DEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team heads into the 2005 season with high expectations coming off a successful 2004 season highlighted by an impressive NCAA tournament run. The Badgers advanced to the Elite Eight as they defeated the second-ranked Hawaii Rainbow Wahine before losing to eventual champion Stanford.Though last year’s stellar NCAA showing may add pressure for the relatively young Badger squad to live up to expectations, head coach Pete Waite welcomes the attention going into the new season.“Well, sure, (we’ll have to live up to expectations), but that’s where we want to be, though,” Waite said. “We want to be one of those top teams in the country and a premier program, so we’re really just still growing. The majority of our starters are still sophomores, so they’re still learning and maturing, but it’s a great blend of players and personalities, so they’re going to be really strong.”The Badgers ended last season with a No. 14 national ranking, but with six of seven starters returning from a year ago, they earned themselves a No. 10 pre-season ranking in the CSTV/AVCA Coaches’ Poll. However, Waite is well aware that pre-season rankings go by the wayside when the season gets underway.“Obviously, being ranked 10th nationally is a great honor, but it doesn’t mean anything until you start playing and you really have to prove yourselves,” Waite said. “And we have a tough schedule ahead of us. We know that and the team knows it.”Senior co-captains Aubrey Meierotto and Sheila Shaw return to lead this year’s squad. Shaw is coming off a banner season in which she earned unanimous all-Big Ten and honorable mention All-American honors.The Badgers’ youth was a slight problem early last year, especially with newcomers Jocelyn Wack and Jackie Simpson starting at libero and setter, respectively. However, Waite now believes that his team has rid itself of the learning bumps and should be well prepared for an exciting season.“Well, last year, with three freshmen starters and the libero being a freshman, they were just getting into college and the speed of the college game, and it took them about half the season to figure it out,” Waite said. “Once they did, they got on a great run and they really realized what a great team they could be. The spring season helped them mature, and over the summer they worked really hard in our camp and playing a lot of beach volleyball, so, individually, they put the time in to make them good and strong this year.”And with so many returnees, Waite believes that his team possesses a close-knit relationship that most others do not and that will contribute to much of the team’s success. Wisconsin lost only starting opposite hitter Jill Odenthal and reserve outside hitter Marian Weidner from last season’s rotation.“[Having so many returnees is] huge,” Waite said. “We can start at a higher point when we walk in the gym in preseason and, automatically, we were playing as well as we were in our last match starting at the beginning of the year, so if we go from there and improve, they’re going to do some amazing stuff.”While the Badgers are ranked No. 10 in the nation, two Big Ten teams are still ranked ahead of them — Penn State and Minnesota at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. Wisconsin has finished fourth in the conference in each of the past two seasons.Nevertheless, the Badgers have their eyes set on the conference crown.“As a team, obviously we’d love to win a Big Ten championship, and we talk about that all the time,” Waite said. “We’re ranked 10th in the country, but there’s two more teams in the Big Ten ranked above us in the top 10 nationally, so it’s going to be a battle not just with those teams, but with the next four or five teams below us, so it’s going to be exciting. I think the fans will have a great time watching this team this season. I really encourage a lot more students coming out. We’re going to have a student section … and the Field House is going to be a really, really exciting place to play.”The Badgers open their regular season Friday as they travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., to play in the Air Force Falcon Invitational. Wisconsin is set to play San Jose State and Weber State on the first day of action and will look to get back in the swing of things sooner rather than later.“The competition is pretty good,” Waite said. “These are teams we haven’t really seen before, so we have to get on the court and figure out [how] they play. We’ll have scouting reports on them, and we’ll start doing that into this week, so we’ll learn more about them then.”
The five African nations at this year’s World Cup have varied stories to tell. Some, checkered; others, fairly decent.Joy FM will be the official rights holder for radio broadcast rights in Ghana for the tournament. Let’s look at the teams.EGYPTQualified for the 1934 World Cup in Italy, and was eliminated at the preliminary stage after losing 4-2 to Hungary.Qualified for the 1990 World Cup, again in Italy, and was eliminated ocne more at the group stage. They shared a group with England, Republic of Ireland, and the Netherlands and finished with two points.-Will be playing in Russia. Check Egypt Team Profile hereSENEGALQualified for the 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup and reached the quarterfinals, but were eliminated by Turkey.-Will be playing in RussiaCheck Senegal Team Profile here TUNISIAQualified for the 1978 World Cup in Argentina and finished third with 3 points. The group had Poland, Germany, and Mexico.Qualified for the France 1998 World Cup, was in the same group with Romania, England and Colombia. Finished fourth with a point.Qualified for the 2002 Korea/Japan event, was in same group with Japan, Belgium, and Russia. Finished fourth with a point.Qualified for the 2006 Germany tournament and featured in group with Spain, Ukraine, and Saudi Arabia. Finished with just a point. -Will be playing in Russia.Check Tunisia Team Profile hereNIGERIA Played at the 1994 USA World Cup, reached the round of 16 and eliminated 2-1 by Italy after extra time.Qualified for the France 1998 event, reached the round of 16, played Denmark but was beaten 4-1. Qualified for the Korea/Japan 2002 tournament, shared a group with Sweden, England, and Argentina. Finished bottom with a point.Qualified for the 2010 South Africa World Cup. Was in group with Argentina, Korea Rep, and Greece. Finished with a point.Qualified for the Brazil 2014 event, reached the round 16 and eliminated by France.– Will be playing in Russia.Check Nigeria Team Profile here MOROCCO Qualified for the Mexico 1970 World Cup, was in group with Germany, Peru, and Bulgaria. Finished fourth with a point.Qualified for the 1986 Mexico tournament, eliminated at the round of 16 by Germany.Qualified for the 1994 USA World Cup, was in same group as the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, and Belgium. Finished bottom with a point.Qualified for the 1998 France tournament and shared a group with Brazil, Norway, and Scotland. Finished third with four points. – Will be playing in Russia.Check Morocco Team Profile here—Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! With live English radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM radio, Akan radio commentary on Asempa 94.7 FM and livestreaming on Myjoyonline.com, we’ve got you covered all-tournament long.
Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense According to a statement released by the L.A. Department of Water and Power, one of the two circuits supplying power to Dodger Stadium experienced a disruption at approximately 7:44 p.m. An automated switch automatically re-routed the power, and a crew was dispatched to make repairs as needed after the game.A near capacity crowd was in attendance for the game, which was the home debut of newly acquired Dodgers infielder Manny Machado.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — A power outage at Dodger Stadium on Monday shut down the stadium lights and caused a 23-minute delay before the second inning of Monday’s game between the Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers.The stadium video boards were restored quickly, but the banks of lights surrounding the stadium did not come back on at the same time.Players left the field and returned to their dugout while Dodgers owner Stan Kasten and other team officials chatted with umpires on the field.An announcement over the public address system a few minutes later said the lights would be restored within approximately 15 minutes and the game would resume at that point. Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury