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Three-game win streak not in cards for Trojans

first_imgWith the score tied 12-12 in the first set, reigning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week Joshua Walker went to his knees in search of a missing contact.Racking them up · Sophomore outside hitter Tony Ciarelli recorded a team-high 21 kills, six digs and two assists in a losing effort Tuesday. – Gage Allard | Daily Trojan Three minutes later, as Hawai’i’s opposite hitter finally arose to Johnny Nash’s 1972 hit “I Can See Clearly Now” blaring on the arena sound system, the No. 7 USC men’s volleyball team and the Galen Center crowd erupted in a throng of laughter. Unfortunately, for the Trojan faithful it would be Walker and his No. 5 Hawai’i Warriors’ team that would get the last laugh Tuesday night.In a match that saw constant bantering from both sides, two injury timeouts and action more befitting of a NCAA tournament environment, the Warriors (12-7, 8-6) defeated USC (10-7, 8-6) in four sets, much to the dismay of the 200 plus fans in attendance.Hawai’i regained its step after dropping Monday night’s match to the Trojans, in large part because of the 180-second hiatus caused by the missing lens. When play resumed, the Warriors, behind eight kills from Walker took the first set 32-30 and never looked back.“We are conscious of our failures in the first set, but maybe it is just too big of an elephant in the room right now,” USC coach Bill Ferguson said. “If we knew exactly what the problem was, trust me it would have been gone by now.”In the winning effort, Hawai’i was led by 6-foot-9 opposite hitter Jonas Umlauft’s impressive 25 kills and Walker, a notorious Trojan-killer, who chipped in with 22 kills.While the match marks the team’s second win in three showdowns with the Trojans this season, the victory was hanging in the balance after the Trojans rebounded to take the second set, 30-27, with eight kills by sophomore outside hitter Tony Ciarelli and a team set hitting percentage of .235.But in a night of few silver linings, the Warriors took advantage of every mistake made by USC. In the third set, Hawai’i quickly got out in front of the Trojans, 6-1, and capitalized on several service and attack errors down the stretch to take the set with relative ease.The fourth set looked promising for the Trojans, as a block and kill by junior middle blocker Austin Zahn gave the team an early 13-9 cushion. But in similar fashion to its play in the month of February, USC folded when the match got close.Using three straight errors and a block by Umlauft, the Warriors took a late 27-26 lead they wouldn’t relinquish en route to a 30-27 victory.“USC has been our new rival the past few years, and we know when we play them it’s going to be a battle,” Warriors’ outside hitter Joshua Walker said. “You know if you can beat a team like [USC], you have a very good team.”For the Trojans, their bid for a three-game win streak was denied, but in defeat, optimism and improvement were the main messages Ferguson took away from the night’s match.“The offense continues to improve and our attackers are getting better and better each match,” Ferguson said. “I like the new alignment we have in there with [freshman] Maddison McKibbin starting at opposite. Right now it’s all little things.”last_img read more

O’Loughlin says “no pressure” on Under 21 team

first_imgMeanwhile Dublin Under 21 manager Dessie Farrell has stuck with the same fifteen that beat Kildare in the Leinster Final for his side’s clash with Tipp. Throw-in on Saturday is at four o’clock and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with John Kennedy Motors, Main Toyota Dealer, Clonmel. Under 21 Tipp selector Michael O’Loughlin says there’s no pressure on his players ahead of their All-Ireland semi-final this Saturday.The Premier County will take on Dublin in O’Connor Park inTullamore and will be looking to reach their first ever Under 21 All-Ireland final. O’Loughlin says the players are just really looking forward to the game.last_img

Ladbrokes Coral serves up solid 2016 despite adverse December closing

first_img FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Share SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020 Related Articles Issuing its first trading statement this morning as Ladbrokes Coral Plc, the FTSE newcomer stated that full-year operating profits would be ‘in-line with its expectations’ of £275-285 million.Breaking down its profits target, Ladbrokes standalone operations are expected to generate circa £101 million, with Coral Group assets contributing expected corporate profits of £179 million.As anticipated Ladbrokes Coral governance detailed that the firm’s combined performance had been impacted by poor sporting results (football and racing) recorded in December 2016.Despite an adverse closing to 2016, Ladbrokes Coral detailed that individual company core metrics were consistently up throughout the year, with governance highlighting the continued digital growth of Ladbrokes and Coral assets.Commenting on the trading update Ladbrokes Coral CEO Jim Mullen stated;“The last quarter of 2016 was one of significant activity with the completion of the merger, good progress on integration along with the necessary shop disposals and a busy sporting schedule.  While the sporting gods did not look favourably on us in the period, it is pleasing to report that the business continued to perform well and that our full year numbers will be in-line with expectations.“It has been an encouraging start to the life of Ladbrokes Coral Group plc. Good progress is being made on all the key integration workstreams.  We saw continued growth in our Digital division with Australia going from strength to strength and further growth in multi-channel sign ups.  We remain confident in our plans for 2017 and on delivering the opportunities identified in the merger.”Further to its trading statement, Ladbrokes Coral announced that it would publish individual ‘historic proforma numbers’ this February. The company seeks to publish its full-year 2016 results on 28 March 2017last_img read more