New Culture, Talent Boosting Caltech Volleyball’s Expectations

first_img Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Business News HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty18 Ways To Get Rid Of HiccupsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Things You Should Never Share With Other PeopleHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuffcenter_img Photo by Michael WongThe departure of four of a team’s top performers, including the program’s all-time kills leader, does not typically portend success the following year. An exceedingly young 2016 Caltech volleyball squad is prepared to challenge those odds, however, as five experienced incoming freshmen, a handful of key returners and a vastly improved team culture have the Beavers already setting their sights even higher than last year’s modest success.Schedule ReleaseRecruit Release“We are actually further ahead of last year from an experience and developmental standpoint,” Head Coach Tom Gardner said. “We are having fun, showing passion and positive energy, which I’m confident we can channel into improvement in every area on the court. We’re focusing on cohesiveness and making the process enjoyable – a positive experience leads to success on the court.Sophomore Sakthi Vetrivel (Redmond, Wash. / Overlake School) headlines a small band of returners, having ranked second on last year’s squad in three statistical categories with just over a kill per set, 32 total blocks and 20 service aces. Junior Mayra Melendez (Salinas, Calif. / York) once again will have the first opportunity to lock down the libero position while senior Suzannah Osekowsky (Saratoga, Calif. / Saratoga) is also the early leader in the right-side hitter competition.“We are counting on our few returners, and especially Sakthi, for leadership with such a young group,” Gardner said. “She gained some good experience last year and has the versatility to play across the front row. Mayra is a key component in our serve-receive who will help solidify a young back row, while Suzy combines well with Sakthi to put up a big blocking presence.”Despite the graduation of the program’s all-time kills leader as well as the departure of three other hitters ranked in the team’s top five last season, the 2016 squad could post similar production thanks to a more balanced attack as freshmen Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) and Lauren Li (Bellaire, Texas / Bellaire) enter Caltech ready to stake their claim to the outside hitter berths for the next four years.“Alexa and Lauren are going to be great six-rotation players,” Gardner said. “They can play both offense and defense at a high level, have a variety of different shots and compete hard and push each other.”Building chemistry with a pair of new setters will of course be key, with classmates Ellie Walker (Minneapolis, Minn. / Blake School) and Mei-Ling Laures (Chicago, Ill. / British Int’l School of Chicago) both showing they are capable of manning the position on their own or splitting duties, at least in the early stages.“We’re fortunate to have brought in two players with setting experience; now we’re just looking to make good connections with the hitters and see how our lineup shakes out,” Gardner said. “They’re both doing a good job figuring out how to make the hitters better and put them in position to succeed.”Freshman Julia Fay (Oakland, Calif. / Coll. Prep School) rounds out the incoming group as a valuable front row piece who will contribute to the team’s blocking presence in particular.“We are more balanced, more experienced and more confident this year,” Gardner said. “We are still finding out exactly what we have and where everyone fits, and with a small squad we need to stay healthy, but we feel good about being able to compete with the teams we have on the schedule. We are going to be able to weather more and longer rallies, side-out an overcome adversity, all things we struggled with last year. We’re really going to challenge teams – there’s not going to be anything easy against us this year.”Gardner and the Beavers head to Lancaster on Tuesday, Sept. 6 for the season opener at West Coast Baptist College, which Caltech has beaten in the season finale each of the last two years. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News New Culture, Talent Boosting Caltech Volleyball’s Expectations From GoCaltech.com Published on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 | 1:55 pm Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

Braaksma goes back to back with BVR win on Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour night 2

first_imgKyle Brown and Jesse Rogotzke, who’d started 13th, completed the top five.  Laney ran second the last nine times around the track but didn’t get the break he needed as the 25-lapper ran caution-free. Chris Abelson, a three-time tour winner at BVR, started 12th and fin­ished third. Hancock County Speedway at Britt is next on the Dirt Knights schedule, with a $1,000 to win, 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event on Tuesday, July 28. Ethan Braaksma raced to a second win in as many Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour outings this season Wednesday night, checking out on the rest of the IMCA Modified field en route to the $1,000 checkers at Buena Vista Raceway. (Photo by Jim Steffens) He started and finished fourth in his DKT heat race. All Dirt Knights Tour events are broadcast by Speed Shift TV. Braaksma made his charge from seventh starting, taking over the front spot as leader Matt Bon­ine slowed with mechanical issues and checked out on everybody, taking the checkers half a lap ahead of runner-up Cody Laney. ALTA, Iowa (July 22) – After a convincing win on opening night, Ethan Braaksma dominated on night two of the Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour for IMCA Modifieds Wednesday at Buena Vista Raceway.  Braaksma had finished 14th in his two previous outings at Alta, in last year’s tour event and during last week’s Kyle Suter Memorial.  “We didn’t change anything from the heat. I didn’t know what the track was going to be like for the fea­ture but by the end it had slicked off to my liking,” he said. “I could hit my line and get around there pretty good.” “We’ve worked pretty hard for this,” said Braaksma, who put his name on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot with his tour feature win Monday at Park Jefferson Speedway and banked $1,000 by taking the BVR checkers. “It was amazing to come out on top and know you beat the best guys in the Midwest twice.” The Joel Showalter Memorial for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks that evening also pays $1,000 to win. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts complete the card.  Pit gates open at 5 p.m. with racing to follow 7 p.m. hot laps.  Other Wednesday night winners at Alta were Brian Blessington in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, 12th starting Cody Nielsen in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Doug Smith in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Kaytee DeVries in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts. Feature results – 1. Ethan Braaksma, Newton; 2. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 3. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 4. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 5. Jesse Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; 6. Ricky Stephan, Sioux City; 7. Billy Kendall III, Baxter, Minn.; 8. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 9. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 10. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 11. Al Hejna, Clear Lake; 12. Jim Thies, Mapleton; 13. Bob Moore, Sioux City; 14. Jayden Larson, Mankato, Minn.; 15. Jake Pike, Pahrump, Nev.; 16. Chad Ten Napel, Sioux City; 17. Jason Brees, Meriden; 18. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev.; 19. David Brown, Kel­logg; 20. Matt Bonine, Onawa.last_img read more

Harry issues Taarabt warning

first_img Taarabt’s agent has claimed the midfielder has been told he can leave the club in the next transfer window, but Redknapp believes there is no interest in the Morocco star. Taarabt continues to battle ankle trouble, with Redknapp claiming the 25-year-old struggles to stay in shape. “Milan don’t seem to be interested in him now, no.” Rangers take on West Ham at Upton Park in Premier League action on Sunday, bidding to hit back from 2-1 defeat at Southampton. Brazilian midfielder Sandro was withdrawn from action at St Mary’s last weekend after suffering a knock to the head. The former Spurs star will be fit to face West Ham, but Redknapp admitted Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch are still battling hamstring trouble. “We’re not sure who will be fit really, we’ve got to have a look at one or two of them,” he said. “We won’t be sure until we get through today, then we’ll see how they are. “The knock on the head to Sandro was just a thing that happened, he’s recovered fully so hopefully he’ll be okay. “We need to tighten up, but it’s been difficult because I’ve brought some midfielders into the club and they’ve never been fit to play. “We’ve never got them on the pitch at one time, there’s always been a problem. “Sandro’s come in and been injured, Jordon Mutch has been injured, Joey Barton has been injured so it’s been difficult really to get a real settled group in there. “You need midfielders to weight in with goals, they have to score and if they’re not doing that they’re not producing.” Harry Redknapp has told Adel Taarabt to concentrate on getting fit for QPR rather than agitating for a January transfer. Press Association Redknapp said QPR will only entertain Taarabt leaving on a permanent transfer, with the west London club holding out for a £4.5million fee. Taarabt spent time on loan at AC Milan last season, but former Spurs boss Redknapp believes the San Siro club have cooled interest in a long-term deal. “Well I know nothing about that; the first thing he needs to go is to get fit and start playing football here, isn’t it?” said Redknapp. “That’s all we want Adel to do is, to be fit to play for QPR. “I don’t where he’s got the green light to leave in January from, he had the green light to leave in the summer, but there was no one, Milan didn’t come in for him. “He’s always had the green light if somebody wants to pay the money the club wants for him. “If they don’t pay the money he stays here. “But I need him fit, I want to get him fit, he’s a good player, a real talent, I just want to get him out on the training ground every day, get him fit and playing for QPR, that’s my only interest at the moment. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNBA players to get paid next weekUNDATED (AP) — The NBA says players will receive their full checks when the next payday for most of them arrives on April 15 despite no games having been played for more than a month at that point. The league and the National Basketball Players Association have been in talks for weeks about the status of salaries during the game’s shutdown.The last NBA games were played March 11, the day that Utah center Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) became the first player in the league to test positive for the coronavirus. The pandemic will lead to the delay of at least 259 regular-season games through April 15, what would have been the end of the regular season.In other developments related to the coronavirus:— The chief executive of the Tokyo Games says he can’t guarantee the postponed Olympics will be staged next year because the coronavirus continues to spread in Japan. The country issued an emergency declaration this week to battle the virus. The Olympics were postponed last month with a new opening set for July 2021.— The Los Angeles Clippers are getting together for workouts while the NBA season is suspended — via video conference calls. Up to 10 players at a time tune in to do workouts led by the team’s performance staff since the league shut down practice facilities because of the coronavirus pandemic. They’ve also been using workout equipment tailored for each player and provided by the team. Coach Doc Rivers says that’s led to trash talking while watching each other work out. — Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra says head coaches and senior department staffers will take 10% salary cuts. The reductions are expected to save about $15 million to offset anticipated revenue shortfalls because of event cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Approximately $10 million of that estimated savings comes from salary reductions for men’s basketball coach Chris Mack, football coach Scott Satterfield, women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz and baseball coach Dan McDonnell.— UFC 249 has been canceled after ESPN and parent company Disney stopped UFC President Dana White’s plan to keep fighting amid the coronavirus pandemic. UFC 249 was scheduled for April 18, and White planned to follow it with weekly fight cards from Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino on tribal land in California’s Central Valley.— Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano is back in New York after completing his quarantine period following a positive test for the coronavirus. Castellano tested positive for COVID-19 last month as part of a physical mandated by Gulfstream Park to determine if he could be cleared to ride in the Florida Derby on March 28. He quarantined in Florida and said he was largely asymptomatic throughout his time with the virus.— Australia’s rugby league championship plans to restart on May 28, more than two months after it was suspended. The governing ARL Commission also says it intends to play a full three-game State of Origin series. Commissioner Wayne Pearce says they wanted to set a date and then work on finalizing a competition. Pearce says “a date is to give certainty to players and their schedules, clubs and thousands of people who are out of work through clubs and millions of fans.”— The World Curling Federation has canceled its championships this year. The men’s, women’s, mixed doubles and senior championships will not be held in 2020. The WCF has adjusted its qualifying for the 2021 world championships and the 2022 Winter Olympics to compensate for the missing tournaments. Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa’s (TOO’-uh tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) agent says the quarterback is healthy and will be ready for training camp.The former Alabama signal-caller held a virtual pro day with former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer Thursday after his personal pro day was canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak.Tagovailoa injured his hip on Nov. 15 and had season-ending surgery two days later. He is expected to be among the top five picks in the NFL draft later this month.MLB-REYNOLDS-RETIREMENTBasher Reynolds retires Hamilton needed surgery to repair a broken left leg suffered in January and had been listed as out indefinitely before the season was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic. Waddell said Hamilton’s rehab has gone well and that he would soon start work on the ice.Hamilton was on pace to shatter career highs for goals, assists, points and plus/minus. He was a plus-30 with 14 goals, 26 assists and 40 points in 47 games before the injury.In other NHL news:— The Edmonton Oilers say forward Colby Cave remains in a medically induced coma in a Toronto hospital after suffering a brain bleed earlier in the week. The 25-year-old was airlifted Tuesday to Sunnybrook Hospital and underwent emergency surgery. Doctors removed a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on his brain. Cave’s wife, Emily, said the family is no longer allowed to be in the hospital because of COVID-19 rules. She said they have no idea when they will be allowed to see him again.MLB-FRANCHISE VALUES While Cooks hasn’t matched Hopkins’ superstar play during his six-year career, he is a fast, steady deep threat who has five 50-reception seasons for three franchises. Cooks had 42 receptions for 583 yards and two touchdowns for Los Angeles last season.In other NFL news:— The Kansas City Chiefs are bringing back cornerback Bashaud Breeland on a one-year deal that could be worth up to $4.5 million, according to a person familiar with the contract. The move would help to alleviate one of the Super Bowl champions’ biggest concerns ahead of the NFL draft. Breeland started 15 of 16 games for the Chiefs last season, which he played on a one-year prove-it deal after an injury-shortened season in Green Bay. He also started all three playoff games and was instrumental in helping the Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers for their first championship in five decades.NFL DRAFT-TAGOVAILOAAgent says Tua is healthy Hernan Lopez and Carlos Martinez were arraigned Thursday on wire fraud and money laundering charges in connection with alleged payments to officials of the South American governing body CONMEBOL. The indictment, unsealed Monday, also contended they made illegal payments to win broadcast rights for Fox to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.Lopez and Martinez pleaded not guilty, as did the sports marketing company Full Play Group SA, which also is charged with racketeering. Judge Pamela Chen of U.S. District Court in Brooklyn ordered both to surrender their passports and imposed 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfews. Lopez is in Los Angeles, and Martinez is in Miami.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 April 10, 2020 A person familiar with the situation says the struggling franchise has hired Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas to run their basketball operation. The 48-year-old Karnisovas had big roles in Denver, taking two-time All-Star center Nikola Jokic (NEE’-koh-lah YOH’-kich) in the second round of the 2014 draft. He also picked up recent lottery selections Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr.Longtime executive John Paxson is expected to move into an advisory role. The futures of general manager Gar Forman and coach Jim Boylen are unclear.NHL-NEWSHamilton could be back this seasonUNDATED (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell said All-Star defenseman Dougie Hamilton would be ready to play if the season resumes. — The International Tennis Federation is putting about half of its staff on furlough and cutting other employees’ salaries because of the coronavirus pandemic. The move includes a 30% pay drop in 2020 for ITF President David Haggerty and reductions of 10% or 20% for others.— The Kentucky Derby Museum is looking to unload all merchandise for the 146th Derby dated May 2. The race has been postponed from that date to Sept. 5 because of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, over 300 Derby 146 items with the old date will be available for online sale from April 15 to May 3. The museum will donate 20% of sales proceeds to two funds that help those affected by COVID-19.NFL-NEWSTexans get Cooks from RamsUNDATED (AP) — The Houston Texans have picked up receiving help after sending DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals last month. A person familiar with the deal says the Texans have acquired Brandin Cooks from the Los Angeles Rams. The NFL Network reported the Rams will get a second-round pick while sending a future fourth-rounder to Houston. PHOENIX (AP) — Slugger Mark Reynolds is retiring after hitting 298 homers over 13 seasons with eight teams. The 36-year-old made the announcement Thursday on SiriusXM Radio, saying he’s moved beyond baseball.The all-or-nothing free swinger hit at least 30 homers four times and led the majors in strikeouts three times while compiling a .236 batting average. He hit .260 in 2009 and set career highs 44 homers and what is still a big league-record 223 strikeouts.NBA-BULLS-KARNISOVASBulls hire KarnisovasCHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls have a new leader. Miami was last at $980 million, a drop of $20 million.Forbes estimates the MLB average team value rose 4% from last year to $1.85 billion, the smallest annual appreciation since a 2% rise in 2010.FIFA INVESTIGATIONFormer Fox execs stay free on $15M bond each in soccer caseNEW YORK (AP) — Two former 21st Century Fox Inc. executives remain free on $15 million appearance bonds, three days after they were indicted as part of the U.S. government’s investigation of soccer corruption. Yanks most valuable in MLB at $5 billion, Forbes estimatesNEW YORK (AP) — Forbes estimates the New York Yankees are baseball’s most valuable franchise at $5 billion, up 9% over last year and 47% more than the No. 2 Los Angeles Dodgers at $3.4 billion.The Yankees are second among all sports in Forbes’ evaluations to the Dallas Cowboys, listed at $5.5 billion in the last NFL ranking.The Yankees’ YES Network broadcasts Forbes “SportsMoney” television show.The Boston Red Sox are third at $3.3 billion, Forbes said Thursday, followed by the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco, the New York Mets, St. Louis and Philadelphia. Each of those teams are worth $2 billion.last_img read more