Wisconsin loses heartbreaker to Purdue

first_imgSenior captain Brittney Dolgner ended her career on a sour note, watching from the sidelines as UW fell to the Boilermakers.[/media-credit]It was a frustrating end to a frustrating season for the Wisconsin volleyball team as the Badgers lost their season finale in five sets to the Purdue Boilermakers at the Field House.After Purdue took the first two sets by a score of 25-23 and 25-19, UW answered with an impressive 25-15 win in the third set and 25-20 result in the fourth, forcing a fifth set. The Boilermakers escaped Madison with the season-ending victory as they took the final set 15-11 over the Badgers.“I was real proud of how they battled to come back to the fifth (set),” head coach Pete Waite said. “I just wish they could have been rewarded by winning that fifth and getting it done here tonight for the seniors or for the whole team finishing off the season.”Wisconsin was shorthanded from the beginning Saturday night after losing freshman Kirby Toon to an injured left thumb a night earlier. Toon’s absence forced UW to alter its lineup, which may have led to the Badgers’ slow start.The Badgers’ attack was abysmal in the first set as they finished with just a .098 hitting percentage and just 14 kills to 10 errors. Purdue was not much better, but the Boilermakers hit .114 in the first set, which allowed them to escape with the 25-23 result.UW continued to struggle in the second set but improved as the Badgers hit .212. Unfortunately for Wisconsin, the Purdue attack had its best set on the night, hitting .375 with just four errors to 16 kills, which allowed PU to take the 25-19 win and a two-set lead.Despite the slow start, Waite was happy with the way his team reacted to the loss of Toon.“It is tough … but I think they really stepped up and adjusted well,” Waite said of his team. “Especially someone like Mary Ording, who has hardly practiced on the right all season and yet we asked her to do that, and she did well. Kelsey Maloney (had a) great match — 10 kills and one error.”“I think just everyone has to step their game up a little bit,” freshman Alexis Mitchell added. “Mary did a great job coming in on the right side. She stepped it up for us and got some big blocks at the end there.”Mitchell led the UW attack, tallying 15 kills to just three errors for a .375 hitting percentage on the night, which was second only to Maloney. Ording and Maloney were especially important as they helped UW bounce back after dropping the first two sets.With the team struggling through the first two sets, Waite changed things up beginning with the third set, including removing seniors Brittney Dolgner and Caity DuPont in favor of younger players.Waite’s changes worked, as the Badgers dominated the third set, 25-15 to extend the match to a fourth set. UW had 13 kills to just three errors in the third, improving their percentage again as the Boilermakers hit just .108, their worst in any set on the night.“I think our serve receive picked up a lot,” Dolgner said. “Tougher serving and keeping them out of their offense was definitely a key factor in that. And then we were just blocking a lot more balls and just being really scrappy and picking up a lot of our defense.”The fourth set was not quite as easy as the third, but the Badgers still came out on top, 25-20, in order to force a fifth and final set, which would be the last of their season.It looked like UW could finally get a victory and avoid ending the year on nine match losing streak and a home loss, but the Boilermakers responded well in the final set.After the two teams battled to a 7-7 tie, Purdue took control, scoring four straight points and forcing a UW timeout.Although the Badgers battled back to cut the lead to three points at 13-10 and again at 14-11, they couldn’t escape the Field House with a win Saturday, falling 15-11 in the final set.With nine straight losses to end the season, Wisconsin will not compete in its second straight NCAA Tournament, the first time the Badgers have missed back-to-back tournaments since 1988-89.“That’s no fun; we want to stop that,” Waite said of the losing streak. “But I think the team has stayed really positive throughout the whole last half of the Big Ten season. They continued to work hard … looking to next year, they’ll be much more experienced and savvy on the court.”last_img read more

After 4 tries, Oxford upsets Udall when it counted the most – the postseason!

first_imgOxford 4 Udall 1#4 Oxford  0  0  2  0  1  0  1  4#1 Udall    0  1  0  0  0  0  0   1Winning pitcher: Oxford – Camren Clements (Win) 7 IP, 8 Ks, 6 BB, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 ER. Losing pitcher:  Udall – Billy Barnett, 5 IP.  Nolan Williams, 2 IP. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The beauty of post season is things don’t go accordingly to plan. Somewhere, someplace a team is going to lose to a team it is supposed to beat.So was the case in Burden, in Tuesday’s semifinal game between Oxford and Udall. The No. 1 seed Eagles were 18-2 against the fourth seed Wildcats who were 9-11. The Eagles had beaten the Wildcats all four times during the regular season.But Tuesday  when the final out was tallied, Oxford pulled off a 4-1 upset over Udall. The Wildcats are in the regional championship.Oxford is awaiting the winner of Cedar Vale-Dexter vs. Central Burden in the other semifinal game which was delayed because of rain yesterday. The games for today have been postponed for 24 hours. Central vs. CV-Dexter is scheduled at 4 p.m. Thursday with the winner playing Oxford at 6 p.m. That’s tentative, of course.Suffice it to say, the Oxford team probably won’t mind savoring this victory a little longer against its most heated rival. “I can’t say enough about these kids,” said Kyle Green, Oxford head boys baseball coach. “We are probably the youngest team in the league, some nights we are starting five or six freshmen surrounded by two seniors and two sophomores.”Udall opened with a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. But Oxford scored two runs in the top of the third and would never relinquish the lead thereafter. Oxford would add one run in the fifth and one in the seventh to clinch victory.Freshman Camren Clements was spectacular on the mound getting eight strikeouts, six walks, two hits, and allowing one run for a 1.00 ER for the game.“You talk about a gut check,” Green said. “What a tough performance we got out of Cam. He was just magnificent on the mound. He was just magnificent mixing his pitches up all day keeping Udall off balanced.”Green said Oxford’s defense was just as awesome and did not commit an error in the field. In the first inning, sophomore Grant Smith thwarted a Udall scoring threat with a double play. Senior catcher Oggie Shimkus threw a kid out attempting to steal second to end the inning.“All of that just set the tone for the day,” Green said. “The boys were just solid in the field.”Offensively, Oxford took advantage of some Udall errors early in the game to take the lead and got timely hitting out of O. Shimkus, Smith, Cal Shimkus and Derek Willims.“All four of those boys drove in key runs throughout the game,” Green said.Oxford came into this game as significant underdogs. The Eagles had shared the Walter Johnson League (SCBL) regular season titles with Flinthills.“We knew how good they were going in,” Green said. “To hold that lineup to just one run all day speaks about how well our kids played. They played like a seasoned team.” Batting Highlights for Oxford:Grant Smith: 1-3, single, 1 stolen base 2 runs scored.Oggie Shimkus: 2-4, 2 singles, 2 RBI’s 2 runs scored.Derek Williams: 1-3, 1 single, 1 RBI, 1 BB.Cal Shimkus: 1-4, single, 1 RBI.Follow us on Twitter.center_img 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 Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com 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 You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. 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first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has described the Central Bank’s new targets for mortgage distress as ‘pitifully unambitious’. Pearse DohertyDeputy Doherty said; “We are in the sixth year of the mortgage crisis and it is still raging out of control.“We are half a decade into a mortgage crisis and the Central Bank is only proposing that 45% of cases be concluded by the end of this year. “These new targets are pitifully unambitious.This week the EU Commission underlined how ineffective the banks, Central Bank and government have been in tackling this crisis.The EU Commission has called for ambitious targets ‘with a view to substantially resolving mortgage arrears by the end of 201.Doherty continued, “Instead what we have got is an unambitious target of only 45% for concluded settlements. “I am disappointed once more that the Central Bank is silent on the issue of what a concluded arrangement can mean.“We have seen to date the banks using repossessions and so-called voluntary surrenders to reach these targets, he added.Doherty concluded, “The Central Bank’s silence and more importantly the silence of Minister Noonan is as good as a green light to the banks to step up their policy of removing people from their family home.“This government is continuing to fail those in mortgage arrears and today’s announcement amounts to a re-commitment to an unambitious and hands off approach which is not working.”PEARSE DOHERTY – “NEW CENTRAL BANK MORTGAGE TARGETS ‘PITIFULLY UNAMBITIOUS’ was last modified: June 4th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsPearse DohertyPoliticsSinn Feinlast_img read more