An undefeated record in Big Ten volleyball is a tall task. There are currently six Big Ten teams in the AVCA Coaches’ Poll and four of them, including the University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team, are in the top-10. However, Big Ten powerhouses like No. 5 Minnesota or No. 6 Nebraska didn’t end the Badgers’ perfect conference record. It was the young The Ohio State University Buckeyes, who had zero wins against ranked opponents this season. A day after their loss to OSU, the No. 7 Wisconsin volleyball team (17-5, 13-1 Big Ten) rebounded with an emphatic sweep of the Maryland Terrapins. The trouble for the Badgers began in the first set. UW held late leads 21–17 and 24–21, but the Buckeyes responded with runs both times to take the set 27–25. That sparked OSU offensively as they hit .344 in the second set and won 25–20. Wisconsin rebounded to win the third set but fell in four with a Molly Haggerty hitting error eliciting a 25–23 loss in the fourth set. The Buckeyes (13-13, 6-8) dominated the service line — a usual strong suit for Wisconsin. OSU rattled off 10 service aces. The Badgers had not allowed more than five in their first 12 games in Big Ten play. Volleyball: Badgers look to extend historic Big Ten runThe No. 4 Wisconsin volleyball team (16-4, 12-0 Big Ten) remains on the road to face The Ohio State University Read…Senior middle blocker Elle Sandbothe, a transfer from Kansas State, finished with 12 kills at a .409 hitting percentage.OSU also held the Badgers to their lowest hitting percentage all season at .202. The loss ended the Badgers’ 12-game winning streak, but UW quickly re-entered the win column against Maryland (12-14, 4-10) with a 25–18, 25–13, 25–13 sweep. The Badgers dominated all three facets of the game. UW hit a blazing .406, held the Terps to .045 and won the serving battle with six aces to Maryland’s one. Setter Sydney Hilley had her entire arsenal of hitters going as she totaled 43 assists. Their .406 hitting percentage was the Badgers’ highest mark of conference play thus far. Middle blocker Danielle Hart posted a .778 hitting percentage with seven kills on just nine swings. Volleyball: Badgers record team’s best start ever in Big Ten playThe Wisconsin volleyball team (16-4, 12-0 Big Ten) has started 12-0 in conference play for the first time in Badger Read…The Terrapins’ Rebecca Rath was the only attacker with a hitting percentage above .067 and First-Team All-Big Ten outside hitter Erika Pritchard registered a .000 hitting percentage. Wisconsin forced Maryland into season-lows in hitting percentage, kills, points and assists. The Badgers once again won the battle of service aces as they have in 12 of the 14 Big Ten matches they have played thus far. Molly Haggerty and Lauren Barnes each recorded two aces against Maryland.
The BH athlete Amel Tuka will today have the opportunity to ensure the final race at 800 m, after he qualified for the semifinals in the qualifications.In today’s semifinals Tuka is going for his eighth consecutive victory, after he celebrated in Baku, Velenje, Madrid, Monte Carlo, Bellinzona, Kragujevac and the quarter-final race at the World Championships in Beijing.Like yesterday, Tuka is today running in the third group, where his serious rivals are, among others, the Kenyan Ferguson Cheruiyot – the fastest in the qualifications – and the Pole Marcin Lewandowski.Amel Tuka, the fastest athlete in 800 meters this year, is running the semifinal race at 800 meters at 2:15 p.m., with live broadcast at FACE TV.The final race of the World Championships at 800 meters is on schedule on Tuesday at 2:55 p.m.(Source: klix.ba)
“The reputation that I want to have is that of being a physical basketball player that plays hard,” Bryant said. “Not one that goes out and tries to intentionally hurt people. That’s something that I guard against. I respect the game too much.” The suspension could not have come at a worse time for the “fragile” Lakers, as Bryant put it, who have dropped four consecutive games after Wednesday’s loss in Milwaukee and are down to just 10 available players due to injury. PHILADELPHIA – This was hardly the homecoming Kobe Bryant envisioned this season, returning to the city that launched him to the NBA while having to defend himself in the wake of a play that wasn’t exactly full of brotherly love. After serving his second one-game suspension of the season, Bryant specifically wanted Thursday to address the perception – fueled by so many replays of him striking Manu Ginobili and Marko Jaric in the head – that he is in some way a dirty player. There also is the matter of how Bryant will avoid a third strike, both literally and figuratively, with the league office. He has been suspended for two nearly identical plays in which he flailed his arm trying to draw a foul after having his shot blocked. “When you play, you try not to think about that type of stuff because it winds up affecting your game,” Bryant said. “You go out there and just play basketball. That’s what I try to do. I just have to be a little bit more mindful, I guess.” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said he had “umpteen” video examples of Bryant flailing his arms after shots with nobody around. He said Bryant would have to be on guard to avoid a third offense but also called on the league not to be punitive. “There are people that pile on and we know there are NBA people that like to pile on and add to that,” Jackson said. “We know that he’s a competitor and he’s a performer, and we trust the league’s got a fair analysis of that.” Bryant described having a “helpless” feeling watching in two different restaurants as the Lakers never led against Milwaukee. He also made clear that he felt he had been singled out, not once, but twice with the suspensions. “I can’t go through a process of just feeling bad for myself,” Bryant said. “Obviously, I believe I got a raw deal on both of them. I’ve seen a lot worse go down. But there’s nothing you can do about it.” The last time Bryant was suspended, from a Jan. 30 game against New York, he returned the next night and unloaded 43 points in a victory against Boston. Jackson guessed things would be different tonight against Philadelphia if only because the 76ers have a capable player in Andre Iguodala to defend Bryant. The Celtics threw second-year guard Gerald Green to the wolves against Bryant. “You’ve got a guy that’s a quality defender here that’s going to make it tough for him,” Jackson said. “It’s going to be a tight battle.” The Lakers have lost 10 of 13 games, with Jackson describing them as “free-falling for three weeks.” Bryant, meanwhile, spoke of trying to shield his young teammates from the burden of performing in these final 20 games of the regular season. “Let me handle the pressure in terms of media, in terms of expectations,” Bryant said. “You guys just go out there and play. “Because when you have young players, that’ll tend to bog them down a little bit. I just want them to relax and play.” Jackson said: “I think he looks forward to this. I think this is a part of the season, taking over a ballgame, knowing he’s got to get 35 or 40 points, I think he looks forward to something like that.” ALSO Jackson said he didn’t expect forward Ronny Turiaf to play tonight and compared Turiaf’s back spasms to those that sidelined Phoenix’s Boris Diaw for nine games. … Jaric was asked Thursday about Bryant being a dirty player and told the St. Paul Pioneer Press: “First of all, to be a dirty player, you need to be dirty on defense. I never heard somebody’s offensively a dirty player. On defense, he’s pretty legit. He’s a good defender. I don’t consider him a dirty player.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!