The Huskies took No. 13 South Carolina to five sets and were outdone by Tampa 4-1 on Sunday before shocking the Hatters in their second match of the day. HBU, who received votes in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll, plays three matches at the Tiger Beach Challenge this weekend, beginning with No. 2 LSU at 12:30 p.m. CT Saturday. Pair of the Week – Tori Hinojosa – Senior – San Antonio, Texas / Danielle Okeke – Freshman – Wichita Falls, TexasHinojosa and Okeke overcame a first-set loss in their season opener against Spring Hill, winning the final two sets as the Huskies swept the Badgers. The pair picked up another victory at the top flight against No. 13 South Carolina, and the duo swept its counterparts in the team’s 3-2 victory over No. 9 Stetson. The twosome went 3-2 during the opening weekend as the Huskies’ time in the Sunshine State was highlighted by a 3-2 upset of No. 9 Stetson, the first team win over a ranked opponent in program history. HBU blanked Spring Hill 5-0 in the season opener but fell to No. 2 Florida State by the same margin in the first of three matches against ranked teams. FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist’s Tori Hinojosa and Danielle Okeke are the Southland Conference Beach Volleyball Pair of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Honorable Mention: Veronica Corcoran/Lucie Pokorna, New Orleans; Iris Fletcher/Corin Evans, SFA. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
An Indian American businessman, Nikesh Patel, from Orlando was re-arrested over the weekend in Florida’s Kissimmee when he tried to board a flight to Ecuador after pleading guilty to $179 million fraud.“On January 6, 2018, Patel traveled from his residence to the Kissimmee Gateway Airport in Kissimmee, Florida for the purpose of fleeing the United States…,” prosecutors said in a request for a warrant, according to the Orlando Sentinel, on Jan. 8. “Patel was in possession of a passport… that appeared to be issued by the Government of India.”Patel, who was indicted in 2015, was in custody as of Jan. 8 while U.S. District Judge Charles P. Kocoras revoked his long-standing bond. Patel had been helping authorities recover the money since he was initially arrested in September 2014 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.He had pleaded not guilty in 2015. In December 2016, he changed his plea to guilty. He had sold 26 fake loans to a Milwaukee financial firm, Pennant Management, totaling about $179 million. He had falsely said that the loans were guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Patel was the Chief Executive Officer of First Farmers Financial LL, which sold the fake loans.About $100 million was recovered by selling his hotels, cars and other property. He had used the money to buy a multi-million dollar home and several hotels. Despite his cooperation with the authorities, the damage done by him was severe enough that Pennant Management had to close down. Patel’s wife, Trisha Patel, was facing a civil lawsuit in connection with the alleged fraud.Another fallout of the scam was the Illinois Metropolitan Investment Fund (IMET) suing the USDA for $50 million to honor the fake loans. However, the government agency has denied responsibility.Patel is “making tremendous efforts to make everyone whole,” Mark Nejame, Patel’s lawyer, told the Orlando Sentinel in December 2015. “His efforts, to have helped recover in excess of $100 million, is rare and substantial. Matters are complex and take time but there are many more millions that he is still helping them to recover.”However, with his attempt to flee to Ecuador, he may be facing prison time now. Related ItemsFraudIndian AmericanOrlando