter Raquel Lázaro had a big day against Utah with 55 assists and her 10th double-double of the season. Still, her performance wasn’t enough, and USC could not manage the win. After the relatively smooth win, the Trojans learned a different fate and took a heartbreaking loss against the Utes. USC won the first two sets, but Utah stormed back and won the last three for the win.  Senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier had another impressive night with a total of 24 points and 21 kills. The versatile Lanier didn’t stop there, holding up solid defense with three blocks, three digs and one service ace.  “I think the start is something we struggle with a little, even in the sets that we won,” Lanier said. “I think every set, you have to enter into it with the mentality that it’s 0-0. Even if you win and you came out with a hot start, you can’t expect that to flow into the next game.” However, after the two sets, the Trojans allowed Utah to run away with leads for the rest of the match. The Utes limited the Trojans offensively, and USC struggled to get its rhythm back.  “At the end of the day, during most games, it’s usually us not meeting the expectations we set for ourselves or losing focus sometimes,” Lanier said. “If we could learn how to coagulate our focus … that would be great for us.” The team appeared rattled in the last few sets, and its defense could not slow Utah down as USC allowed multiple players to tally double-digit kills. Every time the Trojans seemed to be starting a run, they would get shut down by the Utah defense.  USC had complete control early on against Colorado. In the opening set, USC posted a .286 hitting percentage and collected 16 kills. Though the score went back and forth in the opening set, the Trojans were able to get the win and followed it up with a 25-20 victory in the second set.  Although USC won, Lanier said the team needs to work on avoiding deficits early in sets.  The Trojans’ blocking in the first two sets was phenomenal, and they limited the Utes on defense when they needed a big run.  The Trojans were able to limit Boulder’s top offensive players en route to the win. The team played with exceptional rhythm, tempo and communication — attributes they had been missing in previous games.  As if Lanier’s game wasn’t impressive enough, she moved into sixth place for all-time career kills at USC with 1,643.   CU took a quick lead in the third set and eventually finished it off to extend the match. The fourth set looked the same early on with the Trojans going down by four early, but they were able to bounce back for a 25-23 win.  “I think we’re our biggest enemy a lot of the time,” she said. “If we can focus on ourselves and tweak the things we need to, we’ll have some success on the road against Oregon.” Lanier said the Trojans will be more focused on their own play than the rankings after the loss.  Junior outside hitter Brooke Botkin and senior middle back Jasmine Gross both had more than 10 kills and a combined 11 blocks in the win against the Buffaloes.  The Trojans will look to bounce back from the tough loss when they visit Oregon State at 7 p.m. Friday and Oregon at noon Sunday.last_img read more

Oshae Brissett signs with Los Angeles Clippers Summer League after going undrafted

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBrissett, who last month participated in the NBA Draft Combine, averaged 12.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore. The forward drifted from a late-second round selection to undrafted in most mock drafts.“He wanted to go to the NBA,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim told syracuse.com last week. “He may not get drafted. He may have been better coming back. We’ll never know the answer to that. He has talent.”2019 marks the first time since 1997 that the Orange haven’t had a player picked in two-straight seasons.Brissett will join a pair of former Atlantic Coast Conference rivals on the squad, as Florida State’s Mfiondu Kabengele and Terance Mann were both drafted by the Clippers Thursday night. Comments Oshae Brissett was not selected in the 2019 NBA Draft, but he will join the Los Angeles Clippers Summer League team, according to the New York Times’ Adam Zagoria.center_img Published on June 21, 2019 at 12:24 am Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarezlast_img read more

O’Connor praises side after win over Wasps

first_imgDarragh Fanning with two tries for the Blues who fell one short of the bonus point.The hosts trailed 20 points to 8 in the first half O’Connor says he was never worried.last_img

Klopp set for Anfield

first_imgIt’s claimed the former Borussia Dortmund boss has approved terms on a 3-year contract, and is en route to Merseyside. Klopp is likely to be presented at Anfield tomorrowFormer Ireland international Sean O’Driscoll is to leave Liverpool – he had been assistant to the sacked Brendan Rodgers. Gary McAllister who had been first team coach is believed to be staying at the club but moving to a different role.last_img

O’Brien handed a one week ban for punch

first_imgMike McCarthy will be involved in the work-out in Cardiff after flying into the camp last night.An update is also expected on the fitness of Johnny Sexton, who looks set to be given the all-clear from a groin injury.O’Connell joins Peter O’Mahony and Jared Payne as the players that have been forced-out of the squad over the past week.Head coach Joe Schmidt says that all three players are huge losses. O’Brien has been handed a one-week ban after he was found guilty of striking French second-row Pascal Papé (pr: Pa-pay) during last Sunday’s Pool D match.The Independent Disciplinary Officer, ruled that O’Brien’s offence had been at the low-end of the punishment scale, with his initial two-week punishment halved to just one week because of the player’s previous disciplinary record.Meanwhile, the Irish squad will return to training this morning as they attempt to recover from the loss of Paul O’Connell.last_img read more

Limerick beat Waterford in Munster Senior Hurling League

first_imgThe Shannonsiders claimed a 3-16 to 1-17 win at the Gaelic Grounds.TJ Ryan’s side have now progressed to the final of the pre-season tournament where they win face Clarelast_img

Four Irish athletes in action in Rio today

first_imgLeona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow appear to be out of contention for a medal ahead of the final round of the Women’s Golf tournament.Maguire will resume from level par, which is 11 shots off the lead and nine off the medal positions.Meadow is another shot behind her Irish team-mate on 1-over. Later this afternoon, Aileen Reed competes in the Women’s Triathlon, which gets underway at 3.00pm Irish time.And Arthur Lannigan-O’Keeffe sits in 25th place overall as he prepares to compete in the Men’s Modern Pentathlon, which begins at 4 o’clock.last_img