SUP the TUCK: Day 6 & 7

first_imgJune 28, 2018, day 6,7/7 Bryson City is one of my favorite riverside towns. The friendly owners of Bear Hunter Campground welcomed us and we  set up camp on the banks of the Tuckasegee. For 2 days we read and relaxed. In the evenings we walked the mile down the railroad tracks to enjoy  a beer at Bryson City Outdoors and hung out with the eclectic locals and even met the mayor who invited us in for a piece of cake and encouragement.  On our final day we met Ashley and Daniel Hardison camping with their two small children. This energetic young couple  packed up their children for a hike to the Road to Nowhere. This hardcore family impressed us with their energy and enthusiasm for adventure. It is interesting how friendships develop on river trips. John and I met for the first time on the French Broad River in 2015 and have been paddling friends ever since. Our bantering and teasing reached a pinnacle just before we broke down camp. I turned on my iphone video and lampooned his “fancy flying cocoon tent” contrasting it with my  “humble common man’s tarp”. Our plan was to stay on the outskirts of Bryson City and retain our expeditionary mindset. There was a smooth campsite with a fire pit on river right. Securing the boats we investigated to see if this was a public campsite. As I walked out the trail from the river a cloud of dust bore down on me. I stopped and was  confronted by a wild-eyed angry woman driving a car (like the ones embedded in the riverbank!) with a small disheveled girl in the back seat. She hissed at me ”git outa here” and drove straight for John who was walking out to greet her with his usual smile and friendly wave. I whispered a silent prayer as she slammed on the brakes, skidded in the dirt and gave John an earful. Not given time for apologies we hightailed it back to the river.   The river slowly changes from wild and scenic to something akin to a back-street alley. First a giant party barn with crazy graffiti and strange colorful objects dangling from the rafters. Then a long section of stilted homes with interconnected decks reminiscent of a Bangkok fishing village. The final shock is the Automotive Riverbank Preservation Wall, a 1960’s decision to embed the riverbank with stacked cars to prevent erosion. I paddle  up to the bank and take a photo of a 1950’s car ornament set against a teal hood as John hollers “let’s get out of here!” Paddling down the final shoals we reached the expansion of Lake Fontana. This lake was not here before the Fontana dam was built in 1942. The Tuckasegee River once flowed directly into the native Little Tennessee River.  It is important to remember these historic facts when adventuring.  We encountered a fishing boat with two men, a child and a whining dog with a treble hook stuck in his snout. John is an emergency helicopter flight nurse and I am a hand surgeon so we had the skills to properly remove the hook. John quickly outpaced me in his faster kayak as we paddled several miles of flatwater in the fog and rain to backcountry campsite #2.  Soaking wet and exhausted we made a fire, set up camp and celebrated the completion of our adventure. Floating downstream,  John and I talked about this threatening encounter. We agreed  that in all our years of solo paddling this disturbed human scared us more than wild animals, poisonous snakes and hungry alligators! last_img read more

Bill Gates expects mobile banking to improve lives

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Jing CaoBill Gates, the world’s richest man, and his wife Melinda said that conditions for the world’s poorest people will improve more dramatically in the coming 15 years than at any other time in history.Advancements in medical care and illness prevention for children, efforts to eradicate polio and other diseases and new farming techniques in Africa will drive “major breakthroughs” for most people in poor countries, according to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation annual letter published Wednesday night in Seattle.Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), the world’s largest software maker, formed the foundation in 2000 with Melinda Gates. The charity focuses on poverty and health in developing countries and education and equal opportunity in the U.S. It had given $31.6 billion in grants as of Sept. 30, according to its website.The poor “will be living longer and in better health,” according to the letter. “They will have unprecedented opportunities to get an education, eat nutritious food, and benefit from mobile banking. These breakthroughs will be driven by innovation in technology — ranging from new vaccines and hardier crops to much cheaper smartphones and tablets — and by innovations that help deliver those things to more people.Mobile banking will make financial services more accessible, giving the poor more control over their assets, according to the letter. By 2030, about 2 billion people currently without a bank account will use their phones to make payments and store money, the Gateses wrote. continue reading »last_img read more

Chief Cultural Officer thinks change in venue may have contributed to low attendance at Steel Pan Competition.

first_imgLocalNews Chief Cultural Officer thinks change in venue may have contributed to low attendance at Steel Pan Competition. by: – May 12, 2011 Share Share 14 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Chief Cultural Officer Mr. Raymond Lawrence. Photo credit; GIS NewsChief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence says two factors may have affected the turnout at this year’s DOMFESTA Steel Pan Competition.There was a very low turnout at the pan festival staged on the Roseau Bay Font this week.Lawrence says a change in venue and a lack of interest in the pan could have resulted in the turn out.He says there is a continued need to train persons interested in playing pan.At the last moment we had to change venues from the Arawak to the Bay front and many persons did not realize there was change of venue,” he said.Lawrence says however the cultural division has seen some very encouraging results over time.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Grant Imahara, host of ‘MythBusters’ and ‘White Rabbit Project,’ has died

first_imgGrant Imahara, host of Discovery Channel’s “MythBusters” and Netflix’s “White Rabbit Project,” has died at the age of 49, according to a statement from the Discovery Channel.No cause of death was available. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the cause of death was a brain aneurysm.I’m at a loss. No words. I’ve been part of two big families with Grant Imahara over the last 22 years. Grant was a truly brilliant engineer, artist and performer, but also just such a generous, easygoing, and gentle PERSON. Working with Grant was so much fun. I’ll miss my friend.— Adam Savage (@donttrythis) July 14, 2020last_img

GSA boys’ basketball team tops Ellsworth to stay undefeated

first_img Bio Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest Postscenter_img EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 BLUE HILL — Down eight points with 36 seconds left, Ellsworth boys’ basketball coach Peter Austin started pulling his starters off the court at George Stevens Academy in Monday night’s battle between the two Eagles squads.It seemed unlikely Austin’s team could close the gap on GSA, which outscored Ellsworth 19-4 in the second quarter to build a 25-13 halftime lead.“I might have been a little earlier than normal, but the way we were playing, nothing was going right with the group that was in there,” Austin said. “So I put the other five in to see what would happen.”Thirty seconds later, Austin subbed back in his top playmakers after Ellsworth’s Aaron Boumil and Dylan Kelley came off the bench and cut the deficit to just four points — the closest margin of the half.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBut it was too little too late for Austin’s Class B squad, which dropped to 6-2 with the 52-47 loss. GSA — the Maine Principals Association’s No. 1-ranked Class C North team — improved to 9-0, extending its regular-season winning streak to 24 games.GSA coach Dwayne Carter said his players needed some fresh exposure to a challenging team because, other than Ellsworth, all of GSA’s wins have been by 16 points or more.“We haven’t had that close game yet, and as a coach, you don’t want your team to become complacent,” Carter said. “So this will pay dividends down the road.”Carter’s squad trailed Ellsworth 9-6 entering the second quarter. But a minute and a half in, junior forward Jarrod Chase sparked GSA by tying the score 11-11 with a 3-pointer — the first of 12 unanswered points over the next four minutes.Boumil, who also scored the key 3-pointer that kept Ellsworth in the game until the final buzzer, ended the scoring drought with a layup to cut GSA’s lead to 20-13.GSA sophomore guard Taylor Schildroth quickly answered with another 3-pointer to steal back momentum, and, seconds later, the ball, which he grabbed on the following Ellsworth drive and converted into another quick two points before halftime.“That was our bad period,” Austin said of Ellsworth. “We struggled just getting easy shots. They made it difficult for us.”Carter credited his team’s defense with earning the cushioned lead that proved critical down the stretch.“I thought we were in control the whole time — especially first half,” Carter said. “In the second half, we got a little too caught up in the game and kind of lost focus.”Ellsworth’s frustration continued into the third quarter when GSA matched all 11 points scored.With 2:28 remaining in the fourth quarter, sophomore guard Zach Harris made up some ground for Ellsworth with four points from the free throw line, cutting GSA’s lead to just 42-36. The opportunity came as a result of technical fouls that forced Schildroth — GSA’s top scorer — out of the game.“After that, the bench players stepped in and really did a good job,” Carter said. “But we missed our free throws.”From there, GSA struggled at the foul line, missing eight of 18 free throws.Ellsworth’s shots under the basket weren’t falling either when Austin sat his starters, down 50-42 in the final minute.“Our shot selection was good, they just weren’t falling,” Austin said. “They never gave up, though. I was proud of that.”GSA put three starters in double digits: Schildroth with 16 points, Chase with 11 and Nick Szwez with a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds.Nick Bagley led all Ellsworth scorers with 13 points.The two teams will meet again Feb. 2 at Ellsworth.Bucksport 40, Dexter 35Bucksport, the Class C North second seed, improved to 7-2 on Monday with a win over Dexter (5-3).Austin Mason led Bucksport with a game-high 12 points.Narraguagus 51, Sumner 43Alex O’Hara paced Sumner with 17 points, and Patrick Pinkham added 10, for Sumner (4-5) en route to Saturday’s loss to Narraguagus (4-2).Greenville 47, DI-S 40Noah Davis led Deer Isle-Stonington (1-6) with 13 points and Crisford Milano added 12 en route to Saturday’s loss at Greenville (4-2).Bucksport 47, Calais 35Tyler Pye led Bucksport (7-2) past Calais (2-5) with 10 points on Saturday. Kyle Jackson chipped in eight points, and Hayden Craig had seven.Ellsworth 51, Caribou 38Ellsworth hit its free throws down the stretch and held off Caribou (3-4) for the win Thursday.Bryce Harmon paced a balanced offensive attack for Ellsworth with 12 points. Bruce St. Peter scored 11 points, and Charlie Libby added nine.MDI 67, Presque Isle 53Russell Kropff led all scorers with 19 points, and Riley Swanson chipped in 14, to pace Mount Desert Island (5-2) to the win over Presque Isle (2-6) on Thursday.Ellsworth 50, Presque Isle 37At Presque Isle on Wednesday, Bryce Harmon led Ellsworth to victory past Presque Isle with 11 points, and Bruce St. Peter added 10.Caribou 60, MDI 57Donovan Savage scored 10 of his game-high 30 points in the fourth quarter as Caribou came from behind for a hard-fought victory over MDI on Wednesday.For MDI, Riley Swanson had 16 points, and Russell Kropff added 11.GSA 69, Searsport 36Taylor Schildroth poured in 26 points to lead GSA past Searsport (5-4) on Wednesday.Max Mattson chipped in 14 points for GSA. Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016last_img read more

Fifa World Cup FIFA World Cup 2018: Last gasp England win breaks 2018 TV record

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: England’s last-minute win against Tunisia on Monday at the FIFA World Cup 2018 was Britain’s most-watched television show of 2018, with a viewership of 18.3 million, as per a leading British daily.Monday’s game om Volgograd, which was decided by skipper Harry Kane’s injury-time header, had a 69.2 per cent audience share at its peak, beating last month’s royal wedding.Around three million requests were also made to stream it online, making it the highest ever live audience for an online BBC broadcast.England won 2-1 and will next play Panama on Sunday. last_img

The Latest: German broadcaster to show some games on free TV

first_imgThe league says it is consulting with clubs about a suspension, something which its players are demanding.“Euroleague and the participating clubs cannot ask from players to put their health and that of their families at risk,” the Euroleague Players Association said.The players’ union asked for the season to be suspended “until health, safety and freedom of movement can be guaranteed.”___10 a.m. The Juventus player who tested positive for the coronavirus says he’s “OK” and wants “to reassure everyone who is worrying about me.” Juventus announced late Wednesday that defender Daniele Rugani and “those who have had contact with him” are being isolated. It also said Rugani is not showing any symptoms of the disease.Rugani sent a post on Twitter overnight in Italian.“You’ll have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure everyone who is worrying about me. I’m OK. I want to remind everyone to respect the rules, because this virus doesn’t make distinctions! Let’s do it four ourselves, for those dear to us and for those around us,” he wrote.Rugani is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive for the virus. The league says decisions on awarding titles, and promotion and relegation places, will be decided at a special meeting on Friday.The Swiss soccer leagues have been suspended through March, and Basel is unable to host a Europa League game next week against Eintracht Frankfurt.___10:05 a.m.After the NBA suspended its season, the Euroleague is considering doing the same. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times local):___11:05 a.m. 10:55 a.m.The Euroleague says it is suspending all games indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Europe’s main club basketball competition says it made the decision because of “the increased risks for participants in games, the vast amount of traveling disruptions causing the impossibility to reach certain destinations, and the different recommendations by the health authorities.”The league was scheduled to hold regular-season games in Moscow, Istanbul, Madrid and Tel Aviv on Thursday.___ 11 a.m.South Korea’s professional baseball league says it will postpone the start of its season to mid-April because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Korea Baseball Organization says it still hopes to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but will consider banning spectators from some games when risks of infections are high.The KBO had already canceled its preseason.___ The Latest: German broadcaster to show some games on free TV 10:30 a.m.The International Basketball Federation says it is suspending all competitions indefinitely from Friday.FIBA says the decision was made “in order to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, officials and fans.”The suspension includes games in the Basketball Champions League, which is a rival competition to the better known Euroleague, and the second-tier FIBA Europe Cup. The Champions League is part-way through its playoffs.Men’s qualification for the Tokyo Olympics is expected to resume in June with a series of qualifying tournaments overseen by FIBA. Women’s qualifying has already concluded. German broadcaster Sky says it will show some Bundesliga soccer games on a free channel after spectators were barred from the stadiums.Sky will show four league games simultaneously on Saturday on its non-subscription news channel in a “conference” format, with the broadcast switching between each game to show the key action.That includes Borussia Dortmund’s game against Schalke, which is one of Germany’s most heated rivalries.There will be a similar procedure for some second-division games.___ The under-15 world championships in Arkhangelsk, Russia, at the end of the month will also be played at a later date.___10:15 a.m.Denmark’s top soccer leagues are shutting down for at least two weeks because of the spreading coronavirus.The Danish league made the move a day after the national government announced a lockdown. The small Scandinavian country has 514 cases of people testing positive. A four-race finals week in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, was canceled last week by the International Ski Federation.“The health and welfare of the athletes and all other participants, as well as the general public are in the forefront and the priority of FIS and all stakeholders,” the governing body said Thursday.Kilde’s runner-up finish in what proved to be the season-ending race — a downhill last Saturday in Kvitfjell, Norway — lifted him to the overall title above French rival Alexis Pinturault.Pinturault also finished runner-up to Kristoffersen in giant slalom. Another Frenchman, Clement Noel, was runner-up to Kristoffersen for the season-long slalom title by only two points, 552-550.Kristoffersen had an outside chance of winning the overall title if the final two races had gone ahead. ___10:25 a.m.The hockey-like game of bandy has postponed its world championships in Russia because of the spreading coronavirus.The Swedish Bandy Association says the tournament, scheduled to be played from March 29-April 5 in Irkutsk, has been postponed until October.International Bandy Association president Boris Skrynnik says “we know that there are concerns in other countries when it comes to travel and spending time with larger groups.” “We will look at exactly what this will mean for the running of the tournaments for the weeks to come,” said Danish league director Claus Thomsen, adding more information on what will happen with the postponed matches and the rest of the season will be announced later.___10:10 a.m.The Swiss hockey league has ended the season in the top two divisions before the playoffs because of the spreading coronavirus.The league’s decision comes less than two months before Switzerland is due to host the world championships in Zurich and Lausanne. Associated Press ___9:55 a.m.The season-ending men’s World Cup ski races were canceled Thursday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, giving Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde his first overall title.Giant slalom and slalom races were scheduled for this weekend in Kranjska Gora, near Slovenia’s border with Italy.The cancellations mean Henrik Kristoffersen, another Norwegian, becomes the season champion in both disciplines by tiny margins. Kilde succeeds Austrian great Marcel Hirscher, who won eight straight overall titles before retiring in the offseason.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports March 12, 2020last_img read more

Kvyat Wants Red Bull  Decision on Future

first_imgSpeaking at Silverstone over the weekend, Kvyat thanked Horner for his support but said he would like formal confirmation in the near future.“I think our common trust is going back to a good level so I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t want to collaborate,” Kvyat said.“But I need an answer also, if those are his plans I need an answer as soon as possible because obviously it is getting to the part of the season that you want to know your future.“It would be great to know as soon as possible but I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t want to collaborate together. I’m not a guy to give any deadlines, it is in their hands so why would I force it. But they know the better you are settled with your future, the more you can stay focused on your actual job.”Kvyat is in his third season driving for Toro Rosso, having been relegated from the senior Red Bull team last season following the Russian GP.“They know everything about me and we already had some talks before, everyone is happy, I am happy with them, I think they’re happy with me so I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t want to collaborate,” the 23-year-old continued.“I want to do my job. Red Bull have been taking care of me for the last seven, eight years. Whatever Dr Marko will decide, I will take the answer.“I don’t see any reason why not to [stay with the Red Bull family]. You have to be patient. I want to give my best to Toro Rosso because I think they deserve more from me.“I want to give more to this team, because I’m part of this project and I’m part of this car development and I’d like to see what it brings in the future.”The Russian moved to within three penalty points of a race ban at the British GP after colliding with team-mate Carlos Sainz on the opening lap, a week after receiving two penalty points for hitting Fernando Alonso at the first corner.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Daniil Kvyat says he needs a decision on his future “as soon as possible” following suggestions from Red Bull boss Christian Horner they will retain the Toro Rosso driver.Red Bull, the owners of the Toro Rosso outfit, have yet to take up the option to extend Kvyat’s contract into 2018, but Horner told Sky F1 at the Austrian GP he “could not see any reason why they would want to change him at this point in time”.last_img read more

Offense still clicking; Leuer injury not awful

first_imgOver the past four games, the Wisconsin basketball team’s most important player has been sidelined with a wrist injury, but UW has still gone 3-1.And of course, UW is once again operating at a pace slower than a snail covered in molasses — double clich? whammy! — and shooting a mediocre 44 percent from the field. UW, however, still ranks 27th in the nation in offensive efficiency according to stats guru Ken Pomeroy.The Badgers have also essentially been playing seven players since Jon Leuer decided to high-five the hardwood — give or take a cameo appearance from offensive-rebounding-machine-but-one-year-away-from-truly-contributing Mike Bruesewitz. And yet, the shortened bench will actually be an asset come tourney time.Some analysis is required to divine where Bo’s Boys are heading this season, with their leading post player taking his seat between JP Gavinski and Ian Markolf.Perfect time for a notes column.Losing LeuerWhen the Badgers lost Leuer for an “indefinite” amount of time (which translates to 6-8 weeks when you decode the coach-speak), the team had to resort to a style of play rarely seen in head coach Bo Ryan’s era — a four-guard lineup of extreme small ball.Normally reliant on teams with length ideally suited to his pack-it-in man-to-man defense, Ryan likes to recruit big and play big. His crunch time lineup against Penn State Sunday included three players listed under 6-foot-3, and a fourth, 6-foot-8 Keaton Nankivil. Still, despite entering uncharted territory, Wisconsin has managed to do better than just tread water and played their way to second place in the Big Ten, losing only to a rejuvenated Ohio State over this stretch.With Leuer clapping one-handed on the bench, however, the Badgers have fallen into a dangerous pattern of jacking up threes at a rate only Mike D’Antoni would be proud of, and avoiding the paint like it is still wet. Over this four game span, UW has hoisted 109 shots from beyond the arc, compared to only 103 two-point field goals. Making matters worse, the UW guards have only connected on 27 percent of the attempts from 22 feet or longer. With the next two games against Purdue on the road and Michigan State in Madison, the perimeter party might finally get crashed.Offense still OKSo how did the Badgers manage to beat Northwestern, Michigan and Penn State despite a cold streak even Wisconsinites aren’t used to? By never turning over the ball and knocking down all their freebies from the charity stripe.According to Kenpom rankings, the Badgers are No. 27 out of 347 teams in offensive efficiency rankings, largely based on their ability to hold onto the ball and convert free throw opportunities at a high percentage.While the offensive efficiency rating may fall with Leuer out of the lineup, the Badgers rank No. 4 in the nation for turnover percentage and No. 14 for free throw percentage. Against Penn State Sunday, UW shot only 43 percent from the floor but sank 17 of 19 free throws and gave the ball away only five times, compared to 18 for the Nittany Lions.The lesson is — as always — the swing offense may not look pretty with forced three-pointers launched near the end of the shot clock, but it is effective. Few teams are better at tiring opponents out on the defensive end by running them through pick after pick. With smart guards handling the ball, UW consistently comes out on the winning side.Depth better with Leuer goneThis next point is counter-intuitive, and certainly hinges on Leuer actually coming back healthy in time for the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments, but the Badgers will be better off in the long run getting used to playing without Leuer.The benefits come in several ways:First of all, as talented as Leuer is, he has a bad habit of getting into foul trouble. Through 16 games played, Leuer was on the floor for an average of 28 minutes a game, and the reason had nothing to do with conditioning or effectiveness. There were several games already this year when Leuer sat for most of the first half, and the offense stalled without him. Assuming Leuer comes back, the offense will have a fall back when he picks up two cheapies the first four minutes of a game.With Leuer’s minutes currently up for grabs, the bench itself will immediately become stronger upon his return. Would Rob Wilson have contributed significantly in the victory over Michigan, or would he have been on the floor for the last minutes of Penn State if Leuer were healthy? The degenerate gambler in me wants to bet no. Same question goes for Ryan Evans — whose defensive versatility has increased in Leuer’s absence — and Keaton Nankivil, whom the Wizard of Oz finally gifted confidence in his fantastic jump shot.If Wisconsin can continue to win its games against inferior teams, and steal one or two on the road with Leuer waving a towel on the sideline, his injury will ultimately prove to be a boon instead of a curse.Leuer may not like to hear that, but the Grateful Red should be relieved.Michael is a senior majoring in journalism. Do you think he is just delusional? Still disgusted by Bo Ryan’s swing offense? He can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

Jupiter leads USC in third consecutive sweep victory

first_imgBehind the strong play of sophomore outside hitter Alex Jupiter, the No. 16 USC women’s volleyball team (3-1) swept its third straight match (25-22, 25-19, 25-15) of the young season, defeating Florida Gulf Coast (1-3) to open the Holiday Inn LA City Center Trojan Invitation at the Galen Center.Jupiter took charge in the 3-0 sweep, landing 16 kills and blocking two shots in a match where the Women of Troy seemed to get better as each minute went by.Sweet 16 · Alex Jupiter lead USC with 16 kills on Thursday. – Eric Wolfe | Daily Trojan“We were going too fast early. We were too excited,” coach Mick Haley said of his team during its home opener. “We just came out and tried a little too hard early.”After the first game, one in which USC and the Eagles combined for nine ties and six lead changes before the Women of Troy pulled away, Haley’s team dominated the rest of the way behind Jupiter.“She’ll continue to get better. She’s just a whole different player right now,” Haley said. “We really like the way she’s blocking and serving.”Senior outside hitter Jessica Gysin chipped in with five kills and 12 digs for the Women of Troy, and sophomore setter Kendall Bateman continued to set the table USC as she piled up 35 assists.On the opposite side, junior outside hitter Jelena Simic carried the Eagles, firing 11 kills and blocking one shot, but it wasn’t enough for Florida Gulf Coast, which has lost three of its first four matches to start the season.USC shot .287 compared to the Eagles’ .092.After dropping the first match of the season 3-2 to Michigan State last weekend, the Women of Troy have responded with three consecutive sweeps over North Carolina, Albany and the Eagles.“We have to just know that we didn’t play very well in the first match, and we’d like to keep this going, but we know it’s going to be very tough,” Haley said.The Women of Troy continue tournament play tomorrow at 7 p.m. against No. 21 Pepperdine at the Galen Center. Pepperdine should provide USC with its toughest match to this point in the season.“They always give us a battle,” Haley said.Following tomorrow’s game, USC will wrap up the tournament facing Northern Arizona on Saturday at 10 a.m.last_img read more