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Women of Troy have quick turnaround for Friday game

first_imgKyleen Hengelhaupt | Daily TrojanStanding tall · Junior outside hitter Niki Withers had 13 kills in USC’s loss on Wednesday. The Women of Troy face Washington on Friday.After a tough loss to UCLA on Wednesday, the Women of Troy (8-4) look for redemption in Friday’s game against Washington (10-1). The Trojans lost to the Bruins in four sets, ending their 8-match winning streak. This weekend, they look to defeat Washington and continue working on their team communication. Though Wednesday’s match was a letdown for Trojan fans, various players stepped up to help the team. For example, junior middle blocker Jordan Dunn recorded six kills and put up four blocks against the Bruins. Junior outside hitter Niki Withers had 13 kills, while sophomore libero Victoria Garrick had a career high 24 digs during the game. The Trojans believe that they can bounce back for Friday’s game. “My focus has to be all the good things we did tonight and how much better we improved in some things,” head coach Mick Haley said. “This gave us a really good look at where we can improve to get better.”Friday will be a quick turnaround for the Trojans, especially since no one likes losing to the Bruins. However, Washington will be a good game for the Trojans to work on correcting their mistakes. Because the games are so close together, Haley said they won’t be able to get much better or improve too much in the one day they have between games. “We have to gut this Friday match out,” Haley said. “We are not going to get better or improve, but we certainly are gonna have some experiences from this that are gonna help us a little bit.”For Friday, both Haley and junior setter Reni Meyer-Whalley believe there are little things they can tweak to improve their game. The team primarily needs to emphasize communication and ball control in order to be successful this weekend. Haley said that because the team is so young, there are still small errors that they make which can be fixed with concentration and experience.“We have to focus on strategies and correcting some leaks in our reception patterns, working on whose ball is whose,” Haley said. “We have to emphasize ball control. We must have lost 5 or 7 points on just not handling the ball well. That is something we can correct with concentration and passing.”Meyer-Whalley echoed this sentiment, saying that when the ball is on their side of the court, the team needs to work on both controlling the ball and bettering the ball. She also explained that there must be a rhythm between the setters and the hitters, and once that comes, the team will be hitting a lot more balls. They have to work on trusting each other as well. “We can’t start a match with ease, you have to go in fighting,” Meyer-Whalley said. “Our body language has to be that we are ready to fight from the beginning. We have to build some momentum, because it takes momentum away from the other team.” The Women of Troy will face the University of Washington Friday night at 7 p.m. at Galen Center.last_img read more

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Former Iowa congressman Leach to hold discussion on contemporary politics at NIACC tonight

first_imgMASON CITY — Former Iowa congressman Jim Leach will be holding a discussion on contemporary politics in Mason City tonight. Leach represented eastern Iowa US House districts from 1977 to 2007 and currently is a visiting professor of law at The University of Iowa. Tonight’s event is part of North Iowa Area Community College’s Lifelong Learning Institute series and is sponsored by First Citizens Bank. The bank’s O. Jay Tomson says he’s seen a similar presentation by Leach where he talked about the difficulty of being bipartisan in a very partisan environment.  “He can relate back to the time of our founding fathers and the federalists letters and the difficulty we had in bringing an adversarial system forward in this country and being civil about it. We’ve had some very tumultuous times in our history, and we’re going through a period now when sometimes it’s difficult to be civil, and to gauge what it is we say to one another at a time when there are two sides to just about everything in contemporary politics in this country.” Tomson says Leach won’t be pushing one political side or another and will speak about our responsibility as citizens being educated so we can vote intelligently.  “He speaks as a statesman, not as a politician really. That’s the beauty of having Jim Leach because he is eloquent in his speech, his rhetoric is very good. He’s not here to suggest that you vote conservatively or liberally. He wants us to understand the history of our country and the politics we’ve been in, and we’ve been in severe dissidence in years past. We’ve been through a Civil War in this country. How do we gauge ourselves as citizens so we can speak to one another in a gentle manner?” Tonight’s presentation starts at 7 o’clock in the North Iowa Community Auditorium on the NIACC campus. It’s free and open to the public.last_img read more

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Iowa Class of 2019 graduation rate was 91.6%

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa’s high school gradation rate reached a record high in 2019.  A record 91.6% of the students in the Class of 2019 graduated from high school in four years. That’s two-tenths of a percent higher than 2018 results.According to the Iowa Department of Education, there’s been improvement in early every demographic group of students since 2011. There’s been a more than nine percent improvement in the graduation rate among Latino students, for example.The drop-out rate for Iowa high school students last year was about two-point-six percent.The most recent data available  nationally is for the 2016-2017 school year and the national high school graduation rate was 85 percent.last_img read more