Volleyball returns home to host Cal and Stanford

first_imgJunyi Li | Daily TrojanFresh off of their trip to the desert, the No. 19 women’s volleyball team (13-4, 5-1 Pac-12) is back in the Galen Center this week to host Cal (11-6, 2-4) on Friday and No. 3 Stanford (13-2, 6-0) on Sunday. Arizona swept USC last Friday, handing the Trojans their first Pac-12 conference loss and snapping their five-game winning streak — but USC bounced back to beat Arizona State in four sets. The Trojans will return to the Galen Center, where they own an undefeated 5-0 record on home court this season, for this week’s games.“The good thing is we’ve been pretty good at home, in every one of the matches we played here at home this year, and so I’m hoping that they’ll do the same thing getting ready for Cal on Friday night,” head coach Mick Haley said. “That’s a big one: We gotta play Cal first, and if we can beat Cal on Friday night, then we’ll worry about Stanford on Sunday. But Cal is the big focus right now.”The Women of Troy will once again lean on a balanced offense spearheaded by senior opposite hitter Brittany Abercrombie. While the team struggled against the Wildcats, the Trojans regained their offensive composure against the Sun Devils, where four players recorded double-digit kills for USC, led by Abercrombie’s team-high 18 kills. The team also received a boost from senior opposite hitter Niki Withers, sophomore outside hitter Khalia Lanier, sophomore opposite hitter Daley Krage and senior middle blocker Danielle Geiger, who combined for 43 kills against Arizona State. Senior setter Reni Mayer-Whalley and sophomore setter Cindy Marina look to assist the team in setting up attacking opportunities. Expect the offense to revolve around an equal distribution of attacking opportunities much like it did against Arizona State. The Golden Bears are led by a trio of offensive threats. Senior outside hitter Antzela Dempi has 2.89 kills per set with 179 total kills, junior outside hitter Carmen Annevelink has 2.53 kills per set and 157 kills while freshman outside hitter Mima Mirkovic sports 2.63 kills per set with 163 total kills. The Golden Bears are looking to bounce back against USC after suffering two straight sweeps against Oregon and Oregon State. However, the odds are stacked against them, as they are 2-4 against Pac-12 opponents and are only 1-5 on the road this season, whereas USC has a perfect 5-0 home record this season and owns a 144-30 all-time record in the Galen Center.After a day’s break, the Women of Troy will be back in the Galen Center to face off against Pac-12 volleyball giant No. 3 Stanford. The Trojan defense has to prepare adequately against sophomore outside hitter Kathryn Plummer, who is averaging an astonishing 4.76 kills per set and has accumulated a total of 238 kills. Plummer’s kills per set rank 9th in Division I women’s volleyball. She is supported by sophomore middle blocker Audriana Fitzmorris and redshirt senior opposite hitter Merete Lutz, who are averaging 2.20 and 2.76 kills per set, respectively. Other notable offensive threats from the Cardinal include redshirt freshman outside hitter Michaela Keefe (1.91 kills per set), freshman outside hitter Meghan McClure (1.80 kills per set) and junior middle blocker Tami Alade (1.72 kills per set). The offensive firepower from Stanford will be key to setting the tone for the game. The Cardinal’s defense is anchored by Fitzmorris and Alade, who average 1.44 and 1.48 blocks per set, respectively, and will prove to be a tough challenge for the Trojans’ offense. The Women of Troy will have a monumental task in trying to contain the visiting No. 3 Cardinal. “October is always the hardest month for us to compete, so I’m hoping that what we learned in the past will help us through this, and I’m hoping we can come up with a couple of wins this weekend,” Haley said.The Trojans have had their fair share of tough challenges from several other opponents, but Sunday’s game against No. 3 Stanford will be one of the biggest games of the season. The Women of Troy will host the Golden Bears at 7 p.m. Friday and the Cardinal at 3 p.m. on Sunday.last_img read more

Moto M to launch in India today, may cost less than Rs 20,000

first_imgLenovo today is going to add another Moto phone, Moto M in India. The Moto M was launched in China last month and since India has been an important market for Moto it is coming to the country today. The phone was first launched at CNY 1,999 in China, which roughly translates to Rs 20,000. The company teased its launch in India on its Moto India twitter handle.Also Read: Motorola Moto Z review: The most underrated phone of 2016 Interestingly, the phone sports a full metal unibody design and is water resistant like the Moto G4 and G4 plus. The design is also quite similar with a rounded back and a 5.5 inch Full HD display in front; the same Octa core snapdragon 617 chipset and 3000mAh battery. So the major difference then remains with the fingerprint sensor placement.This may have come in response to many Moto fans and critics who pointed out that front button is a useless addition when on-screen home and back keys are the given way of navigation. It is like a home button that you can’t press and that is annoying at times. Then there was the plastic build, both on Moto G4 and G4 Plus that became a fodder for further analysis.Motorola (yeah Lenovo) fixes these things with Moto M. It had to be announced in India. The fingerprint sensor is placed at the back, the build is all metal (and water resistant), the RAM is upgraded to 3GB/4GB and the storage to 32GB/64GB. Then, there is a higher resolution 16megapixel camera in the rear with 1micrometer pixel size. It almost enters the Moto Z league.advertisementIts Metallic. Its Marvelous. And it could be yours very soon. Coming soon on Flipkart! #SomethingMagnificent pic.twitter.com/WccEK8AcLg Flipkart (@Flipkart) December 8, 2016Though, hinting from the China price, the Moto M will also carry a bigger price tag. And that also kind of jeopardizes the pricing of Lenovo smartphones that always manage to carry heftier specs. The Lenovo Z2 having Snapdragon 820 would actually cost the same.That said however, Moto phones grab an edge over its Lenovo counterparts by offering clean stock interface and water resistance with a curvier design. Like you, we are eagerly waiting for the new (read old) Moto design to rise from the ashes, in metal.Also Read: Moto G4 Plus review: Two steps forward, one step backlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: All-round Root leads England’s decimation of West Indies

first_imgJoe Root led the charge with the bat after Jofra Archer and Mark Wood picked 3 wickets apiece as England defeated West Indies by 8 wickets in Southampton on Friday to move to No.2 in the points table of 2019 Cricket World Cup.Chasing a below-par total of 213, England were forced to send Joe Root to open the innings in the absence of Jason Roy, who suffered a hamstring injury earlier in the day.Nonetheless, Root came with a brilliant show with the bat as the England Test captain brought up his second hundred of World Cup 2019. Root outpaced explosive opening batsman Jonny Bairstow in their 95-run stand.After Shannon Gabriel removed Bairstow, Root partnered with Chris Woakes who was promoted to No. 3 as captain Eoin Morgan also suffered a niggle during the West Indies innings. The England fans celebrate a mightily impressive performance from their team! pic.twitter.com/rTIdatWHnE Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 14, 2019Root and Woakes made light work of the West Indies pace attack that looked one-dimensional after the sun came out shining bright in Southampton. The duo added 104 for the 2nd wicket as England cruised to the target in just 33.1 overs.After England won the toss and decided to bowl, West Indies were dealt an immediate blow when Chris Woakes removed Evin Lewis. Chris Gayle was beginning to look dangerous but Liam Plunkett removed the Universe Boss as West Indies slipped to 54 for 2 off 13 overs.Shai Hope was done in by Mark Wood in the 14th over before Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer added 89 for the 4th wicket to bring West Indies back on track. With the likes of Jason Holder, Andre Russell and Carlos Brathwaite still to walk in, it looked like West Indies could still post a competitive total and make a match out of it.But poor shot-selection cost the West Indies dearly.advertisement Joe Root picked up the wickets of Shimron Hetmyer and Jason Holder (Reuters Photo)Hetmyer and Jason Holder within 2 overs of each other as Joe Root found success with the ball as well. The England Test captain was given an extended spell of 5 overs as he picked up 2 wickets with his part-time off-spin. Andre Russell tried one big shot too many and perished when he tried to take on Mark Wood. Jofra Archer returned to the attack to remove Pooran and Sheldon Cottrell in the 40th over and at 202 for 8, the West Indies innings was beyond repair.Archer and Wood polished off the last two wickets to finish with 3 wickets each.It was a disappointing performance by West Indies who had started strongly against Pakistan. Then they gave Australia a real scare before Steve Smith and Nathan Coulter-Nile bailed the defending champions out of trouble.England, the pre-tournament favourites, bounced back strongly after losing a high-scoring thriller to Pakistan.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Why India are outright favourites against PakistanAlso See:last_img read more