Volleyball splits weekend games against Pac-12 foes

first_imgFreshman setter Raquel Lázaro has tallied 636 assists in the 2018 season. She has also slated 137 digs so far. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)The women’s volleyball team returned from its weekend on the road with one win, losing in three straight sets to No. 2 Stanford on Friday and squeezing out a four-set victory over Cal on Sunday. The bout against Stanford proved to be a tough one for the Trojans, who had been riding a five-game win streak coming into the match. Their opponents, armed with bigger players, more consistent passing percentages and a dominant frontline, rebutted by handing USC its fifth consecutive Stanford loss. The Women of Troy put up an outstanding effort in the first and second sets, tying their opponents 12 times with a hard serving game. On multiple occasions, Stanford pulled ahead by stringing together 4 to 5 consecutive points. “Almost every match is a serve and pass match. You need to win the serve and pass battle to have a chance, especially against a team as big and physical as Stanford … it was the same deal with BYU,” head coach Brent Crouch said. “When you have a 6-foot, 6-foot-1-inch blocker facing an even taller hitter that can jump, it’s always an uphill battle.” Stanford junior Kathryn Plummer, an outside hitter who stands at 6-foot-5 and was voted the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Year in 2017, was a tough obstacle. Crouch said he holds a high amount of respect for Plummer and expressed confidence in her ability to snatch the title again this year. “[Plummer] is a great server, a great blocker and a next-level hitter,” Crouch said. “I haven’t seen anybody in the same galaxy as her this year. Not even close.” Plummer contributed a total of nine digs and 18 kills, including the game ending spike. On the other hand, the Trojans’ three outside hitters — juniors Emily Baptista and Khalia Lanier and sophomore Brooke Botkin — had an uncharacteristically quiet match; none broke into the double digits for kills. Meanwhile, freshman setter Raquel Lázaro and senior libero Victoria Garrick combined for a total of 16 digs and 30 assists. The Women of Troy fared much better against Cal. The Golden Bears took the first set, due to a flat Trojan defense and Berkeley’s sophomore outside hitter Mima Merkovich. USC claimed the next two frames thanks to Lanier, who had 26 total kills. Five were earned in succession, which quickly turned the third set in USC’s favor. Garrick and Lázaro continued to impress by leading the game in digs (18 and 17, respectively). The freshman setter was even able to pick up 52 assists, marking her seventh season double-double. The Trojans lost their momentum again in the initial stages of the fourth, nearly losing the set twice. Crouch noted one of many shifts in Cal’s game plan, which involved setting more to the right in order to increase pressure on Lanier and Botkin. “We did not handle that well,” Crouch said. “Our hitters on both sides need to do a much better job in those situations and it’s something we’ll look at during practice.” USC’s match points were also heavily contested. During her third attempt, Botkin landed her 20th kill of the match to end it all. USC now boasts seven back-to-back wins against Cal. The Trojans will return to Galen Center for the next four matches of the season. Garrick, who assembled a commendable weekend performance, is eager to put on a show for the home crowd. However, she acknowledges that the team must mitigate certain weaknesses in order to do well against high-caliber teams. “It comes down to being gritty and doing anything to keep that ball off the ground,” Garrick said. “But in general, I’m excited for us to get back in the gym this week.” USC will face off against Oregon State on Thursday and Oregon on Sunday.last_img read more

Agee, convicted of sexual assault of 6 young boys in 1980s, was recently released from detention

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Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down WHAT · 335 weeks ago There was a cheaper way to handle this criminal. It involves a rusty dull knife. Agee is the lowest form of life. Why would any jury allow this guy to walk free? Now that he is 50 years old do you really think he is “reformed”? Report Reply 0 replies · active 335 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Disgusted · 335 weeks ago Nothing like setting someone who can not be rehabilated out into the public with children where eventually he will do it again, possibly worse. People of his nature can not stop their desires and it is our children that suffer. May the community that he resides in find him and do what is necessary to protect their own. Report Reply 0 replies · active 335 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Really? · 334 weeks ago I’m just gonna leave this here….. .http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/03/10/canon-city-police-make-arrest-in-triple-homicide/ Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down angry · 334 weeks ago So let me get this straight, a jury had the option to lock this guy up for 25 more years, but let him walk?? When will we learn society? People like this need to be kept off the streets as long as possible. Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Robert T. Agee, who was found guilty by a Sumner County District Court jury on March 29, 1988, of six counts of indecent liberties, aggravated sodomy, terroristic threat and simple assault of six young boys, has recently been released from prison. He is now on parole in Montgomery County in the Independence-Coffeyville area as of Feb. 20, 2014. A Sumner County District Judge William Mott declared a mistrial when jurors failed to come up with a verdict in the “matter of the care and treatment of Robert T Agee” on Feb. 12 during a probate division hearing at the courthouse.Assistant State Attorney General Lee Davidson said he would not pursue a retrial to determine whether Agee should remain under the care of the state of Kansas or be released on parole now that he has served his term.Agee was sentenced to 20 to 50 years by then Sumner County Judge Lloyd McDaniel on April 27, 1988 after a one-man, 11 woman jury found him guilty on 10 charges involving the molestation of six young boys – some as young as 6-years-old at the time.Since that point Agee has served at several correctional facilities within Kansas until his release last month.Agee was convicted after an emotional trial that involved the testimony of two of the six boys, who were victimized from March to September 1987. He was 28 at the time of his conviction. Agee is now in his mid-50s.According to news accounts of the trial in the Wellington Daily News, Agee was found guilty after a jury deliberated for four hours. His court appointed attorney at the time Lee Johnson said Agee was a borderline mentally retarded person – testing at an IQ of 68-70.Kerwin Spencer was the county attorney during his first stint as a prosecutor, and presented in court a timeline that led to Agee’s conviction with testimony from two boys, their mothers, two police officers and others involved.“Johnny” (fictitious name), a 6-year-old first grader at the time lived across the street from Agee and told his mother that he and his friend “Joey” were molested when at his place. He said when he wanted to leave, Agee got a rifle and told him to stay.The other boy, Joey, was then tied up and molested. Johnny would eventually find a knife and cut Joey loose. They escaped while Agee was putting away the rifle, according to the testimony.Johnny said Agee told him if he told anyone he would shoot his mom.Two other boys “Billy” and “Tommy” were babysat by Agee and spoke of a game in which they drew body parts. “David” and “Michael” also spoke how Agee showed them pornographic video tapes and how they were molested.After found guilty, Agee was sent to Larned Correctional Facility. He was transferred 16 times over a 25-year period before coming to Sumner County for a court appearance.This time a 12-person jury was convened to determine whether he should remain in custody or not. After a two-day hearing, the jury went into deliberation and came out to say it was “deadlocked.” Two weeks later the state of Kansas said it would not prosecute again.Mott dismissed the matter without prejudice and “any detainer placed upon respondent as a result of this matter are hereby extinguished.”Agee is placed on intra-parole which means given parole in the state in which convicted subject to certain conditions. One condition sometimes is participating in a Community Release program that helps the individual with vocational skills, independent living skills, etc.last_img read more