Ohio State womens volleyball looks to extend winning streak in final nonconference

OSU senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell (17) prepares to hit the ball during a match against Florida State on Sept. 6 at St. John Arena. Credit: Ashley Roudebush / For The LanternWith a demanding Big Ten schedule looming, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team has one more opportunity for a tune-up before it begins conference play.Coming off two straight tournament wins and riding an eight-match winning streak, No. 13 OSU is scheduled to head north this weekend to play in the Golden Grizzlies Invitational in Rochester, Michigan.On Friday, OSU is set to play Eastern Illinois (5-5) at noon and Western Michigan (2-9) at 7 p.m., followed by a match against host Oakland (3-7) on Saturday at 2 p.m.Although his squad is playing three teams with underwhelming records, coach Geoff Carlston said he is prepared to get the best shot of each one.“They’re not going to be as physical as Arizona, but they’re going to pass and play defense probably better than a lot of teams we’ve seen,” Carlston said. “So they’re going to make you earn it. If you’re making tons of mistakes, you’re going to lose.”Carlston said he is pleased with the start that his team has gotten off to this season, but is preaching balance to his players as they head into the weekend and look ahead to their conference schedule.“You can’t get bummed out when you lose because you can play really well and lose,” Carlston said. “And you sometimes you can grind out wins and you can’t feel like you’re the best team in the world, either. You just have to stay steady and confident.”Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell said keeping the focus on playing together as a team and controlling the tempo of the game will be important if the Buckeyes want to extend their winning streak.“I know that these teams this weekend aren’t necessarily ranked like we had played the previous weekends, but everyone’s good at what they do,” Campbell said.Carlston has kept practice light during the short week to keep his players fresh as OSU gets into the grind of its schedule.“With our Big Ten schedule and how it shapes up, if we’re going to rest a little bit, this is the time to do it,” he said.Versatility at setterBoth OSU setters have seen plenty of playing time in the early going of the season. Freshman Taylor Hughes leads the Buckeyes with 198 assists, but senior Emily Ruetter is not far behind with 172.Carlston compared the situation to what’s going on at quarterback for the OSU football team with Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett.“We have two very good setters,” he said. “They are very different personalities. You’re going to get a different look. Emily is just steady, steady, steady, and Taylor Hughes is more physical … The two of them together is a really neat combination.”León wins Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the WeekAfter being named the most valuable player of the Blackbird Invitational last weekend, the awards didn’t stop there for Valeria León. The junior libero was also named the Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week — alongside Michigan State middle blocker Megan Tompkins — for her efforts in Brooklyn, New York.León had a tournament-high 71 digs, including 35 against then-No. 13 Arizona, the second-best single-game total in OSU history. She has been named to the all-tournament team in all three of OSU’s non-conference competitions. León said she feels that she’s playing at the top of her game right now.“I feel like I worked really hard this summer and preseason,” she said. “I feel like my hard work is just finally paying off. We can only get better from here.”What’s next?The conference schedule is scheduled to begin for the Buckeyes on Sept. 23 when they host No. 23 Minnesota at St. John Arena, the first of four straight home matchups to kick off Big Ten play. read more

Samantha Eastwood murder Killer laid midwifes wedding dress on bed to fool

Mrs Justice Carr told him he had engaged in a “sophisticated and mendacious cover-up” and had “weaved an extraordinary web of deception.”She said: “Samantha was alone in her home where she should have been safe and sound, and trusted you in her house.”On any view, she suffered what must have been a terrifying assault resulting in a killing that was not immediate.“In the agonising hours and days following her death you lied and lied, over and over again, in an attempt to cover up what you had done.”Miss Eastwood had been in a relationship since 2010 and had been due to marry in the summer of this year. Michael Stirling Samantha Eastwood A “composed and callous” killer suffocated his midwife lover before laying a false trail for detectives in an act of “breathtaking cruelty,” a court heard.Michael Stirling, 32, flew into such an intense rage during a row with Samantha Eastwood, 28,at her Stoke-on-Trent home that he forced her to her bedroom floor and suffocated her.The pair had been having an “intimate” affair for three years. She had also been in a long-term relationship with his wife’s brother but had called off their engagement months earlier.After murdering her, Stirling carefully laid Miss Eastwood’s unworn wedding dress and engagement ring out on her bed.The following day he sent a series of texts to her sister from her phone, claiming she was having a breakdown and needed some “me time,” Stafford Crown Court heard.One said: “Please leave me alone” while another suggested she had met a “guy off the internet” and was being driven towards the motorway. Michael StirlingCredit:Staffordshire Police/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Police later likened his level of deceit to that of Soham murderer Ian Huntley.Stirling bound Miss Eastwood’s face and eyes with masking tape before wrapping her body inside a single duvet cover.He then bundled her into a van outside her home in Stoke on Trent and drove to his parents’ house for dinner, where he was “fine and cheerful” before returning home for a shower. “I liken his actions to that of Ian Huntley.”  But she called off the engagement in January, to the surprise of friends, and later tried to sell her wedding dress online.She was reported missing by concerned colleagues on Friday July 27 after she failed to show up for a night shift at Royal Stoke University Hospital.At 3pm that afternoon, one of Miss Eastwood’s neighbours heard a woman screaming for “between 15 to 30 seconds”, and then a woman shouting “get off, get off me”.Stirling was arrested two days later but released under investigation.Four days after that, on Thursday, August 2, he inadvertently led police to her body.DI Dan Ison, the officer in charge of the case, told Stoke-on-Trent Live: “His behaviour on August 2 was suspicious to say the least. He was observed on a bicycle which he secreted in a hedge and he ran off.”I knew his phone had been in that area on the night she went missing. We had a 1,000 metre radius as to where she might be.”We started searching on the Saturday and, within an-hour-and-a-half, we found her body.”Stirling was re-arrested on August 4 and pleaded guilty to murder in October.DI Ison said: “To go to that level of deceit, it’s unthinkable really. He then went out in his van on the pretext of searching for Miss Eastwood, disposing of her body “like an animal” in the undergrowth on the edge of the Staffordshire Moorland.Hours later, he returned to her family home where distraught relatives had gathered and hugged her younger sister.Gemma Eastwood told the court: “Forever this will haunt me.”Stirling was caught when he was tailed by police as he returned to check on the body six days later.The married landscape gardener, who has a four-year-old daughter, was on Monday sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 16 years and ten months. Samantha EastwoodCredit:Staffordshire Police read more