Ladyjacks Face Texas in NCAA Tournament Opener

first_imgTHE FIRST SERVE• For the first time since 2006, the SFA volleyball team is back in the NCAA Tournament field and Thursday night inside Gregory Gym the Ladyjacks start their postseason run against fifth-ranked Texas inside Gregory Gym. • First serve in the third meeting between SFA and Texas in the Ladyjacks’ NCAA Division I era is set for 7:00 p.m. The match will be televised nationally on the Longhorn Network with Paul Sunderland and Karch Kiraly providing play-by-play and analysis. Video streaming will be available via tinyurl.com/SFAvsUT and ESPN apps.• Setting up shop inside Gregory Gym will be longtime SFA volleyball expert Greg Miller. His call of the match can be heard on an internet radio stream available at SFAVolleyblog.net. NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY• 2018 marks the fifth NCAA Tournament appearance for SFA and its first in 12 years. • SFA previously made the cut for the NCAA Tournament in 1994, 1997, 1999 and 2006. • SFA has an all-time record of 1-4 in the NCAA Tournament with its only victory coming in five sets over Alabama in the opening round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament which was played, oddly enough, inside Gregory Gym. • SFA’s losses in the NCAA Tournament have come against Clemson (3-2 on 11/30/94), Texas (3-0 on 12/4/97 and 3-0 on 12/2/06) and Texas A&M (3-0 on 12/2/99).LET’S TALK STREAKS AND WINS• SFA’s 29-match winning streak is currently the longest in the nation at the moment. It’s also one of five active winning streaks that are at 20 matches or longer. Stanford (26 matches), UCF (24 matches), Kentucky (21 matches) and Creighton (20 matches) have all won 20 or more matches in a row as well. • That winning streak by SFA is also the longest in program history. With their Southland Conference Tournament quarterfinal win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the Ladyjacks passed 2006 edition of the the team for the longest winning streak in program history. That 2006 squad won 26 in a row which included the program’s first – and so far only – NCAA Tournament victory.• SFA is a perfect 11-0 in road matches this season. That makes the Ladyjacks the only NCAA Division I volleyball team in the nation who has not lost a true road match this season. Also, the Ladyjacks’ 11-match winning streak in road matches is tied with Stanford and Kentucky for the lengthiest in the nation.• Not only is SFA perfect on the road, but it is perfect inside Shelton Gym this season, too. The Ladyjacks are 14-0 on their home floor and have won 15-straight matches there dating back to last season. That gives SFA the nation’s eighth-longest active home court winning streak and makes it one of 14 teams in the land this year that haven’t lost a home match in 2018. • Dating back to last season, SFA has also won 17 consecutive Southland Conference matches – the sixth-longest active in-conference winning streak in all of NCAA Division I volleyball. • No team in the nation has amassed more wins so far than SFA. The Ladyjacks are the only team in the land that has reached the 30-win mark and their 32 victories are three more than the next closest team in the land. Pittsburgh has won 29 matches to put them second in total wins behind SFA. LAST TIME OUT• Danae Daron was named the Southland Conference Tournament MVP while Anyia Williams and Makenzee Hanna each earned spots on the Southland Conference All-Tournament Team as the Ladyjacks blasted Central Arkansas 3-0 in the Southland Conference Tournament title match on Sunday, Nov. 18. • On her birthday, Williams accumulated team-highs in both kills (nine) and blocks (eight) to help lead SFA back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006. • Ann Hollas delivered a trio of service aces while Haley Coleman and Sabrina Monaco added two more each for SFA who racked up eight winners from the service line. • SFA hit .337 and held the Sugar Bears to a clip of just .146. DEFENSE• SFA ranks fourth nationally in opponent hitting percentage with a mark of .139. That figure is the best in the Southland Conference, too. • The Ladyjacks’ front-row defense has played a part in that, too, as SFA leads the Southland in both blocks per set (2.71) and total blocks (316.5). On the national scene, SFA ranks 12th in total blocks and 20th in blocks per set. • Most of SFA’s front-row defensive prowess has been because of three individuals – Danae Daron, Anyia Williams and Makenzee Hanna. Daron and Williams rank 41st in the nation as both average 1.26 blocks per set while Hanna adds 0.97 blocks per set. SERVICE PRESSURE• Four Ladyjacks have accumulated 25 or more service aces this season. That has helped SFA rank 26th nationally with 178 total aces and 37th in the land with a service aces per set mark of 1.52. • McKenzie Brewer, Haley Coleman and Marisabel Torres have each totaled five service aces in a match one time this season. It’s Coleman who leads SFA with 36 winners from the service line while Brewer (29), Ann Hollas (27) and Peyton Redmond (26) each have over 25 aces as well. SCOUTING TEXAS | ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATISTICS• After winning their second-straight Big 12 crown, the Longhorns set their sights on another deep postseason run. One of those runs hinges on a powerful offense as Texas ranks second in the land with an attack percentage of .308. • The Longhorns are led by 2018 Big 12 Coach of the Year Jerritt Elliott who has 2018 Big 12 Player of the Year Micaya White and 2018 Big 12 Freshman of the Year Logan Eggleston at his disposal. • White leads the team in kills per set (3.88) and ranks second in digs per set (2.41). Offensively, other big players for the Longhorns include Eggleston (2.87 kills/set), Brionne Butler (2.09 kills/set) and Yaazie Bedart-ghani (2.59 kills/set). • Bedart-ghani (.370), Butler (.363) and Morgan Johnson (.358) ranks second, third and fourth among all Big 12 players in terms of hitting percentage. They rank 38th, 45th and 53rd in the nation respectively, too.• Butler (1.20 blocks/set) and Johnson (1.08 blocks/set) lead the way at the front of the net for Texas. As a team, the Longhorns rank 48th nationally with 2.44 blocks per set. COMING UP NEXT• Should SFA defeat the fifth-ranked Longhorns, it would move on to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006. The Ladyjacks would take on the winner of Texas State and Rice in a second-round match on Friday night at 8:00 p.m.last_img read more

Breakthrough

first_imgPhoto from Asian Games websiteJAKARTA—You can’t lose ‘em all. And, who knows, you can even win one more.The Philippine women’s volleyball team, after two straight beat-downs in its return to the Asian Games, finally won one on Thursday afternoon and looked impressive mentally in doing so, ripping Hong Kong, 25-18, 25-21, 25-22, to virtually advance to the next round at GOR Bulungan Hall here.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “We were sluggish in our past two games,” Delos Santos said. “But every time we talk, we discuss positive things.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We need to fight for a better position, so we will go out hard against Indonesia,” coach Shaq delos Santos said as the Filipino volleybelles close out classification with their 7 p.m. (8 in Manila) clash with the hosts on Saturday.The Indons dropped a set before beating Hong Kong on Tuesday. “We believe we can handle Indonesia,” Delos Santos said.“We’ve played Indonesia so many times before, it wouldn’t be bad if we can win one,” Valdez, who also had four aces, added. “And like I said, it’s all about pride for us.”Should Team Philippines make it all the way to the KO stages, the quarterfinals will start on Wednesday next week.Mika Reyes, Majoy Baron and Dawn Macandili provided the Philippines with excellent defense to complement the team’s 45-37 edge in attacks.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Boxers ready to give PH delegation needed boost Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago carried the fight for the glamorous, star-studded Philippine squad, which is playing in the Games for the first time since 1982 and looked like it didn’t belong after getting bamboozled by powers Thailand and Japan.“There’s a lot of pride involved here,” said Valdez, the face of the resurgence of the sport back home after leading the Filipinos with 14 points built around 10 kills. Santiago had 12 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The last time the Filipinos won a volleyball game in the Asiad was also in 1982, with Vangie de Jesus and Fe Mejia—key stars under the Project: Gintong Alay program of Michael Keon—led the Philippines to a three-set victory over India in the classification round.With the latest win, the Philippines practically marched on to the quarterfinals with Hong Kong remaining winless at 0-2 and the top four from each group advancing. MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View commentslast_img read more

DD Fitness: A winter warmer soup recipe

first_imgWinter has well and truly arrived in Donegal!If you are anything like my clients, this time of year, you aren’t thinking about for salads for lunch, when trying to be healthy.The biggest request that I get, when the weather gets colder, is for healthy recipes for soup. The biggest problem with most soups, especially the ones that you would get in restaurants, is that they are usually large bowls of carbs and fat, with virtually zero protein in them.If we add in what people usually have along with their soup, bread and butter or a sandwich of some sort, you could easily end up with a meal that has huge amounts of calories, with large amounts of carbs and fat in it.While this may taste great, it isn’t the right choice if you are thinking about looking your best at the Christmas Party.How do we change this around? Below I have a recipe for a Butternut Squash soup, that not only tastes great, but is also a low calorie and high protein alternative for our usual winter warmer.What’s even better, is that you get 4 servings once you have it made.Give this a try and be sure to let me know what you think of it.Butternut Squash Soup.Makes 4 servings.Ingredients: 2 tablespoons butter1 medium onion, diced3 carrots, cut into chunks2 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced in 2 inch cubes8 cups water or stockDirections:1. In a large soup pot, warm the butter2. Caramelize onion in the pot, sautéing 8 – 10 minutes until golden brown3. Add the squash cubes and carrots. Cook for 10 more minutes until the outside of the squash cubes are a bit soft.4. Pour the water over the onion/squash mixture5. Bring the entire mixture up to a boil and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes until squash and carrots are soft.6. In a blender, puree soup in very small batches (as not to scorch yourself and have soup splattered on your ceiling) at low, then working up to high speed until mixture is smooth and creamy.7. Serve piping hot8. Add protein of your choice to the soup (100g cooked chicken is my preferred choice)Nutritional Information Per serving (with 100g of cooked chicken added)Calories – 349Protein – 32gCarbohydrates – 44gFat – 8.5gThis gives you a perfect low-calorie meal, that has a great ratio of protein, carbs and fat in it and tastes great. Enjoy!#TrainSmartYou can find more recipes like this in my ‘Ditch the Diet’ cookbook here.Let me know what you think of the recipe, by contacting me on Facebook.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Fitness LTDDD Fitness: A winter warmer soup recipe was last modified: November 24th, 2017 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:butternut squashemmet rushereciperushe fitnesssoupweight losslast_img read more