Badger volleyball celebrates Senior Day

first_imgThe 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.”last_img read more

Premier League fixtures 2019-20: Where the title will be won and lost

first_imgLiverpool only lost once in the league all season — away to City in early January — but finished a point behind Pep Guardiola’s side. Winning the Champions League by beating Tottenham in the final ensured the Reds had something to show for their efforts, though.City and Liverpool will be expected to do battle for the league again, with Chelsea sitting a whopping 25 points back in third last season.So where will the 2019-20 Premier League title be won and lost? After the release of the full fixture list, Omnisport takes a look.Announce 2019/20 #PLfixturesFull list— Premier League (@premierleague) June 13, 2019OPENING FIXTURESLiverpool has a chance to strike the first blow as it kicks off the 2019-20 season at home against newly promoted Norwich City.Guardiola’s men open their campaign the following day at West Ham before hosting Tottenham in their first home game.The Reds play Arsenal at home and Chelsea away in their first six fixtures, meaning Jurgen Klopp’s side must be in top form from the off.City’s opening six games include a repeat of the FA Cup final against Watford, as well as games against Bournemouth and Brighton and Hove Albion.4 – Manchester City have won four away games at the London Stadium versus West Ham; more than any other team. They have also scored 17 goals against West Ham at the London Stadium; eight more goals than any other opposition side away at the Hammers in this ground. Invasion.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 13, 2019CRUNCH CLASHESCity and Liverpool are not scheduled to meet until November, which will give both teams a chance to find their Premier League rhythm.Like last season, Liverpool is at home in the first of two meetings with the defending champions, hosting City on Nov. 9.City drew 0-0 at Anfield last term — Riyad Mahrez fluffing a late penalty — and its 2-1 defeat of the Reds after the turn of the year proved a key result.This time around Liverpool will not go to City until early April, kicking off a race to the finish line. That game already looks like a potential title decider.Here we go!Our 2019/20 #PLfixtures in full! #mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) June 13, 2019DERBY DAYSCity’s run of 14 consecutive wins last season gave Liverpool no room for slip-ups and although the Reds responded with nine successive victories of their own, dropped points earlier on proved costly.Liverpool was held to a 0-0 draw by rivals Everton on March 3 and the Merseyside derby could again be a key moment in the title race, with Goodison Park hosting the game on March 14 next year. They play at Anfield in early December.The Reds also crucially failed to win at Old Trafford, again playing out a 0-0 draw against Manchester United, and clashes between those two rivals will rightly be highlighted once more.Liverpool hosts United — set for a rebuild under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer — on Jan. 18 having made the trip to Old Trafford in October this year.City won the Manchester derby both home and away last term with this season’s game against United at the Etihad Stadium set for Dec. 7 while the return is slated for early March.DERBY DATESHere’s when we’ll be facing @Everton next season.  #PLfixtures— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 13, 2019FESTIVE FIXTURESChristmas is when City’s challenge threatened to come unstuck last season as Guardiola’s men suffered shock defeats in consecutive matches, at home to Crystal Palace and away to Leicester City, following a loss to Chelsea earlier in November.This season sees City away to Wolves on Boxing Day, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side having thrived in games against the “Big Six” last term, before hosting newly promoted Sheffield United and Everton in the other Christmas clashes.Liverpool won nine games in a row before losing to City on Jan. 3 last year, so Klopp will be seeking a similar return from the festive schedule this time out.The Reds go to Leicester City on Boxing Day before a home doubleheader against Wolves and Sheffield United ahead of the FA Cup third round in early January.2019/20 FIXTURES CONFIRMED @NorwichCityFC at Anfield to start the new @premierleague season Our full #PLfixtures— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 13, 2019THE RUN-INCity’s toughest runs of games appear to be in November and March, while Liverpool faces two of its top-six rivals in the last three games of the Premier League season. Manchester City and Liverpool look set to go head-to-head for the 2019-20 Premier League title once again after last season’s titanic tussle.City edged out Liverpool to defend its crown after winning 14 Premier League games in a row in a stunning run of form from February. Those May fixtures start with a trip to Arsenal before Chelsea comes to Anfield, with Klopp’s men wrapping up their campaign with a visit to Newcastle United.City is at home on the final day, with Norwich City heading to the Etihad Stadium, and prior to that game faces Southampton, Newcastle United, Brighton, Bournemouth and Watford in a seemingly kind sequence.Champions League commitments could complicate matters further for both City and Liverpool in 2019-20, but the title race might well go to the wire for the second season in a row.Our #PLfixtures against the other sides in last season’s top six.Which game are you looking forward to most?— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 13, 2019last_img read more