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Kilmartin takes Portfolio tally to three

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#24 West Florida Out-Slugged #11 Pittsburg State 30-22, 30-24, 30-22

first_img Share #24 West Florida Out-Slugged #11 Pittsburg State 30-22, 30-24, 30-22 Oct. 14, 2007 Box Score  JOPLIN, Mo. – Only eighteen hours earlier, the West Florida volleyball team lost to Missouri Southern in three straight games, but a whole different looking team showed up against Pittsburg State. The Argos setter Madeline Gonzalez set up the offense with 53 assists, as three different hitters had double digit kills. Kimberly Clark led all hitters with 19, while Luciana Rapach had 14, and Isabela Gualberto added 13. Meanwhile, Linda Igbinigie paced the Gorillas with 13 kills.During the first game, Rapach and Igbinigie traded monster kills, until back to back kills from Jamie Nichols and Gualberto gave the Argos a three point lead that they never let go. Rapach and Gualberto ended game one with back to back kills, as UWF finished the first game with 21 kills and only four errors.Early in game two, there was a flourish of nice defensive plays. One particular point included spectacular sprawling digs by Ashlee Maple of Pittsburg State, Jerica Carter, and Jamie Nichols of West Florida, before the point ended with a big block by Rapach and Gualberto. Game two was very tight until Nichols and Clark had back to back kills to put the Argos up 24-19. Sammie Williams and Klaudia Grelowska countered big strong kills for Pittsburg State to close the gap, but Gualberto and Clark recorded back to back kills to close out the game.Game three was the Kimberly Clark show, as the Junior Outside Hitter put away 11 kills in the third game alone. Igbinigie and Grelowska matched her early in the game, and after a Pamela Cartagena kill, the Gorillas were ahead 15-13. Danielle Spitzer tied the score moments later with a powerful kill down the middle, and then a Rapach kill gave the Argos the lead at 18-17. Clark then took over down the stretch with four kills in the last six points for West Florida. Fittingly, Clark then pummeled a kill along the left sideline to end the match.West Florida Head Coach Melissa Wolter was pleased with the performance. “We were firing on all cylinders today, and to beat an outstanding team (Pittsburg State) you have to have multiple players play well, and we did. I was happy with the way our team responded to last night’s loss (3-0 to Missouri Southern). Today, we were very disciplined and stuck to our game plan. This was a great win for us against a solid team.”With the victory, West Florida improved to 24-3 on the season, while Pittsburg State dropped to 22-5 with the loss. West Florida had won 14 straight before losing to Missouri State on Saturday. Pittsburg State had won five straight matches before the loss. Both teams are ranked in the top four in the South Central Region.Jerica Carter lead all players with 24 digs, while Nichols added 10 for West Florida. Williams and Maple each had 13 digs for the Gorillas. Gualberto had five blocks for the Argos to lead all players with net defense. Spitzer hit an impressive .500 with 8 kills and only two errors for UWF. The Argos outslugged the Gorillas in kills by a 63-40 margin. West Florida’s next two matches are at home. Friday, October 19th, West Georgia comes to town for a 7:00 pm match, and Eckerd College takes on the Argos on Sunday, October 21st at 2:00 pm. The Sunday match is a breast Cancer Awareness Event, with T-shirts for the first 500 fans. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Pellegrini sees a fair result

first_imgManchester City showed their soft underbelly on the road as Southampton held out for a point manager Manuel Pellegrini felt the hosts fully deserved. Life away from the Etihad Stadium has been tough for City, who have won just two away Barclays Premier League matches this season – the latest of which came at West Brom on Wednesday. It had looked like Pellegrini would oversee another as City came flying out of the blocks on the south coast, with Sergio Aguero sweeping home early on. However, Saints rallied with a performance that belied their recent poor form and deservedly levelled just before the break through Dani Osvaldo’s exquisite strike. Mauricio Pochettino’s side bossed the remainder of the match but were unable to find a winner. “It is a good point,” Pellegrini said. “I don’t feel like we lost two points. “In all the other games away I felt like we deserved more but here this was the result that both teams deserved. “I always say that if you don’t play well and you can’t win, then at least don’t lose. We didn’t play well but we got a point.” It had looked early on as if City would run amok at St Mary’s, as Aguero struck home and Aleksandar Kolarov nodded just wide moments later. Aguero also wasted a gilt-edged chance midway through the first half – something City were made to rue as Southampton’s high pressing and possession game made life difficult. “I know how (Mauricio) Pochettino likes his teams to play and they did very well,” Pellegrini said, having faced the former Espanyol boss during the pair’s time in Spain. “It’s a hard place to come. It’s a very good team, in a good position in the table. “They lost their last few games against Arsenal, Chelsea and Aston Villa but before that they played really well. “We lost control of the game. We started well, we had chances to score the second one and after that I think we started to play too quickly. That was the problem during the first half.” Much will be made of another underwhelming away display by City, but Southampton deserve credit for their performance in the face of adversity. Successive losses to Arsenal, Chelsea and Aston Villa have been compounded by mounting injury worries, with seven first-team players unavailable for this match. “I think overall the performance was amazing from my team,” Pochettino said. “I think we have been on a negative run of results as of late but the thing about this team is it keeps believing. “I think this bad run of results we have been on has been due to different factors – maybe we have been unfortunate a little bit in a few of these games. “This team believes and I think this team is on a good run in how it plays. It tries to play always the same way, it tries to play well the same way. “I think against Manchester City we beat them on possession against a team that has the biggest record on possession in the league. Overall I am very happy with the team.” One player in particular, though, will undoubtedly take the headlines. Osvaldo put City captain Vincent Kompany on his backside, cut back past Pablo Zabaleta and shot into the top corner to draw Saints level in style. “It was a great goal,” Pochettino said of the man who may well face England at next year’s World Cup with Italy. “I think we were all able to see it and to all eyes it was an amazing goal.” Press Associationlast_img read more