Volleyball loses its momentum against visiting Stanford

first_imgLanier said there are still a few things that the Trojans must work on to be the team they want to be. Following its decisive win against Cal, USC attempted to ride the wave of momentum into its match against Stanford Sunday. Coming off a pair of conference wins against Oregon State and Oregon, USC women’s volleyball managed to upset No. 15 Cal 3-1 before narrowly losing 3-2 to Stanford this past weekend. In the second set, senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier shined, notching six kills. Lanier totaled 26 kills and 28 points on the match, matching her career-high in both categories. She continues to shred opposing defenses and has been a key leader and performer for the Trojans this season. Lanier said she would not have been as successful against Cal  without her middle line. “I have Raegan [LeGrand] and Jenna [Adams] behind me,” she said. “That’s one of the biggest things. They give me the confidence that even when I’m having an off night blocking, it’s not going to kill us and we’re not going to lose a game off of one skill. So I think that’s the biggest thing — just having confidence in each other.”  The Trojans can draw a number of positives from the match. Sophomore setter Raquel Lázaro once again showed her ability to consistently produce for the Trojans with 43 assists on the night. She has dished out at least 33 assists in all of her matches so far and has been one of the Trojans’ biggest impact players.  “We’re still trying to nitpick some things, fine-tune some things, and it’s getting better every day, every practice, so if we can just keep rolling with that,” Lanier said.center_img Once again, the Trojans started out the match hot, winning the first two sets to put Stanford in a deep hole. Supported by explosive runs and consistent kills, the Trojans held a commanding two-set lead heading into the third. The Trojans came out strong in their first set against Cal Friday, allowing only one tie and no lead changes en route to a 11-0 run to win the set. However, No. 2 Stanford finally settled down and began to take over the match. Led by freshman outside hitter Kendall Kipp’s 23 kills, Stanford proceeded to pick apart the Trojans and won three straight sets in dominating fashion to capture the match. Despite their lackluster start, the Cardinal outplayed USC both offensively and defensively, out-blocking the Trojans 12 to 10 and putting up 75 kills compared to USC’s 57. The Trojans finished off the Bears 25-19 in the fourth set, riding on eight kills from Lanier. Along with Lanier’s firepower, Cal’s 32 errors in the game — compared to 12 for USC — were a major factor in the Trojans coming out on top. Sophomore setter Raquel Lázaro celebrates during the Trojans’ game against Cal Friday. Lázaro had 43 assists against the Bears. (Krystal Gallegos / Daily Trojan) This loss marks USC’s seventh in a row against Stanford, but the Trojans will have at least one more chance to get revenge when they visit the Cardinal later this season.last_img read more

UKGC strengthens commissioner ranks for critical 2020

first_imgShare Share Submit StumbleUpon Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has this morning confirmed the appointment of four new commissioners, strengthening its regulatory oversight for a crucial 2020 agenda and further future proceedings.  The commissioner appointments have been approved by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) – allowing Terry Babbs, Brian Bannister, Jo Hill and Sir Martin Narey to join UKGC governance ranks.The UKGC confirmed that its new commissioners will join from 30 April, with each appointee beginning a five-year tenure as senior advisors to the regulatory body.A public and private sector governance veteran, Babbs is the current vice-chair of Oxfam’s investment committee overseeing the international charity’s enterprise development programmes.Meanwhile, former KPMG  global communications chief Bannister currently serves as the Executive Director for Strategic Insights at The Law Society of England and Wales.Supporting the development of its research programmes, Hill currently serves as an Executive Director for The Pensions Regulator.Hill was previously Director of Market Intelligence, Data and Analysis at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and also a Trustee of the Money and Mental Health Policy InstituteCompleting the new recruits is former Barnardo Chief Executive Narey. A leading figurehead in UK public service, He was the Director-General of the Prison Service of England and Wales for seven years and also headed the Probation Service for a three-year term. Bill Moyes, Chair of the Gambling Commission, said: “Terry, Brian, Jo and Sir Martin bring a wealth of valuable expertise to the Board of Commissioners.“Their collective experience will help us as we look to implement further protections for consumers and strongly regulate what is a fast-moving and innovative industry. I’d like to welcome them to the Commission and look forward to working closely with them.” Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead  August 27, 2020 Related Articles UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020last_img read more