The Wisconsin volleyball team has had its share of ups and downs this season. The Badgers are 16-13 overall and sport a 4-12 record in the Big Ten.But the Badgers will look to send off its three seniors – Alexis Mitchell, Mary Ording and Bailey Reshel – with victories this weekend, when the three seniors will be honored for Senior Day at the Field House.The Badgers are looking to improve upon a string of rough matches last weekend in which they fell to Michigan and Michigan State by scores of 3-0. Those losses took UW’s skid to five straight, the longest such streak of the season. “I thought there were some times when we were doing some good things,” head coach Pete Waite said. “But the challenge is just to stay in it until the end and finish off. We got to about 20 points each time, but we need to close the door and fight even harder to finish.”The Badgers first face Iowa (10-19, 2-14 Big Ten) Friday night. The Hawkeyes have lost 10 straight matches, including eight in a row by a score of 3-0.Wisconsin has controlled the all-time series with Iowa, especially in Madison, where the Badgers are 23-9 all-time against the Hawkeyes. UW won the first meeting between the two teams earlier this season, a hard-fought 3-2 win.Iowa is led by sophomore outside hitter Alex Lovell, who leads the team with 3.17 kills per set, and junior outside hitter Rachael Bedell also adds 3.01 kills per set. Junior setter Nikki Dailey leads the team in assists (9.39 per set) and also in service aces (24).Iowa is the only unranked opponent left on the schedule for Wisconsin, making it crucial for the Badgers to earn the win Friday.“I think it’s important to beat them, not only for momentum, but for ourselves,” senior middle blocker Alexis Mitchell said. “It’s more important to beat a team we know we can beat, and beat them on our home court.”Sunday’s match will be a much tougher test for the Badgers, as ninth-ranked Nebraska comes to Madison.The Cornhuskers (20-5, 12-4) have won two consecutive matches after dropping two in a row to Michigan and Michigan State. Earlier this season, Nebraska dominated the Badgers in Lincoln by a score of 3-0.Nebraska is led by senior outside hitter Gina Mancuso, who leads the team with 3.44 kills per set and service aces with 28. Senior outside hitter Hannah Werth also adds 2.89 kills per set and is tops on the team with 3.28 digs per set.Senior setter Lauren Cook averages 10.95 assists per set while ranking second on the team with 2.89 digs per set. Waite said he is hoping for a stronger effort from his team its second time out against one of the Big Ten’s top squads.“We need to have a more balanced attack,” Waite said. “We had a couple people get good numbers, and a couple others didn’t. If we ball handle well and run the offense correctly, then we’ll balance the attack a little better and make it tougher for them.”Friday night will be Senior Night as the Badgers conclude their final home weekend series of the season (UW’s final home match comes against Minnesota Wednesday night).Many of the players’ families will be in attendance, something Mitchell said will add to the atmosphere.“It’s not our last match here so that will help [with emotions],” Mitchell said. “But with having our families here, and the fact that they’re recognizing us will make it pretty emotional.”
Officials of the Ministry of Youth and Sports say Ghana should be reinstated by the International Olympic Committee latest by March end.This is because the Ministry is working hard to ensure that the much talked about Sports bill is brought before Parliament to be passed into Law.Ghana was last month suspended from the IOC for perceived undue government interference in the affairs of the Ghana Olympic Committee.Meanwhile, Spokesperson of the Sports Ministry, Akwasi Sarpong has told Joy Sports the Attorney General’s office has been instructed to make changes to the existing Legislative Instrument (LI) before Parliament considers its passage into law.That is to make the law compliant with the IOC’s regulations.Source: Joy News/Ghana
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Curling Club will be hosting a fundraising event on April 27, 2019.According to Cheryl Batten, of the Fort St. John Curling Club, in order to host the 2020 B.C. Winter Games, the Club will need to raise funds to make the necessary upgrades.“As a Club, we are hosting the 2020 B.C. Winter Games. In order to support that event and the development of junior curling in our community, we are fundraising to update and prepare the Club for the Winter Games.”- Advertisement -Along with raising funds to make upgrades, Batten says the goal of the fundraiser is to also keep membership fees low.“Our other fundraising goal is to keep the membership and league fees at a reasonable rate for our members. If we achieve our goals we will be able to keep our rates from last season.”The Fundraiser will feature a dinner and dance along with a live and loonie auction.Advertisement There are different ways to donate to this event:1. Donate a significant item we can use as an auction item to raise money2. Purchase tickets to our event $50/couple,$30 for individuals or $250 for a table of 10.3. A monetary donation toward the purchase of an auction item or directly toward the club.The Fort St. John Curling Club Fundraiser is taking place on April 27, 2019 at the Curling Club.If you are interested in donating, or for more information, you can call Cheryl Batten at 250-263-9102.