UW’s spring ‘challenge’ concludes

first_imgFor UW volleyball head coach Pete Waite, the spring season has not gone as smoothly as he would have hoped for.”This spring has been a challenge because we’ve had so many illnesses and a few injuries that we’re nursing,” Waite said.Several Badgers have missed some time this spring due to either injury or illness. Morgan Salow was out for an extended period of time with mononucleosis, and Audra Jeffers has been resting her back after having surgery on it last spring. After playing in Wisconsin’s first spring tournament, freshman Caity Dupont has sat out, as she is recovering from back surgery.Due to all the illnesses and injuries, Wisconsin recently had to withdraw from the Great Lakes Center NCAA Invitational.”It’s been a challenge to have as many people on the court as we’d like,” Waite said. “The team has made good progress and we like the things we’ve seen.”With all the injuries this spring, several other players have been able to make their case that they too deserve more playing time next year.One of those players is sophomore Katherine Dykstra. So far this spring she has 34 kills and 6 blocks while playing the right side — a position unfamiliar to her. Junior Maya Carroll, who has played sparingly over the last three years, has seen increased action at middle blocker and has contributed with 25 kills.Now after taking nearly a month off from competition, Waite’s squad is ready to return to the Field House for one last spring match. The Badgers (27-6 overall, 16-4 Big Ten in 2006) will take on inner-state rival Marquette (16-15, 10-4 Big East) Friday night.”[Marquette has] lost a couple of starters just like we have, but they have a number of good players coming back,” Waite said. “We know it’s a well-coached team and a very disciplined and hardworking team.”Just like the Badgers, the Golden Eagles lost three seniors from last year’s squad. However, Marquette is returning its top offensive performer in junior Kimberley Todd, who averaged 4.81 kills per game on her way to being named to the All-Big East first team.”We know this is another good challenge for us, especially since we’ve got a few players playing out of position due to illnesses and resting some of the other players,” Waite said.After wrapping up its spring season with a match against Marquette, Wisconsin will head overseas once the school year is over for more training.”We’re looking forward to the opportunity to be challenged by some top international teams,” Waite said. “And for the players to be out of their comfort zone, because when you travel overseas everything is different.”The Badgers will travel to the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy over a 14-day period in early June. During the course of their trip, Waite thinks the different situations his team is put into will help them prepare for the Big Ten season.”Obviously the languages are different, food is different and everything throws them off kilter, and that’s what happens in Big Ten play,” Waite said. “The opposing team is always trying to put you under stress and the best teams react well to that. They are used to it and don’t get phased by it.”We’re looking for a chance to put them under some stressful situations and see how they react to them.”— UWBadgers.com contributed to this report.last_img read more

President calls for banning single-use plastics

first_imgPresident David GrangerPresident David Granger, in his World Environment Day message, said now was the time for Guyanese to act and help beat plastic pollution by curtailing their use of single-use plastics.This year, World Environment Day (June 5) was observed under the theme “Beating Plastic Pollution” and, according to the President, it reminds us that the indiscriminate and insanitary dumping of single-use plastics and other non-biodegradable substances threatens the health of citizens and the food they consume.“Plastic pollution represents a serious challenge to Guyana’s environmental security. Plastic pollution is dangerous. It has contributed to congested drainage system; resulted in flooding and insanitary conditions; depleted aquatic life and contaminated creeks, rivers, freshwater supplies and waters used for drinking, bathing, fishing and washing. Guyana is on the way to becoming a ‘Green State’. It is developing policies aimed at protecting the environment by reducing, and, eventually eliminating, plastic pollution,” the statement said.Meanwhile, United Nations General Secretary António Guterres said a healthy planet was essential for a prosperous and peaceful future, noting that we all have a role to play in protecting our only home.“It can be difficult to know what to do or where to start. That’s why this World Environment Day has just one request: beat plastic pollution. Our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste. Every year, more than eight million tonnes end up in the oceans. Microplastics in the seas now outnumber stars in our galaxy. From remote islands to the Artic, nowhere is untouched. If present trends continue, by 2050, our oceans will have more plastic than fish. On World Environment Day, the message is simple: reject single-use plastic,” the SG noted.World Environment Day is the most important day in the UN’s calendar of events dealing with the environment. It is an opportunity for nations and peoples around the world to recommit to practical policies and sustained action to promote global environmental security.last_img read more

Dbacks president Derrick Hall Franchise still f

first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The Cardinals made sure to bring Ware back, signing the free agent in the wake of Adrian Wilson’s biceps injury, suffered Saturday.A veteran of seven NFL seasons, Ware has found a niche with the Cardinals as a backup safety, a role the Cardinals would likely want him to fill again this season.Whatever he ends up doing for the Cardinals, things will be a little different this time around for the 28-year-old, as new defensive coordinator Ray Horton is instituting a few changes.Ware is a fan.“It’s definitely an attack defense,” he said. “Watching the film from Saturday’s scrimmage, just saw guys flying around and having a lot of fun.”For his career Ware has tallied 115 tackles and one interception.ArizonaSports.com’s Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to this report 0 Comments   Share   Matt Ware is comfortable with the Arizona Cardinals.The safety has spent the last five years of his career with the team, making the decision to come back a fairly easy one.“Obviously I know the staff, I know a lot of the guys that are here,” he told reporters at Cardinals training camp Monday. Then again, Ware added that he’s not trying to be comfortable right now, that it’s all about taking advantage of the opportunity he’s been given. center_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories last_img read more