Men’s volleyball falls short against dominant BYU

first_imgThe No. 14 USC men’s volleyball team lost a close contest in four sets to No. 7 BYU Saturday.Senior outside hitter Ryan Moss has recorded 247 kills in his time at USC. He ranks second in that statistic for the Trojans. Photo by Alex Zhang | Daily TrojanAfter a strong win over Stanford last Thursday for their fourth win of the season, USC looked to continue their momentum against the visiting Cougars. However, the task would prove to be difficult against a resilient and well-balanced BYU squad. The Cougars boast an impressive resume this year with an 8-4 record, including wins over No. 8 Lewis, No. 5 Ohio State and No. 13 UC Santa Barbara. The dynamic opposite-outside hitting duo of freshman Gabi Garcia Fernandez and senior Brenden Sander led the Cougars in a game with very little room for error, as USC managed to stay within two points in every lost set. Sander recorded career-highs of 23 kills and five service aces while hitting .372. Fernandez clipped .441 with 18 kills, while senior setter Leo Durkin had a season-high 54 assists along with eight digs. Senior libero Erik Sikes contributed nine digs and two assists, and senior middle blocker Price Jarman had four blocks.For USC, the game simply slipped out of their hands. The Trojans had multiple opportunities to seal the deal and win a set, but a few service errors and clutch kills from Sander proved to be the difference. USC posted scorelines of 21-19, 17-12, 23-23 and 25-25 before falling in all but the second set. USC’s trio of junior outside hitters Jack Wyett, Ryan Moss and Gianluca Grasso once again led the team in the narrow defeat. Wyett had a balanced game with 12 kills, one ace and six digs. Moss had a team-high with 16 kills, along with one ace and one assist. Grasso contributed nine kills, three aces and five digs. USC was badly out-hit by BYU, which as a team clipped .372 compared to USC’s .321. USC’s  season continues to look murkier by the day, with no apparent end to the constant losing cycles that have defined their season. With their brutal schedule, the Trojans will likely drop out of the AVCA top 15, with all eight of their losses being to ranked schools. Four of their next five games are opposing ranked teams —  No. 2 UCLA, No. 11 Pepperdine, No. 10 Grand Canyon and No. 13 UC Santa Barbara. It isn’t a stretch to say that these next few games could make or break the Trojans’ year, and perhaps even head coach Jeff Nygaard’s job. Needless to say, it is imperative that Nygaard keeps morale up and lights a fire under his unit in whatever way possible before it is too late. The team will now travel to Westwood to take on the No. 2 UCLA Bruins in an MPSF match scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Cowboys hire Mike McCarthy to replace Jason Garrett as head coach

first_imgGarrett was relieved of his duties following a disappointing 8-8 season during which some believed the Cowboys had a shot at the Super Bowl. They missed out on their chance to win the division in Week 17.New Cowboys’ HC Mike McCarthy stayed over Jerry Jones’ house on Saturday night, per source. “Once you stay at Jerrry’s house, he doesn’t lose his guy,” said source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 6, 2020McCarthy, who sat out a year after entertaining jobs in the 2019 offseason, coached the Packers between 2005 and 2018, leading to his dismissal during the 2018 season. McCarthy has a Super Bowl championship on his resume, winning Super Bowl 45 vs. the Steelers, and his record stands at 125-77-2, not including a 10-8 playoff record.McCarthy’s end with the Packers came amid reports that the relationship between the head coach and quarterback Aaron Rodgers had soured, and was detailed in a lengthy report from Bleacher Report. The confusing Cowboys head coaching odyssey seems to have come to an end.On Monday, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that the Cowboys have agreed to terms with Mike McCarthy to become the new head coach in Dallas. Scoopage alert: the @dallascowboys have agreed to terms with Mike McCarthy to be their new head coach. Announcement and press conference expected later this week @NFLonFOX #cowboys— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 6, 2020On Tuesday, the Cowboys made it official, hiring McCarthy to be the next head coach.Mike McCarthy officially hired as #DallasCowboys head coach.MORE →— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) January 7, 2020The initial report came less than 24 hours after the Cowboys officially parted ways with Jason Garrett, who had been the head coach of the Cowboys since 2011. Garrett was the interim head coach for Dallas in 2010, taking over for a fired Wade Phillips.last_img read more

Encouraging Our Albino Brothers and Sisters

first_imgThe Liberia Albino Society (LAS) on Monday organized an impressive celebration marking World Albino Day in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.LAS executive director Patricia Logan made an impassioned plea to the Liberian public to reach out in love and compassion to our Albino brothers and sisters, who are in that condition through no fault of their own.  It is a phenomenon found throughout the world.In some societies, such as Tanzania, these people are very badly treated.  Some are even abused in human sacrifice, making life extremely difficult and unbearable for them. Such an extremity is thankfully not found in Liberia.  Still, Liberians need to do more to help them cope with life.  We should all, whenever we come across them, display a positive attitude toward them, treating them just as we treat any other person, without seeming condescending or feeling sorry for them; but displaying love, fellowship and kindness.Executive Director made a broader appeal on behalf of Albinos.  She called on government and the larger society to help provide quality education form these people, in order to equip them with the intellectual preparedness and skills they need to live in society.We call on all people of goodwill, wherever they are–in families, clubs, civic and social groups, educational and religious institutions, Non-Governmental Organizations and the business community to think of ways in which they can help Albinos.This is society.  We also appeal to the government of Liberia to think creatively of ways in which its various entities can help these people.  The government runs many educational institutions, including primary, secondary, vocational, technical and tertiary ones.  GOL should challenge each of these institutions to find ways in which they can creatively involve these people and absorb them in the various educational facilities.Students, faculty and staff everywhere should be given special skills in dealing not just with Albinos but all others with special needs, so that there exists an atmosphere of camaraderie, friendship and belonging.GOL and other groups should offer scholarship opportunities to Albinos to give them easier access to schools. We further call on employers to open their doors to Albinos.  This will enable them to feel a normal part of society and help them to integrate more freely amongst their compatriots.All organizations catering specifically to the needs of Albinos should help them with communication skills that will empower them to relate more effectively among themselves and with others. We believe that these ideas will help our Albino compatriots to fit more easily in society and feel a greater sense belonging and citizenship.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more