Volleyball comes back to Field House after pair of big wins

first_imgSheffield specifically praised the way that sophomore setter Lauren Carlini handled herself and drove the team throughout the game and especially in the fourth set to get Wisconsin back on track. Carlini had 42 assists on the night.Now that the Badgers are back in Madison, they will experience a full week of practice for the first time in a while after playing weekday matches the last three weeks. Following a day off Sunday, Sheffield said he is optimistic that his players will be ready to go in practice all week.The full week of practice will be much needed as the Badgers prepare to take on newcomers to the Big Ten, Rutgers and Maryland. Both teams have struggled through the early going of the conference season with identical 0-4 Big Ten records, but they have still compiled seven wins apiece.To prepare for a pair of squads that Wisconsin hasn’t seen much of, Sheffield said much of the gameplan will revolve around watching game film of the Scarlet Knights and Terrapins. While Sheffield and the players have yet to watch Rutgers in action this season, they did see Maryland play two matches when both teams participated in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge.Wisconsin has been slowly making its way back up to the top of the rankings after two loses in a row against top ranked teams, Washington and Penn State.Despite the tough, early season losses, Sheffield said his players have remained resilient.“I think they were really, really down after those two losses, and they got back in the gym,” Sheffield said. “I think there was even stronger focus, stronger will … So I think that is the thing that I’m learning about this team and the players on this team is they may get knocked down, but they don’t stay down for long.”The Badgers have bounced back strong and hope to continue that trend in the upcoming weekend against strong rivals. Their recent successes are largely due in part to the team’s strong ability to communicate with each other both on and off the court.“If there is a big, big gap between the coach and the leaders, that is when miscommunication happens,” Sheffield said. “That’s when people go off and do their own thing. Those have usually been my toughest teams is when those leaders are [on a] totally different page than me. The group here, I think we’ve got some great leaders. They’ve done a really good job of making sure that the players away from the practice are doing and saying the right things. They’re coming to practice in the right mindset.”The Badgers will face off against Rutgers Friday at 7 p.m. and Maryland Sunday at 1 p.m. at the UW Field House. The No. 6 Wisconsin volleyball team is back in Madison this weekend after two victories in their first Big Ten road games of the season.The Badgers are coming off two big wins against Northwestern (13-2, 3-1 Big Ten) and Illinois (11-4, 3-1).In his press conference Monday, head coach Kelly Sheffield addressed the team’s recent success and upcoming games.“It was a tough week. Northwestern and Illinois are two really, really good teams on the road,” Sheffield said. “I thought the Northwestern match, I thought it was … very balanced. I thought Kelli Bates, in particular, stood out that match and really played well. I thought we served the ball really well.”The Badgers defeated the Wildcats last Wednesday night in three straight sets, 25-20, 25-16 and 25-23. As Sheffield referenced, the freshman outside hitter Bates had a big night with 13 kills.After the sweep of Northwestern, Wisconsin continued the Illinois road trip with a visit to Champaign Saturday night.“Illinois, probably one of the toughest environments I’ve been in, certainly the loudest environment I’ve ever been,” Sheffield said. “We came out and executed the first couple of games and got our tails kicked in game three pretty handedly. We came back and refocused in game four. We came up with what I thought was a huge win.”The Badgers faced the Fighting Illini in front of a rowdy, sold-out crowd. Despite the hostile environment, Wisconsin won the match in four sets 25-17, 25-22, 11-25 and 25-23.So how loud is Huff?? Try an ear-splitting 105 dB!! #illiniNOISE pic.twitter.com/vZm4PNdJnY— Illinois Volleyball (@IlliniVBall) October 5, 2014last_img read more

Life on the Two Rivers: How Four Enthusiasts Enjoy the Water

first_imgAfter trying her hand at Navesink River Rowing, Vilardi found her sport. “I’ve been rowing and racing and having a fantastic new life after retirement.” “It’slike camping on water,” said Chuck Parker of Middletown about the 36- footsailboat the Helen Rita. “We don’t have a washer or dryer but we have everythingelse.” When KayVilardi retired from her job in software engineering 20 years ago she was 52and looking for a pastime. By Judy O’Gorman Alvarez In addition to opening up a world of friendship, camaraderie and a new community on the water, rowing has kept her fit. “It’s a whole-body workout.” A physical therapist’s suggestions for a running injury convinced Graham Wisdom of Lincroft to try yoga six years ago and he quickly made it part of his fitness routine. While taking classes at Ohanala in Fair Haven, owner and instructor Kristin Gould introduced him to SUP yoga. Whencasual paddles on the river turned to competition, she found results. “I wonthe first medal I ever won in my life,” she said. “I was thrilled.” THE ROWER Classesstart off slowly, Wisdom explains and credits Gould for instilling confidencein her students. “You’re sitting on the board, you’re twisting and it graduallygets harder – such as doing a downward dog – and it’s a little challenging. Butas you start trying stand-up poses, then the balance is more tricky. That’swhen you can wind up in the river.” “It’scertainly part of my life, I tried to incorporate my kids into that.” This article was first published in the May 23-29, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times. THE SAILOR In warm weather Chuck and his wife Helen, married 51 years, spend most of their free time on the water and share the sailing duties. “One individual can sail, but that’s not as much fun,” Parker said. As members of the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club, the couple sails alone, but also with the club in group sails. Whatthey most enjoy is sitting on the deck, enjoying dinner as the sun is setting. THE STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDER If you’reholding a class, you anchor all the boards about 10 feet apart.” The waterhas always been a part of Thompson’s life. “My dad’s a lifelong surfer and hehad me in a lifejacket on the nose of a surfboard when I was 3 years old. Mymom works for Clean Ocean Action. They’ve instilled in me the importance of theocean environment and giving back – especially the area we live in surroundedby water.” “It’s sopeaceful on the river, especially in the morning,” Vilardi.The drawbacks of rowing on the river can be larger, sometimes aggressive boats.“We sit low in the water and we don’t make noise,” she says of the 30-poundshell she rows. “And you have to watch out for Jet Skiers and motorboats.”Navesink River Rowing, a nonprofit, offers lessons for adults and a robustyouth program. Among the club’s projects is an outreach program. “We want togive kids a chance to be on the water who can’t afford it,” Vilardi said.“This is sport that’s doable for any age – from 14 to 80,” she said. “It’sphysical and mentally clearing.” center_img Holding aSUP yoga class depends on a few factors. “Look at the wind forecast. You wantthe water to be flat and calm,” he said. “You have to anchor in a shelteredarea. Scullingis a form of rowing with two oars, a narrow boat, called a shell, with a slidingseat. Vilardi, who now serves as president of the club, says after takinglessons, members can use the club’s fleet of singles, doubles or quads duringthe season: May through November. Launching from the clubhouse at the foot ofMaple Avenue in Red Bank, the club provides access to the Navesink River. “When I’msurfing, it brings a calmness. The waves are really good and we’re having fun,and as much as energy is involved it’s a relaxing activity as well. You go out,you decompress, you shake out the grime and grease of the day and any troublesand let it go at the shoreline and you focus on the task at hand – catching waves,literally being in nature.” THE SURFER Thompson and his wife have gained a horde of surfing friends, a basement full of surfboards and over the years, he has surfed all over the world, including up and down the East Coast, California, Hawaii, Australia, mainland Mexico, Fiji and South Africa. “It’s an individual sport – almost a selfish sport – but you’re doing it with your friends and there’s a community and there’s a lot of camaraderie.” Ohanalaholds SUP classes on the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers. As muchas Thompson enjoys surfing and a day at the beach, picking up a piece ofgarbage is just as important. You would be surprised how seldom that happens, Wisdom said, but admits the last time he was in a class, he took a tumble into the water. “I was standing on my head,” he explained. It’s a fun challenge but the best part is the relaxation at the end,” said Wisdom. “After you do a sequence of things, you typically lie down on the board and it’s gently rocking on the water. And you look at sky and birds are flying. It’s wonderful.” “Paddle boarding is surprisingly easy,” said Wisdom, a retired electrical and software engineer. “As long as it’s not a windy day, to paddle along the river is wonderful relaxation and you can be home in an “We goout for an hour or so and go to the Oceanic Bridge and back – 7 miles roundtrip,” she said. “We love the time to ourselves.” hour.”Wisdom said he especially enjoys paddling along the Navesink River and seeing thegrand homes along the banks. “When you live where we live it’s wonderful to seehow the other half lives.” Payingattention to the weather and the winds, Vilardi and fellow members, usually ina quad, make the most of a summer morning on the Navesink before temperaturesrise. “When Iwent to RBC (Red Bank Catholic), they only had softball for women who are myage now,” Vilardi said. Watching her nephew row crew in high school and collegewhet Vilardi’s interest. “Welive a mile from the harbor so in the morning when the sun’s out and it’s anice day, we’ll get out on the water,” Parker said. “It’sfun when we travel with other boats,” he said. After docking, the couples willvisit one another, dine, play board games or dominoes and enjoy the seabreezes.Don’t let the term “yacht club” fool you, said Parker. “We’re average peoplewho happen to have boats.” “We’re a private club but we’re heavily involvedwith the community,” he said. That includes programs for Special Olympicssailing for challenged athletes who may have Down syndrome or autism; a youth sailingprogram; the annual Ms. Race charity race that raises money for 180 TurningLives Around; and a new veteran program that Parker chairs. “We’re not therapybut it’s been found that recreational sailing can help people with PTSD,” hesaid (post-traumatic stress disorder).About once a month the club will have longer cruises to locations such asStaten Island or Sheepshead Bay. They’ve also gone on longer voyages, such asLong Island Sound, and some members will go to Boston or Block Island, RhodeIsland.Being dependent on the wind can make a journey slow, but that can be half thefun. Another key point with sailing is to watch the weather forecasts as stormscan be a sailor’s nightmare. “When it’s August and if we’re out, we don’t wantto be someplace where you can get into trouble. You have to be flexible,” hesaid. “We’ve stayed a night in Connecticut because the weather was bad.” “Surfinghas given me a lot of enjoyment,” said Tyler Thompson of Leonardo. “I try toget in the water as much as possible, not as much as I used to, having two kidsand a full-time job.” There arethose who enjoy SUP – or stand-up paddle boarding – and those who enjoy yoga.And then there are those who combine the two. “It’s relaxing being out on the water,” Wisdom said. “As long as you pick your day” and pay attention to the weather. last_img read more