Simpson ‘setting’ pace for UW

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoThe University Wisconsin volleyball team has developed a balanced attack this year with five players averaging more than two kills per game. A lot of that can be attributed to the play of junior setter Jackie Simpson.However, Simpson is not looking to receive any credit for the team’s success. Instead, she is looking to give credit to the rest of her teammates.”I think a lot of times, the focus goes to who gets the kills,” Simpson said. “If I was going to say any position is under-noticed it would be the libero. Jocelyn Wack is the person who really steadies our team. So if anybody should get more recognition, it’s her.”Simpson started her volleyball career in seventh grade where she was actually cut from the team. But she used that as motivation to become a better volleyball player.”[Being cut] made me more interested in the sport because I was actually [more interested in] soccer and basketball,” Simpson said. “I tried out for a club volleyball team that was run by my high school coach. She asked me to play on her eighth grade team, so then I started playing club.”Ever since then, volleyball has been her passion, and because of her good hands Simpson has become a successful setter.”When I first tried out, I pretty much could not do anything but set,” Simpson said. “Even though I was taller than almost ever girl on the court, they made me a setter because I had good hands.”After a successful high school career, where she named first-team all-state in 2003 by the Chicago Tribune and the Champaign News Gazette, Simpson was recruited by UW head coach Pete Waite.”[Simpson] was a taller setter, No. 1. She is very physical, very strong,” Waite said. “You watched her play in high school and she was very competitive also, and that is all good ingredients for a college setter. She played in the Chicago area, which is very tough in high school and club ball. Those are the things we wanted to bring to Wisconsin and she is progressing every year.”After starting 28 matches over the last two years and leading Wisconsin to the Elite Eight, Simpson broke her left hand in the spring. However, she used her time on the sideline to improve her game.”With a broken hand, she wasn’t able to be on the court, but I think she learned a lot in other ways,” Waite said. “She got stronger with her serve. She got the mental side of the game down better because when you are on the sideline you observe things more like a coach than you would a player.”Waite noted that what Simpson learned in the spring is being carried onto the court this season.”She is much more consistent [this year]. She had more highs and lows last year,” Waite said. “She had some great games and then had some matches where she was down and struggling at bit.”Simpson’s volleyball IQ, according to Waite, has skyrocketed recently.”She is much more open to learning,” Waite said. “She is accomplishing a couple of those things she has been working on for a couple of years.”Besides being more consistent this year, the biggest difference in Simpson’s game is her aptness to go on the offensive attack.”Passing has a lot to do with [me becoming more offensive],” Simpson said. “I think that it is just a confidence factor, and I’m getting more comfortable with throwing the ball down.”Simpson’s improved play this year has caused her to gain some national recognition. After leading the Badgers to victories over Penn State and Ohio State Halloween weekend, Simpson was named both Big Ten Player of the Week and Sports Imports/AVCA Division I Player of the Week.On the weekend, Simpson averaged 15.17 assists per game along with 1.67 blocks, 1.83 digs and 1.17 kills per game. Yet Simpson still passes the credit to her teammates.”It was definitely exciting [to win those awards],” she said. “I wasn’t really expecting it. It was such a team effort that I really felt that it could be anyone on our team. Our passing was great. Our hitters were on fire, but I’ll take it. I’m honored.”However, Waite is quick to give credit where credit is due.”I think Simpson took a big step up in her game. Her confidence on the court, her composure, her decision-making,” Waite said. “She’s just dishing the ball out to the hitters so evenly that it’s really tough for the opponents right now.”Part of Simpson’s success can be attributed to the coaches she has worked with since coming to Wisconsin. Both assistant coaches, Rod Wilde and Colleen Bayer, were setters at the collegiate and national level.”[Simpson’s] had some great setting coaches,” Waite said. “They each take a different vision as far at what she needs to work on. Sometimes it’s footwork. Sometimes it’s hand position. Sometimes it’s strategy. They both have great experience … she can’t get any better setting coaching anywhere in the country.”last_img read more

STAFF : Syracuse women’s lacrosse drops two games below .500 with road loss to Florida

first_imgThe Syracuse women’s lacrosse team fell 16-11 to Florida on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla. The loss drops the Orange to 2-4 on the young season.Attack Tee Ladouceur had four goals for the No. 14 Orange and moved into eighth place among Syracuse’s all-time leading scorers.Freshman Katie Webster continued her strong start to the season, tallying three goals in the game. Sophomore Michelle Tumolo was the only other player to score more than one goal for the Orange, who struggled against an 8-1 Florida team.Syracuse took a 4-3 lead on Tumolo’s first goal, an unassisted shot, but the Gators scored two straight goals and never looked back in the win.The team was coming off a win at Towson on March 15 but was unable to create any sort of winning streak against UF.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis was its third game of a six-game road trip. Syracuse is 1-4 since its opening-game win over Colgate back on Feb. 17.SU will look to get back on track when it travels to Northwestern on Wednesday. The Orange starts Big East play on Saturday at Rutgers.SoftballThe Syracuse softball team swept Penn on Friday in a doubleheader in Philadelphia. The Orange took the first game, 6-1, and the second game, 8-1, to improve to 21-5 on the season.Jenna Caira shut down the Quakers offense in the first game, throwing a complete game three-hitter and striking out six. The junior pitcher improved to 12-4 on the season. Freshman Jasmine Watson went 2-for-2 and hit her third home run of the season.In the second game, SU was led by another strong pitching performance. Sophomore Stacy Kuwik threw a three-hitter, striking out 10. She carried a no-hitter into the bottom of the sixth inning. Lacey Kohl went 3-for-4 and hit a three-run home run to pace the SU offense.Syracuse has three games this weekend at Rutgers, with a doubleheader Saturday and the finale Sunday. The three games mark the start of Big East conference play for the Orange.— Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports staff  Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 21, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Video: Badgers on Sochi Olympics

first_imgWe went around Madison and asked students what they thought of the Sochi Olympics, where there are plenty of Badgers playing. Video by Trevor Neary and Walker Aspreylast_img

Women’s basketball: Badgers face Penn State in opening round of Big Ten Tournament

first_imgAs all 14 Big Ten schools travel to Indianapolis for the postseason Big Ten Tournament, the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (13-17, 4-14 Big Ten) needs a historic run to reach the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. The Badgers will face the Penn State Nittany Lions (12-17, 5-13) Wednesday, who ground out close wins against Wisconsin twice this year.A win over Penn State would slot the Badgers to play The Ohio State Buckeyes and then the Michigan Wolverines if they can keep winning. While the Badgers have not beaten any of these teams this year, they have had very competitive contests with them, and a neutral court could aid such a poor Badger road team. Before they can think ahead to these contests, the Badgers must dedicate their full attention to the Nittany Lions. The contests this year against Penn State were far from similar.Men’s basketball: Badgers seek to earn double bye in Big Ten TournamentWith just two regular season games remaining, and given the bounce-back success of Head Coach Greg Gard’s 2018-19 unit, the Read…In the Badgers’ first matchup, senior Marsha Howard exploded for 20 points with very little support from fellow senior Kelly Karlis and freshman standout Imani Lewis. In contrast, during their most recent contest, Howard disappeared with only nine points as Karlis and Lewis shared the scoring load.Penn State senior Teniya Page was consistent in her trips to the charity stripe in both matchups.Page reached the free throw line 12 times in the first contest and 11 in the second. Her ferocity in attacking the rim has granted her numerous foul shots. These free throws have accounted for almost 30 percent of her scoring average of 19.4 points per game — good for second in the Big Ten. Page, however, isn’t an above average outside shooter, so look for the Badger defense to sag off to limit her drives to the cup.Basketball: UW students share stories of pick-up culture at The Shell“Slide Shell” has become common among campus vernacular at the University of Wisconsin, especially for those who share a love Read…But, defense has not been the problem for the Badgers recently — their offense has stagnated tremendously. In their last three games, Wisconsin averaged nearly 50 points per game. Penn State allows the second-most points in the Big Ten, so this might be the perfect time for an offensive surge.Seventy seems to be the magic number for the Badgers. Wisconsin has scored at least 70 points in every Big Ten win this season. If they can scrounge up 70 against a Penn State defense that gives up 70.7 a game, the Badgers could find themselves staying in Indianapolis a little bit longer.Tipoff is set for 12:30 p.m. Wednesday on BTN. You can also listen live on 100.9 FM as the Badgers take on the Nittany Lions at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.last_img read more

GPL: Berekum Chelsea secures top spot after match day 7

first_img2011 Glo premier league Champions Berekum Chelsea are the new league leaders of the ongoing premier league after beating New Edubiase 2-1 at the Berekum Golden City Park over the weekend.A late strike by Latif Salifu was all Chelsea needed to claim the top spot after match day 7. The goal was the striker’s fifth out of seven matches.Real Tamale United began their 6 home match ban at the Essipong stadium where they settled for a one all draw with Tema Youth.A last minute goal by the hand Tema youth’s Francis Narh which was initially adjudged to be fair was later disallowed after consultations between the referee David Kumah and his assistant. Playing with 10 men following the dismissal of Richard Ocran for a second bookable offence, RTU were bent on recording a point to ease the pressure mounting on the team.AshantiGold picked up their first defeat of the season at the Len Clay Stadium following a 1-0 defeat to 10-man Aduana Stars. A 55th minute goal by Alex Aryee was enough to send Aduana Stars to the third position with 12 points on the standings.In other matches played at the weekend, dethroned league leaders SC Medeama lost 2-1 to Liberty Professionals at the Carl Reindolf Park in Dansoman. Amidaus professionals defeated Berekum Arsenal 1-0 at the Tema Park with Heart of lions beating King Faisal 1-0 at the Kpando Park. Dwarfs beat All Stars 2-1 at the Wa Park.last_img read more

Bukom Banku released from police custody

first_imgBoxer Braimah “Bukom Banku” Kamoko has been released from police custody after he was detained for vandalising property and assault in the Bukom area.Fans of the boxer doused him in white powder after his release from custody and accompanied him as he walked through the area to announce his release.Kamoko was detained on Tuesday afternoon after a scuffle with a group he accused of singing derogatory songs about his wife,a local fetish priestess known as Ohua Broni.It is not clear if further charges will be pressed against the popular light heavyweight contender.last_img read more

Total alarm in Barcelona: Luis Suárez will be on leave for four months

first_imgImage: Reuters Barcelona plans to sign a striker to replace the Uruguayan Bad news for the Football Club Barcelona. The Barca club has announced that its player Luis Suarez will be off four months after being operated this Sunday from the external meniscus of the right knee. With all this, the Uruguayan will not return to the team until the final leg of the season. Luis Suarez had long been dragging discomfort in his knee and that was the reason he did not play the final of the Copa del Rey. According to the newspaper Marca, Barcelona is looking for a substitute to face the second part of the season.With all this, the Blaugrana team accumulates problems after the elimination in the Super Cup and the club’s decision to find a substitute for their coach Ernesto Valverde.last_img read more

Another military style boot stomp on our Constitution!

first_imgDear Editor,Interpretative convenience is not a recognised method of constitutional interpretation. Since May 2015, we have seen the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) and more particularly President Granger twist, bend and pervert the clear language of our Constitution to suit and to secure the President’s wishes. The people of Guyana have seen President Granger’s interpretation of the Constitution in his unilateral and unconstitutional appointment of the Chairman of GECOM. The people of Guyana took note of President Granger’s refusal to act on the recommendations of the Judicial Service Commission with respect to the appointment of Judges to the Supreme Court for several months.The people of Guyana have taken note of the President’s unlawful revocation of the leases of some rice farmers in Berbice which the Chief Justice condemned.The people of Guyana witnessed President Granger’s wrongful and unlawful interference with the work of his constitutionally autonomous Police Service Commission.And there are several other instances of constitutional violations which can be laid at the door of President Granger and his APNU/ AFC Government.With these known constitutional violations as the President’s established record, how can any reliance be placed on Minister Harmon s assertion that the President will fully comply with the constitutional provisions in relation to the appointment of a Chancellor and a Chief Justice.President Granger as he was constitutionally required to do, sought the agreement of the Leader of the Opposition to two persons he identified for appointment to both offices. It is now known that the Leader of the Opposition did not agree with the President’s proposal.From 2005 to 2015, President Granger, the People’s National Congress (PNC) and latterly APNU/AFC opposed the confirmation of Judges who were acting in the offices of Chancellor and Chief Justice. The refusal of successive PNC leaders including President Granger, marked the end of the constitutionally prescribed appointment procedure for a Chancellor and Chief Justice.Not so, on this occasion. President Granger told the local press that he was awaiting the advice of his Attorney General. This is going to be a forthcoming disaster. The Attorney General by his successive record of failures in the courts of Guyana and even at the Caribbean Court of Justice cannot be relied on to give a constructive and meaningful opinion on the constitutional implications resulting from the failure of the President to secure the agreement of the Leader of the Opposition.The Attorney General apart, it is President Granger himself who has given a not so subtle indication to the people of Guyana, what his intentions are. After years of being responsible for there being Judges acting in the offices of Chancellor and Chief Justice, President Granger is reported as saying: It is not desirable to continue the current practice of acting which existed for several years and I would like to have a substantive appointment. It’s a question of necessity.Those were thunderous, ominous words. The confirmed appointment of a Chancellor and a Chief Justice should never be a matter of what the President likes. Confirmed appointments serve the judicial system well and instil confidence by the people of Guyana in the country’s judicial system. What the President likes introduces corrosive, troubling political considerations into the senior judicial appointment process.More troubling however, is the President’s conclusion that the substantive appointment of a Chancellor and a Chief Justice was a matter of necessity. The use of the word necessity by the President bears very significant implications. I have grave reservations that given his military background, that was a loose choice of word by the President. My gut feeling is that it was not.The law recognises a concept of necessity. In the present circumstances, it would mean that if President Granger were to rely on the concept of necessity, then notwithstanding the fact that the Leader of the Opposition has not agreed to the appointment of the persons proposed, the President may go ahead and appoint the persons identified by him contending that without these appointments, the courts would be paralysed. Well, there were two people who acted in those offices for over a decade and the courts were not paralysed. The people of Guyana should take note, that the public comments by Minister Harmon and President Granger are intended to set the stage and lay the ill-advised and misconceived foundation for unilateral action by the President in clear violation of the Constitution.The truth is that there is no room for the application of the concept of necessity. Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall went to great lengths to point out that the Constitution itself provides what should happen if the Leader of the Opposition does not agree with the President’s nominees.The President’s current stance on these appointments must not be examined in isolation. It must be seen in the light of comments made recently by Sir Dennis Byron, President of the Caribbean Court of Justice in November of 2017.Addressing the Bar Association’s annual dinner, Sir Dennis Byron recalled that for 12 years, no substantive Chancellor was ever appointed. For a significant part of those 12 years, Sir Dennis was head of the CCJ. He never once uttered a public word of condemnation. He however, noted that the failure to agree (as must have been within the contemplation of our constitutional reformers who prescribed a formula for acting appointments) was not an acceptable option and that in the absence of any framework to establish agreement, the issue became justiciable.Sir Dennis has opened a can of worms. Having been silent on this matter for the past several years, now with the accession to office of President Granger and his APNU/AFC Government, Sir Dennis finds it appropriate to make constitutionally unsound public comments.Those comments appear to have emboldened President Granger. He appears by his recent public utterances to feel strengthened in his new stance on top judicial appointments by the guidance provided by Sir Dennis Byron on the way forward. And Sir Dennis is known on his visits to Guyana for his social engagements with known PNC activists/supporters and former PNC Ministers.In the meantime, Guyana awaits another military style boot stomp on our Constitution.Sincerely,Selwyn Persaudlast_img read more

Govt support should not end after severance payments

first_imgDear Editor,Several sections of the media reported that Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, announced about the outstanding redundancy pay to the thousands of workers made jobless by the callous, heartless decision to close several sugar estates in recent times. Minister Harmon is reported to have said that the Government already has identified the source of funding to meet the illegally withheld payments to the beleaguered workers. We expect that the Government will soon advise the workers when their payments would be available.The State Minister, according to the press, was also seemingly critical of our move to the courts on this matter. But it seems that, hadn’t we pursued such a course, the Government wouldn’t have awoken from its seeming deep slumber and finally decide to address the matter. Again, it confirms that our decision to go to court was the right decision.While pleased to hear about this latest development, we indeed hope that the Government’s support does not end there. With the GuySuCo Alternative Livelihood Programme and Sustainable Communities Programme from all indications suffering a still-birth, there is strong need for a realistic programme to support the workers and their families at what is possibly the hardest and toughest time in their lives. It is dismaying for us that, on to this day, the Government has not seen it necessary to visit the hard-pressed communities. It seems to us that the Government wants to wash its hands after the outstanding payments are made.We sincerely hope this is not the case, but the indications do not give us much hope.The suffering workers can be assured of the GAWU’s commitment to press the Government to give focused attention to address and ensure relief to the plight of the affected workers and their dependents.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGAWUlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL Rose Catherine McCarron wooed Daithi O Se and the crowds in Tralee on Monday night on the first selection night for the contest.The 26-year-old from Raphoe looked stunning in a flowing ivory dress, adorned with Maureen O’Hara silver jewellery.And she brought the house down when she sang ‘Destination Donegal’ for the audience. Dubai Rose Caroline Callaghan – from Fanad – takes to the stage on Tuesday night as the county has double hopes this year.Catherine, a former Deele College pupil, told host Daithi about her love of travel and her work for charity.Proud family members watched on as the interview took place.Said Catherine: “It’s been phenomenal; and the support in Donegal has been incredible.”  DONEGAL ROSE CATHERINE WOOS CROWDS IN TRALEE was last modified: August 20th, 2013 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:Catherine McCarronDonegal RoseRose of Traleelast_img read more