UW loses to Hoosiers in 4, swept by Nittany Lions

first_imgThe Wisconsin volleyball team played two very different matches over the weekend, but both of them ended with the same result.The Badgers were swept by Indiana and No. 1 Penn State at the Field House, dropping their record in the Big Ten to 4-6 at the halfway point of the season.The Hoosiers didn’t play the prettiest match Sunday, but a slew of UW errors allowed them to leave with the win.“I think it starts with ball control all the time, and attitude,” head coach Pete Waite said. “I don’t think we had either tonight. It was just unacceptable the way they approached the match, and the way they approached every point. They have to find some fire within them as a group. Occasionally, we have individuals here or there that have it, but it is so spotty that it is hard to get momentum.”The Badgers appeared in control after the first set, downing IU 25-22, despite only hitting .065 for the set. The Hoosiers seized momentum for the rest of the match, however, and finished off the Badgers 25-21, 25-23 and 25-20.“In this sport, half the time the ball is on your side of the net and the other team can’t bother you at all,” Waite said. “You just need to play ball. So, if you handle the ball well, and control the ball well, you have great chances to score all the time. But we are creating so many unforced errors on our side — we are just handing points over.”Senior captain Audra Jeffers provided the only consistent threat for the Badgers, finishing the match with 10 kills and a .296 hitting percentage.“I am just kind of disappointed on the way things went,” Jeffers said. “I am just extra-motivated to get in there and try and find some way to fire the team up. It is like Coach said, it is just about attitude. We are trying to bring that out, but it just can’t be a few people, it has to be everyone.”The Badgers went to their bench several times in the second set, and Waite substituted often throughout the match, trying to find a winning combination. Most notably, Waite took out sophomore hitter Allison Wack for junior Caty DuPont.“If someone is struggling, we have to search for someone that is going to come in and help,” Waite said. “We were trying to shore things up a bit. I thought Allison [Wack] was struggling a bit early; we made the change, and I think it did some OK things, but that also forces us into some situations that are not the same as we have done.”Wisconsin currently holds a four-match losing streak, but they are not making any excuses for their inconsistent play.“At times, we have had two freshman starters out there, but there are a lot of other upperclassmen that are there,” Waite said. “At this point in the season, I would expect us to be flowing better together and be more consistent with our play.”The Nittany Lions came to the Field House with a perfect 20-0 record Friday, and the Badgers fell to PSU in three straight sets. Despite the sweep, however, the Badgers felt they competed well against the nation’s top-ranked team.“That’s a very good team,” Waite said. “They only lost one starter from last year’s national championship team and they’re more athletic, more mature. They make [fewer] errors, and there’s such a small margin of error on our side of the net. You just cannot make an error because they’re not going to make any.”The Nittany Lions won the three sets 25-20, 25-16 and 25-21. PSU recorded nine total blocks to UW’s five, and out-hit the Badgers .340 to .133.“I thought we battled pretty well, but they’re hitting at such high angles — you can’t even train that, and you don’t even play most teams on your schedule with balls coming at you at that height over the top of your block,” Waite said. “Some of them have great reaches. They don’t just reach and hit it down where your block is — they hit it, reach high and hit deep in the court, which is a great shot and very tough to defend.”last_img read more

‘Rafa Benitez is in complete control of Newcastle’s transfers’, talkSPORT told

first_img ALTERED 2 He is said to have hamstrung Benitez by forcing a sell-to-buy policy on the ex-Liverpool boss, whereas the Spaniard thought he would originally have around £45million to spend to strengthen ahead of the new season.Ashley and Lee Charnley, the club’s managing director, have been closely involved in Newcastle’s transfer business over the past decade, which is why it has been easy to blame the pair for their lack of signings.However Allardyce, who was Newcastle manager when Ashley bought the club in 2007, believes Benitez has full control over transfers, the first time a Magpies boss has been awarded this freedom since he left St James’ Park in early 2008.“Newcastle are not trying to get rid of Rafa Benitez,” Allardyce told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, “not at all.“I think what’s happened, in my limited understanding, is that Mike Ashley has always said Rafa can have every penny the club generates, and that he can use that in the transfer market how he sees fit.“So clearly Rafa, for the first time at Newcastle, is in charge of his own recruitment.“I was in charge of my own recruitment at Newcastle, but after that there were always other people in charge of recruitment at Newcastle – not the manager. I think Rafa’s got the say verbatim on what players come in and go out now, which has not been the case before at Newcastle. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade SORRY The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 gameday cracker “But he has signed some good players, and I think they won’t struggle as much as they did last season.“I think the season’s worth of experience all the players have had, plus the new recruits, means they’ll be okay. And that is something the Newcastle fans should look forward to.“But what is expected at Newcastle is beyond the real expectation and the reality they can do; they always want that little bit more.”Given the heavy spending of the clubs who finished around Newcastle last season, as well as those who won promotion from the Championship, it is no surprise the St James’ Park faithful are worried about the Magpies’ chances of top flight survival.“I think they’ll be concerned,” Allardyce continued, “because once other clubs go past your spending it makes life difficult for Rafa to do better than he did last season.“Newcastle have been into the transfer market, but when you look at the new clubs who have come up that have exceeded their spending, that will concern Rafa and it will concern the Newcastle fans. Rafa Benitez has total control of transfers at Newcastle, according to former Magpies manager Sam Allardyce.Benitez, the Spaniard, has openly criticised Newcastle owner Mike Ashley this summer, having seen just five players brought to St James’ Park. Many of the club’s fans are worried about the threat of relegation, and the blame over this lack of transfers has been directed at Ashley. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Benitez has spoken out about Newcastle’s lack of signings revealed “You’ll need to use Rafa’s experience to make sure Newcastle stay in the Premier League again, and then try and build again with his very good knowledge of the transfer market. I think that was one of the key elements of Newcastle staying up last year – Rafa’s experience in recruitment.“In the Premier League there is no margin for error now, because of the cost of players fees.” possible standings smart causal BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Most read in Premier League How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings latest Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 2 predicted Yoshinori Muto became Newcastle’s fifth summer signing on Thursday silverware last_img read more