first_imgStory Links Missouri State 10/1/2016 – 7:00 PM DES MOINES, Iowa — The Drake University volleyball team fell to Wichita State, 3-0, in its Missouri Valley Conference home opener on Friday, Sept. 30, evening at the Knapp Center.Wichita State (10-4, 3-0 MVC), the preseason MVC favorite, prevailed by set scores of 25-17, 25-20 and 25-18. Drake senior Michelle Thommi (Omaha, Neb.) led the Bulldogs with 14 digs to try and slow the Shockers’ attack while junior Kameo Pope (Belle Plaine, Iowa) had a pair of blocks and six kills.WSU was led by three players in double-figure kills with Tabitha Brown’s 11 leading the way while Emily Hiebert notched 41 of the team’s 47 assists to help the team hit .349.Despite hitting .170 as a team, Drake (10-7, 1-2 MVC) had four players hit .270 or higher including freshman Elle Tubbs (Clinton, Iowa) hitting .333 and senior Makena Schoene (Seattle, Wash.) posting a .316 rate.”Overall, tonight was not the result we wanted, but it was not a bad showing as a team,” said Drake head coach Darrin McBroom. “We’re proud of the growth we’re showing in our offensive ability, but we need to get better at slowing down a high-powered offense.”WSU never trailed during the opening set and hit. 459 to easily dispatch the Bulldogs, 25-17. Drake trailed again early in the second set but thanks to kills from Tubbs, Schoene and Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) the Bulldogs clawed back into the set before falling, 25-20. Drake kept that energy to open the third set, keeping the set tight early with nine ties and three lead changes before the Shockers gradually pulled away and closed the set on a 7-2 run to take the set, 25-18.The Bulldogs return to the court on Saturday, Oct. 1, when they host Missouri State at the Knapp Center at 7 p.m. The Bears, who were tabbed second in the MVC preseason poll, are 10-7 overall and 1-2 in the MVC after defeating UNI on Friday night.Print Friendly Version Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats Box Score (PDF) Full Schedule Roster center_img Box Score (HTML) Next Game: The Valley on ESPN3 Watch Livelast_img read more

first_imgSOCCER: Former Manchester United star and current Republic of Ireland assistant Roy Keane has reiterated the importance of Ireland’s No.1 choice goalkeeper playing regularly club football.Shay GivenKeane was talking about the goalkeeping situation ahead of Ireland’s Euro 2016 double-header with Gibraltar and Georgia in the next few days.Given has admitted he will retire from the Republic of Ireland set-up after the Euro 2016 campaign. However, Given turned down the opportunity to be first choice at Championship club Middlesbrough in favour of re-joining old boss Mark Hughes at Stoke City.Given will be No.2 at Stoke and faces a battle on his hands to displace Jack Butland.That decision could put Given’s position as first choice No.1 at risk.Keane said, “I’m sure Shay is going there saying he’s going to fight for his place like he did at Villa the last few years. “There will be situations where players will turn up and they’re all not playing regularly.“That’s not ideal for us especially in a specialist position like goalkeeping.“I understand that but their mind-set when they sign for clubs is that they’re going to be playing football.“Shay has gone there believing he can challenge the young goalkeeper.“And if the young goalkeeper makes a few mistakes or there’s an injury, then he’s in.” KEANE: ‘SHAY’S IRELAND SPOT NOT A ‘GIVEN’ was last modified: September 3rd, 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:newssoccerSportlast_img read more