Hotel Slavonija in Vinkovci, after renovation, is categorized with three stars, and new investments of millions are announced

first_imgHotel Slavonija in Vinkovci, after renovation, is categorized with three stars, and the construction of a new hotel of a higher category, congress center and wellness center has been announced.The cult city place, the symbol of the city and the first association for a hotel in Vinkovci is certainly Hotel Slavonija, which, just after many years of renovation, received a three-star categorization.By the way, Hotel Slavonija is an archeological site of the Orion calendar, the oldest European calendar, which prof. Alexander Durman found it in archeological excavations in 1978 during the construction of the hotel. The glorious and status place of all the city’s business-diplomatic and social events after the war, with a lack of maintenance, experienced a downward trajectory of business. The Vinkovci-based company GEM doo, which also owns the Gem Hotel under the management of Ivan Cvitković (the first private hotel in Vukovar-Srijem County), bought the abandoned Slavonija Hotel in 2011, at a stage when it had lost its hotel category.Admittedly, the hotel is decorated according to higher standards, but due to the impossibility of expanding the rooms, ie the element of the room area, three stars is the maximum categorization. “The furnishing of the hotel is guided by the policy of the best quality, so the hotel in a large number of segments offers a higher standard than the three-star category, and Slavonian buffet breakfast with food from local families is rated the best in Croatia by guests.” points out the director of the hotel, Kristina Dukanović.Hotel Slavonija consists of a hotel building and a hotel annex, while the hotel capacity is 89 rooms, and the hotel annex has 19 multi-bed rooms – the total hotel capacity is 240 beds. The congress center was renovated and expanded, consisting of 5 halls with accompanying facilities: hall 240 seats, hall 100 seats, hall 70 seats, hall 40 seats, party hall, congress reception, offices for organizers, space for exhibitors and sponsors; ceremonial hall for weddings and banquets 250 seats, restaurant and lounge bar, souvenir shop. “The renovation of the Slavonija Hotel itself has so far cost around HRK 16.000.000,00, it was financed with its own funds without a loan, and local suppliers and contractors were selected for the renovation, and the highest quality Croatian products and materials were used for everything possible. ” Dukanovic pointed out.In the period 2011-2017. the hotel was strategically and thoroughly renovated from the basement to the roof, electrical installations, plumbing were replaced, a new air conditioning system was installed, various formwork was removed from the walls, new carpentry was installed, bathrooms were generally renovated with new installations, tiles and toilets, rooms furnished with new beds and wellness with medical anti-allergy mattresses, LCD TV 81 cm, minibars, renovated stairs, reception, halls, cloakrooms, guest toilets, kitchen, warehouses, congress hall, restaurant and other accompanying facilities.How nice to hear that local suppliers have been selected to renovate the hotel, as well as most of the domestic hotel decorating equipment, from mattresses to furniture. We need such investors, investors who respect the domestic economy.New investment announced – new 4 * hotel, wellness center and congress hall to be built / Main focus on congress tourismBut this is not the end of the successful Slavonian and continental tourist story. On the contrary, after the complete renovation of the Hotel Slavonia, the company Gem doo announces new investments – the construction of a new 4 * hotel and a congress hall. “We are currently in the process of developing a conceptual solution for upgrading the new block of hotels Slavonija, which will contain 4.200-2 new rooms of category 30 * on approximately 40 m4, a new congress center with a capacity of approximately 400 seats with the most modern congress infrastructure in the region. center”Dukanovic points out.Target group i core business business of hotel Slavonija is MICE tourism. In 2017, a number of successful congresses, conferences and seminars were held at the Hotel Slavonija. And as people and services are most important in tourism, so for the success of the hotel, a professional hotel team has been educated and formed that can respond to the challenges of MICE tourism.  “We are proud of the excellent teams of our hotels and the fact that the best workers choose us as an employer. We will continuously invest in education and create stimulating working and professional development conditions. He says hotel director Kristina Dukanović, who is also the holder of the CCMEP certificate (Certified Croatian Meetings and Events Professional) at HUPKT (Croatian Association of Congress Tourism Professionals).In addition, the plan is to arrange another hotel Gem, which is located at the exit from Vinkovci to Vukovar, and functions as a business hotel and supplemented by sports and recreational facilities: two clay tennis courts, indoor tennis hall, fitness room, steam bath, gym for meetings, a table tennis and darts room, and plans to expand the capacity of the Gem Hotel are also active.  “We want to turn Vinkovci into a regional leader of MICE tourism with a Slavonian signature, nationally position it as an attractive MICE destination, work with quality, autochthonous and recognizable 365 days a year. We find a competitive advantage in the amount of existing accommodation capacity and transport connections. With the synergy of the capacity of hotels Slavonija and Gem, we offer accommodation for 350 people, along with other hotels in the city with a short distance from each other, we can already offer the market quality accommodation for more than 600 people”Dukanovic emphasizes.Of course, the hotel is not a motive for arrival but a quality, diverse and authentic content of the tourist destination, and all these and other investments in tourist infrastructure should be accompanied by the destination, ie those in charge of developing the tourist destination. “We expect strong support for tourist investments in Slavonia by the Ministry of Tourism, CNTB, Vukovar-Srijem County, City of Vinkovci, Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board, Vinkovci City Tourist Board and county and city development agencies. We expect that the Tourist Board of the City of Vinkovci, with the support of the Tourist Board of the County, will be transformed into a real destination management company and position Vinkovci on the national and foreign tourist market. There are local investors, but support to entrepreneurs in Slavonia is declarative, insufficient and not stimulating. ” concludes Dukanović.last_img read more

Education to raise the quality of bike & bed accommodation services in Istria – Istria Bike & Bed day

first_imgSince 2012, the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County has been encouraging the development of active and outdoor tourism in cooperation with the Istra Bike DMC department established within the Istrian Development Tourist Agency, IRTA doo, the Istrian County Tourist Board and the largest hotel and tourist companies operating in the area. Istria.The fruit of this cooperation is also a project Istria Bike & Bed initiated by the County of Istria and the Istrian Development Tourism Agency primarily to diversify private accommodation and raise the quality of services and content intended for cyclists, as one of the fastest growing segments of tourism demand and cycling in general, as a form of mobility. Istra Bike & Bed is a system of accommodation facilities specialized for the reception of cyclists (cyclists). For this type of service, it is necessary to provide specific services that this type of guests requires. In addition, such a system is connected with all other services provided to cyclists in Istria (trails, bicycle guides, the provision of professional services such as rental, service, transportation, participation in events, etc.).There are currently a total of 92 Bike & Bed facilities in Istria, of which 67 are small private Bike & Bed facilities, 13 Bike hotels and 12 Butique Bike hotels, which are classified into four categories: Bike & Bed, Bike hotels, Bike camps and Boutique bike hotels.The first Istria Bike & Bed day Precisely with the aim of promoting and educating the bike & bed service among the hosts in the family accommodation IRTA and the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County are organizing the first “Istria Bike & Bed Day” which will be held June 15, 2018 starting at 10:00 am at the Memorial House in Pazin.”Istra Bike & Bed Day” is designed as an education to raise the quality of bike & bed accommodation services in the current Istra Bike & Bed facilities as well as those that are yet to become. Lectures will be given by Istra Bike & Bed consultants and specialists, as well as private landlords who have been identified in Istra Bike & Bed accommodation as examples of good practice. After the trainings, there will be a ceremonial distribution of Istra Bike & Bed solutions and boards. PROGRAMME Istria Bike & Bed daylast_img read more

BlackRock wins mandate to manage assets at RESAVER scheme

first_imgFor nine years now, Previnet has been in charge of member administration for the multi-country, multi-currency NATO pension plan, just one of the more than 220 pension plans it administers using its bespoke software.Senior manager Martino Braico said: “With the RESAVER IORP, Previnet will include a large set of online functionalities and learning tools, such as risk profilers and country-specific pension projections.”Also at the event in Budapest, KPMG was appointed RESAVER’s external auditor, Deloitte its internal auditor, BDO its accountant and Lydian CVBA its compliance officer.The pension fund said it hoped to have selected an actuary, a custodian and a reinsurer by the end of this month.Gabriella Kemeny, chair at the RESAVER Consortium and director of human resources at the Central European University, said the selection of these providers was a “crucial step in ensuring the programme will fulfil its promise to support pan-European mobility for individuals in research and related fields with a top-quality pension plan”.Thierry Verkest, a partner at Aon Hewitt in Brussels, confirmed that the fund would include a life-cycle model, as well as a model of free choice for individual members.Aon Hewitt had been selected at the beginning of last year to help set up the IORP as a Belgian OFP.Regulatory approval from Belgium’s FSMA is expected this summer.Now that the providers have been chosen, a fee structure is to be negotiated.Kemeny said it was “important to have competitive fees”, adding that, given the possible future size of the fund, the economies of scale would help to keep costs low.Initial contributions are expected to flow into the RESAVER in the autumn from the Central European University in Budapest, the Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste and the Istituto Italiano di Technologia.The other 20-odd members of the consortium that set up the fund are expected to contribute to the fund at a later point.All research institutes – both in the private and public sectors – can join the group and contribute to the RESAVER fund.Carlos Moedas, European commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “By participating in RESAVER, employers can ensure adequate and fair supplementary pensions for their staff while boosting their international reputation as employers.”The European Commission has pledged to finance the set-up of the fund for four years until 2018, drawing on the Horizon 2020 funds. BlackRock has been selected as the asset manager for the RESAVER pan-European pension plan for researchers following a tender process, while Italy-based administration service provider Previnet is to be in charge of member record-keeping, web services and central reporting.RESAVER is a defined contribution scheme that will provide second-pillar pension benefits to researchers and research institute employees.Speaking at an event in Budapest to announce the scheme’s service providers, Tony Stenning, managing director at BlackRock, said RESAVER’s launch would be a “momentous evolution” and “is the first but not last step” towards more growth in the pan-European pension market.He confirmed the asset allocation details for the fund were “under discussion” but the major challenge would be to accommodate the investment regimes of the various EU member states, as they must be met for each fund member in each country.last_img read more

Murder suspect nabbed

first_imgThe suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of the San Dionisio police station. ILOILO City – Charged with murder, alaborer was arrested in Barangay Sua, San Dionisio, Iloilo. Police identified him as 42-year-old ReynaldDolino of San Pablo, Manapla, Negros Occidental. Dolino was caught on the strength of anarrest warrant around 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 14, a police report showed. The court recommend no bail bond for histemporary liberty./PNlast_img

IMCA national champions headed to US 36, Bethany for IMCA openers

first_imgEight-time national champion Nichols, a former Missouri state king, looks to add to his Stock Car division best 529-win total. Fellow Iowan Kaplan owns a Northern SportMod national crown and makes the weekend trip south as well.  Another 2019 Bethany titlist, Chris Wright, and 2019 Salina/Thunder Hill Speedway champion Luke Stallbaumer are pre-entered in the Northern SportMods. Jordan Grabouski, Mike Nichols and Austin Kaplan are among drivers from 10 states pre-entered for opening night events Friday, May 8 at Osborn and Saturday, May 9 at Bethany. IMCA Modifieds, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods are on both race night cards  RaceSaver Sprint Car entries will be en route from as far away as Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana to battle an equally talented group of Midwest and Central states drivers, among them multi-time URSS and Kansas state champion Zach Blurton. Questions about the season-opening weekend can be directed to Boller at 816 752-3645. Both race programs will be broadcast by Speed Shift TV. The winged field also features Tyler Drueke, who has a collection of Eagle Raceway, Sprint Series of Nebraska and Nebraska State plaques; defending US 36 Raceway track and two-time Iowa State champion Mike Houseman Jr.; 2019 Lake Ozark Speedway champ Jack Potter; and defending Nebraska State champion Stuart Snyder. Defending Bethany champion Mich Ross and former Thunder Hill Speedway champ Marvin Griffith Jr. are also among the Stock Car entries.  From Nebraska, Grabouski became the first driver to win two IMCA national crowns in the same season last year, topping point standings for both Modifieds and Stock Cars. He amassed 69 feature wins, two regional titles and eight track championships, all IMCA record totals for a single season. 2017 Jet Racing Central Region king Steven Bowers Jr., a six-time track and two-time state champion in Kansas, is among the fleet IMCA Modified contenders. Two more drivers with state titles to their career credit, Brandon Conkwright and Scott Smith, and two-time and defending U.S. 36 Raceway champ Chad Clancy are also entered.  As announced by promoter Jon Boller Jr., social distancing guidelines will be in effect in the pit area and grandstand each night. Track officials will ask all race teams to stay within their respective pit stalls and that everyone attending wear a mask or other appropriate facial covering.  OSBORN, Mo. – Drivers with IMCA national championships already on their resumes begin their pursuit of 2020 honors this weekend at US 36 Raceway and Bethany Speedway.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes: No official proposal from Manchester United

first_img Mourinho has been linked with the Manchester United manager’s job over the last week following his dismissal as Chelsea boss. Van Gaal is under increasing pressure after United embarked upon a six-match winless run that has also seen them exit the Champions League. Press Association Some fans clearly want Mourinho to replace Van Gaal, however. Cries of Mourinho’s name could be heard around Old Trafford on Saturday and U nited were booed off the pitch following their third straight defeat, which left them in fifth position. Three weeks ago, senior United figures insisted Van Gaal had the board’s full support, but after a run of six matches without a win, they have now fallen quiet. It is understood the United board were disappointed in particular at Van Gaal’s failure to lead the team through what was viewed as a relatively easy Champions League group containing PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg. And a second straight defeat in the league means United head into the busy Christmas schedule outside the Barclays Premier League’s top four. Although United could stomach another year out of the Champions League in a financial sense, the damage to the club’s standing in the game would be hit if they were not in Europe’s top club competition next season. And with Mourinho available and willing to take the job, there has been a flood of speculation linking the two-time Champions League winner with United. United will also be aware Pep Guardiola is available in the summer, although he is rumoured to be ready to move to Manchester City instead following his stint with Bayern Munich. United travel to Stoke on Boxing Day before hosting Chelsea on December 28. Louis van Gaal will face the media today for the first time since speculation began claiming that he is set to be replaced by Jose Mourinho. Mourinho is understood to be ready to take the top job at United should the board decide to sack Van Gaal, who is halfway through his three-year contract. The Portuguese’s agent Jorge Mendes, speaking to Globo Esporte on Tuesday night, denied a deal had been struck between his client and the United board. Mendes insisted an “official proposal” had not been tabled by United, but the super agent did not exactly pour cold water on claims the former Chelsea manager is set for the hot seat at Old Trafford. “There is nothing,” Mendes said. “We don’t know what will happen in the future, but now there is no agreement. There isn’t an official proposal either – that’s not true.” Van Gaal, who worked with Mourinho at Barcelona, is expected to receive questions on the Portuguese and his own job security at his weekly press conference in Carrington at 1530 today. Speaking after the 2-1 loss to Norwich last Saturday, Van Gaal insisted he had the backing of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and his own players. ”Ed was very fast out of the dressing room but I feel that support, yes,” the 64-year-old said. ”The most important support is from the players because the players have to do it on the pitch and the chemistry between the players and the manager and his staff is very important.” last_img read more

‘Green Machine’ begin RAN 15s title defence against Barbados

first_imgGUYANA, the Rugby Americas North (RAN) 15s South Zone champions, will begin their title defence quest against Barbados on Saturday May 13, at the Garrison Field.After their clash against the men from the Land of the Flying Fish, the ‘Green Machine’ will return home for their encounter against arch nemesis Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday, June 10 at the National Park.The last time Guyana faced Barbados the Guyanese ruggers walked away 39-5 winners and had beaten Trinidad 23-18 to win the South Zone title.According to a release from the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), players will be put through their drills by the Union coaching personnel comprising head coach Kenneth Grant-Stuart, assistant coach Alton Agard, Strength and Conditioning coaches Theodore Henry and Phillip Barrington.Guyana Men are the current runners-up to Mexico in the Regional RAN 15s Championships as well as Current RAN 7s Caribbean Champion.last_img read more

USC to compete in Aztec Invitational

first_imgThe USC women’s cross-country team will begin its second meet of the 2011 season Saturday, as it is scheduled to partake in the 67th annual San Diego State Aztec Invitational, held in Balboa Park.The course, which runs near the San Diego Zoo, should challenge the Women of Troy.“This meet will be a great chance for the team to race on a tougher, hillier or rugged course,” USC coach Tom Walsh said. “The times will be slower, but they’ll be slower for all teams. I’m trying to teach them not to be so focused on times, but rather on performance.”With only seven entrants in this weekend’s race, USC hopes to better last week’s performance at the UC Irvine Invitational, where it finished seventh.Redshirt junior Shelby Buckley, who opened her first season for USC as its top finisher at the invitational, will be counted upon to lead the Women of Troy to another respectable finish.  The other six runners are all the freshmen recruits, most of who raced for the first time last weekend.The Aztec Invitational, however, will also serve as the first official race for freshman Erica Capellino, who is expected to become one of USC’s top runners.“I’m excited to see how Erica performs,” Walsh said. “She’s been doing so well in training, and hopefully that will carry over. She’s a good hill runner, which is why we wanted her to start out in San Diego instead of last week. Kira Soderstrom will hopefully do really well too; she’s really stepped it up in training.”The meet might prove difficult for the Women of Troy, as the terrain is notoriously rugged when compared to other 5-kilometer courses. Additionally, Walsh noted concerns about the runners going out too quickly in the early goings, which could eventually count for a loss of speed in the middle of the race. This has been a persistent issue for the Trojans in past meets, Walsh added.Though last week’s race proved to be a solid start to the season, Walsh hopes this weekend’s invitational will allow the runners to further prove themselves. The UC Irvine Invitational was the first meet as Trojans for eight of USC’s 10 runners, and the first official collegiate race for the team’s five freshmen.“The first race is always a starting point,” Walsh said. “Runners make mistakes and are more tentative. There’s always a big improvement between the first race and the second. We just need to focus on mental toughness, and not slowing down in the middle.”The race, which begins at 8:30 a.m. in San Diego, will also have a community division in which local runners can participate.last_img read more

Two starters down, Badgers begin nonconference play

first_imgTwo plays.That’s all it took in practice for the Wisconsin men’s basketball season to be altered.While they occurred on separate occasions and in separate practices, the Badgers will begin their nonconference schedule without two of their returning starters due to a pair of injuries to senior forward Mike Bruesewitz and junior guard Josh Gasser.Bruesewitz suffered a deep laceration to his lower right leg-one that went down to the bone and needed 50 stitches to repair-in a freak collision with the basket standard. The high-energy, glue-player for head coach Bo Ryan’s team will most likely miss the first 2-4 weeks of play.But his injury isn’t the most serious one. Or the one that causes the biggest ripple effect for Wisconsin.Gasser blew out his ACL going up for a routine layup Oct. 27 in practice and will be forced to use his redshirt season this year to recover from one of the most devastating injuries in sports.It was a devastating blow for the Badgers, as Ryan and the team were looking to Gasser to fill in the void left by former-point guard and All-American Jordan Taylor, a two-year starter and the most efficient point guard in NCAA history (his 3.01 career assist-to-turnover ratio shattered the record of 2.70 held by UTEP’s Julyan Stone).Ryan had given Gasser high praise during the offseason, saying that he believed the junior guard had taken the next step to elevate his game, spending extra hours a week in the gym working on his ball handling and working on his overall offensive skill set, preparing to take over increased responsibilities as the veteran leader of an otherwise young backcourt.“I pretty much worked my tail off to get to that position and coach Ryan rewarded me with it and then [the injury] happened,” Gasser said.Gasser also pointed out that one of the hardest things was not being able to play alongside the Wisconsin senior class for its final year.“I think the biggest thing is I built such a great relationship with the seniors on and off the court, especially on the court. I was really excited to get to play with them and help them reach their goal because this is their last go-around and to not be out there is just killing me.”The New Guard(s): George Marshall and Traevon JacksonWith no Gasser or Bruesewitz on the court, the Badgers now scramble to find the appropriate mix in their starting lineup and rotation off the bench. But, two underclassmen will likely play a huge role for Ryan in a season without Gasser.In the backcourt, redshirt freshman George Marshall is primed to take over point guard duties for UW. Marshall, a talented athlete with quick feet and a lethal pull-up jumper, had the luck of playing scout team and guarding Jordan Taylor all of last year while practicing with the Badgers in his redshirt season. Taylor often gushed about the potential of Marshall, and after watching a few practices and the Red/White Scrimmage it wasn’t hard to tell why.The speed of Marshall’s feet makes him one of the toughest defenders to go against, especially on-ball, which will make him a perfect fit in a Ryan defensive scheme for the Badgers that puts an emphasis on man-defense, Marshall seems an easy call at the one-spot in the starting lineup.Also slated to receive a drastic increase in minutes is sophomore Traevon Jackson. The son of Ohio State basketball legend Jim Jackson, Traevon largely rode the bench last year in his freshman campaign (only playing 17 games), taking the backseat to a backcourt rotation that included Taylor, Gasser and Ben Brust and former Badger Rob Wilson.But now with Marshall and Brust slated to start, Jackson will prove an essential piece in Ryan’s rotation off the bench.A physically gifted guard who can play either the one or two spot, Jackson has a body type that is reminiscent of the departed Taylor. He also showed a strong pull-up jumper of his own in the Red-White scrimmage, scoring 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field.The talent of these two guards, along with Brust still in the backcourt, gives Ryan little doubt that his offense won’t miss a beat trying to replace Taylor and Gasser’s presence.“Well the nice part about now being in my 41st year of coaching, when people say replace other people, I don’t get as alarmed or excited or nervous,” Ryan said. “It is amazing how young men step up and I have all the faith in the world that that’s going to happen with this group.”Ryan even said the offense may change with his new personnel at the guard position, but will still rely on the same basic fundamentals and disciplines that have led to the Badgers’ successes in his tenure.“What we’re doing now with our offense with our ball movement, it’s more scoring off of action away from the ball than maybe on the ball, but we’re still getting some stuff done with the ball, off of ball screens…back-doors, just basketball-read and react, read and react. It’s still about taking care of the ball, still about getting good shots and I think the players that we have will continue to do that.”But, with all three of UW’s potential guards in the rotation never having started a game in their careers, there may be some growing pains for the Badgers along the way in the early part of the nonconference slate.Berggren, Evans must step upWith the loss of vocal leader Gasser in the backcourt, the Badgers frontcourt must now take the brunt of the weight of carrying this team not only with its leadership, but with its offensive prowess as well.“Now it’s my time to step up and have more of a leadership role,” redshirt senior and center Jared Berggren said. ” Trying to be more vocal is one thing I’m working on, trying to encourage teammates, push teammates, get on guys if they’re taking shortcuts or do something wrong, but at the same time never being too negative with anyone. That’s the main thing I’m trying to accomplish.”Ryan has been known in his time at UW to develop raw or lesser players who other major Division One programs pass over in recruiting, and nowhere is that theme more relevant than in this year’s starting forward-center combinationPerhaps the x-factor of this team, returning starter and redshirt senior forward Ryan Evans (36 starts, 11 points per game and 6.75 rebounds per game in 2011-12) is the mantra of improvement. A raw, athletic specimen from Phoenix, Ariz. as an incoming freshman, Evan’s incredible vertical leaps and dunks have always been there, but his smoothed-out, more consistent mid-range jumper has not. Perfected over long hours in the gym and four seasons in the program, Evans will look to improve on his junior campaign where he was named a consensus All-Big Ten honorable mention selection.And while Evans may be the x-factor, the rock of this team is Berggren (36 starts, 10.5 ppg, 4.89 rpg and 1.67 blocks per game in 2011-12). Also a 2012 honorable mention for All-Big Ten, Berggren steadily improved in all aspects of his game during his junior season alone, including his shot from long-range. Perhaps Berggren’s ability to stretch the floor offensively was best on display in last season’s loss to Syracuse in the Sweet 16, where the big-man posted 17 points on 3-for-3 three-point shooting, despite being limited to just 25 minutes of action because of foul trouble.And for Berggren and this senior group, the loss was a motivating source for their offseason push coming into 2012-13.“You never forget about it,” Berggren said. “It’s obviously something that’s pretty ingrained in your mind and its going to be forever, which I don’t think is a bad thing. Don’t forget about it, use it as motivation. Think back on that feeling of losing and I think that’s something that drives every competitor and every athlete, you want to win and you remember that feeling of losing and it motivates you and drives you to be better.”last_img read more

Volleyball hits the road for Arizona

first_imgPhoto by Dillon Matthew | Daily TrojanThe No. 15 women’s volleyball team (12-3, 4-0 Pac-12) heads to Arizona to face the Arizona Wildcats (7-7, 1-4 Pac-12) on Friday and the Arizona State Sun Devils (10-6, 0-4 Pac-12) on Saturday.The Women of Troy are coming off a sweep against No. 9 Washington on Sunday and a four-set win over Washington State on Saturday. The team is currently undefeated in conference play, jumping out to a hotter start than originally predicted. The team’s strong start to conference play has allowed it to jump up in the polls.USC will rely on back-to-back Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and ESPNW National Player of the Week senior opposite hitter Brittany Abercrombie to power the offense. Abercrombie has accumulated 13 kills each in wins against then-ranked No. 6 Washington and Washington State, providing a stable offensive flow for the team.The Trojans have also received considerable offensive support from sophomore outside hitter Khalia Lanier, senior opposite hitter Niki Withers and junior outside hitter Alyse Ford. Lanier is averaging a team-leading 4.32 kills per set on the season while Ford and Withers are averaging 2.60 kills per set and 2.35 kills per set, respectively. Setters Reni Meyer-Whalley and Cindy Marina will also look to make strong constributions in setting up opportunities for the rest of the team.The Women of Troy will have to attempt to stop Arizona’s offense, driven by junior outside hitter Kendra Dahlke. Dahlke has accumulated 131 kills for the Wildcats and is averaging 3.12 kills per set this season. She is joined on the offensive front by freshman outside hitter Paige Whipple, sporting 2.50 kills per set, and junior outside hitter Tyler Spriggs, with a 2.86 kps, to spearhead the Wildcats’ offense. The Trojans’ defense will have its hands full in the desert against an offensively driven Wildcat squad.After a quick one-day turnaround, the Women of Troy head out to Tempe to face the Sun Devils.The team is led by senior middle blocker Oluoma Okaro, who has put up crazy numbers for Arizona State. Okaro has a total of 258 kills and averages 4.61 kps. Against Washington in late September, Okaro racked up 30 kills in a five-set loss. She is joined by outside hitters Ivana Jeremic and Griere Hughes to form a strong offensive line. The Sun Devils will seek to bounce back against the Trojans after enduring four consecutive losses against Pac-12 opponents.If USC can pick up two solid wins on the road, the Trojans will move to 6-0 on the season and solidify their spot alongside Stanford in the Pac-12, who they’ll host — along with Cal — next weekend.The Women of Troy face the Wildcats at 6 p.m. tonight and the Sun Devils at 6 p.m. on Saturday.last_img read more