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first_imgMilan High School Girls Varsity Volleyball falls to South Dearborn High School 17-25, 25-10, 25-19, 25-14.The Lady Knights JV won.The Lady Indians Freshman won 25-12 and 25-9.Courtesy of Indians AD John Prifogle.last_img

first_img Press Association The score sent the 10,000 sell-out crowd into ecstasy but there was still work to be done as Finn Russell lined up the decisive conversion. However, the Scotland fly-half did not flinch as he booted Warriors towards the Belfast final, where they will now face the the winner of Saturday’s clash between Munster and Ospreys on May 30. After finishing top of the Pro12 table for the first time in the club’s history, Glasgow believed they could go the extra step and claim the title outright 12 months on from losing to Leinster in the 2014 Dublin final. Townsend’s side – unbeaten at home since November 2013 – had extra reason to be confident as they squared up to Neil Doak’s side for the second time in six days after securing a home semi-final with last week’s 32-10 win. But the Belfast XV bulldozed in that final regular season fixture looked little like the side which started the play-off clash. Doak made 11 changes to his line-up, bringing rested big guns like World Cup-winner Ruan Pienaar and Ireland stalwarts Paddy Jackson and Rory Best back in to face the Scots. Referee George Clancy was also in no mood to do the home side favours. He waited barely 30 seconds before he punished Glasgow’s first infringement, handing Pienaar a simple kick for the opening points, but Russell squared it soon after with a penalty of his own. Stuart Hogg was more ambitious but just as capable when he then slotted a monstrous effort over from two yards inside his own half to put Glasgow in front. Glasgow left it late to book a place in the Guinness Pro12 final after a nail-biting 16-14 win over Ulster at Scotstoun. However, Ulster were dominating the breakdown and racked up three turnovers in the first quarter hour. Their aggression soon told as Niko Matawalu found himself double-teamed by Henry and Ludik Louis down Glasgow’s right side, with the Fijian wing left stranded as Henry scampered in for the touchdown. Pienaar could not add the extras from out wide but there was a further blow for the hosts as skipper Al Kellock – also making his final Scotstoun bow before retiring in the summer – was forced off with a head injury just 20 minutes in, with Leone Nakarawa his replacement. Warriors looked for an immediate response but wasted decent territory when Ryan Grant was penalised by Clancy after hurrying his scrum engagement. And the Irish referee made himself even less popular with the home crowd when he let Craig Gilroy off scot-free, despite the Ulster wing being guilty of a blatant bodycheck as Matawalu looked to latch on to Russell’s kick into the corner. Glasgow looked feistier after the break but their rashness at crucial moments played into Ulster hands. Matawalu’s mazy cross-field run had the Glaswegian faithful on their feet but, in truth, it made barely 10 yards of progress. Ulster stretched their lead to five with another Pienaar kick but Gilroy survived a second contentious call after another apparent tug on the galloping Matawalu. The home side’s lineout had been misfiring all night and another erratic Pat MacArthur throw saw yet another chance coughed up two yards from Ulster whitewash. Russell reduced the deficit with a 61st-minute penalty but Pienaar wiped those gains out with another huge kick from wide left. The Scots’ surge finally came with five minutes left. Ulster repelled wave after wave but Glasgow stayed cool and, with the visitors stretched, Russell sprayed a 20-yard pass out to Van der Merwe, who squeezed over in the corner for his 40th Warriors try. The try locked the scores at 14-14 but Russell showed nerves of steel to slot over the winning kick from wide to keep Glasgow dreams of a maiden title alive. The Irish province had bullied Gregor Townsend’s men throughout the early stages and took control midway through the opening period with Chris Henry’s try. But Glasgow came out fired up for the second half and kept themselves in touch before Scarlets-bound DTH van Der Merwe levelled the scores on his final Scotstoun appearance five minutes from time. last_img read more

first_imgThe No. 1 USC men’s volleyball is preparing to play the last two matches of its regular season this week, the first against No. 8 UCLA at the Galen Center.The Trojans (19-2, 18-2) split a two-match series against Hawai’i over the weekend, dropping the first match in five sets and winning the second in a sweep.Crosstown rivals · The last time UCLA and USC faced off this season, senior opposite Murphy Troy finished the game with 26 kills at a rate of .512. The top-ranked Trojans will now look to defeat the rival No. 8 Bruins at home this week. – Carlos Acenas | Daily Trojan “That was a wake-up call for us,” said USC coach Bill Ferguson. “We were reminded that we can’t win just by showing up.”This week, the Trojans will take on a Bruin team that has been one of men’s volleyball’s traditional powerhouses throughout coach Al Scates’ 49-year tenure.Recent success, however, suggests a power shift in the entire sport. When presented with the idea though, Ferguson brushed that idea off.“Whatever happened before Thursday night doesn’t matter,” he said with a laugh.When the Trojans and Bruins last played at the end of January, senior opposite Murphy Troy finished with 26 kills earned at an exceptional .512 rate.“I think we just ended up with some favorable matchups,” Troy said. “Our offense has evened out more, so I don’t expect to have that kind of stat line after this match.”UCLA features a strong pair of middle blockers, junior Weston Dunlap and junior Thomas Amberg. Dunlap is second in the conference in attacking efficiency. Freshman outside hitter Gonzalo Quiroga has also emerged as a stabilizing force for the Bruins.“If Quiroga can stabilize their passing, we can have some trouble with their quick attack,” Ferguson said.But the top-ranked Trojans are not letting today’s rivalry matchup distract them from the task at hand,“It’s more about finishing the season off strong than anything else,” said senior outside hitter Tri Bourne. “We just need to take care of it.”This will not be the last time USC and UCLA face off.Although it is the last time they will see each other in the regular season, the two are currently set to meet again in one week in the first round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament.The tournament is scheduled to begin April 23 at 7 p.m. at Galen Center.“This is just the 21st match of the season to us,” Ferguson said. “We’ll temper the emotional stuff. That will hopefully come at the end of May.”last_img read more