After sweeping both UC Santa Barbara and UCLA on the road last week, the USC men’s volleyball team (15-4, 12-4 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play) kick off their final homestand of the season by facing George Mason (7-11, 3-4 in Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play) tonight. This will be the seventh time the Trojans face off against the Patriots, and the Trojans have never lost to their East Coast foe.Heavy hitters · Junior opposite Maddison McKibbin and the Trojans host George Mason with the hopes of 11th straight win. – Katelynn Whitaker | Daily TrojanThe visiting Patriots will pose an intriguing challenge to the second-ranked Trojans in their unpredictability.“They are a bit more unorthodox in their service and receiving formations, unlike any teams we have played so far. They hit a standing float serve, as well as have a lot of guys we are not familiar with,” USC coach Bill Ferguson said.Luckily, the Trojans have looked unbeatable in their recent matches. They are riding a 10-game win streak, including a sweep over top-ranked UCLA in Westwood last Wednesday. Still, the Trojans are fourth in the MPSF standings and, with the top five teams all within two games of each other, need to keep up their high level of play and finish strong.Despite the conference tournament being less than a month away, senior co-captain and outside hitter Tony Ciarelli is determined not to let the Trojans get complacent.“We need to maintain our competitive spirit no matter how well we are performing,” Ciarelli said. “The goal is to stay focused in every practice, and keep our confidence no matter what.”Ciarelli was named the MPSF Conference Player of the Week and has continued to perform at an All-American level. He is third in the nation in kills and sixth in aces per set. Along with his recent statistics, Ciarelli has flourished in his leadership role.“He has made a concentrated effort to work us through tough in-game situations and has embraced the captain role,” Ferguson said.Additionally, last week included a milestone for Ferguson, who won his 100th game as the Trojans’ coach. Even with his accomplishments, the man more commonly known as “Fergie” had only praise for others when asked about his achievement.“It doesn’t matter how much you know as a coach,” Ferguson said. “It’s the quality of the people around you.”As well as playing against an unfamiliar foe, the Trojans will be playing this and next week’s games in North Gym with the Galen Center in use for the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Located in the Physical Education Building, the gym has not hosted a volleyball game since 2006. Despite being a sharp contrast from the new, glistening court at the Galen Center, the court with a capacity of about 400 should provide a crowded and raucous atmosphere for the Trojans’ three games there.Ferguson is excited about the opportunity to take a trip back in time through the history of the USC volleyball program.“Most of the major history of the program was made here,” Ferguson said. “Our alumni are always talking about the glory days, so this is a cool opportunity, especially for our seniors, to experience the site where five championship squads played.”
On the morning Ghana’s crucial Round of 16 clash against Portugal at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, striker, Ebenezer Assifuah had turned 20.After cutting the cake in a subdued party on Wednesday, high up on his list of wishes was his desire to see Ghana through.But the party really got started when Richmond Boakye-Yiadom scored from a free-kick with five minutes remaining to hand Ghana a 3-2 win and a place in the quarter-finals.This is the fifth time Ghana has reached the quarters in the competition and it capped Assifuah’s birthday bash back at the team’s hotel in Kayseri.“Yes, the party will go on. We are happy and full of enthusiasm. We are confident we can go even further,” said a smiling Joseph Attamah, a teammate of Assifuah.Ghana will now leave Kayseri and head for Istanbul, where they will play against Chile in the quarter-finals.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The Wellington Aquatic Center will remain closed for today and Wellington Recreation Commission officials hope that it will reopen Saturday.A faulty valve and pump forced city employees to drain the pool on Wednesday.The pool’s mechanical issues are fixed, but now it takes time to refill the pool. WRC Director Cody White said it takes about 40-45 hours to fill the pool back up and get it properly treated.Â He said there are two pipes leading to the pool with city water and well water being pumped in.“We’ll monitor the situation and hopefully we’ll be back open on Saturday,” White said. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -9 Vote up Vote down Just Wondering · 375 weeks ago Who pays for the water that is used each year at the pool each and every time it is pumped and refilled? Rec Center or the City tax payers? Plus I am just curious are they penalized the same as regular users if they over exceed their monthly usage? Report Reply 3 replies · active 375 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 375 weeks ago The rec is part of the government so either way it is the taxpayers. Are you insinuating they are wasting taxpayers money, because maintenance is a fact of life. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Maggie · 375 weeks ago I think maybe what he was getting at is are the fees the Rec center charges users of the pool sufficient to cover costs like these, or does the city not bill for the pool water use at all? Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down wellingtoncitizen · 375 weeks ago I see that they are filling it with well water and city water so of course well water nobody is paying for. I have never been penalized for over exceeding the monthly usage of water and have never heard of that so please show us where you have got that information. I would think if the rec is part of the government then you should be able to see the budget for the pool. Report Reply +7 Vote up Vote down Hmmm…. · 375 weeks ago Do you realize almost every city has a pool? Gripe,gripe,gripe. Do you realize the pool employees a lot of people who in turn spend that money helping to keep your taxes lower. You have to spend money to save money sometimes. Besides where would all those kids that have nothing better to do go? Short answer, no where good. Report Reply 1 reply · active 375 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Maggie · 375 weeks ago I grew up in a small town that didn’t have a city pool or a rec center, and I somehow managed to escape being a juvenile delinquent. I’m not saying the pool isn’t a nice facility to have, because it is, but that doesn’t mean the taxpayer’s aren’t allowed to ask questions about the operation, management, and costs of the facility. Report Reply -5 Vote up Vote down Tired Taxpayer · 375 weeks ago I seriously thought those were some good questions and only got smart remarks back from the select few I figured would. I guess this just continues to allow the rec center to stash back even more money in their rainy day funds. Seems like any tax exempt enity can take advantage of their private/government status. Just curious how much money does the rec center now have in their accounts? I don’t believe any part of the City of Wellington/Rec Center should have an account of over $1 million dollars for future build and still be able to collect taxes from the tax payers until that money is spent. Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Jayhawks · 375 weeks ago I pay taxes and I am happy to help fill the pool back up. My kids work there and it is a great place to work and have went there for 14 years for good family fun. Some people complain to complain. They have done it so long I don’t think they even realize they are doing it. Get positive, this is something great for Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. 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CLEAR LAKE — North-central Iowa congressman Steve King will be holding a town hall meeting tomorrow afternoon in Clear Lake. The Republican from Kiron will meet with constituents in the Lakeview Room in the City Park Bandshell for an hour starting at 2 o’clock. The event is open to the public.