Men’s volleyball loses in five-set thriller to UCI

first_imgSenior outside hitter Jack Wyett passes a serve-receive ball against Princeton Jan. 31 at Galen Center. (Tucker Judkins/Daily Trojan) After beating then-No. 3 UC Irvine at home last week, the USC Trojans fell in a five-set rematch with the No. 4 Anteaters Saturday night at the Bren Events Center.Senior opposite Karl Apfelbach led the Anteaters with 19 kills, 8 digs and two aces in their 25-20, 25-27, 19-25, 25-23, 15-10 victory over USC. Apfelbach, senior outside hitter Aaron Koubi and junior middle blocker Scott Stadick each put up season-highs in kills with 19, 14 and 11 kills, respectively.USC built a 12-9 lead early in the first set, but UCI plunged forward scoring 6 unanswered points to pull ahead with a 15-12 lead that the Trojans could not recover from.The roles reversed in the second set, with UCI starting out with the lead to set the score at 8-3. The Trojans tied the score up at 19-19, but the Anteaters pulled ahead once again for a 23-21 advantage. USC scored the final 3 points of the set for a win for the Trojans, 27-25.USC quickly racked up an 11-6 lead in the third set, scoring 5 unanswered points. The Anteaters did close in on the Trojans 16-14, but USC never gave up its dominance, resulting in a 25-19 set.In the fourth set, UCI opened with a 5-3 lead, and widened the gap to 17-10, but USC turned it on and tied up the set at 22-22. But the Anteaters finished strong enough to win the set 25-23.The Anteaters came hot out the gate in the fifth set, scoring the first 5 points, but the Trojans weren’t able to catch up, ending the last set at 15-10.Senior outside hitters Ryan Moss, Jack Wyett and Gianluca Grasso led the Trojan offense with 18, 16 and 12 kills, respectively. Sophomore setter Chris Hall and senior libero Matt Douglas led the team on defense with 18 and 13 digs, respectively. Hall and redshirt junior middle blocker Tyler Resnick served three aces each.“Our defensive tenacity was good in comparison to other nights that we’ve had prior to this game,” Wyett said. “Our passing’s been … a staple for us this season and that kind of dictates our play. We came into the game a little bit hesitant, so that’s where we did a good job at bouncing back.”Preparing for the match, USC watched UCI players’ strategies on film. In practice, the Trojans mimicked the Anteaters’ style of play and shaped their defense around it.Wyett said that the Trojans’ blocking schemes and serving at crunch time broke down toward the end of the match. “I felt that we let them get on a couple rolls where we had to fight back a little bit, but we knew we were the better team,” Wyett said. “But sometimes … we would just kind of hang our heads a little bit and then we’d kick it into gear when we had to fight back, rather than just putting our foot on the gas from the get-go.”UCI played two matches in Arizona on Friday before flying home for its match against USC. “We knew they were going to be tired, but sometimes people kind of overlook the fact that once you get into the game, fatigue actually doesn’t play that much of a factor,” Wyett said. “And so, the mental preparation of knowing that we’re playing the No. 4 team in the nation was something that we really had to trust and knowing that our past win also wasn’t a fluke. We’re more talented than those guys.”The Trojans are back home this week to start Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference play, taking on Grand Canyon 7 p.m. Thursday at Galen Center.last_img read more

Motlanthe visits Eastern Cape schools

first_img12 January 2012 Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe paid a visit to schools in Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday. Motlanthe, who was accompanied by Deputy Basic Education Minister Enver Surty and Eastern Cape government officials, visited Endulini Junior Secondary School and Lutshaya High School. Motlanthe and Surty used the time to interact with pupils from Grade R to 9 as well as school management and the school governing body as part of an intervention to respond to pupils’ challenges at the schools. Eastern Cape education has been placed under the microscope by the national department and President Jacob Zuma as they attempt to reform the provincial department’s finances, planning and human resource management.Race to fill vacant teaching posts The Eastern Cape Education Department is scrambling to fill vacant teaching posts in some of the province’s most understaffed schools. Department spokesperson Loyiso Pulumani said on Wednesday that officials were busy issuing letters of employment to over 500 temporary teachers in 10 of the province’s districts. “These teachers are qualified and registered with the South African Council of Educators,” Pulumani said. “This is an interim measure to ensure that all schools have teachers while the process of finalising permanent post provisioning continues.” He said the post provisioning process would entail moving teachers from overstaffed schools to schools where their services were urgently required. He added that once the process was finalised, the department would have a reliable profile of teacher needs in the province, enabling the department to issue a valid recruitment bulletin that would result in permanent employment into vacancies. “That will assist us to ensure that the majority of teaching posts are permanent and that all teachers’ services are optimally utilised. This is crucial for finally ensuring lasting stability in education in the Eastern Cape,” said Pulumani. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Red and Yellow investment reaps rewards

first_imgRed and Yellow’s mission is to counter the increasing income gap by arming underprivileged people with the knowledge and skills they need to compete with their affluent counterparts on even ground. This is done through facilitating this learnership. (Image: Red & Yellow)It started almost a year ago, when 30 promising, young and hungry people from previously disadvantaged backgrounds were chosen to take part in the first advertising certificate course run by Red & Yellow School in Johannesburg.The first course run by the advertising and marketing college took place at the institution’s main campus in Cape Town in 2015.Chosen from some 3 000 applicants, the 30 students were given a chance to prove themselves and become part of the future of South Africa’s marketing and advertising industry through the Red &Yellow Springboard Marketing Institute (RYSMI).The RYSMI learnership involves six months of training at the school, after which the students are placed in various companies in the industry for a further six months. There they get on-the-job experience and training, giving them a proper taste of life in advertising and marketing.Today, almost a year later, the students are in their last days of their course and their time at their respective companies and agencies. When their learnerships do end, the students will go back to Red & Yellow, where they will prepare to write their final exams.Putting on paper what they learned in the classroom and in the industry, this last step will reveal whether they have what it takes to break into the sector successfully.Red and Yellow’s mission is to counter the increasing income gap by arming underprivileged people with the knowledge and skills they need to compete with their affluent counterparts on even ground. This is done through facilitating this learnership.Commenting on what it took to be successful in advertising and marketing, Matome Malatji (pictured above) said that “most importantly it is centred on how you think.”A PERSONAL ACCOUNTMatome Malatji, one of the 30 students, was placed at Avatar Agency. Speaking of his experiences over the better part of the last six months, he said: “At Avatar Agency, for the first time, I was in a place where I understood people and they understood me right back.“At Avatar I learned about the agency and the industry as a whole; how the departments and the different people and personalities in those departments worked as a unit. This experience helped me put all that I had learned during the first six months of the learnership into practice.”His time at the agency gave him a chance to get to grips with what exactly went on in the day-to-day running of an agency and how individual agencies existed in the competitive field of advertising.“Everybody wants to be heard. With the hands-on experience I had at Avatar and the lessons I was taught at Red & Yellow, I believe I have found my voice to have my say in this ever-changing industry, which has its own culture and lifestyle.”Commenting on what it took to be successful in advertising and marketing, Malatji said that “most importantly it is centred on how you think. I will carry with me everything I have learned and my now not-so-little black book.”GET INVOLVEDThe Red & Yellow certificate course accepts a new group of ambitious students each year to continue the school’s search for promising talent and those who will help to take the South African advertising and marketing industry to new heights.If you want to be considered for the programme, more details are available on the Red &Yellow Springboard Marketing Institute website. You can also get in touch with Melissa Maguire via email on springboard@redandyellow.co.za or call 011 067 3400.“All’s well that ends well,” said Malatji. “You never know what you’re capable of until you try.”last_img read more

Dalai Lama Joins Twitter – This Time It’s Verified

first_imgRelated Posts marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#news#NYT#social networks#web Twitter founder Evan Williams posted a message yesterday that was easy to misunderstand: “Met the Dalai Lama today in LA. Pitched him on using Twitter. He laughed.” Some one had already set up the account @DalaiLama though, one week before Williams met with the religious leader. Five hours after the seemingly dismissive tweet, the @DalaiLama account was listed as confirmed authentic and began publishing messages. This almost exactly one year after a hoax account (@OHHDL The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama ) got 16,000 followers in one weekend before being declared a fake and shut down by Twitter Head Quarters. Just welcomed to the site moments ago by Twitter’s new VP of Communications Sean Garret, @DalaiLama appears to be real. Apparently laughing at Twitter doesn’t mean you aren’t going to use it. That’s a good attitude to have. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more