Cunningham, Torres Earn Volleyball Weekly Awards

first_imgShe hit .475 for the match, adding a pair of blocks and finished with a double-double after totaling 16 digs. Cunningham’s 29 kills Saturday give her a new a career high and the most by any Southland Conference player this season. Cunningham continues to lead the league in kills per set with her 3.91 mark nearly a half kill per set higher than anyone else in the league, while her .340 attack percentage is the third best in the league. Cunningham had a match for the ages Oct. 6 in a Sam Houston (11-5, 3-1 SLC) win over Abilene Christian. The Bearkats host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday before traveling to Louisiana for a Thursday matchup at Nicholls, and then a Saturday afternoon affair at New Orleans. Defensive Player of the Week: Marisabel Torres, Stephen F. Austin – Fr. – Libero – Pearland, TexasThe freshman libero received the starting nod in both of SFA’s matches this past week and proceeded to put forth a solid two-match stretch of floor defense. Against Southeastern Louisiana, Torres scooped up 17 digs before one-upping that performance and racing down a career-best 26 digs in a 3-1 come-from-behind victory at Northwestern State. That dig total represents the most in a match by a Ladyjacks’ player this season. Torres and SFA (19-2, 6-0 SLC) continued with their stellar defense last week during wins over Southeastern Louisiana and Northwestern State. The results move the Ladyjacks’ winning streak to 16 – the nation’s second-longest active streak. The victories also mean that Stephen F. Austin remains perfect in Southland Conference action this season. SFA puts those streaks on the line Thursday when they play at UIW. Cunningham claimed offensive and defensive player of the week honors last month. FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Taylor Cunningham and Stephen F. Austin’s Marisabel Torres are the Southland Conference Volleyball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.center_img Honorable Mention: Paige Havel, McNeese; Emily Doss, UCA Offensive Player of the Week: Taylor Cunningham, Sam Houston – Sr. – Middle Blocker – Huntsville, TexasThe senior middle blocker took a career-high 59 swings against the Wildcats, taking full advantage with 29 kills and an astonishing one error in the four-set Bearkats’ win. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Honorable Mention: Samantha Anderson, UCAlast_img read more

Brooklyn Nets Draw Hong Kong Protest Backers as NBA-China Row Simmers

first_imgNew York: Supporters of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement made their presence felt Friday as the Brooklyn Nets played their first game in New York since they were caught in the middle of the NBA’s rift with China.Tensions between Beijing and the American basketball league erupted this month after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted an image in support of the demonstrations that have rocked the financial hub for months. China has portrayed the protesters as violent separatists and the backlash against Morey’s comments has cast a cloud over the NBA’s lucrative broadcasting, merchandising and sponsorship interests in the country, where it has legions of fans.The Nets found themselves in the thick of the controversy as they arrived in China to play two pre-season games against the Los Angeles Lakers days after Morey’s tweet.Several hundred people clad in T-shirts that read “Stand with Hong Kong” chanted slogans in support of the protesters from the Barclays Center stands during the Nets’ pre-season showdown against the Toronto Raptors, the reigning champions.”We want to use our performance art to show our support for Hong Kong and the NBA,” 55-year-old author Chen Pokong told The New York Post.Nets star Kyrie Irving, who played just one minute of the first game in China against the Lakers after aggravating a facial injury he had suffered in practice, said he understood why the activists were protesting Chinese policies.”The reality is that as individuals, it’s our job to stand up for what we believe in,” he said after the game.Since the row began, the NBA has found itself under pressure from US politicians and media outlets who have urged the league not to buckle under Chinese criticism, or even to withdraw from the Chinese market completely.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said this week that the league’s financial losses in the affair had been “substantial” and that China had demanded Morey be sacked, which Beijing denied.Nets owner Joseph Tai, a Taiwanese-Canadian businessman who made a fortune as co-founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, said soon after the controversy erupted that Morey’s tweet was intolerable to the Chinese government.He predicted in a Facebook post that the “hurt that this incident has caused will take a long time to repair.”The Nets, perhaps still feeling the effects of their China trip — on which they swept LeBron James in the Lakers — fell 123-107 to the Raptors. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. basketballBrooklyn NetsChinahong kong First Published: October 19, 2019, 4:19 PM ISTlast_img read more

Mt Hutt named New Zealands Best Ski Resort

first_imgA skier enjoys fantastic snow conditions at award-winning Mt Hutt. Photo credit: Nick KerrCanterbury’s favourite ski area Mt Hutt has been awarded the coveted title of New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort at the third Annual World Ski Awards.The award was announced in A-ROSA Kitzbühel, Austria on Saturday November 21 2015.The World Ski Awards is the only global initiative to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in ski hospitality. Over one million votes were received worldwide from ski tourism professionals and consumers around the world.It’s the first time Mt Hutt, one of three outstanding ski areas owned by New Zealand ski operator NZSki, has won the prestigious award.World’s Best Ski Resorts winners include (L to R) Bob Wheaton, GM Deer Valley Resort USA, James Urquhart and Ingrid Zauner of Mt Hutt ski area, and Charlie Locke, owner Lake Louise ski resort Canada.Mt Hutt is Canterbury’s own “big mountain” offering family fun and spectacular terrain to challenge even the most advanced skiers and riders.As one of the largest and highest ski areas in the South Island, Mt Hutt attracts snow enthusiasts from Australia and further afield.Mt Hutt Ski Area Manager James McKenzie said he was “stoked” about winning the award.“We are absolutely buzzing.  Our staff put everything into delivering the very best guest experience at Mt Hutt this season and this international endorsement is fantastic recognition.”The awards evening was the highlight of a three-day programme attended by an audience of ski tourism figureheads and market leaders from all around the world.Mt Hutt General Manager of Operations James Urquhart and ski instructor Ingrid Zauner received the award on behalf of the ski area at the glitzy gala ceremony dinner.Mr Urquhart said it was a real honour to be sharing stage with world renowned ski resorts from across Canada, the US and Europe.“This is the ski industry equivalent of the Academy Awards and while Brad and Ange stayed at home to look after the kids, players from the likes of Whistler and Aspen added some real star quality to the proceedings,” he said.“We’ve had the opportunity to network and share ideas with representatives from ski areas from all corners of the globe.”Just a 35 minute drive from Methven village, and 90mins from Christchurch International Airport, Mt Hutt is renowned for its regular and reliable snow, combined with extensive snowmaking. It consistently has one of the longest snow seasons in the South Island. NZSkiSource = NZSkilast_img read more