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

Felix Pena loses duel with reigning Cy Young winner Corey Kluber as Angels fall to Indians

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Over the next four innings, he did not allow a hit and he only walked one. In those innings he threw 47 pitches and 30 were strikes.“Once he found the zone,” Manager Mike Scioscia said, “he matched Corey, pitch for pitch.”Facing a Cleveland lineup that included two MVP candidates — José Ramírez and Francisco Lindor — among the seven left-handed swingers, Peña did not allow a hit in the first five innings.As he took the mound in the sixth, the video board at Progressive Field showed Peña with the caption: “Currently throwing a no-hitter.”If they were trying to get in Peña’s head, it didn’t work.“My plan is never to look up at the scoreboard,” Peña said.No more playful attempts to jinx Peña would be necessary. Five pitches later, Peña gave up a homer to Leonys Martín. Lindor then doubled and scored on a Michael Brantley single. Peña retired Ramírez before his night ended with a career-high 86 pitches.At that point, though, too much damage had already been done. Kluber retired all nine Angels hitters in the final three innings, his second complete game of the year.Their only real shot at a rally was in the third, when Eric Young Jr. doubled and Kole Calhoun walked. Justin Upton hit a flyout and Shohei Ohtani grounded out.“Corey is tough,” Scioscia said. “We had some chances early, but he does so many things with the ball. We hit a couple of balls hard, had guys on, couldn’t get that hit to get us on top. He pitched a great game obviously.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “It doesn’t really matter if it was a good game or a bad game,” Peña said through an interpreter. “The primary idea is to win. That’s what I strive for.”A 28-year-old forced into the Angels rotation because of injuries, Peña had posted a 2.73 ERA in his first six starts. The last time, though, against the Seattle Mariners, he got only one out and gave up seven runs.Related Articlescenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error With a chance to show if that was an aberration or the beginning of the end for the converted reliever, Peña threw 12 balls in his first 18 pitches against the Indians.He managed to escape that potentially troublesome first inning with two walks, thanks to catcher Francisco Arcia throwing out Francisco Lindor trying to steal.Peña said he tweaked his mechanics after that, aligning himself more with the plate, and it showed. PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout stands in the dugout during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. Trout’s right wrist is still sore and the Angels will not risk him making it any worse. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hits a single off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani warms up before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani flexes his muscles before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland Indians’ Edwin Encarnacion reacts after popping out in the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland Indians’ Leonys Martin runs out a ground ball in the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. Martin was out on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor, left, cannot make the tag as Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons slides safely into second base in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor throws out Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton at first base in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun throws his helmet after striking out against Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland Indians’ Leonys Martin reacts after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani watches from the dugout in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland Indians’ Leonys Martin watches his ball after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani walks back to the dugout after striking out in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland Indians’ Michael Brantley watches his RBI-single off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena watches a solo home run hit by Cleveland Indians’ Leonys Martin in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani runs out a ground ball in the third inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor barehands a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. Upton was out on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout stands in the dugout during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. Trout’s right wrist is still sore and the Angels will not risk him making it any worse. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hits a single off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)NextShow Caption1 of 21Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hits a single off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)ExpandCLEVELAND — It didn’t matter to Felix Peña that he had made a dramatic improvement from his last outing.The result was the same.One start after he got knocked out in the first, Peña took a no-hitter into the sixth before eventually allowing a couple runs that were all it took for the Angels to lose 3-0 to the Cleveland Indians and Corey Kluber on Saturday night.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Peña was able to outduel a two-time Cy Young winner for part of his outing, but Kluber went the distance in a three-hitter against an Angels team playing once again without injured Mike Trout. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more