Volleyball: Badgers surge with pair of top-5 wins over Penn State, Nebraska

first_imgIn a few of their early-season losses, the No. 7 University of Wisconsin Badgers volleyball team (8-4, 4-0 Big Ten) struggled to close out sets. Between allowing lengthy serving runs and compiling hitting errors, the Badgers gave up late leads and dropped games to quality opponents. This week, they closed out sets emphatically. Wisconsin knocked off the No. 8 Penn State Nittany Lions (10-3, 3-1) in four sets Wednesday before sweeping No. 5 (11-2, 3-1) Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln Saturday night. They managed a combined .339 hitting percentage against two of the top defenses in the Big Ten. A varied offensive attack that focused less on All-American junior middle blocker Dana Rettke left the Penn State and Nebraska defenses floundering. Volleyball: Badgers bounce back at home against Indiana, PurdueWhen asked how to rebound from back-to-back losses against Washington, Dana Rettke responded with the word “defense.” The Badgers backed Read…Against the Nittany Lions, junior outside hitter Grace Loberg tallied a career-high 21 kills on a blazing .486 hitting percentage. After a close first two sets where the teams traded 25–23 victories, the Badgers dominated the final two sets, winning 25–13 in both. A Badger run in the second set turned Penn State’s 16–12 lead into a Wisconsin 20–17 lead. This run seemed to continue throughout the rest of the match. From that 16–12 point, Loberg and company finished the match on a 63–33 run. The Nittany Lions hit a combined .043 in the final two sets while allowing the Badgers to hammer out a .382 hitting percentage. Following this impressive offensive display, the Badgers continued to swing freely against the Cornhuskers Saturday, finishing with a .376 hitting percentage and only nine errors. That is the highest mark Nebraska has allowed since 2011. Junior outside hitter Lexi Sun led the offensive attack for the Cornhuskers on a day where defense was quite the rarity. Nebraska finished with a .336 hitting percentage and had the most kills of any of their matches that lasted only three sets. They still lost all three.Volleyball: Penn State, Nebraska pose massive challenge for BadgersAfter a pair of wins over the weekend, the University of Wisconsin volleyball team (6-4, 2-0 Big Ten) faces perhaps Read…The story of the match was late Badger runs. Late in each set, the two teams were either tied or separated by only a point. Wisconsin finished the first set on a 9–4 run, the second set on an 11–5 run and the third set on a 6–2 run. This is the first time Nebraska has been swept on their home floor since 2014. Wisconsin finished with four players between 10 and 11 kills. Rettke landed 10 kills on 20 swings, but her middle blocking colleague sophomore Danielle Hart notched 10 kills herself on just 14 swings, giving her a .643 hitting percentage. These impressive pair of wins gives Wisconsin some much- needed confidence following their early-season woes to ranked teams.  The schedule technically eases up with only one ranked opponent this week instead of two.last_img read more

Fireworks can be shot off July 1; here is what to keep in mind…

first_img 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 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 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. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! 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. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The City of Wellington is allowing the discharge of fireworks starting Friday, July 1 within the city limits. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 1 through July 3, 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4.  Retail sale hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 1 through July 4.Wellington Fire Chief Tim Hay has released the following Firework Regulations and Safety information: Always purchase high quality fireworks from reliable and legitimate sources:Always read and follow label directionsHave an adult supervise all fireworks activitiesAlways ignite fireworks outdoorsHave water nearbyNever experiment or attempt to make your own fireworksLight only one firework at a timeNever re-ignite malfunctioning fireworksNever give fireworks to small childrenStore fireworks in a cool, dry placeDispose of fireworks properly, preferably in a bucket of waterNever throw or shoot fireworks at another person or at vehiclesNever carry fireworks in your pocketNever shoot fireworks in metal or glass containersBe respectful of your neighbors and pets.No discharge of fireworks at Wellington Lake.In addition, bottle rockets and M-80s are dangerous and illegal in the state of Kansas. The use or sale of these banned fireworks is considered a crime under Kansas law.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Iowa’s snowfall for February was far shallower than average

first_imgDES MOINES — Rain and snow were much more scarce than usual in Iowa over the past month. State climatologist Justin Glisan says it was a far cry from what we usually see during February.“Typically, we expect about an inch of precipitation across the state. What we had on statewide average was about four-tenths of an inch, so six-tenths of an inch below average,” Glisan says. “The driest part of the state is across the southern part, anywhere from an inch to an inch-and-a-half below normal.”When it comes to snowfall, this February was way off base with less than four inches statewide. That’s especially paltry when compared to all the snow a year ago.“Typically, we, across the state, have about seven inches of snow for February, we had about half that,” Glisan says. “Last February, the statewide average was about 26-inches of snow. That was the snowiest February in 133 years of records.”Temperatures were very near normal for February. The average temp is 24-degrees and the statewide average came in at 24-point-three.Early indications are the winter overall will produce warmer-than-average temperatures and below-normal precipitation in Iowa.“We are seeing a higher probability of being warmer than average,” Glisan says. “If we look at the month of March, in general, the outlooks do also show us with higher probabilities of being warmer than average and not a really clear signal precipitation-wise.”Spring arrives March 19th.last_img read more