For the men’s volleyball team, winning has not been an easy task, as USC fell to 1-2 in conference play after a tough loss to UCSB in five sets on Wednesday. Friday’s game against UCLA will be seemingly more difficult, not only because it will be a rivalry game but also because the Bruins are currently ranked No. 2 with the highest hitting percentage in the league. “If how we came in against Long Beach was any sign, I expect us to come in completely engaged and ready to fight, and then it is going to be a good match for us,” head coach Jeff Nygaard said.Of the members on the team, senior outside hitter Lucas Yoder is at the forefront of that offensive attack. He has maintained above a .300 total attacking percentage and is leading his team in both points and kills. While he has continued playing at this level, there is always the question of whether he can keep it going for the rest of the season. “It is going to get tougher and tougher to do it,” Nygaard said. “Once teams scout and make a game plan against him, it just ramps up the pressure of blocks and assignments and decisions. I still think he can hold himself to a high level.”Yoder will be put to the test against the Bruins, who are also ranked fourth in average blocks per set. UCLA’s rankings and high statistics could be intimidating, but Nygaard’s philosophy has not wavered.“I said this at the beginning of the year that if you take care of your side of the net, the other side isn’t nearly as important,” Nygaard said. “We have to make sure that our side of the net is operating at a high level. We’ve shown that we are capable of it.”Even with the Crosstown Cup points on the line, Nygaard uses his experience as a player both on the collegiate and Olympic level to coach his players on losing the crowd and the rivalries and just focus on volleyball.“Every team deserves the same attention, every team deserves the same respect, every team deserves the exact same amount of effort and preparation and physical preparation,” Nygaard said. “There is no easy team for us to beat. The one constant in the whole thing is that there is a rectangle on the ground and there is a ball and there is a net. Nothing else matters.”
The winner will be announced next week Thursday, 24th August 2017.Real Madrid won the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League, defeating Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff last June.RelatedUEFA Champions League – Best Player Award Shortlist AnnouncedAugust 4, 2017In “Europe”FIFA Announce 2017 World Best Player Award ShortlistAugust 17, 2017In “Africa”UEFA Player Award: Ronaldo, Modric & Salah Make Three-Man ShortlistAugust 20, 2018In “England” The three-man shortlist for the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League player of the year award have been announced.Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who was knocked out in the semi final by Juventus last season, made the cut alongside finalists, Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon and Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
33 elementary students from 11 schools in School District 60 were at the North Peace Cultural Centre Thursday morning as they were competing in the district’s speech contest. To qualify the students had to be nominated from their respective schools to take part in the event.C.M. Finch principal and event emcee Helen Gilbert said public speaking ties in with the oral aspects of the language arts curriculum, and it provides students with a chance to express their ideas.“If you look at our language arts curriculum there are three strands that we report on,” she said. “We report on reading, writing, and oral language. One of the things with public speaking is it really is an opportunity to showcase the oral language component of our curriculum. Some of these students are getting up and sharing ideas and sharing them confidently.”- Advertisement -One of the adjudicators on hand evaluating the speeches was School District 60 assistant superintendent Stephen Petrucci. He said the event is of particular importance given how common it is to be fearful of public speaking, and how it’s needed in future years.“I think it’s really clear that public speaking is probably still the number one public fear,” he said. “Any practice that our students get in public speaking is going to serve them very well. There’s always an opportunity and a necessity for speaking in front of people.”He also noted in his comments the hard work and dedication that went into the speeches, and how the judges were paying particular attention to the introductions, delivery, the overall material, and the conclusion.Advertisement