Syracuse loses in straight sets at North Carolina State

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ On Oct. 21, Syracuse senior middle blocker Amber Witherspoon was benched halfway through the match against North Carolina State. SU head coach Leonid Yelin was critical of the way she reacted to his remarks and chose to send her a message.  “We didn’t see this energy. We didn’t see this fire,” Yelin recalled saying to Witherspoon. “We didn’t see when we were talking to you, you responding.” Today, The usually dominant Syracuse (17-8, 13-4 Atlantic Coast) block was nullified by NC State (15-12, 9-8) in a 25-23, 25-20, 25-20 straight set loss. The Wolfpack tallied a .264 hit percentage and a total of 55 kills in only three sets. In the first set, the Orange middle blockers stopped only one NC State attack. The Wolfpack duo of freshman Jade Parchment and senior Teni Sopitan consistently evaded Witherspoon and senior Christina Oyawale. On set point, ahead 24-23, Sopitan fired a hit past Witherspoon’s right arm and over the clenched hands of senior Jalissa Trotter, handing the first set to NC State. On the very first point of the second set, senior Santita Ebangwese rejected a hit from sophomore Melissa Evans into the floor. She unleashed a scream as her teammates patted her on the back. Yet, that wasn’t a theme for what was to come. NC State spiked 15 kills and held the Orange to a .065 hit percentage. On the final point of the set, Trotter once again couldn’t deflect an NC State hit.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs the third set came to its inevitable finale, Yelin didn’t appear angry. He sat on the bench with his left hand rested on the bottom of his chin. When Parchment crushed the final hit past Ebangwese, he gathered his notes, shook hands with NC State head coach Linda Hampton-Keith and paced towards the locker room. With only one match remaining on Saturday against Wake Forest, Syracuse is ranked No. 27. Since 2010, only two teams ranked better than No. 40 in RPI have missed the NCAA tournament. center_img Published on November 21, 2018 at 4:28 pm Contact Adam: | @_adamhillmanlast_img read more

Wellington Heat opens 2014 campaign Friday at Sellers Park

first_img06/15/147:05 PM@ Hays Larks 07/20/147:05 PM@ Liberal Bee Jays The draft While the goal for these young players is to sign with a Major League baseball team, it always causes the Heat to have to adjust. Last year the Heat had four players drafted. Twyman said possibly nine players could get drafted this year during the first week of June.The big prospect currently on the Heat roster is Brad Wieck, who may never don on a Heat uniform. That’s because the Oklahoma City University pitcher has been noticed by the New York Mets which the owner came out to visit. Don’t look for him to stay on the roster long.Twyman checked off these players who have draft potential: Piazza, Jake Howard, Luke Doyle, Casey Thomas, Siple, Rocha, Shaw, Jordan Watson and Wieck.“But again we have enough depth to recover quite nicely,” Twyman said. 06/13/147:05 PM@ Hays Larks 06/22/147:05 PMLiberal Bee Jays 06/05/147:05 PMEl Dorado Broncos 07/28/1412:00 PM 06/28/147:05 PMDodge City Athletics 07/29/147:05 PM 06/26/147:05 PM@ Derby Twins 06/06/147:05 PM@ Dodge City Athletics 07/08/147:05 PMValley Center Diamond Dawgs The scheduleFans can pick up free tickets at the following location.Friday, May 30 vs. Denver Cougars – Bank of Commerce;Saturday, May 31 vs. Denver Cougars – Impact Bank;Sunday, June 1 vs. Kansas Cannons – City of Wellington at the gate.Monday, June 2, vs. Diamond Dawgs, Courtesy of Ark Valley Distributing/Budweiser at the gate.Tuesday, June 3, vs. Denver Cougars – Barefoot Jerry’s.Thursday, June 5 vs. El Dorado Broncos – Reedy Ford at the game.The full schedule is as follows. 06/14/147:05 PM@ Hays Larks 07/01/147:05 PM@ El Dorado Broncos Wellington Heat Players recently held an autograph session for fans at Reedy Ford in Arkansas City.Follow us on Twitter. 07/13/147:05 PMHays Larks 07/15/147:05 PMHays Larks 07/26/147:05 PMOklahoma City Bulls 06/29/147:05 PMDodge City Athletics 06/03/147:05 PMDenver Cougars 07/23/147:05 PMDerby Twins 06/09/147:05 PMTulsa Braves 07/18/147:05 PM@ Liberal Bee Jays 06/27/147:05 PMDodge City Athletics 06/12/147:05 PMDerby Twins 07/25/147:05 PMOklahoma City Bulls 06/19/147:05 PM@ El Dorado Broncoscenter_img 06/30/147:05 PMKansas Cougars 06/18/147:05 PMNewton Rebels 07/30/147:05 PM 07/03/147:05 PMKansas Cannons 07/04/147:05 PMEl Dorado Broncos 06/08/147:05 PM@ Dodge City Athletics 07/05/147:05 PM@ Derby Twins The playersWellington’s roster is stacked.“We have the best pitching in the country,” Twyman said of his NBC team. “Our outfield is the best in the country. It is crazy good.”Twyman said last year Aaron Siple, a returning starter from the University of New Mexico, was without a doubt the best player in the outfield for the Heat.“This year we have three other players who are as good as he is,” Twyman said. “Our coaches, our players, just look at one another and marvel just what kind of talent we have in the outfield.”Kirk Rocha, a fan favorite according to a poll on the Wellington Heat website, comes from Tabor College having hit .480 last season for the Bluejays.He will be joined by A.J. Shaw of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and David Walker of Grand Canyon University.Heat infielders will include returning first baseman Piazza from Regis University; Luke Doyle of Yavapai College and Rowdy Andrews of Eckerd College.Twyman has a roster of 18 pitchers including 12 starters. Two of those are Major League prospects. Jacob Doyle will open the season tomorrow night against the Cougars. 06/25/147:05 PM@ El Dorado Broncos 06/23/147:05 PM@ Kansas Cougars 06/07/147:05 PM@ Dodge City Athletics 06/21/147:05 PMLiberal Bee Jays 07/14/147:05 PMHays Larks Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +6 Vote up Vote down Steve · 323 weeks ago This team is also dedicated to the community, they came out to the cemetery on Memorial Day and helped take down the flags right along side Wellington residents. Wellington get out and show your support for these guys, most of them are a long way from home let’s make them feel welcome. Wellington Heat thanks again for your help on Monday!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 323 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down WHS Fan · 323 weeks ago Don’t forget that Ryan Jenkins is playing for them and he is a home town kid. Report Reply 0 replies · active 323 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Juanita Avalos · 323 weeks ago The time and teams the Heat plays is Great, now if only we had the DATES! That would be super!!!! and HELPFUL!!! Report Reply 1 reply · active 323 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 323 weeks ago Thanks Juanita for informing that to me. I have them on. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 07/06/147:05 PMOklahoma City Bulls by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Rick Twyman, Wellington Heat coach/owner, has a projection that will raise a few eyebrows.“I think we have the potential of being much better than we were last year,” Twyman said.That’s some heady stuff considering the Wellington Heat were finalists in the 2013 World Series only losing to the Seattle Studs 5-1 in the championship game.Wellington will have 12 returning players from the year before including four who started in the finals- including the team’s leading hitter Tony Piazza.“And we have some outstanding recruits coming in,” Twyman said. “Last year, we were hit pretty hard with the Major League Draft, and it took us a long time to put the pieces together. This year we will be hit hard by the draft again, but we have the pieces already in place to keep going.”The Heat will be embarking on its second season at Sellers Park Friday night when the Denver Cougars come to town at 7:05 p.m. for opening night. Get your free ticket at Bank of Commerce.The Heat will start the season with a six-game home stand before starting the Jayhawk League schedule with a trip out to see the Dodge City A’s.Is there anyone in the Jayhawk League who scares the Heat?“No,” Twyman shakes his head.Is there anyone the Heat coaching staff circles on the schedule?“Not really,” Twyman said. “We have had an intense rivalry with the Hays Larks in the past. I think that will be our big games.” 06/20/147:05 PMLiberal Bee Jays 06/10/147:05 PM@ Derby Twins 07/09/147:05 PMDerby Twins 07/10/1412:00 AM@ Kansas Cannons 06/24/147:05 PMDerby Twins 06/17/147:05 PMEl Dorado Broncos 07/07/147:05 PM@ El Dorado Broncos 07/02/147:05 PM@ Derby Twins 07/19/147:05 PM@ Liberal Bee Jays 07/16/147:05 PMEl Dorado Broncoslast_img read more

To End Ebola Attack, Top African Business Leaders Pump US$28.5M

first_imgTop African business leaders have raised US$28.5 million as an emergency fund to help three countries that have been hard hit by the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa.The announcement was made recently during an African Business Roundtable (ABR) summit on Ebola held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where African business leaders and officials of development finance institutions and members of African Union (AU) countries gathered to launch the emergency response fund.According to a dispatched from Addis Ababa, “the roundtable summit was jointly organized by the AU, the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) to mobilize African business leaders on the EVD, and to provide their support in the fight against the disease.”African business leaders at the roundtable comprised chief executive officers (CEOs) from different sectors, including banking institutions, telecommunications, mining, energy services and manufacturing companies.At the summit, “business leaders agreed to establish a fund under the auspices of the African Union Foundation, through a facility managed by the AfDB, to boost efforts to equip, train and deploy African health workers to fight the epidemic.”In response to appeals from these countries, leading companies in Africa provided logistical support, in kind contributions and over US$28 million as part of the first wave of pledges.In addition, participants further called on the private sector across Africa to join them in this effort. Businesses also agreed to leverage their resources and capacity to help galvanize citizens action around a ‘United Against Ebola’ campaign, and to provide individuals across Africa and globally with an opportunity to contribute.The consensus at the meeting was that the funds committed would be disbursed immediately to the government and health authorities in the Ebola affected countries.The funds would be used to support an African medical corps – including doctors, nurses and lab technicians – to care for those infected with Ebola, strengthen the capacity of local health services and staff Ebola treatment centers’ in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.The resources are expected to be deployed in the framework of the African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), in close coordination with the national taskforces in those Ebola-affected countries, and the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).The resources mobilized will also be part of a longer-term program to build Africa’s capacity to deal with such outbreaks if any in the future.”Our immediate concern is to respond to the appeal for 1,000 health care workers,” chairman of Econet Wireless, an African telecom operator, Strive Masiyiwa, told foreign reporters.”We have also received considerable contributions in kind, which may well exceed what we have received in cash.”Ebola has killed 4,950 people of the 13,241 infected since the outbreak started earlier this year, according to the World Health Organization, mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.While countries such as the United States to China and Cuba have deployed resources and health personnel in a U.N.-led aid surge, fast-growing African states and institutions have faced questions about the level and speed of their own contributions.The AU and the AfDB will guide the legal set-up of the new fund, which will be administered by a board of trustees drawn from corporate Africa.Givers to the fund also include foreign firms that do business in Africa, Masiyiwa said.At the meeting, African telecom firms also agreed an initiative to provide a platform for their customers to give at least a dollar each, with the potential of reaching 700 million mobile phone users, he added.AfDB has been spearheading provision of financial support to the countries severely affected by the disease, namely, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea and so far, has committed $223 million to the purpose.The bank’s estimates show that the current Ebola crisis would, in 2014, reduce Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in Guinea by 2.4 percent, Liberia by 3.9 percent, and Sierra Leone by 3.7 percent.In Sierra Leone, for example, price inflation could reach 29.4 percent should the situation continues up to the end of the year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more