Ohio State womens volleyball looking to end Wisconsins winning streak

OSU sophomore outside hitter Luisa Schirmer (5) during a game against Purdue on Oct. 16 at St. John Arena. Credit: Christopher Slack, Lantern PhotographerThe first time the Ohio State women’s volleyball team took on Wisconsin this season, it was looking to get even after falling to the Badgers in the NCAA tournament last year.This go-around, the No. 16 Buckeyes (22-7, 11-6) are looking to end No. 10 Wisconsin’s (21-6, 13-4) nine-game winning streak — which began nearly a month ago on Oct. 23 — in Madison on Sunday at 2 p.m.The Badgers have been particularly tough on their home floor, boasting an 11-2 record in the Wisconsin Field House this season.“We’ve got to remind ourselves that we’re pretty good,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “But on the road in the Big Ten, you have to find another level and really circle the wagons together.”A number of players have helped fuel Wisconsin’s hot streak, but at the center of it all is junior setter Lauren Carlini, a 2014 first-team All-American and a preseason all-Big Ten selection.Carlini currently ranks first in the conference and seventh in the country in assists per set (11.78). The last two weeks, she’s been named the Big Ten’s setter of the week, an award she’s won six times in her college career.Sophomore outside hitter Luisa Schirmer said simply hitting the ball at Carlini can be effective in getting the Badgers out of rhythm.“A lot of times, you think of playing it at her, taking them out of system, taking her out of being able to set the ball and run the offense,” she said.The Buckeyes also want to “serve tough and get them out of system so we can read her easier,” sophomore defensive specialist Kalisha Goree said.Getting better at the service line has been a point of emphasis for Carlston’s team in recent weeks, and he’s starting to see some improvement.“We’re having moments, we’ve just got to do more of them and be a little bit more consistent,” he said.Carlston’s squad will not only have its hands full in dealing with one of the nation’s top setters but will also have to defend against one of the better blocking teams in the country, led by freshman middle blocker Tionna Williams (1.32 blocks per set) and junior middle blocker Haleigh Nelson (1.27).Against the third-best blocking team in the conference, Carlston is looking for some better play from his offense, which has gone through cold spells at times during the last month.“We’re getting a little predictable in terms of where we’re hitting the ball,” he said. “We’ve got to change up our shots and mix up what we’re giving teams.”Building postseason momentumIn the latest RPI rankings, OSU came in at No. 10, which leaves it in good standing to be one of the 16 teams to host the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament.With only three games left in the regular season, OSU is trying to close the season out strong, not only to get home-court advantage in the first two rounds of the tournament but also to build some momentum going into the postseason.“Every single team in the country is trying to do that right now and just figure themselves out before going into the tournament,” Goree said.The Buckeyes have won just four of their last nine matches, but they’re hoping Wednesday’s road win over Iowa is what they needed to get back on track.“We’ve had a little lull, but I think we’re building it up and we’re getting our team confidence back,” Schirmer said.What’s next?OSU is set to play its final regular season game away from St. John Arena when it travels to meet Big Ten-leading Minnesota, which defeated the Buckeyes in five sets in each team’s conference opener on Sept. 23. The Wednesday match is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. read more

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Dotting the i Offensive line doing just fine according to OSU

The Buckeye offensive linemen run practice drills before the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes _ 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorCo-offensive coordinators Tim Beck and Ed Warinner received criticism from across the Ohio State fan base following a disappointing offensive showing against Penn State. Occasional vanilla play calling mixed with receivers not getting open, a lack of a clean pocket for redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett and only two touches for junior H-back Curtis Samuel were all grounds for fan panic on Saturday.Although the team still finds itself at No. 6 in the latest AP poll, the Buckeyes looked vulnerable across the offensive front last Saturday. While a change might seem to be imminent, OSU coach Urban Meyer said the team is keeping the same look moving forward. “I don’t think we played our best game,” he said. “Conversations about any personnel changes usually go on today. I don’t foresee that. But we need to improve.”Notably, sophomore right tackle Isaiah Prince struggled against James Franklin’s defense, failing to bend his knees and react to twists from defensive ends and linebackers. So far this season, Prince had been performing at a high level, and looked as though he was filling in well as a starter.All that progress seemed to come crumbling down in State College, Pennsylvania, as the sophomore had an extremely tough go. Regardless of the struggles, redshirt junior guard Billy Price said he would stand by his teammate no matter what, and ripping on Prince would solve none of the Buckeyes problems.“It’s not attack Isaiah by any means, because I’ll go to war for him right now,” Price said. “I have no problem with it. I won’t sit here and allow someone to knit-pick him. He and I, we’re going to get better. There’s no doubt about it.”In all, OSU allowed well over 10 hurries along with six sacks, both numbers well above the season average. After keeping defenses at bay for most of the season, the Buckeyes had a proverbial leak from Wisconsin turn into a flood against Penn State in terms of pass rush.The problem with sacks has come mostly on the road. This year, OSU allows just a half a sack per game while at Ohio Stadium. However on the road, as the team was against Penn State, the Buckeyes surrendered three sacks per contest.Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein said this week has been all about righting wrongs and doing a better job at creating a solid pocket while also creating wide-open running lanes for the running backs.He also said the team has not focused on just the sack issue, but anything the coaches and the offensive line could think of, and said there were a few things the team could take away from the loss.“Just really focus on the details and remembering what it took to get our program to the way it is,” Elflein said. “And not taking that stuff for granted; the way we prepare, the way we practice. Everything, all the little things.”Warinner said the problems are spread across the entire offensive line, and not just with Prince. He extended the challenge of improvement to his entire team, as well as singling out “The Slobs” for a rough game.“Everybody needs to get better,” Warinner said. “Isaiah’s working on the things he needs to get better at. We’ve addressed those, and he’s not the only person that has areas that they need to improve. We just didn’t do enough good things.”Although the team has been criticized for its lack of production for multiple weeks, Meyer remained adamant that there would be no personnel changes or offensive overhauls. In his mind, the problems are all about execution.The Buckeyes’ coach said a losing performance and a poor showing is sometimes necessary for the team to grow.“Life lessons and football lessons are learned,” he said. “As a coach you really enjoy watching guys grow up obviously. Get kicked in the teeth, you don’t enjoy that. But that’s also part of the game.” read more

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Sluggish start a distant memory for Ohio State hockey team

Consistency and composure have been key for the resurgence of the men’s hockey team.Through their first 20 games, the Buckeyes fell short of lofty pre-season expectations, and the team stumbled into winter break searching for answers. But given a chance to recharge the batteries, the Buckeyes returned to practice with a renewed vigor.“I want to think we’re not the same team we were in the first half [of the season],” coach John Markell said. “So far we’re proving that. We’re being the team we can be.” Markell credits some of the Buckeyes’ first half struggles to injuries.“People think we didn’t sustain big injuries. We did,” Markell explained. “We are finally dressing the team we thought we had and that team is starting to play up to their capabilities.”Having a healthy squad has brought stability, experience and composure, which has led to instant results. Since the Buckeyes have returned from their midseason break, they have won three of their four conference games and four of five overall. This after a first half in which the team won only five of 14 conference games.“I feel like we’re setting a pace that is pretty good,” assistant captain Sergio Somma said. “We’re playing more consistent than we were before the break and we feel pretty good about that.”The Buckeyes will need to remain consistent as they host No. 10 Ferris State this weekend. It is the second straight week the Buckeyes will face a Top 10 opponent. The team just returned home from visiting then No. 10 Michigan State.Ferris swept the Buckeyes in the teams’ first series this year in Big Rapids, Mich. “In their building, they had momentum,” Markell said. “The crowd got into it and our guys got a little intimidated. Our emotions got the best of us.”The Buckeyes had built a 4-1 lead in the second game of the series but were unable to hold on. “We took a couple of bad penalties at the wrong time,” Markell said. Those penalties allowed Ferris State to get back into the game and eventually win 6-5 in overtime.The Buckeyes’ increased composure has helped them to avoid similar penalties and allowed the team to remain poised in tough situations. One such situation emerged last Saturday, when the Buckeyes were in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes surrendered a game-tying goal with just 10 minutes remaining in the third period. Somma said despite losing the lead, the team was able to remain calm and continue to play its game.“We felt like we were playing well and working hard, and if we kept playing the bounces would go our way,” Somma said. The bounces did go the Buckeyes’ way as they went on to score two goals in the final 1:07 to win 4-2.Afterward, players said their ability to not lose focus after Michigan State tied them was key in earning the victory. “We did a lot better job controlling our emotions,” Markell said. The Buckeyes’ ability to keep their emotions in check is something they obviously lacked the first time they met Ferris State.“After the first half of the year, the guys are doing a better job of playing for each other,” Markell said. “The finer points of the game are where we seem to be coming together. But that will be tested this weekend, and we hope the good parts of our game will test Ferris State.”The Buckeyes face off with Ferris State Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Kompany is delighted about Citys performance

first_imgThe club is back to its winning ways and managed to beat Southampton FC 3-1 today in the last match of 2018 in the English Premier LeagueAfter two consecutive defeats in the English Premier League, Manchester City returned to the victory path.The team was able to beat Southampton 3-1 today.And captain Vincent Kompany is delighted after today’s performance.“It was more than just the result – it was about the way we played,” the defender told Sky Sports.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We’re not focusing on anything much other than our performance. We have to be hungry and aggressive.”“We’ve been hit in our pride recently and that’s how a team has to react,” he commented.“We’ve got four competitions to play for in an incredible season. Today was a step in the right direction.”“We go into the next game in the same frame of mind, as always. We just want to win,” he explained.“We need to be ready for a fight and ready to take it to them [Liverpool] and try to win. We should be able to pull everything out of the locker for that game.”last_img read more

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Tips to stay fit healthy during pregnancy

first_imgExpecting mothers should go for pregnancy friendly exercises and should get comfortable maternity gear for working out, says an expert.Yuvraj Randhawa, gym trainer and owner of Health Plus gym (H+), gives an insight on smart ways to exercise safely during pregnancy:1. Don’t lie on your back: Avoid exercises that require you to lie flat on your back, especially crunches after the first trimester. Lying on your back for an extended period could make you feel dizzy as this can decrease blood flow to you and to your baby.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelf2. Get maternity gear: Comfort and flexibility are must during workouts but the baby bump needs to be accommodated throughout your pregnancy. Look for workout wear that is specifically sized to your times, shoe and measurements. There should be nothing too constrictive, nor anything too loose. Make sure you don’t get too warm, as over-heating can pose a threat to the baby.3. Go for pregnancy friendly exercises: Walking briskly, swimming regularly and parental yoga are all very healthy and easy on baby. Remember that your joints become loose and your centre of gravity shifts with pregnancy, so you cannot just scale down your usual routine. Seek out a moderate program that keeps you strong and fit in a relaxed and safe manner. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4. Get more rest than usual: Most expectant mothers need more sitting, napping and relaxing, but if you have got a healthy fitness routine going, you need even more time to recoup. Don’t ever keep yourself in overdrive, no matter how much you have got going on or how great your love of working out may be. Keeping yourself fit during this time is a very healthy decision, but it also must be a wise one; listen to your body.5. Be prepared to modify your routine: You may not be able to keep up that five mile run when you’re pregnant, which is totally fine. Hormonal changes during pregnancy make you more flexible and your growing belly can throw off your centre of balance, making your standby workouts more difficult. You may lessen the time.last_img read more

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How Analytics and Data Can Undermine Leaders

first_imgJuly 23, 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 4 min read For business leaders, data can be a best friend and a worst enemy.Our current data revolution is producing more insightful information than ever before. The revolution’s downfall, however, is that it’s also producing a plethora of business leaders unprepared to effectively separate the essential from the interesting.Related: How Data Science Is Fueling Social Entrepreneurship If this sounds like you, know that the misuse of data may hinder your ability to make timely decisions that define your future. So, strive to avoid the mistakes that will turn data into your nemesis — rather than the trusted ally it potentially can be.Today’s most successful business leaders understand how to pinpoint meaningful data, then utilize it to influence future decisions. They know what can be set aside. On the other hand, leaders who can’t discriminate or interpret fall behind — and even fail — when they look to data to give them the perfect answer. They miss the bus by reacting or waiting too long.Case in point: A leader shared with me how the European division of his company had a big strategy decision to make, yet remained at a standstill. Each time strategy was discussed, the conclusion was to do “more analysis” to answer additional questions. Key leaders couldn’t collaborate and reach a decision, and the data being used did not provide a clear answer. Meanwhile, a competitor changed the conversation, affecting the bottom line. While searching for the “right answer,” the company missed its opportunity.So, don’t suffer the same fate. Determine when data is needed, what matters most and when it will give insights — not the “right answer.” Here are four data-related mistakes that may be affecting your business success:1. Overly trusting (or distrusting) dataIt’s important to be aware of both the usefulness and the limitations of data. Some leaders believe that data will provide concrete answers to any and all business problems, while others rely too much on gut feelings without realizing the power of meaningful data as a business tool. Wise leaders know how to strike the right balance.Understanding how to use data and when not to will help you make better decisions, anticipate the future and pinpoint problems that need your attention. More data won’t always give you more information to make a better decision, but the act of analyzing data on a companywide level will shed more light on the true issues.Related: You Need Big Data Now: 5 Professions That Can Benefit2. Looking to data to reveal the futureDespite what many leaders think, data isn’t a crystal ball that knows exactly what the future holds. Data is a merely a collection of current and past trends that, paired with intuition, helps leaders make future-minded decisions. It’s easy to get caught up in analysis, but research shows that analytical thinking reveals only part of the picture. Pairing informed intuition with data analysis results in better decisions that balance facts with insights.3. Believing that “more data” must be better dataData collection is an activity that can easily get out of hand. Sifting through boatloads of analytics is a time-consuming activity that can slow or completely halt decision-making.Smart leaders know when analytics can unlock the answer rather than just provide input. When planning for a substantive change, recognize that using past or current data may not reveal the right clues. Know when to stop and rely on sound judgment.4. Treating all data equallyWhen you ask companies for the key metrics that matter, the answer is often a workbook. The best leaders know how to focus. They understand the essential data that drives their bottom line, employee engagement or customer commitment.The leaders who use data and analytics most effectively have found simplicity and clarity in how they use it. Not all data should be given equal attention or consideration. Focus your time and attention on those that drive business results.Data and analytics play a critical role in today’s business world. It’s easy to become overly dependent upon these things, collect too much or give it all the same attention.Recognizing and correcting these pitfalls is crucial to capitalizing on data that matters, ensuring the longevity of your business and cementing your role as a leader who relies on both information and intuition.Related: 4 Marketing Analytics Tools That Are Shaping the Industry Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

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