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No. 2 UCA Claims Spot in Southland Championship With Five-Set Win

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first_imgSet OneAfter taking the lead at 6-5 off a kill from Haley Tippett, UCA never looked back, taking set one 25-19. The Sugar Bears saw Samantha Anderson fire seven kills off 14 total attacks, committing just one error. Tippett finished the set with four kills and six digs while Savanah Allen and Megan Nash each produced six assists while Allen picked up two kills. Emily Doss led all players with eight digs for UCA. The Islanders hit just .024 for the set with Madeleine Doud, Chloe Simon and Madison Fitzsimmons each earning a pair of kills. UCA enters tomorrow’s final looking for its first tournament title since 2013 when the Sugar Bears won it in five sets in Corpus Christi. CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – No. 2 Central Arkansas booked its ticket to Sunday’s Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament championship with a 3-2 (25-19, 25-20, 24-26, 20-25, 15-9) win Saturday over No. 3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Sugar Bears were up 2-0, but the Islanders fought back to send the match to a full five. It was UCA’s junior middle blocker Savanah Allen who proved to be the difference maker in the last set, knocking down four kills and ending it all with a block solo on the Islanders’ senior middle blocker Madeleine Doud. Set FourTied at 19 apiece, Corpus Christi ended the set on a 6-1 run to win 25-20 and send the match to a fifth set. In that stretch, the Islanders forced five UCA attack errors, including a block assist from Madison Green and Doud to give Corpus Christi set point at 25-20. On the ensuing play, Doud claimed her team-leading fourth kill of the set for an Islanders’ attack that hit a .303 clip. Nicholson had two kills to go along with her 11 assists.VB: Doud’s kill send us to 5th set. 25-20 @IslandersVB in 4th. Watch Islanders vs. @UCAVball in semifinal NOW at https://t.co/7ZPBTsX4xw. pic.twitter.com/FglHAoVKc0— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017 The Sugar Bears will challenge No. 8 Abilene Christian on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. on ESPN3 for the tournament championship. ACU became the first No. 8 seed to earn a spot at the tournament final after a 3-1 win over No. 4 Houston Baptist earlier today. Set TwoDown 24-18, Corpus Christi fought off two set points to extend the set, but an illegal libero substitution from the Islanders ended the set and gave UCA the 25-18 win and 2-0 advantage heading into the third. The Sugar Bears did not let the Islanders lead once in the set two, killing a six-point streak from the home side at 21-17 with a tip from the right hand of Tippett. She led UCA with four kills on 10 attacks with Abbie Harry tallying three. The Sugar Bears had just nine kills for the set. The Islanders’ Kristyn Nicholson had 11 assists on the Islanders’ 12 kills with Simon and Brittany Gilpin combining for nine of those.VB: @UCAVball’s Tippett has 8 kills, helping team gain 2-0 advantage over @IslandersVB in semifinal. 25-20 count in 2nd set of semifinal. pic.twitter.com/ROIfWxvJ7A— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017 UCA’s junior outside hitter Haley Tippett led the Sugar Bears with a team-best 16 kills and 21 digs. Allen and junior right side Samantha Anderson provided 12 kills each while sophomore outside hitter Abbie Harry recorded 11. Allen also had 16 assists for the double-double. Sophomore setter Elizabeth Armstrong earned a double-double of her own with 15 assists and 10 digs. The Sugar Bear defense ended the match with 12 blocks. Set ThreeIt took a run late in the set for Corpus Christi to extend the match to another set as a service ace from Nicholson put the set away 26-24. The Islanders took a 24-23 advantage for their first lead since being up 17-16. Gilpin tallied two key kills in the Islanders’ final four points, including one to make it 25-24 after Anderson had delivered a block solo for the Sugar Bears to make it 24-24. Fitzsimmons and Gilpin each made three kills for an Islanders’ squad that hit just .081, their best of the match at that point. The two teams combined for nine blocks with UCA taking the 5-4 advantage on the stat line.VB: Doud’s kill send us to 5th set. 25-20 @IslandersVB in 4th. Watch Islanders vs. @UCAVball in semifinal NOW at https://t.co/7ZPBTsX4xw. pic.twitter.com/FglHAoVKc0— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017 The Islanders’ freshman outside hitter Chloe Simon tallied a team-best 13 kills. Senior outside hitter Brittany Gilpin and senior setter Kristyn Nicholson each earned double-doubles with Gilpin downing 12 kills and scooping 10 UCA attacks while Nicholson dished out 44 assists to go with her 10 digs. Set FiveA block solo from Allen ended the fifth set 15-9 for UCA to claim the fifth set and a spot in tomorrow’s championship. The score was tied four times in the first 10 points given when the Sugar Bears broke out on a 10-4 run to end the set after the teams were tied at five apiece. The Sugar Bears hit their best line of the day with a .286 clip with Allen delivering four kills on seven attacks while UCA kept the Islanders to a .038 hitting percentage. VB: Sugar Bears into the championship final! @UCAVball wins a thriller, 3-2 over @IslandersVB. It’ll be UCA vs. @ACU_Volleyball Sunday. pic.twitter.com/u3D15fXGfb— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 18, 2017last_img read more

Denis Suarez suffers an ankle sprain during training

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first_imgDenis Suárez’s injury adds to that of right-back Kevin Vázquez, who this morning did not train with the group waiting to know the result of the medical tests they performed after being injured at Santiago Bernabéu. The initial prognosis is that he is suffering “a mild sprain” in his right knee. The midfielder of Celta de Vigo, Denis Suarez was injured in training on Tuesday, suffering “a sprained right ankle”, which makes it doubt for the league match next Saturday against Leganés.The medical services of the Galician club indicated that the withdrawal time will depend on its evolution, although everything seems to indicate that the former azulgrana will not reach the momentous meeting against the Madrid team because it is the second ankle injury he suffers this season. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 18, 2020last_img read more

Brewer pledges parent centers

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first_img“We’re going to have to empower the parents and create parent-led teams for those parents who need help with the education of their children. We’re going to surround you with people and resources to help you with your children. “We want to make sure these schools are serving your children better … We’re going to make sure you’re directly involved.” Brewer said the centers are designed to serve as bridges between schools and parents, helping answer questions and get services faster than through a central office bureaucracy. Brewer said he will release more details in coming weeks, as well as a plan to put parent literacy centers in neighborhood housing areas. Julie Baxter, a parent at the summit, said she looks forward to a center that would help her and her preschool-age son, who is in special education. Boosting efforts to engage communities, schools Superintendent David Brewer III said Saturday he will open parent-led centers in neighborhood housing areas, with the first one in the Jordan Downs housing projects in Watts. The announcement at the 11th annual Parent Summit came just a day after an audit concluded that the Los Angeles Unified School District is disorganized, lacks financial controls and suffers from a pervasive lack of accountability. One key recommendation of the audit was to increase parent and community involvement in the district in an effort to boost student achievement. “I would like to take this district to world-class status,” Brewer told thousands of parents gathered Saturday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. “But I cannot do that without you. You will be the engine … because without the parents, we will not be able to increase student achievement. “In preschool, I had to fight to get my son tested because there’s no communication with that main office and it’s really disorganized,” said Baxter, from Sun Valley. “Hopefully, it gets implemented, and the money gets distributed properly. A lot of it is bureaucracy here and the money is not even for the kids.” Brewer said he wants to streamline communication between offices and give employees the tools to make the LAUSD a more efficient system. To help change the culture of the district, Brewer said he plans to create a transformation team to “right the ship of LAUSD … and create more efficiencies inside LAUSD.” “We have a good school district, we have great, hard-working people in this school district, but the problem for many of our people is that they are working inside a system that, frankly speaking, is not very efficient. It’s not serving them well,” Brewer said. Teacher Jerrilyn Taylor said that in more than 30 years with the district, she has never seen a superintendent so intent on involving parents. “We’ve never thought of anything like that before. He is really working to make this school district and educational process very effective and successful,” Taylor said. “We’ve never had a superintendent in touch with the community and parents like this one.” But while parents were excited about news of parent-led centers, some were wary. Erika Rodriguez of Montecito Heights said she recalled a parent summit two years ago at which then-Superintendent Roy Romer vowed to improve schools. “I didn’t see that much improvement, so I’m a little skeptical,” Rodriguez said. “I think Superintendent Brewer has a lot of great ideas, but the implementation is where it counts.” [email protected] dailynews.com (818) 713-3722 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more