Slumping USC tries to halt slide against Cal Baptist

first_imgIn serious need of a victory, the USC men’s volleyball team will look to right the ship this week with the first of a four-game homestand to continue Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action.William Ehart | Daily TrojanLeading the way · Sophomore middle blocker Robert Feathers (right) has tallied 34 blocks and a team-leading .490 kill percentage this season. – William Ehart | Daily TrojanThe Trojans square off against Cal Baptist Thursday night at the Galen Center in an attempt to end its current four-game losing streak. After a home loss to Pacific, the Trojans concluded a disappointing 0-3 road trip that featured losses to Pepperdine, Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State. The losing streak marks the team’s longest since 2008.“We haven’t put it together all the way yet,” USC head coach Bill Ferguson said. “The theme of our last few matches is that we’ve put together some strings of great volleyball, but we really need an extended period of good, and that’s what we’ve been talking to the guys about.”Each of the four losses has come by a 3-1 margin, with the Trojans faltering down the stretch after short periods of strong play. Against Long Beach State on Friday, USC fell behind early, dropping the first two sets and failing to put together a comeback. Though the Trojans received strong contributions from key players, such as sophomore middle blockers Ben Lam (13 kills, five blocks, .579) and Robert Feathers (10 kills and five blocks), they were out-hit .370 to .271, failing to contain the 49ers in the deciding fourth frame.“We had some matchups offensively and I thought our game plan was good. Our middle blockers and [redshirt junior opposite] Tanner Jansen executed wonderfully,” Ferguson said. “Jansen’s hitting percentage over the last three matches is .343, and he and the middle blockers are coming through for us. I see the outside hitters having better matches, so as soon as some of those guys can be a little more consistent offensively, things will start to balance out.”The loss to Northridge was particularly tough for the Trojans, who saw Jansen explode for a career-high 24 kills and a .475 attacking percentage. However, on the strength of 40 combined kills from opposite hitters John Baker and Brandon Lebrock, the Matadors put away the Trojans, who were again out-hit and out-performed defensively.“We had good matchups and a good game plan that created open looks for Jansen. That was part of our match that we were pleased with as a team,” Ferguson said. “We knew what was going on defensively, but we didn’t execute as well on the blocking, which was a step back from the Pepperdine game where we had tremendous blocking. We didn’t block or dig really well, and those are things we typically do well.”Though the losses would normally serve as a cause for concern, Ferguson stressed the need to remain positive and patient, noting in particular the youth and depth present on the roster.“We’ve been telling the guys that they’re here for a reason,” Ferguson said. “We believe in them, we trust them and we recruited them. They’re just a bit inexperienced, and we have to walk that fine line between understanding that there’s going to be a learning curve and speeding up that curve a little bit.”Thursday’s game against Cal Baptist is set to begin at the Galen Center at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Maher captains U21 for Munster Semi Final

first_imgRonan Maher at centre back captains the side in his 4th year in the grade while it’s a third term for Tom Fox and Barry Heffernan.Billy McCarthy and Willie Connors are the other stalwarts from last year. Josh Keane who was in the senior football squad is at wing forward.And the team in full is  1.            Brian Hogan – Lorrha-Dorrha2.            Paul Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash3.            Tom Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty4.            David Sweeney – Kiladangan5.            Barry Heffernan – Nenagh Éire Óg6.            Ronan Maher (Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields7.            Sean Ryan – Sean Treacys8.            Billy McCarthy – Thurles Sarsfields9.            Andrew Coffey – Nenagh Éire Óg10.          Jack Shelly – Mullinahone11.          Stephen Quirke – Moyle Rovers12.          Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle13.          Conor Lanigan – Thurles Sarsfields14.          Mark Russell – Lattin Cullen15.          Willie Connors – KiladanganIts 6 years since Tipp claimed silverware at this grade and Captain Ronan Maher is expecting a tough and tense match…Tipp FM will have live commentary on the game, which gets underway at 7.30pm.  Our coverage will be brought to you in association with Kevin O’Leary Motor Group, Main Opel Dealers, Clonmel.last_img read more

Premier League transfer target delighted by praise and reveals team he liked as a kid

first_imgPSV Eindhoven star Hirving Lozano has admitted the praise he receives from the English press is ‘special’ and revealed he liked Manchester United as a child.The Mexican forward, known as Chucky, impressed in both games against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League with his direct running and technical skills. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions PSV Eindhoven stars embrace Hirving Lozano. whoops SORRY He’s previously been linked with a Premier League switch with Manchester United, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Everton all noted to be interested in the player.And with the speculation, many parts of the media have lavished praise on Lozano, which he conceded had made him feel proud.But he wants to continue learning his trade and improve his talents.He told talkSPORT’s Universo Premier: “It´s nice English papers talk nicely about me. It´s special. Personally I say thanks for the nice words. I always try to improve and give something extra. I will keep on improving. latest 2 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? PSV Eindhoven star Hirving Lozano attempts to evade Tottenham challenges. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED And when asked about the teams he enjoyed as a child, he added: “I liked Manchester United a lot. In Spain my favourite team is Barcelona.” “I learn a lot from every manager. Every manager passes on something new. Mark van Bommel had a great career and you must learn from every manager.” gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT LATEST scrap Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos BEST OF Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ revealed 2 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 tense Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Most Popular Football Storieslast_img read more