This season, consistency has been the name of the game for the No. 1-ranked USC sand volleyball team. From top to bottom, all five Women of Troy pairs have produced quality wins in a steady fashion, and it was no different this weekend at the 2015 Pac-12 Invitational in Santa Monica. After beating Arizona State by a 4-1 score and sweeping No. 10-ranked Arizona 5-0 twice, the Women of Troy (24-0) claimed their second consecutive Pac-12 Invitational title and remained perfect on the season.In total, USC dropped just three sets over the course of the day, while their two 5-0 sweeps of Arizona upped their total to 16 sweeps on the year. Some milestones were met on the day as well, as the sophomore tandem of Nicolette Martin and Allie Wheeler won all three of their matches and recorded their 25th win, making them the fourth USC pair to do so this season. Furthermore, the No. 5 pair pair of senior Bria Russ and freshman Jenna Belton also won all three of their matches on Saturday and are now just one win away from also reaching that 25-win plateau. Russ herself finished the regular season with a perfect 24-0 mark in duals.USC welcomed four other up-and-coming conference teams to the Pac-12 Invitational this weekend, including No. 8 UCLA (9-4), No. 10 Arizona (15-3), Arizona State (6-11) and California (7-12). USC would start off against the winner of the “play-in” game between the No. 4-seed Arizona State Sun Devils and the No. 5-seed California Golden Bears. ASU prevailed in the earliest match of the day, pitting them against USC in the first round of the tournament. On the bottom of the bracket, No. 2-seed UCLA would face off against No. 3-seed Arizona, where the Wildcats came out victorious.In the first round of the double-elimination style bracket, the No. 1-seed Women of Troy started the morning off against the No. 4-seed Arizona State Sun Devils. USC struck first and got wins from their four and five pairs, as Belton and Russ at the five spot delivered an easy 21-5, 21-7 win over ASU’s Frances Giedraitis and Kwyn Johnson. Then, Martin and Wheeler at the four spot notched a 21-7, 21-13 win over Mia Rivera and McKenzie Willey. The sophomore pair of Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes would clinch the dual match over on court one, handing Bianca Arellano and Macey Gardner a 21-12, 21-11 defeat. The No. 3 pair of seniors Eve Ettinger and Meg Norton added a fourth point to the team total with a 21-9, 21-19 beating of Whitney Follette and Halle Harker, while the last pair to finish was USC’s No. 2 tandem of junior Alexa Strange and sophomore Sophie Bukovec. ASU’s Jordy Checkal and Bethany Jorgensen squeaked out a close 25-23 win in the first set and rode that momentum into the second, handing Strange and Bukovec a rare 25-23, 21-17 loss on the day. Still, USC registered a 4-1 win against the Sun Devils and moved on to the semifinals of team play.The Women of Troy would then face off against a ranked team in the No. 10 Arizona Wildcats. Belton and Russ would score USC’s first point at the five spot once again, recording a 21-10, 21-12 win over Arizona’s Hailey Devlin and Sarah Seiber. The next team to score a point would be the No. 1 pair of Claes and Hughes, who beat Arizona twins Madison Witt and McKenna Witt by an identical 21-14, 21-14 score. It would be the upperclassmen of USC that clinched the dual, as the No. 3 pair of Ettinger and Norton handed Emily Kiser and Rachel Rhoades a 21-8, 21-12 loss. Strange and Bukovec at the two spot would record their first win of the day with a 21-18, 21-17 win over Kaitlyn Leary and Kendall Polan, while Martin and Wheeler at the four spot completed the 5-0 sweep with a 21-12, 26-24 nail biter win over Arizona’s Taylor Arizobal and Allie Cook. The win over the Wildcats propelled USC into the title match, but the Women of Troy would have to wait to see who their next opponent would be.The Arizona Wildcats had to face off against the ASU Sun Devils in the loser’s bracket in order to have a chance to advance to the finals and face USC. Ultimately, the Wildcats prevailed over the rival Sun Devils by a 3-2 score. An hour after the Women of Troy had beaten the Wildcats, the two teams would meet again in the championship match of the Pac-12 Invite. It would be déjà vu for the Women of Troy, as once again USC swept the Wildcats, 5-0. This time, USC got on the board first with a win on court three, as Ettinger and Norton handed Kiser and Rhoades a 21-5, 21-13 defeat. Belton and Russ at the five spot defeated Devlin and Seiber 23-21, 21-7, while the No. 1 pair of Claes and Hughes clinched the victory and the Pac-12 Invite crown with a 21-18, 21-14 win over the Witts. Bukovec and Strange handed Leary and Polan a 21-17, 21-19 loss on court two, and Martin and Wheeler clinched the sweep with an exciting three set win over Arizobal and Cook by a 21-16, 21-23, 15-11 score. By the end of the day, USC added three more wins to their total to remain perfect on the season, while handing No. 10-ranked Arizona just their second and third losses all year.The Women of Troy are hoping to carry the momentum into the postseason when they head off to the AVCA Championships held in Gulf Shores, Alabama, in early May.
About the Author:Morgan Forde is a local college student from Yelm, who plans to double-major in political science and journalism. She enjoys writing, reading novels, and spending quality time with her friends and family. Saturday 1/29: Could you use some Daddy-Daughter time with the little princess in your life? Look no further than the Capital High School’s annual Father-Daughter Dance from 6:30PM to 9:30PM at Capital High School (2707 Conger Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502). This year’s theme is, “An Enchanted Evening Princess Ball,” all princesses three years of age and older are eligible to attend along with their fathers, or father figures. There will be dancing, hot fudge sundays, and corsages for the princesses. Tickets for this magical evening cost $34 per couple and can be purchased online at: www.seatyourself.biz/capitalosd Any questions can be directed to event coordinator Mary Ellen Jones at: firstname.lastname@example.orgSunday 1/30: Are there wedding bells ringing in your future? This Sunday, Centralia will have all you need to plan your upcoming wedding (the event runs from 10AM-4PM). At the South Sound Wedding Show (Great Wolf Lodge: 20500 Old Highway 99 SW, Centralia, WA), watch fashion shows featuring the latest in bridal fashions and tuxedos, and enter to win door prizes including discounts on photography, restaurant coupons, massages and more. You can even meet wedding professionals who can help you with any of your needs. If you are planning a wedding you cannot afford to miss this event, tickets cost only $8 and are sold at the doors. For more information visit the event page at:http://www.southsoundweddingshowolympia.com/olympia/index.phpFor added events see our Thurston County Events Calendar! Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Saturday 1/29: In the mood for a round of mini golf without the winter chills? The Washington Center (512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501) has converted Stages one and two into a mini-golfing wonderland. This Saturday is the family version of the event, complete with face-painting, and inflatable obstacle course, and hot dogs at the end of the holes. The event starts at 11AM. For more details visit their website at: www.washingtoncenter.org or call their box office at: (360) 753-8586Saturday 1/29: The Japanese Oshogatsu festival will be held at the Olympia Center (222 Columbia St SE, Olympia WA ) from 10AM through 4PM this Saturday. There will be all sorts of cultural activities to watch, and participate in, for all ages. There will be arts and crafts for the children, Aikido, Kendo/Taido (Japanese fencing) demonstrations, Taiko drumming performances, a traditional tea ceremony, traditional meals, and much more.
Image Courtesy: TOI/Delhi PoliceAdvertisement y7f8cNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsktfgWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E85gzhj( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 093gWould you ever consider trying this?😱zrh3Can your students do this? 🌚7l4Roller skating! Powered by Firework As India entered its second phase of lock down amidst the novel Coronavirus pandemic, it has been a challenge for many citizens of the country. In such worrying times, India’s Kho Kho team captain Nasreen Sheikh faced struggle regarding ration, basic amenities and even financial crisis. Following her recent plea to the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind kejriwal for assistance, help was on its way, and Delhi police has aided the international captain with all necessary commodities.Advertisement Image Courtesy: TOI/Delhi PoliceThe South Asian Games (SAG) gold medal winning captain was exprencing financial struggle in the family, as her father Mohammad Gafoor, who is a utensil seller by profession. However, in the current state of nationwide lock down, Nasreen’s father is now jobless, and there has been a financial crisis in the family since India has been facing the COVID-19 challenge.“He (Nasreen’s father) is the sole earner in the family. Everything is closed during this lockdown. We are having troubles in getting the ration.” Nasreen recently said.Advertisement “I have worked really hard to make this country proud in kho-kho. But today, my family is struggling during the lockdown. Things are so bad that we don’t have enough food,” she added.However, following her appeal to the CM, Delhi police rushed to aid Nasreen, and provided all necessary items to the skipper and her family.Advertisement “We immediately rushed to her place and found that she is living in a rented ground floor of a small house. All needed things like ration, masks and sanitisers have been provided to her,” a statement from Delhi Police read.Additionally, the Kho-Kho Federation of India (KKFI) also lent a helping hand to Nasreen, aiding her with Rs 1 lakh.“We are always at the fore-front to support sports persons and deserving talents who face genuine issues. It is unfortunate that a national player had to face such situation in these unprecedented time,” KKFI general secretary M S Tyagi said on Friday.Along with being SAG champions, Nasreen also led the Indian Kho Kho team to win the Asian Championships. She has also won 40 Indian championship titles in her career.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Aussie quick Pat Cummins names this Indian player as the toughest batsman in the world to bowl to!Everton not Kean: Striker earns wrath of club after ludicrous lockdown bash Advertisement
26 May 2011 South Africa has been awarded the title of most valuable nation brand on the continent, with its recent inclusion in the BRICS grouping and successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup contributing to strong positive perceptions both locally and abroad. Anitha Soni, chairperson of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), received the accolade from UK-based Brand Finance on behalf of the country at the launch of the Brand Finance African Nation Brand League in Sandton, Johannesburg on Wednesday. “This honour underlines the progress the country has made,” Soni said. The rating by Brand Finance’s Global Nation Brands League takes into account the GDP revenue that a country generates. Egypt is the second most valuable nation brand in Africa, while Nigeria takes third place and is followed by Morocco, Algeria, Angola, Tunisia, Ghana, Kenya and Libya. Brand Finance pointed out that the sophistication of infrastructure is what makes Africa’s best three nation brands some of the world’s serious competitors. Hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup helped South Africa set up some impressive facilities, from which it’s poised to benefit from in future. And the World Cup itself did wonders to enhance the country’s image. “The world saw us and saw what we can do,” said Soni. Joining the BRIC economic bloc – previously comprising Brazil, Russia, India and China – has come at the right time for the nation, which is bracing itself for further economic growth. With the inclusion of South Africa, the group is now referred to as BRICS. “BRICS is a powerful new platform for promoting economic growth throughout Africa. This is a further recognition of South Africa as an important emerging country in its own right,” Soni said. The IMC is now aiming to make the country one of the top 20 most valuable nation brands in the world. South Africa is currently in 41st position. According to Brand Finance’s Global Nation Brands League, the top three most valuable nation brands at the moment are the US, Germany and China respectively. Brazil and India are also in the top 10.Enhanced reputation driving tourism The positive perceptions of the country are also a driving force in the growth of the tourism sector. “South Africa has become one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in the world,” said Oliver Schmidt, managing director at Brand Finance South Africa. But it’s not just tourism that’s benefiting from the country’s glowing brand – the entire private sector is scoring too. As Brand Finance CEO and founder David Haigh said: “There’s no doubt that nation-branding contributes to the perception of South Africa’s products.” The top three most recognised corporate brands on the continent are South African. MTN is number one, while leading banks Absa and Standard Bank are second and third respectively. MTN is the 199th most valuable brand in the world and the only African brand to be included in Brand Finance’s top 500 rankings. The telecommunications group has seen major growth since being established in South Africa 17 years ago. It now operates in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East, and its services connect over 120-million people. “It’s big thanks to my colleagues,” said Christian de Faria, the group’s senior vice-president for commercial and innovation. Brand Finance tips Standard Bank, which now ranks 510th, to break into the world’s best 500 in the coming years. “Standard Bank is one of the contenders”, Schmidt said. Brands of locally made goods are finding their place onto international markets, said Soni. “South African brands take their place in the global arena. We’ve taken ourselves into the international arena at every level.” All but one of the most valuable corporate brands ranked in the top 10 are from the US. The exception is UK-based Vodafone.Gateway to Africa South Africa has positioned itself as a gateway to the African continent for investors. The IMC’s aim is for South Africa to become a reflection of the continent. “Our role in Africa must contribute to the growth of the continent in entirety,” said Soni. In coming years “people will know that the African agenda is driven by Africa,” said Thebe Ikalafeng, founder of the Brand Leadership Group. “If South Africa does well, the whole continent does well as well,” Ikalafeng added. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
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The son of a former BJP MLA was shot dead close to the Uttar Pradesh legislature complex late on Saturday night. The issue is likely to rock the State Assembly and the Legislative Council on Monday. Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit said if members were bent upon derailing the listed business, stopping the live telecast during the pandemonium may be considered.Vaibhav Tiwari, 36, son of former Domariyaganj MLA Prem Prakash Tiwari, was allegedly shot at from point blank range barely 300 metres from the U.P. legislature building, police said.
Nineteen Assam government officers, including the daughter of BJP MP R.P. Sharma, were arrested in Guwahati on Wednesday as their handwriting did not match with that in their answer sheets in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) examination held in 2016, the police said. The Dibrugarh Police, which is probing the cash-for-job scam in the APSC, had summoned the 19 officers of the Assam Civil Service (ACS), Assam Police Service (APS) and allied services of the 2016 batch to appear for handwriting tests after forensic examinations of their answer sheets indicated anomalies.Handwriting mismatchDibrugarh SP Gautam Bora said the handwriting of the 19 officers did not match with their answer sheets that were found to be fake. The 19 officers were selected in the examination conducted by the APSC when Rakesh Pal was its chairman. The arrested officials include 13 ACS, three APS and three from the allied service, Mr. Bora said. The APS officers arrested are Gulshan Daolagpu, Bhargav Phukan and Pallavi Sharma (daughter of BJP MP from Tezpur), said Additional SP and investigating officer Surjeet Singh Paneswar. The allied service officer are District Transport Officer Suranjita Hazarika, Superintendent of Taxes Rituraj Neog and Inspector of Taxes Nipon Kumar Pathak, he said. Among the dismissed officers is former Congress Minister Nilamani Sen Deka’s son Rajarshi Sen Deka.
Barcelona chief Abidal unimpressed by Fabian Ruiz after Napoli scouting tripby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona chief Eric Abidal was left unimpressed by Fabian Ruiz during a weekend scouting mission to Italy.Abidal traveled to Italy last weekend to see Napoli defeat Lecce at the Stadio Via del Mare.And the subject of his trip was Napoli pair Ruiz and Kalidou Koulibaly.However, Abidal came away unimpressed by the antics of Spanish midfielder Ruiz, says Mundo Deportivo.He scored the third goal for Napoli and could not think of anything better than celebrating in the face of angry local fans – a gesture that did not go down well with Abidal. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say