Beach volleyball prepares for two home matches

first_imgAfter spending spring break playing on the sands of Queen’s Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, the No. 3-ranked USC beach volleyball team (9-2) is back in action on the mainland when they host No. 6-ranked Long Beach State (2-5) and No. 19-ranked Cal (7-4) Tuesday at Merle Norman Stadium. First serve against the 49ers will begin at 12:30 p.m., while the match against the Bears will follow at approximately 2 p.m.Starting out the season ranked atop the AVCA National Poll, a pair of tight 3-2 losses to Pepperdine and Florida State in a span of six days pushed USC back to sit at third overall in the nation. However, the Women of Troy seem to have regained their stride after a successful trip to the Islands, in which they posted four straight victories over tournament host and No. 5-ranked Hawaii and No. 15-ranked Nebraska to win the Hawaii Invitational.USC defeated both schools twice over the weekend as part of the four-team tournament, recording a pair of 4-1 victories over the Rainbow Wahine and the Cornhuskers on Thursday. In Saturday’s rematches, the Women of Troy put up a clean 5-0 sweep over Nebraska in the morning and capped the evening off with a 3-2 win over the host school. With the victories, the Women of Troy extended their winning streak to five dual matches in a row.In addition to winning the team tournament, the Women of Troy also produced a trio of champions in the Hawaii Invitational Pairs Tournament. USC’s top six teams dominated the field as all three championship matches in each flight were made up of USC pairs.In the gold bracket, the No. 1-pair of juniors Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes defeated teammates and the No. 2-pair of junior Sophie Bukovec and senior Alexa Strange, 21-15, 21-19. The silver bracket final saw No. 3-pair of juniors Nicolette Martin and Allie Wheeler outlast underclassmen and the No. 4-pair of sophomore Jenna Belton and freshman Abril Bustamante in three, 21-15, 19-21, 15-9, while the bronze bracket final had the No. 5-pair of sophomore Jo Kremer and senior Zoe Nightingale win over the No. 6-pair of sophomore Terese Cannon and freshman Katrina Kernochan in two sets, 21-15, 21-18. Furthermore, the bronze flight had freshman Becca Dunn and senior Emily Young win the fifth-place consolation match as USC’s seventh pair. Overall, USC went 16-4 on the day, with three of those losses coming at the hands of other Women of Troy pairs.After spending time on the island, the Women of Troy are now back in Los Angeles ready to face two in-state rivals at Merle Norman Stadium. USC will start with some familiar faces across the net in No. 6-ranked LBSU. Having defeated the 49ers once already this season, the Women of Troy have the upper hand playing at home. However, Long Beach State is one of just two programs in the country that own a winning record against USC all-time, albeit a slim 5-4 margin. The teams’ last meeting was back on March 6 at Zuma Beach for the Pepperdine Kick-Off, where the Women of Troy had to rely on Martin and Wheeler to win in 3 sets and seal the exciting 3-2 victory.The No. 19-ranked Cal Bears also come to Troy with a four-match winning streak. Tuesday will mark just the second all-time meeting between the two Pac-12 foes, with the last meeting going in USC’s favor by way of a 5-0 sweep over the Bears. Both matches on Tuesday will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.last_img read more

Senator making another run at traffic camera ban

first_imgA state senator who’s tried for years to ban traffic enforcement cameras in Iowa is making another run at it in 2019.“This is about what I’ve said many times being able to face your accuser, that you are presumed innocent until proven guilty.” Senator Brad Zaun, a Republican from Urbandale, has been trying for a decade to get rid of the cameras that generate tickets for the owners of vehicles caught running red lights or speeding.“I still hear on a weekly basis…from people who are upset about these traffic cameras,” Zaun says. Zaun’s traffic camera ban has again cleared the first procedural hurdle in the Iowa Senate, but Senator Jake Chapman, a Republican from Adel, has taken the baton from Zaun, and is now serving as the manager of the bill. Chapman is the chief operating officer of a private ambulance service in Des Moines and used his company’s G-P-S technology to challenged two traffic camera tickets issued to his vehicles.“We have the technology to fight those, but the common, everyday Iowan does not have bread-crumb trails that they can pull up on their vehicle to show where they were at any particular time and so I’m gravely concerned with how accurate these cameras are,” Chapman says. Senator Tony Bisignano, a Democrat from Des Moines, opposes the traffic cam ban. Bisignano says he’s tired of this annual debate.“We’ve been over this road so many times,” Bisignano says. “…I trust the police chief to do what’s best not only for the public safety, but also safety of his officers.” A House panel is considering a different approach that would establish statewide standards for where traffic cameras may be placed and how the revenue from the tickets may be used.last_img read more

18 of 23 new COVID-19 cases in north-central Iowa are in Wright County

first_imgFloyd1 Wright DES MOINES — 23 more cases of COVID-19 have been identified in our immediate listening area, most of those cases being in Wright County.In the 24-hour period ending at 11 o’clock this morning, 18 more cases had been reported in Wright County; three more in Franklin; and single new cases in Floyd and Hancock. That brings the area’s total since the pandemic started to 596 — 314 in Wright; 63 in Franklin; 59 in Cerro Gordo; 38 in Hancock; 35 in Butler; 34 in Floyd; 24 in Kossuth; 15 in Winnebago; eight in Mitchell and six in Worth.Five more people in our listening area have recovered — three from Wright and single cases in Franklin and Mitchell — to bring the area’s total to 287.14 people in the area remain hospitalized — four from Franklin; three from Wright; two from Cerro Gordo and Butler; and single cases from Floyd, Hancock and Worth counties.Looking at the statewide numbers in the same 24-hour period — 28 more deaths have been reported to bring the total to 686; 182 more cases have been identified to bring the total to 26,047; 111 more people have recovered to bring the total to 16,129. Butler35 Mitchell Cerro Gordo1 Winnebago Floyd1 Mitchell8 Butler2 Cerro Gordo59 Mitchell51 Cerro Gordo2 Winnebago Cerro Gordo28 Hospitalized Mitchell Area Total4 Hancock381 Kossuth13 Area Total14 Franklin Hancock Wright31418 Worth1 Floyd18 Hancock24 Area Total59623 Butler2 Hancock1 Wright3 Kossuth Floyd341 Deaths Winnebago12 Confirmed CasesNew Cases Franklin4 Franklin251 Butler19 Worth6 Kossuth24 Worth5 Winnebago15 Kossuth Worth Wright1383 Area Total2875 Franklin633 RecoveredNew Recoveredlast_img read more