USC shocks rivals No. 3 UCLA on Senior Night

first_imgThis past Saturday, the unranked USC Trojans competed against No. 3 UCLA at home and upset the Bruins with a five-set victory. After falling in the first set 18-25, the Men of Troy won the next two sets, both 25-23. UCLA then claimed the fourth set 19-25, to which USC responded by rallying and claiming victory over the match with a 15-11 fifth set. It was head coach Jeff Nygaard’s first victory over his alma mater after serving in his position for three years.Redshirt junior outside hitter Jack Wyett was honored on Senior Night. Ling Luo | Daily TrojanIt was the Trojans’ Senior Night, honoring opposite hitter Jon Rivera, setter Gert Lisha, middle blocker Connor Inlow and outside hitter Jack Wyett. Rivera recorded one kill and three digs. Lisha ran the offense with a stellar performance, boasting 50 assists by the end of the night. Lisha also showed up defensively with 11 digs. Inlow had one kill while Wyett put up 18 kills, eight digs and one ace.Junior outside hitter Gianluca Grasso attributed some of the Trojans’ success to the atmosphere of the night.“I think that being Senior Night, the last home game of the season, and a big rivalry against UCLA, we had a really good week of practice,” Grasso said. “We were super focused going in.”Grasso also thought the Trojans’ mental game was a strong point in their performance.“We were positive the whole time as opposed to after a bad play or call from the refs we reacted negatively towards the game,” Grasso said. “Also what was different was the effort and the discipline. We knew it was an important game for us to win and everyone was 100 percent.”In addition to the seniors, Grasso was a big factor in the win. He had 20 kills, the most of the team, with a .441 hitting percentage. Grasso also added two aces and two digs. Freshman middle blocker Sam Lewis put up 10 kills and a .471 hitting percentage, adding five blocks. Junior outside hitter Ryan Moss also contributed nine kills and 12 digs, a solid defensive performance. Freshman libero Cole Paxson was focused on the serve receive game with an impressive .962 reception percentage, only recording one reception error in five sets.As a team, the Men of Troy followed Paxson and did not waver on serve receives. Grasso followed closely with a .958 reception percentage, and Wyett similarly with .929.The Trojans had an in-depth game plan that they executed very well, leading to success on the court. Their game plan consisted of attacking certain passers on serve receive and a blocking recipe that was detailed for each hitter.“We were aggravating them early,” Lisha said. “They made adjustments during the game and this was the first game where we were able to make adjustments back to them. It was like a chess match, I would say. We were disciplined throughout the whole game and didn’t try to play outside of our comfort levels.”As for the Bruins, their offense was led by senior opposite hitter Christian Hessenauer who put up 22 kills with a .500 hitting percentage. Senior outside hitter Jake Arnitz contributed with 13 kills, while sophomore middle blocker Daenan Gyimah and junior outside hitter Dylan Missry each had 10 kills. Junior setter Micah Ma’a ran the offense with 54 total assists.Arnitz passed 28 serve receive balls throughout the entire match without recording an error, boasting a rare 1.000 reception percentage. Senior outside hitter JT Hatch also recorded 28 passes with a .903 reception percentage, resulting in an impressive serve receive performance on both sides of the net. Defensively, Missry led the Bruins with 12 digs, followed by Hatch with nine and Arnitz with seven.After struggling all season to pull out wins, the Trojans are hoping that this upset will give them momentum to finish out their season strong and clean up their current 3-7 record in league play. They will travel to take on No. 13 Grand Canyon on Friday, followed by No. 14 Concordia on Saturday.last_img read more

Iowa House and Senate give solar bill unanimous support

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa legislature has sent the governor a compromise bill on solar energy.Last year, utilities sought permission to charge new fees to customers with solar panels on their homes or businesses. The bill now calls for studying the value of solar power starting in 2027 and establishes some alternative billing methods. Representative Gary Carlson, a Republican from Muscatine, says the compromise was developed by representatives of the state’s electric utilities, pork producers and the solar industry.“It’s gratifying to see that the groups came together and have come with a solution that’s good not only for the growth of the solar industry and utilities, but for Iowans,” Carlson says.Last year Republican Senator Michael Breitbach of Strawberry Point was the lead advocate for charging new fees to customers who tap into the electric power grid when their solar panels aren’t producing power. Breitbach says this year’s deal gives some certainty to solar customers.“It also gives us a pathway forward on how the determination will be on the value of solar,” he says.Senator Eric Giddens, a Democrat from Cedar Falls, says solar power helps reduce reliance on fossil fuels for electricity.“It will strengthen the solar industry in this state, make distributed solar installations more affordable for homeowners, businesses and farmers,” he says.The bill passed the House unanimously Tuesday and the Senate passed it 48-to-zero Wednesday afternoon.last_img read more

Juventus complete double with seventh straight Serie A title

first_img0Shares0000Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon celebrates © AFP / TIZIANA FABIROME, Italy, May 14 – Juventus sealed a seventh straight Serie A title on Sunday after a goalless draw against ten-man Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.The Turin giants had needed just a point to officially seal another title and become the first team to complete the league and Cup double for four consecutive seasons. “7th scudetto in a row! Mind-blowing!,” tweeted Juve’s Swiss star Stephan Lichsteiner.Roma played the final twenty minutes a man down after Radja Nainggolan was sent off for a second yellow card after a foul on Argentina striker Paulo Dybala.It is the 34th Scudetto in Juventus’s history.Massimiliano Allegri’s side also won the Italian Cup in the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday with a 4-0 win over AC Milan.With one game left to play Juventus cannot be caught by second-placed Napoli who are four points behind after winning 2-0 at Sampdoria on Sunday.Eusebio Di Francesco’s Roma team had already sealed their Champions League place next season after Inter Milan’s 2-1 loss against Sassuolo.“Juventus has a special mentality that has been built up over the years, they are a club that manages to stay united and compact in difficult times, and that’s what the other teams have to do,” said Di Francesco.“We must not give up, we have a lot of young players who are new to this level, we also have to improve the group and strengthen where we are a little less strong.”Juventus had early chances with Edin Dzeko firing over, a Lorenzo Pellegrini right footer flying wide and Aleksandar Kolarov’s free-kick hitting the side netting.Paulo Dybala threatened early and broke through early in the second half after an Alex Sandro cross but the goal was disallowed because the Argentina striker was offside.Nainggolan received two yellow cards in the space of five minutes and left Roma down to 10 men for the final 20 minutes.But Juventus did not take advantage of their advantage although Dybala did have penalty appeals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Severn Promotes Senior Leader to CFO

first_img February 29, 2012 439 Views Community financial institution “”Severn Savings Bank””:http://www.severnbank.com/ has named a new chief financial officer. The Maryland-based bank recently promoted Stephen W. Lilly to the leadership role.[IMAGE]Prior to his appointment at CFO, Lilly performed as Severn’s senior vice president. Lilly joined the bank in November of last year. Lilly is well prepared for his new role with Severn, having previously served as CFO for “”Bay-Vanguard””:http://www.bayvanguard.com/ Federal Savings[COLUMN_BREAK] Bank in Baltimore, Maryland. Additionally, he boasts extensive industry experience in diverse banking sectors for a variety of financial institutions across the eastern United States.Lilly, a certified public accountant, has acted in financial officer positions for banks throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia. The “”University of Maryland””:http://www.umd.edu/ graduate began his career in public accounting, before moving on to roles in banking.Severn’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, Thomas G. Bevivino, said of Lilly’s promotion to CFO, “”We are pleased to have Steve as a key player on our team.””Bevivino went on to add, “”His experience, depth of knowledge and integrity are a perfect complement to Severn’s management team already in place.””Severn, which is a subsidiary of Severn Bancorp Inc., functions as a full-service community bank and offers a wide range of personal and commercial banking products, as well as residential and commercial mortgage loans. Currently, Severn has four branches located in Annapolis, Edgewater, and Glen Burnie, Maryland. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-02-29 Abby Gregory in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologycenter_img Severn Promotes Senior Leader to CFO Sharelast_img read more