first_imgKINGSTON:Road race veterans Rupert Green and Arieta Martin secured the respective male and female 5K titles at the Running Events 5K at Emancipation Park, New Kingston, on Sunday.Green, who represented Double Marchers club, won in 16:07, beating arch-rival Shawn Pitter of Body By Kurt (16:25). Ronique Williams, unattached, was third in 17:00.”I had to work very hard for this victory,” said Green. “Pitter had a huge lead on me, and I had to chase him all the way to the 3k, but once I got in front, I maintained my pace and the lead to the finish.”Martin, who also represented Double Marchers, stopped the clock at 20:50, followed by Karlene Blagrove, who clocked 21:59. Ina Daley was third in 22:16.She was doing the course for the first time.”I am pleased with my effort today. I am just coming off an injury, and I executed my race plan properly. The course was a tough one with a lot of inclines, but I enjoyed testing myself out there today,” exclaimed Martin.The 5K walk for the men went to Lenworth Hunter, while Paula Sinclair took the female equivalent.Worthy causeProceeds from the event will go towards the Wortley Home for Girls and, according to board chairman Raphael Sangster, the initiative is a welcome one at this time.”On June 29, we had a fire, which destroyed our dorms at the girls’ home, and it was the idea of Mr Alfred Francis to stage a 5K to raise funds to assist in the rebuilding of the dorms.”So I must say thanks to the Running Events team for their kind gesture, and we hope the success of the event will go a far way in helping us to get back on track at the Wortley Home for Girls,” said Sangster.Race director Francis believes the event was well received by the over 900 participants who came out to support the cause.”Even though August is a tough month to stage road races, we decided we had to put this event on to assist the charity, and we are pleased at the turn out and proud of the initiative.”Keisha Bowla-Hines of Trinidad & Tobago was pleased with her first road race on Jamaican soil.”My family came to Jamaica on holidays, and I went on the Running Events Limited website and saw that they had a race, so I decided to compete, and I must say that it is a fantastic event for a worthy cause,” said Bowla-Hines.last_img read more

first_img Needing 19 runs from the final over and with a world title at stake, the big Barbadian was left with little to do but go for it. But knowing he had to go for it was easy, actually getting it done is what sets that performance apart. It was top-quality execution of the highest order, amid all the intangible pressure moments that come with playing in a big final and doing it from a position where the margin for error was next to none. Cricket, like all other team sport, is an interdependent activity where one facet of the team depends equally on other aspects of the team in order for the team to function effectively. There is absolutely no doubt that it was Samuels’s innings that set up the victory, but it was Brathwaite’s innings that won the game. The Barbadian could easily have been awarded the Man of the Match for that final. He took three wickets for 23 runs from his four overs when the West Indies bowled, before his 34 runs from 10 in the successful run chase. That all-round performance was at least equally deserving of the Man of the Match award. There was, however, not much room in those triumphant moments for complaints about Samuels being awarded the Man of the Match When all is said and done, though, those four sixes to end the match, and win the title, will represent the most lasting memories for everyone who witnessed that game. In another 20 or 30 years when discussions about great cricketing moments take place, Carlos Brathwaite’s super spectacular SIX, SIX, SIX, SIX will be right up there with any other moments on offer, and will probably top the list. The decision by the International Cricket Council to award Carlos Brathwaite’s swashbuckling match-winning innings of 34 runs from 10 deliveries, inclusive of four consecutive sixes to end the grand finale in spectacular triumph for the West Indies, as the 2016 Twenty20 Performance of the Year, has stirred up a spritely pre-Christmas debate. The moot point being, did Brathwaite’s innings constitute a better performance than Marlon Samuel’s crucial 85 from 66 deliveries? A most timely innings that basically held the then-faltering West Indies batting together, and effectively put Brathwaite in the position to execute his much-heralded heroics. One school of thought is that Samuels’ innings was better, based on the circumstances which dictated a technical repair job, that required great reconciliation between continuing to score at a healthy rate, while holding the innings together; a great balancing act between defence and attack in the most high-pressure circumstances. The Jamaican batting stylist literally set the stage for the victory, meaning his innings was better and more impactful on the result and was, therefore, a better performance. It’s one of those delicate exercises in contextualising and valuing individual performances comparatively in a team sport. But my nod goes unequivocally to Brathwaithe’s innings. What Marlon Samuels did was what any high-quality top-order batsman is expected to do in those circumstances. Marlon himself played a very similar title-winning innings in the 2012 World Twenty20 final against Sri Lanka. The fact of the matter is that that type of innings, as played by Samuels, will more than likely be played many more times in the future. What Carlos Brathwaite did was so unique that it quite likely will never be done again. TOP-QUALITY EXECUTIONlast_img read more

first_imgEighteen-year-old Noah Vonleh’s dream of playing in the NBA will be under scrutiny when the 2014 Draft Combine opens on Thursday in Chicago.American-born Vonleh is the son of Ms. Rennel Vonleh who moved to Massachusetts from Liberia in 1994 after spending some time in the neighbouring Ivory Coast.He is one of the candidates willing to showcase their athletic abilities to executives, scouts, coaches and doctors.Top NBA prospect, Vonleh joins the event with the Big-Ten Conference Freshman of the Year award under his belt, after averaging 11.3 points and 9 rebounds per game at the Indiana University (IU).The 2.08m forward is a very athletic player who still needs to improve some skills including his footwork and ball handling, but this did not prevent him from declaring available for the 2014 NBA Draft.During his press conference – held last month – alongside Indiana University head coach Tom Crean, Vonleh said it was a difficult decision to make, but encouraging messages from friends, former coaches, NBA scouts, critics, media and more importantly, the encouragement from his single mother, made him believe he can succeed in the Draft next month.Vonleh spent only one season under coach Crean, but his numbers and performances kept growing, and he thought it was time to follow the steps of former IU Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller who were selected 1st and 4th in the 2013 NBA Draft.Coach Crean supported Vonleh’s decision, and highlighted his work ethic. “We’re proud of him. He’s got an unlimited future because of his potential, because of his character, because of his work ethic, the talent is there, the weight and the strength that he’s put on in a short period of time,” Crean said of Vonleh.When asked to talk about his game, Vonleh said: “I think I proved that I’ve got a pretty good skill set. I can step out, shoot threes. My post game has gotten a lot better, still a work in progress. I can still improve on it. I can still improve on a lot of things in my shot, getting my release quicker, being able to push the dribble out and do different things like that; just to make myself an overall better player.”Usually the NBA Draft Combine determines whether participants have realistic chances of embracing the NBA world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgArmed bandits on Saturday morning attacked and robbed a Rose Hall Market fish vendor after breaking into his home.According to reports, at about 05:00h on Saturday morning as Ceenarine Satrohan was about to leave home to ply his trade, three men entered; one carrying a gun and the others cutlasses. Satrohan was physically assaulted and robbed by the bandits who escaped with $140,000 in jewellery and $60,000 in cash. The man was left nursing injuries to his face, head and back.“Me open the door and a go side to bring in the wheelbarrow to pack the fish, the gun man deh at the side and he say don’t holler, but when he say that, me start holler hard and then he lash me up in me head and drag me in the house. He tell me he want money and jewellery, by that time the two cutlass man run go upstairs and attack me wife and that was when me hall out the money out a me pocket and give them,” Satrohan recounted.He said the intruders were not satisfied and beat him hoping to get more valuables. “When the gun one go upstairs where me wife deh, one cutlass one come down and he start fire chop pun me. He said that he gone chop out me hand and foot and me beg him not to chop me.”His wife, Sarita, who was in the upper flat of the house at the time of the invasion, said one of the perpetrators touched her on her private parts with the cutlass.At the time of the incident, the couple’s three-year-old daughter was asleep. The toddler was unharmed.Police have since arrested one person as they investigate the incident. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and United States Ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac have dedicated a state-of-the-art 25-bed Ebola field hospital constructed in Charlesville, Margibi County, by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to provide care to healthcare workers, both international and Liberian, who may be infected with the Ebola virusKnown as the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU), the facility would be considered as a safe haven for healthcare workers in the country who are on the frontlines of the fight against Ebola. The construction of the field hospital was financed by the American Government and implemented jointly by the U.S. military and the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).The dedication ceremony of the facility was held in Charlesville, near the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County last Wednesday, November 5, 2015. The MMU, which is primarily for healthcare workers as well as the 4,000 U.S troops expected to be deployed in the country, is in addition to 17 Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) that are under construction across the country as a result of the U.S. intervention in Liberia.The facility is being staffed by a team of specialized officers from the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, which is playing an integral role in the overall US government response. The USPHS Commissioned Corps is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf joined U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac to dedicate the newly constructed 25-bed field hospital to be used solely for the treatment of healthcare workers who may become infected by the Ebola virus disease.Speaking during the ceremony, President Sirleaf said the hospital represents a major contribution in the fight against the virus in Liberia.  It also represents a true spirit of partnership between both governments.“This facility represents a major contribution to the country’s fight against the further spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease that has hit our country so hard. This represents a true spirit of partnership and leaves hope for a structure that will enable Liberians fare for themselves when the partners shall have left after Ebola.”She described the US government as a partner who recognizes and responds to the needs of the Liberian people and that the fruit of the partnership reaches out to the people it is meant to benefit.President Sirleaf lauded healthcare workers for their sacrificial services to the country and its people by confronting a disease they knew very little about.  She expressed happiness that those healthcare workers who may be infected can now receive quality care and treatment with a high hope of survival.She also lauded the American government and people for coming to the aid of Liberia at a time when international response to the Ebola crisis was at its lowest ebb.  She expressed the hope that the country is well on its way to beating back the further spread of the disease.The Liberian leader noted that Liberians themselves are the main force preventing the further spread of the deadly virus, due to their adherence to measures announced by the Government, and for supporting all the measures meant to tackle the further spread of the disease.Ambassador Malac, said the current role of the U.S. Government in Liberia’s fight against Ebola, including the construction of the treatment facility, is a symbol of the strong U.S.-Liberia relations and partnership.“The U.S. is proud to be supporting Liberia and it is expected that our support will go further than the emergency period and interventions. I am glad that healthcare workers who may fall sick to Ebola can now get quality treatment right here in Liberia,” the Ambassador emphasized.She indicated that Liberia had made progress and will continue to make progress in the fight against Ebola until the virus is finally eradicated from the country. She thanked the AFL and Liberians in general for their cooperation with the U.S. and other partners working in Liberia.Since the outbreak of the virus, health workers have been the hardest hit with over 70 falling prey to the disease. These include Medical Doctors, Physician Assistants and Nurses. The construction of this facility, though it may be considered belated, will serve as a ‘safe haven,’ for these health workers who are still on the frontlines and dedicating their lives to the service of humanity.Providing an overview of the facility, the Acting U.S.  Deputy Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Scott F. Giberson, noted that the MMU is multifunctional and was reconfigured to meet the mission requirements specific to infectious disease treatment in Liberia.“Although this is a clinical care unit, not usually intended for an infectious pathogen, the DoD and the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps worked in partnership to reconfigure the facility to function as an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU).“In addition, experts from Medecin Sans Frontieres (MSF) were consulted on the reconfiguration, illuminating the multi-sector approach in support of the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia and the United States Agency for International Development Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team, which is overseeing the overall U.S.  Ebola response in the region,” he said.Admiral Giberson said seventy officers, with diverse clinical and public health backgrounds, will bring safety and security to the brave men and women who are serving as frontlines heroes, and continue efforts of USAID, DoD, the government of Liberia and international partners to build capacity for additional care in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img…discuss possible co-operation in oil and gas sectorDirector of the Energy Department, Dr Mark Bynoe on Tuesday met with a high-level Ghanaian delegation here in Guyana to engage the Government on areas of mutual interest in the oil and gas sector.Ghana’s Minister of Energy and Deputy Minister (Petroleum) Dr Mohammed Amin Adam; Director, Department of Energy, Dr Mark Bynoe and other members of the Ghanaian delegation on Tuesday at the Ministry of the PresidencyThe team was led by Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Energy In Charge of petroleum Dr Mohammed Amin Adam and included Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana, Napoleon Abdulai and 15 others.The team later paid a courtesy call on Minister of State Dawn Hastings-Williams, who was accompanied by Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman.During the meeting with the team, Dr Bynoe, who was accompanied by Oil and Gas Advisor, Matthew Wilks and Project Co-ordinator and Legal Advisor in the Department of Energy, Joanna Simmons, said the delegation was visiting during a most interesting time in Guyana’s evolution.“I think anybody who says Guyana is not the hottest place to be and I am not speaking about climatologically but in terms of what we have found thus far in the oil and gas sector would not be lying.  It’s a time in which also, we are keen to ensure that as a Department though young…we seek as best we can to ensure that these resources are managed in an efficient manner and an effective manner for all of Guyana,” he is quoted by the Public Information and Press Services Unit of the Ministry of the Presidency as saying.Dr Bynoe noted that the Department does not underestimate the momentous task ahead and it continues to seek partnerships to ensure that it obtains the best value for the nation.  “We do not pretend to have all the answers to all the challenges that are before us, but we are very much positioned and we are keen to learn from others; the good, the not so good and even the indifferent experiences so we do not have to trod the same path which others may have trod before us,” he said.Meanwhile, Dr Adam said he was pleased for the opportunity to discuss issues relative to co-operation with the Department.Additionally, during the delegation’s meeting with the Ministers of State and Natural Resources, they discussed areas of collaboration particularly in the areas of mining, oil and gas, capacity-building and training in the oil and gas sector, forestry and timber production.Minister Hastings-Williams said that the two countries share similar characteristics and sectors and can, therefore, look to each other for best practices, expertise and guidance where the need exists. Dr Adam echoed similar sentiments, noting that Guyana and Ghana have shared strong ties since 1957 and he is looking forward to taking same to a higher level of collaboration. The meetings were held at the Ministry of the Presidency.last_img read more

first_imgEmployment discrimination…defends distinguished career, will not retaliateBy Michael YoungeThe top-ranked candidate who has been overlooked and passed up by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) for appointment as its next Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO), Vishnu Persaud has broken his silence following the revelations and concerns raised by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP)-nominated Commissioners that there may be ethnic and employment discrimination occurring at the constitutional entity.Speaking with Guyana Times on Wednesday, Persaud, who is currently unemployed, said that he was now contemplating his next step following the GECOM decision to not appoint him to serve a second stint as its DCEO even though he was asked to reapply to be considered for the post as a new applicant.Persaud held the post of GECOM’s acting DCEO for over three years, but his contract, like several other senior functionaries’, was not renewed and was allowed to expire since GECOM was without a Chairman following the resignation of Dr Steve Surujbally back in 2016. Surujbally resigned on the heels of discontentment with his leadership and stewardship of the 2015 General and Regional Elections, which were marred by allegations of electoral fraud and discrepancies. The former DCEO demitted office in August last year.“I have still not come to any position as to what to do or not to do. I know that I have to move on, because I have a family to provide for,” Persaud remarked as he explained that he would rather not share his personal thoughts or emotions on the outcome of the process, which is being heavily criticised by several key stakeholders and sections of civil society.Persaud was adamant that GECOM was constitutionally mandated and authorised to hire the appropriate staff with the right skill set to complete various tasks and fill established vacancies. He said, “Whether the Commission is right or wrong, it has made a decision.”Asked whether he felt that the decision taken by the Commission was fair or justified, Persaud said that he “will not go there”, because he does not believe that adopting a confrontational approach would change the course of what has been decided.Questioned further as to whether he believes that some of the arguments put forward for his non-selection or reappointment have any merit, the former DCEO defended his track record.“I have always done my work professionally. I have never had racial or political bias in my work. I have never showed any … and I would not want to make a comment that would cast a shadow on my past record,” he insisted.He also appealed for those who were busy making comments which are false and not factual about his previous stint at GECOM to desist from doing so, as he stoutly defended his performance at every level of assignment.“I would ask those people who are seeking to cast aspersions on my reputation to refrain from doing so and judge me on the basis of what you know of me and not on what is perceived,” he proffered.He denied being involved with any political party or skulduggery during his tenure and argued strongly that he was a career professional and someone dedicated to very high standards.“As far as I am aware, I have never ever been cautioned about a failure to conduct myself in a professional, efficient and disciplined manner…,” he remarked.In addition, Persaud, who also served as GECOM’s substantive Public Relations Officer for well over two years, said that he would not willingly go to the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) to file a complaint about GECOM’s alleged discriminatory employment practices.“No. I am not going there,” he said when quizzed on the matter. He maintained that he was focused on finding employment that would put him in a better position to meet the needs of his family following this saga.On Tuesday, for a second time in two weeks, the PPP-nominated GECOM Commissioners walked out of a meeting with the other Commissioners after being disallowed from probing the issue of ethnic composition with GECOM.The Commissioners urgently called a press conference to address that issue and the non-appointment of the top applicant for the DCEO post, who is also of Indian descent, which struck them as a surprise.The PPP GECOM Commissioners – Robeson Benn, Bibi Shadick and Sase Gunraj ,expressed dissatisfaction over the manner in which their concerns are being dealt with by the Chairman of the Commission, retired Justice James Patterson.The GECOM Commissioners also accused the Chairman of the Elections Commission of blatant racial discrimination in the appointment of a DCEO at GECOM.Commissioner Benn has expressed absolute disappointment on behalf of his colleagues at the decision made by the GECOM Chairman to not appoint Vishnu Persaud as the DCEO.Moreover, he maintained that Persaud was the best candidate for the job. In addition, he pointed out that the PPP Commissioners intended to take action and approach the ERC on this issue.last_img read more

first_img…calls for protection of MPsOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is calling for the authorities and the National Assembly to implement measures that will protect Members of Parliament and ensure that Friday’s no-confidence vote can go forward unhindered.Jagdeo made this call during a press conference on Monday at his Church Street, Georgetown office. The Opposition Leader expressed fears that there may be attempts to disrupt the vote by persons in the gallery.According to Jagdeo, it only takes one crossover vote or two abstentions from the Government side for them to win. He said that because of this precarious margin and certain information his party has received, they were apprehensive.“We are aware that they plan to install people in the galleries and should someone (from Government) vote in favour of the no-confidence motion, from the galleriesOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeothey will … disrupt the vote. We’ve heard that should [that] fail, some of their MPs will disrupt the vote.”Jagdeo theorised that they may be hoping that should the vote be disrupted, the vote will be invalidated. He made it clear that his party would notify Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland.“We will bring this to the attention of the Speaker. We will also insist, like what happens in many parts of the world, once someone votes in favour of the no-confidence motion, the Government falls. If you have 32 votes on our side, and one of their Members of Parliament vote in favour, the mathematics changes and it’s 33 in favour and 32 remaining votes.“When the Clerk of the National Assembly calls the names of the Members of Parliament and should one of their members vote (in favour), no matter what happens afterwards, the vote is passed … because if you allow disruptions, you can never have (a non-contentious vote). So, if the Speaker allows (the vote to be invalidated), we will deem that an act of collusion.”Jagdeo expressed hope that the diplomatic community would bear witness to the proceedings, whichever way the vote turned out. Noting that the proceedings were being recorded, he warned that attempts to disrupt the vote would be publicised around the world. Jagdeo also spoke of threats and related that they would write to the Commissioner of Police.“I know for sure, apart from the occasional threats to our MPs passed off in a jocular manner, so they can always claim it was done in jest. But these threats are pregnant in the parliamentary atmosphere. We know for sure the threats are even more ominous and take on real form.”That being said, Jagdeo also extended an olive branch. In light of the December 21 date for the motion falling close to Christmas, Jagdeo had no objections to the National Assembly delaying the vote to early January.No confidenceJagdeo had first announced the no-confidence motion on November 15, on the heels of devastating losses in the Local Government Elections (LGE) for the coalition Government.The next day, the scheduled sitting of the National Assembly was abruptly cancelled at Government’s request and the Opposition turned up to an empty chamber. At the half-empty Parliament Chambers, Jagdeo reiterated some of his expectations regarding the motion.In a subsequent advertisement, the PPP went into further detail on its reasons for filing the motion, and the concrete reasons for the people’s rejection of the People’s National Congress (PNC)-led coalition. It pointed to the thousands of jobs that have been lost as a result of the closure of Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) estates.In addition, the Party referred to the various scandals that have erupted under the Administration. They include the single sourcing of the feasibility contract for the new Demerara River crossing, the single sourcing of a drug bond and the single sourcing of drug procurement contracts.The Party noted the numerous breaches of fiscal laws flagged by the Audit Office of Guyana in its reports, as well as the lack of accountability in the D’Urban Park Project, something even the Auditor General had to launch a special probe into. The depletion of Guyana’s gold and foreign reserves was also highlighted.Court settlements since the coalition Government took office were also zeroed in on by the Party. The Attorney General’s Chambers has come under much criticism for not being able to secure successes in several cases against the State.Since taking office, in addition to losing cases, Government has opted to enter into out-of-court settlements. These settlements include sums to the tune of US$5.7 million, $226 million and $3.8 billion.last_img read more

first_imgMother’s Day is quickly approaching as we all know and Magees Pharmacy have compiled a list of 12 reasons why she deserves the best on March 15th.1. She can power clean the house in 5 minutes if someone decides to drop by without notice.2. She will listen to overly descriptive drama, and sound interested (“So then he was like, and then I was like, and then she was like, and then she did this!!!”) 3. She will be your personal taxi driver, for FREE… (Seriously, be grateful!)4. She will be able to make a meal out of leftover roast chicken, a half leftover pepper and peanut butter.5. She knows what sibling jealousy means and becomes a Chemistry Master when it comes to pouring fruit juice (“HEY!! Jamie got more than me!! NOT FAIR!”)6. She knows how to use “On the way back” when the kids are being bratty 7. She cannot sleep until she knows everyone is home safely. She wonders why she looks tired all the time!8. She knows best. Every single time. Just because.9. She can find literally anything, anywhere. Nothing is ever lost for long.10. She will LIKE all of your Facebook posts and comment “Mom-ish” things for your friends to call you on.11. She will write “LOVE, MOM” at the end of every text message, like we couldn’t possibly know who the message is from otherwise. It will also take her a little more time to “get with the kids”, in a lovable way: 12. She is a teacher, a nurse, a cook, a shoulder to cry on. She is your best friend and sometimes your enemy. She has the ability to annoy and embarrass you beyond reason. She is all of the above, and certainly irreplaceable.WE LOVE YOU MUM!!If our 12 reasons aren’t enough to convince you to get her something special, then….WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU??For others, visit www.magees.ie for her favorite fragrance, skincare, or pampering package. Or for the mammy who doesn’t need anything else as she is already perfect, get her a personalised photo gift using your favourite family photo!PS: We are also running a “JAMMY MAMMY” themed Facebook giveaway to win a hamper of beauty products worth over €500!Enter here by Liking and Sharing this post.Love to all mums,Magees xxMAGEES PHARMACY OUTLINE 12 REASONS WHY YOUR MUM DESERVES THE BEST THIS MOTHER’S DAY was last modified: March 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesMagee’s PharmacyMother’s Daynewslast_img read more

first_img Box Score (PDF) Watch Live Next Game: Story Links Preview Full Schedule Roster center_img at Evansville 10/25/2019 – 6 p.m. A resilient and injury weakened Drake University volleyball team staved off multiple set points Friday evening before eventually falling at UNI, 3-0.The Panthers’ Taylor Karlie recorded 19 kills to help UNI hold off the Bulldogs by set scores of 25-18, 27-25, 26-24.Emily Plock (Altoona, Iowa) continued her strong play for the Bulldogs with 11 kills and 10 digs for her sixth-straight game in double-figure kills. Gillian Gergen (Janesville, Wis.) also put in another outstanding effort with seven kills for the Bulldogs, who fell for the seventh-straight time to drop to 1-7 in the Missouri Valley Conference and 7-14 overall.Kylee Macke captained the Drake defense with 23 digs in the three sets.UNI (14-9, 7-1 MVC) closed the first set on a 9-2 run and scored the final four points of the frame to cruise to the 25-18 win in the opener. However, the Bulldogs led for the majority of the second set before Taylor took over for the Panthers and polished off the set with back-to-back kills after Drake twice withstood set point before falling 27-25.The resilient Bulldogs engineered another lead midway through the third set at 15-11, but UNI responded with seven straight points behind Rachel Koop’s serving and four kills from Taylor to take an 18-11 lead. The Bulldogs continued to scrap for each point, eventually tying the set at 21-21 and holding off two more set points before UNI prevailed 26-24 to take the set at the match.The match was the first of four-straight for the Bulldogs as they travel to Evansville and Indiana State next weekend to continue the rigorous MVC schedule. Print Friendly Version Live Statslast_img read more