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Trojans rebound with key win over Long Beach State

first_imgTheir record now stands at 4-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play.The Trojans started the first set with five errors, giving Long Beach State a 4-0 lead. The Trojans rallied with blocks by junior outside hitters Cristian Rivera and Chris Lischke, followed by kills from Lischke, Rivera and sophomore outside hitter Alex Slaught to bring the game within two points.The 49ers, however, met USC’s rally with blocks and kills of their own, widening the team’s lead to 14-8. The Trojans rallied again, with four kills by freshman outside hitter Lucas Yoder thanks to three sets from junior setter Micah Christenson and one from senior libero Henry Cassiday.A kill from Rivera tied the game at 15 apiece and a block by Lischke gave the Trojans a 16-15 lead. Kills from Rivera and Slaught elevated the Trojans’ lead to 21-18. Two more blocks and a kill by Rivera set up Slaught for the game-winning kill, ending the first set in USC’s favor with a 25-19 win.Head coach Bill Ferguson acknowledged his team’s struggles in the opening set.“We weren’t executing our game plan as well as we could’ve,” Ferguson said. “We cleaned things up and we got it together and things went well for us.”The second set began evenly matched, the 49ers matching each point the Trojans scored. Kills by Yoder and Christenson kept Long Beach at bay with the game tied 10-10. Each side committed attacking and setting errors, keeping the score close.Kills from Yoder and Rivera gave the Trojans a three point lead, making the score 17-14. Kills by freshman middle blocker Andy Benesh, Yoder, Lischke and Slaught, as well as an ace from Benesh widened the Trojans’ lead, bringing the score to 23-19. After  a kill by Yoder set up game point for the Trojans. USC won 25-22 after a service error by Long Beach State ended the game.Ferguson was proud of his team’s play in the second set.“We continued to stay in our game plan,” the eighth-year coach said. “Our diggers and blockers did a great job of that. We were able to be agressive from the service line and limit their offense to two hitters.”In a must-win set for the 49ers, Long Beach quickly gained a 2-0 lead, though the Trojans were quick to close the gap and eventually gain a 5-4 lead thanks to two kills by Rivera with sets from Christenson.Errors by the Trojans kept the 49ers in the game, but kills by Rivera, Slaught and Benesh prevented Long Beach from ever gaining back its lead, keeping the score tied at eight.Due to errors committed by USC as well as key blocks by the 49ers, Long Beach was able to surge to a 14-13 lead. Despite two kills from Benesh and one from Slaught, Long Beach was able to hold off the Trojans, maintaining a 16-14 lead.Two kills by Yoder were undermined by his teammates’ mistakes, allowing Long Beach to keep its lead. Kills by Yoder and Rivera tied the game at 19, however, and an attack error by Long Beach gave USC a 20-19 lead.A service error by USC allowed Long Beach to tie the critical game at 22, followed by a kill to lift the 49ers over the Trojans, 23-22. Slaught matched a kill from Long Beach, tying the game at 24, which Yoder followed with a kill of his own, giving the Trojans a 25-24 advantage.Long Beach held off a Trojan win with kills of its own, and later tied the game at 31 apiece. Two consecutive kills by Yoder ended the third set, earning the Trojans a 33-31 victory over the 49ers.Ferguson was excited by his team’s strong play with the third set on the line.“We had great confidence and we remained aggressive,” he said. “Once we settled down on serving we were better. Our errors came from being aggressive.”Yoder led the team with 19 kills, followed closely by Rivera with 17. Christenson led the Trojans in assists and digs with 46 and 17, respectively.The pair’s play made an impact on their head coach.“Rivera was great,” Ferguson said. “He was really effective on the right side. Once he attacked well, that allowed Lucas to hit well.”The ability to bounce back from such a tough loss was the most significant part of the win for Ferguson.“We rely on our volleyball IQ and our overall ability,” the coach said. “Instead of creating opportunities to score and not executing, we had digs and converted them to kills to finish the deal.”The Trojans face Cal State Northridge on Friday at 7 p.m. in their second consecutive conference match on the road. Ferguson will make sure his team is prepared for a potential trap-game against the unranked Matadors.“Their style is different than Long Beach,” he said. “We will enjoy victory on the bus home, but back at USC we will focus. It is a great challenge and a great opportunity for us to play two different types of game plans.” Following Thursday’s home loss to Pepperdine, USC’s first loss of the season, the Trojans recovered with a three game sweep of Long Beach State on the road, winning 24-19, 25-22 and 33-31, respectively.Helping hand · Junior setter Micah Christenson had 46 assists and 17 digs in the Trojans’ straight set win over conference rival Long Beach State. – Joseph Chen | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

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Gunners star to miss Arsenal clash with former side Manchester United

first_img1 Danny Welbeck in action for Arsenal Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Danny Welbeck will miss the Premier League game against his former club Manchester United on Sunday with a knee injury.Welbeck has been forced to miss the last two matches, but the Arsenal manager was hopeful he might be able to return this weekend.The England striker scored at Old Trafford back in March and would have been desperate to face his former team-mates.But Welbeck has failed to make a full recovery and will be sidelined once again.Wenger said: “I would love to have him available but we have to do it without him.“He is short a fraction but is not far away.”last_img read more

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Bulldogs Post Strong Performances on First Day Of Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational

first_imgAnother PR and prelim win for Deonne Witherspoon 6.76 in the 60 dash pic.twitter.com/RxFTSWjZnV— Drake TF & XC (@Drake_TFXC) February 3, 2018 The men’s team’s evening was capped by Malik Metivier (Toronto, Ont.) finishing 10th overall in the 400 meters with a big personal best of 49.15. 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)3. Mary Young, 8.4723. Bryce Lang, 10.09 Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs’ marks came against a tough field that featured some of the top team in the nation. The women’s team first day at Nebraska was highlighted by senior Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) winning her qualifying heat of the 60-meter hurdles in 8.47. Her time was the third fastest time of the evening to advance her to Saturday’s finals. Mary Young wins her prelim section in 8.47 #Drake_TFXC pic.twitter.com/1wlGwcFSKg— Drake TF & XC (@Drake_TFXC) February 3, 2018 The bulk of the team competes Saturday with action starting at 11:30 a.m. for the Bulldogs. 400 Meters10. Malik Metivier, 49.15 PR Malik Metivier 49.15 in the 400… competing very well pic.twitter.com/txHR3grWj9— Drake TF & XC (@Drake_TFXC) February 3, 2018 LINCOLN, Neb. – The Drake University track and field teams unleashed three personal bests in seven events on the first day of the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational hosted by the University of Nebraska.center_img Frank Sevigne Husker InvitationalFeb. 2, 2018 – Lincoln, Neb.Drake Individual Men’s Results60 Meters (Prelims)2.Deonne Witherspoon, 6.76 PR 3rd14 .Aaron Chier, 6.98 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)19. Dominic Lombardi, 8.55 Drake Individual Women’s Results60 Meters (Prelims)27. Mariah Crawford, 7.8728. Sophia Jackson, 7.88 Story Links 400 Meters22. Rai Ahmed-Green, 57.7132. Victoria Coombe, 58.35 Friday Results Deonne Witherspoon (South Bend, Ind.) highlighted the evening by winning his preliminary heat of the 60 meters is 6.76. His time dropped his previous best by 0.02 and improved his standing as the third fastest in the event in Drake history. His qualifying time was the second fastest of the day and advances him to tomorrow’s finals. Weight Throw27. Peter Read, 48-8.75 (14.85m)last_img read more

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Softball Drops Pair of Games Saturday to Nationally Ranked Opponents

first_imgStory Links TUCSON, Ariz. – The Drake University softball team lost a pair of games to nationally ranked teams on the second-to-last day of the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson. Drake (10-9) fell to No. 19 James Madison, 8-0, in five innings and No. 23 Minnesota, 4-1.   James Madison (6-2) hit three home runs and Megan Good pitched a one-hitter in the five-inning win. Good hit a three-run home run in the third inning. PDF Box Score Minnesota Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) and Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) each had one hit off Fiser. Fiser allowed one run on three hits with 13 strikeouts and four walks in a complete game. Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) pitched six innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Newman’s record moved to 4-4 on the season. Live Stats vs. Kent State 3/3/2019 – 10 a.m. Roemmich had the only hit off Good while Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) and Newman were the only other Bulldogs to reach base, both came via walks. PDF Box Score James Madison center_img Preview Drake ends the Wildcat Invitational Sunday morning with a 10 a.m. game against Kent State. Print Friendly Version Full Schedule Roster Flosoftball Next Game: Watch Live Minnesota (10-5) scored two runs in the second inning and it stayed that score until the fifth inning when Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) launched a leadoff home run to cut the Gophers’ lead to 2-1. Minnesota though scored two more runs in the bottom of the frame to lead 4-1. Amber Fiser, who one-hit the Bulldogs in the first game Friday, allowed just one walk the rest of the way as Minnesota earned its second-straight win over Drake. Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) allowed five runs on five with two walks and five strikeouts. Timmons’ record dropped to 6-5 with the loss. Hannah Pals (Des Moines, Iowa) pitched 1.1 innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits.last_img read more

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