first_imgThe No. 5 USC women’s volleyball team is undefeated so far this season, but it faces a big test this weekend when it plays its first conference games away from the Galen Center.Heavy hitter · Junior outside hitter Alex Jupiter will lead the Women of Troy to Washington, where they face their first conference games away from the Galen Center so far this season. USC is 1-0 in Pac-10 play. – Tim Tran | Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy will play the No. 10 Washington Huskies tonight before heading to Pullman, Wash., to compete against Washington State on Saturday. Both games will start at 7 p.m.USC is coming off an impressive win against crosstown rival UCLA last Friday in four sets, which moved the Women of Troy to 1-0 in the Pac-10.Despite his team’s success, USC coach Mick Haley is not overlooking either of this weekend’s games.“I look for a very tough match at Washington and I don’t know what to expect at Washington State yet, so this is a hard trip for us,” Haley said. “This’ll tell us a bit more about this group.”All season, USC has been able to celebrate the youth of its team, as six players on the current roster are freshmen. However, this could potentially prove to be a slight disadvantage against the Huskies.“I think [the Huskies] are a bit more organized than we are at this point because they have the same players back,” Haley said, adding that Washington only has one new player in its starting lineup this year, and that player was a redshirt last season.The last time the Women of Troy won in Seattle was 2004. Overall, USC has lost three of the last four matches against Washington.Unlike the Huskies, Washington State’s season thus far has not put the Women of Troy on high alert. The Cougars are unranked and are 6-6 on the season, with a conference record of 0-2.The Women of Troy, however, are not going to take their opponent lightly, knowing that the Cougars swept USC just last year in Pullman.“It’s always tough playing in Pullman,” Haley said. “We have to travel on the same day that we play. We have to fly over to Pullman Saturday morning and then get ready to play that night, so it’s a really focused match for us.”Haley did not get into too many specifics regarding either team, possibly because he does not want to put too much focus on the opponents. He would rather have his players concentrate on themselves, he said.“I’m anxious to see how we do because that will let me know where we are and what to focus on,” Haley said. “But I really think we have to keep thinking about our side of the net and what we’re doing.”In a conference where six teams are ranked and wins are hard to come by, Haley said he recognized how significant it would be for his team to come away with wins this weekend.“One, it helps us, of course, with self confidence, but two, every one you can steal on the road gives you a better chance to finish higher in the conference,” Haley said. “It’s a tug of war. It just goes back and forth with all the teams like this.”last_img read more

first_imgUSC senior midfielder Brittany Kerridge’s two-assist, one-goal weekend in the Illini/Boilermaker Cup has earned her a pair of national honors.Kerridge was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week and as a Primetime Performer of the Week by scored a penalty kick in the Trojan’s 3-1 upset win over previously unbeaten No. 17 Illinois on Friday in Champaign, Ill., and assisted in the game-winning goal.Two days later she got the assist in the Women of Troy’s 63rd-minute equalizer against Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., a game  the Women of Troy went on to win in overtime.Kerridge leads USC in both goals and assists, with three and four respectively, and is third on the team in minutes played. She has been involved (either scoring or assisting) in seven of the Women of Troy’s 11 goals, and has converted both of USC’s penalty-kick attempts this season.She assisted on USC’s first goal of the season in its opener against Long Beach State on Aug. 19. A week later against Kansas she again assisted on the Women of Troy’s first goal of a game, and then scored on a free-kick to tie the game just before halftime. Against Pacific on Aug. 28, she scored from the penalty spot in what would end up being the game-winning goal in the Trojan’s first victory of the season. Despite her performance early in the season, USC came up short in its first three games.Recently, her play has been instrumental in USC’s turnaround from 0-3 to 3-3 and also earned her a spot on the Illini/Boilermaker Cup All-Tournament Team.She and the rest of the Women of Troy face another tough task and another tournament this weekend as they return home to host the Trojan Invitational at McAlister Field.San Diego will face off against Texas on Friday at 1 p.m., followed by USC hosting No. 4 Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m.Sunday’s matchup will feature the Toreros and the Cowgirls at 10 a.m., before the Women of Troy finish up the tournament against Texas at 12:30 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgThe BiH national team player, Haris Medunjanin, signed a two-year contract for the Philadelphia Union, was confirmed by this team from the American MLS league.“We are very happy that we brought a player who is very good. We hope that he will bring the needed experience and quality to our team,” said the sports director of the Philadelphia Union, Earnie Stewart.To recall, Medunjanin has terminated his contract with Maccabi last year.He played 56 matches in Israeli team and scored six goals in all competitions.Haris Medunjanin, our midfielder, played for AZ Alkmaar, Sparta Rotterdam, Valladolid, Gaziantepspor, Deportivo and Maccabi Tel Aviv.(Source: klix)last_img read more

first_imgMargibi County Superintendent John Zubah Buway has called on every Liberian to be serious about their own security by taking it in their own hands in the face of UNMIL’s expected drawdown on June 30.Superintendent Buway said it was now time for every Liberian citizen, in their various communities across the country, to be their own security so as to enable a continuous state of peace after the full drawdown of UNMIL troops from Liberia. According to the Liberia News Agency, Superintendent Buway made the statement in Kakata over the weekend at a program for the official establishment and training of the County Security Council (CSC) of Margibi County, a two day County Security Council establishment and training program intended to train locals on how to handle security matters in the absence of state security in their area.He said Liberia was at a very crucial point in its peace process and that the security of the state cannot be left alone with national government to shoulder, but should be a collective effort that involves every Liberian, irrespective of their status in society.Also speaking, the Project Coordinator of the National Security Council (NSC), Roland Duo, said the establishment of a County Security Council (CSC) is very necessary for the security of the state and its people.Mr. Duo said the Liberian government is now taking on the full responsibility of securing the country, adding that it is taking every possible measure that will ensure the proper and full security of every Liberian and foreign resident.He said in the wake of the UNMIL drawdown, it is expedient for Liberians to live a peaceful life void of violence to avoid a relapse into the ugly past.Mr. Duo stated that although the government of Liberia did not have a security presence all over the country during the prewar years, it was still very capable of responding to any security threat to the lives of its citizens.He cautioned every Liberian to be serious about the security of their community and avoid any unwholesome acts that could result to a serious security threat to the state.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more