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Volleyball: Lauryn Gillis finds herself in middle of fray

first_imgWisconsin volleyball’s Lauryn Gillis was an afterthought for a starting spot a few short months ago, but now the sophomore-transfer’s hard work has separated her from the pack.And she’s doing it all with a glowing smile on her face.During Wisconsin’s season opening loss to Western Kentucky, Gillis’ dedication to the team was on display as she desperately tried to stave off defeat and help lead the Badgers to victory.Despite the loss she delivered a solid performance in the match, registering 14 kills and a .314 attack percentage. Her success continued over the next two matches over the weekend, solidifying her place on the Badgers pecking order, but it still wasn’t a good enough performance in her mind.“Obviously there’s more I could have done, more I should have done,” Gillis said about the weekend. “But now we just have to look forward to the next weekend because that’s better competition and we need to get better this week.”Her dissatisfaction with not coming away with three victories is something head coach Kelly Sheffield admires about his new player. He said he liked her team-oriented attitude and desire to win.“[Gillis] had a really nice weekend,” Sheffield said. “She came in here with a lot of confidence this weekend and played with more and more energy as it went along. She really carried us a lot at times. I liked her demeanor. She wasn’t up and down, just very consistent, and that’s what we need out of her.”Brought in to help bolster a roster that graduated six players from arguably the best regular season in program in history, Gillis has a tough task at hand.The 2014 squad was a team that appeared in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals, won the Big Ten Championship,  and had First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention All-Americans.As an outside hitter she fell right into the most decimated part of that lineup where three seniors, Ellen Chapman, Courtney Thomas and Dominique Thompson, used to occupy front-line spots. A unit that averaged 2.61 blocks per set, held opponents to a .158 hitting percentage, and devastated foes with 14.34 kills per set.From the get-go Sheffield said these gaps would be filled by the likes of junior Lauren Carlini, a 2014 First Team All-American, and sophomore Kelli Bates, fresh off the 2015 Big Ten Foreign Tour, playing larger roles. And that fierce competition for remaining outside hitter spots would brew between players with past UW experience such as Romana Kriskova or exciting new prospects like Madison Duello.Yet there was never any mention of Gillis at the time, who now finds herself in the middle of the fray with six players competing at her position.“She’s going to be huge for us,” Sheffield said after last Saturday’s matches. “She’s a great kid. She has an awesome work ethic. People love playing with her. I think we’re just getting started with her here.”Now, Gillis has stepped into that once-vacant role and was named to the HotelRed Invitational all-tournament team after compiling 40 kills, averaging 4 kills per set, and attacking at .341 percent while starting every set.And those numbers are a product of a solid all-around game, Sheffield said.“Every day she’s getting her mojo back a little bit, where we need it,” Sheffield said. “Offensively she was awfully good. Passing has gotten stronger as we’ve gone through the preseason. She was getting more confidence in that, in a match environment as we were going. She’s learning a new serve that was really giving people fits.”Gillis even sparked a dead attack to life in the Badgers’ second match of the invitational against Colgate where she tallied 17 kills and only three errors on 35 attempts. Hitting at a clip of .400, she helped bolster a Badgers attack that similarly fizzled out the previous night against WKU.Yet this time, her efforts ended in a win and Sheffield and teammates credited her with jump-starting Wisconsin’s attack in their final match of the invitational against Charleston.With all of the uncertainty that initially surrounded her career at Wisconsin, Gillis is now certain that she made the right choice.“Being at home for the first weekend especially was a great experience, with all the fans,” Gillis said. “Unbelievable crowd, unbelievable for a weekend tournament for the first weekend. They were awesome and that was awesome to play in front of them. It was a great experience.”Still flashing that same smile.last_img read more

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AgiproNews’ Italian View – PokerStars enhances its position in record breaking March

first_img Share Share Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 March 2018 has been a fruitful month for Italian online casino stakeholders, setting a new industry revenue record of €60.6 million, Italy’s highest trading figure to date.The Stars Group’s Italian PokerStars property maintains its position as top Italian online casino securing a marketplace revenue share of 9%.However, PokerStars.it is closely followed by legacy casino incumbents Lottomatica and Sisal, who maintain a respective 8.8% and 8.3% of revenue market shares.Replicating dynamics witnessed within the Italian online betting sector. Competition within Italy’s online casino space is diverse, as established Italian operators compete against the market’s new faces.At present, The top ten online casino operators include Eurobet (6.2%), 888 (5.6%), Snaitech (5.5%), bwin (5.5%), William Hill (4.5%), Starvegas (4, 1%) and Sks365 (4.1%).Supporting online casino growth, the Italian market is recording ‘positive gains’ for online poker tournaments and skill games which reported March revenues of €8 million.Nevertheless, as a marketplace, online poker continues to be dominated by PokerStars, who control a +62% of current market-share, leaving little room to maneuverer for the competition.PokerStars closest poker competitors remain Sisal and Lottomatica, with approximately 6% each of market revenues.In 2018, Italian betting analysts are closely monitoring the movements of PokerStars owner The Stars Group Inc, who seek to establish its BetStars.it as the fastest growing new incumbent, in Italian online betting. DIn a changing Italian marketplace, can The Stars Group deliver its triple threat of dominating casino, poker and sportsbook digital disciplines…last_img read more

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PFL 5 results: Chris Wade kicks his way into playoffs; Lance Palmer pounds postseason ticket in style

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWade picked up three points for the win, ended his regular season 2-0 and clinched the third overall spot in the lightweight playoffs, which will start with quarterfinal matchup Oct. 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.”The Long Island Killer” gets it done in Jersey! Your winner earning 3 points: @CWadeMMA! #PFL5 pic.twitter.com/EYOkJlFFig— #PFLmma (@ProFightLeague) July 26, 2019There, he’ll have a chance to advance farther than he did last year and possibly land a rematch against defending champion Natan Schulte, who cruised past Jesse Ronson earlier in the night to lock up the No. 1 overall seed. Schulte eked past Wade by split decision in last year’s semis before winning the tournament and its $1 million prize. Thursday night, “The Long Island Killer” attempted and landed kicks — at a stunning 62 percent clip — with bad intentions to get the nod over Aliev.Wade will begin the PFL’s second postseason by facing Nate Andrews in the opening round. The good part about that for Wade is that he scored a unanimous decision over Andrews at PFL 2 in May, so he should head into their rematch with confidence — especially considering much more will be on the line in October.Here’s how the rest of the lightweight playoff bracket looks:Coming to Vegas this October! Your 2019 #PFLPlayoffs Lightweight bracket. pic.twitter.com/EBfY20CvCa— #PFLmma (@ProFightLeague) July 26, 2019Lance Palmer pounds out Rafael Laurentino with third-round TKO (punches) to snatch four points and top spot in featherweight playoffsPalmer will enter the PFL playoffs the way he finished last year’s inaugural season — as No. 1. The 2018 featherweight champion made his win Thursday look rather surgical.The victory gave Palmer four points and the top overall seed in the featherweight postseason, which will also begin with quarterfinal bouts on Oct. 17 at Mandalay Bay.PARTY ON! 🎉🎉 @LancePalmer scores the third-round TKO and earns 4 points! #PFL5 pic.twitter.com/enZkOQIhoZ— #PFLmma (@ProFightLeague) July 26, 2019The finish came when Palmer swiftly took Laurentino’s back and began pummeling him with fists from the top position until the referee stepped in and stopped the bout. “The Party” earned his first career knockout as he improved to 7-0 in the PFL.That left the defending champion breaking out his best dance moves in celebration.That winning feeling! @LancePalmer pic.twitter.com/wKss3i7Nry— #PFLmma (@ProFightLeague) July 26, 2019Palmer now has an opportunity to deposit another cool million into his bank account in this year’s playoffs.“I always say, ‘Welcome to the party!'” Palmer said in the cage during his postfight interview. “I’m excited for the win and ready for Vegas.”Here’s how the rest of the featherweight playoff bracket looks:Your 2019 Featherweight bracket! The #PFLPlayoffs start this October. pic.twitter.com/WJaBI818JN— #PFLmma (@ProFightLeague) July 26, 2019Nate Andrews scores controversial unanimous decision win over Rashid Magomedov to gain three points and clinch final spot in lightweight playoffsThe judges gave the slightest nod to Andrews (29-28 across all the scorecards) for not only the win, but also a postseason berth.That didn’t stop Magomedov’s faithful fans from trying to drown out Andrews’ postfight interview with boos. He could only resort to barking back with chants of “U-S-A!”Rashid Magomedov fans boo this man? You get a USA chant in response from Nate Andrews! 🇺🇲 #PFL5 pic.twitter.com/e8mQKVo560— #PFLmma (@ProFightLeague) July 26, 2019Andrews landed more strikes by a 19 percent margin, but the decision could have gone in Magomed’s favor — the fight was that close.Alex Gilpin puts squeeze on Freddy Assuncao with first-round submission (guillotine choke) to collect six pointsHis back against the cage, Gilpin managed to trap Assuncao in a standing guillotine choke before applying extra torque and taking the Brazilian down to the canvas to the point where he passed out.🇺🇸💪 @alexgilpinmma with a crushing first-round submission and a big 6 points! #PFL5 pic.twitter.com/YQPOmC1oRA— #PFLmma (@ProFightLeague) July 26, 2019Gilpin finished the 2019 PFL regular season 1-1, with the win clinching a spot in the featherweight playoffs.Jeremy Kennedy edges Steven Siler by unanimous decision to earn three points, make featherweight playoffsAfter losing to Luis Rafael Laurentino by first-round TKO during PFL 2, Kennedy was faced with a simple test in PFL 5 — win or go home. He mostly controlled the action to get the nod from the judges (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) and clinch a playoff berth. The Bandit is back! 🇨🇦 @JeremyKennedyWC gets his first #PFLmma win and earns 3 points. #PFL5 pic.twitter.com/ZjzRrtioEm— #PFLmma (@ProFightLeague) July 26, 2019″I’m glad I passed this test,” Kennedy said in the cage following his win, “and I’m moving on.”Kennedy’s hard-fought victory was especially significant, considering he eliminated Siler, last year’s featherweight runner-up, from making the playoffs.After the bout, the two shared a slice of pizza as part of their postfight meal.The ultimate show of respect: sharing a post-fight slice of pizza. @JeremyKennedyWC @Stevesiler #PFL6 pic.twitter.com/R9L9nXcuAP— #PFLmma (@ProFightLeague) July 26, 2019Earlier action on ESPN+Natan Schulte def. Jesse Ronson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) to garner three points and clinch playoff spot; lightweights.Movlid Khaybulaev and Andre Harrison fought to a majority draw (29-28 Harrison, 28-28, 28-28); each secured one point and clinched a spot in the playoffs; featherweights.Alexandre Almeida def. Peter Petties by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) to collect three points; featherweights.Islam Mamedov def. Bao Yincang via first-round TKO (punches) to grab six points and clinch a playoff spot; lightweights.Loik Radzhabov def. Ylies Djiroun by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) to earn three points and a playoff spot; lightweights. Chris Wade kicked his way into the playoffs — literally.Last year’s Professional Fighters League lightweight semifinalist used a barrage of kicks to record a unanimous decision victory (29-28 across the scorecards) over Akhmed Aliev in the main event of PFL 5 on Thursday night at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., and live on ESPN2.last_img read more

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