By Dialogo April 20, 2010 The Spanish defense minister, Carme Chacón, and the prime minister of Haiti, Jean-Max Bellerive, attended a ceremony Sunday in memory of the four Spanish military personnel who died Friday in a helicopter accident, the Spanish embassy announced. The “simple” ceremony was held Sunday morning on board the ship Castilla, the base for 450 soldiers sent to Haiti by Madrid following the earthquake, Spain’s consul-general, Juan Carlos Gómez, indicated to AFP. In addition to Minister Chacón and Prime Minister Bellerive, the memorial was attended by the Haitian foreign affairs minister, Marie-Michèle Rey, the head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (Minustah), Edmund Mulet, Gen. José Julio Rodríguez, chair of Spain’s joint chiefs of staff, and Adm. Manuel Rebollo Garcia, head of the Spanish Navy. Luis Fernando Torija, Francisco Forne, Manuel Dormido, and Eusebio Villatoro died Friday in a helicopter accident in Fond Verretes, near the Dominican border.
Ironically, only a week after dismissing forward Mariah Dunham, post-play was the key in pulling the Wisconsin women’s basketball team out of its five-game losing streak.Sophomore Tara Steinbauer recorded her first career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Lin Zastrow chipped in 11 points as the Badgers dominated Penn State underneath. Wisconsin’s post players outscored their Nittany Lion counterparts 27-10. The Badgers also won the rebounding battle, 36-31.Steinbauer, starting in place of Dunham, gave Penn State problems underneath. She shot 5-for-8 from the field and also drew multiple fouls, getting to the line nine times. She even hit a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock midway through the second half.“I think I pulled my 3-point percentage up from 9 percent to 20 percent,” Steinbauer said jokingly. “It came at the right time for us, and I was just glad to contribute.”“That was a desperation 3-pointer, but it was all net,” Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone added. “We’ll live with that, but she’s got that type of range.”Maybe her biggest play of the night came when she grabbed Alyssa Karel’s missed shot and laid it in to give the Badgers a 54-50 lead with only 56 seconds left.Zastrow, who struggled the last time the Badgers played Penn State, also played well. She was 4-of-7 from the field and pulled down four rebounds as well.“After every game, you always have to look at the negatives and positives, and if it’s negative, just try to forget about it,” Zastrow said.Stone agreed with Zastrow’s assessment.“She came out with a look of aggressiveness,” Stone said. “She really came out looking to score and help her team.”The post players came up big defensively as well. The Badgers held Penn State forwards to only 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting. Penn State forward Julia Trogele was the only Lion to find success underneath, as she scored six points and pulled down 11 rebounds.“Our posts did a nice job,” Stone said. “Trogele is really good. She’s a guard-like post player, and with her ability to shoot outside, we had to put Lin on her so we could use her length. It was just a great team effort.”Grant stars in lossFor the second game in a row, Penn State junior guard Tyra Grant had a huge game against Wisconsin.On Thursday, Grant scored 24 points on 8-for-15 shooting, including 2-of-5 from 3-point range, and played all 40 minutes. Grant is the second-leading scorer in the Big Ten, averaging 19.7 points per game.In their last meeting, Grant scored 32 points, including the game-winning shot as time expired, to give the Lions a 58-56 overtime win over the Badgers. Her 32 points were the most that the Badgers have allowed to an opposing player this year.“She’s a fantastic player,” Stone said. “From the standpoint of her ability to score from outside and inside, handling the basketball, and shooting in traffic, she’s a WNBA-quality player. We knew that we had to do a good job on her. I thought that Teah Gant and Jade Davis did a very nice job on her.”However, Grant was the majority of Penn State’s offense, as no other Lion scored in double figures. Brianne O’Rourke and Mashea Williams, who came in averaging 11.4 and 9.3 points per game, were held to only five and two points, respectively.As a team, Penn State shot only 39.1 percent, including only 34.8 percent in the first half. Wisconsin also forced 21 turnovers that led to 22 points.
Hamilton, NY — After three straight Towson points evened the score late in the third set, Syracuse knew it had to return to its game plan to keep the game from going any further. The Orange attacked through Santita Ebangwese and Amber Witherspoon all night, leaving the Tigers without answers, but the Orange went away from its trusted strategy for most of the third set.Witherspoon was called upon to halt Towson’s streak, and she did, sparking a run of individual brilliance that gave her team the win. She powered a kill in between four Towson defenders to give Syracuse the lead, and then added two more kills and a block in SU’s next four points, giving the Orange a set-point opportunity.After a kill by Towson’s Carola Biver, a Tiger attack attempt was hit out of bounds, ending the game and giving Syracuse a 25-23 third-set win. Witherspoon and Santita Ebangwese carried Syracuse (22-13, 12-8 Atlantic Coast) past Towson (27-6, 12-4 Colonial) in straight-sets Friday night at Colgate University’s Cotterell Court.Ebangwese (16 kills) and Witherspoon (11 kills) established themselves as offensive threats early on, allowing Syracuse to jump out to leads in the first and second sets. The two middle blockers were fed a combined 61 times on the night, constantly peppering a helpless Tiger defense. Jalissa Trotter (43 assists) was the only SU player to record an assist, while Belle Sand (12 digs) and Aliah Bowllan (10 digs) manned the back line, holding Towson to a .106 hitting percentage.“We stepped up when we needed,” head coach Leonid Yelin said. “A lot of people were stepping in and helping. It was really good.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEbangwese and Witherspoon were on the court together just once the entire game, as only one middle blocker plays at a time. The players substituted for each other early in the first set, and both were dominant. Eight of Syracuse’s first 10 points came from kills by either Ebangwese or Witherspoon, and the Orange maintained a lead for most of the set. But, after Towson scored six of seven points, the advantage was cut to one. Four of Ebangwese’s nine first-set kills came in her team’s final six points, and SU took the opener, 25-22.“They couldn’t stop me at the beginning, so we were like, ‘let’s keep doing it,’” Ebangwese said.The two middle blockers were active to start the second set, with each contributing two kills in Syracuse’s first six points prompting a 13-4 run. A 6-1 run got Towson back within four, but two Witherspoon kills kept the Tigers from getting any closer. An attack error by Anastasiya Gorelina, who was seeing her first action after suffering a right ankle injury against Notre Dame on Nov. 22, and a service error by Sand allowed TU to even the score at 19. Then four straight attack errors from the Tigers put the Orange within two points of gaining a two-set advantage. Back-to-back kills from Ebangwese and Mariia Levanova finished off the set, giving SU a 25-22 victory.Ebangwese and Witherspoon were quiet for most of the third set, as Syracuse looked to get Gorelina more involved. The junior outside hitter tallied four kills in the first half of the set before Towson registered three straight points, leveling the score at 19. Then, Witherspoon re-entered the game and carried the Orange, adding three kills and a block to end the set, 25-23.“(Coach) was worrying about my ankle and how I was feeling,” Gorelina said. “I said I was ready to fight, and he said to go ahead and play.”Syracuse’s game plan tonight was centered around setting for its middle blockers, as opposed to last night’s Round of 32 match against Albany in which its outside hitters were the focal point of the offense. Friday night, SU’s middle blockers were set for 62 times, compared to 44 times for its outside hitters. Against Albany, the Orange’s outside hitters were fed 113 times, while the middle blockers had just 44 attack attempts. Syracuse watched Towson’s first set against Colgate last night and studied film this morning.“Do your best to win, it doesn’t matter how if it looks nice or not,” Yelin said. “That’s what we’re fighting for.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 1, 2017 at 11:22 pm Contact David: [email protected]
Listed as the third line in the Wisconsin hockey lineup, it’s not hard to figure out why junior center Jefferson Dahl, junior winger Sean Little and senior winger Ryan Little get lost in the confusion.After all, the two lines before them are a tough act to follow.The top two lines boast some of most dynamic point-scoring talent on the team for UW – including junior center Mark Zengerle, who has scored eight points in his last four games, freshman winger Nic Kerdiles, who is riding a seven-game point-scoring streak, and junior winger Michael Mersch, who leads the team with 23 goals this season.Still, while they may not be the flashiest players on the ice for Wisconsin, Dahl and the Little brothers are the vital glue-guys who have helped anchor the Badgers’ revival from a disappointing 1-7-2 start to the season.When the top line of Zengerle, Kerdiles and junior winger Tyler Barnes struggled to provide goals for much of the early part of the 2012-13 campaign, it was Dahl’s line that remained consistent, always keeping the team in the game with its never-say-die mentality and gritty defense.“[We try] to outwork the other team,” Dahl said. “When we get it down low in the corners, especially the Littles – they’re tough to beat out of the corner – just protecting it down low and trying to play more minutes in their zone than ours.”Not known for its goal-scoring prowess – Dahl and Ryan Little each have five goals, which ranks them tied for seventh on the team in scoring, while Sean Little has two goals – UW’s third line has relied on determination and hard work to help the team win this year.And their teammates and fans have taken notice.“You always kind of notice the energetic pests and hard-working guys,” Zengerle said. “Maybe they don’t get enough credit as far as having the skill set to score, but I think people definitely do notice the hard work that they put in.”No game is a better example of this than the Badgers’ 3-1 win over Minnesota-Duluth in the opening round of the WCHA Playoffs at the Kohl Center Friday.From the moment Dahl and Co. stepped on the ice for their first shift, they out-hustled their opponents, forcing the Bulldogs deep into their own defensive zone for much of the shift, while creating a number of good scoring chances for Wisconsin as well.“They really work well together, and they really play our system to an absolute T,” senior defenseman John Ramage said. “When you’re out there as a defenseman, you know they are going to be in the right spot every time and that makes it a lot [easier].”Also on duty for the Badgers during UW’s penalty kill – Dahl and the Little brothers didn’t give up a single goal in five power-play attempts for UMD over the weekend.After the game, the solid performance was even noted by head coach Mike Eaves.“I truly hope they get rewarded at some point for their efforts,” Eaves said. “When the other team has to play in their own zone like that, it’s not fun. It wears you out.”And rewarded they were.Saturday, within the first three minutes of the game, Dahl received the puck in the slot from Sean Little with his back to the goal and spun around while launching the puck into the back of the net.The goal was the first one for the line since March 2 – Dahl’s first goal since Jan. 26 – and while the burden of scoring will never be put on solely on the third line, Dahl believes it could be a sign that they are peaking in confidence at just the right time this season.“It was definitely nice to get on the board there and help the team any way we can,” Dahl said. “Friday night, we thought we were doing good things and we just couldn’t find the net, but it was nice to get one on Saturday.”Thanks to their unrelenting effort, which is just beginning to pay dividends for Wisconsin, Dahl’s line personifies the team’s postseason motto of “keep on rolling.” And that’s exactly what the group has done, as the third line’s consistency in the depth chart helped kick start UW’s ascension back to the top over the last month of games.Now with the top three lines firing on all cylinders over the last few weeks, each line’s success has provided motivation for the others to push harder – creating a sort of friendly competition between lines as they fight to keep their dream of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament alive.“It kind of just motivates you a little bit. You see the other guys bringing it, especially in big games,” Zengerle said. “To see other people going, it gets the bench up a little bit, and it kind of forces you to get going too.”