UWF Volleyball Completes Regular Season Undefeated in the Conference

first_imgUWF Volleyball Completes Regular Season Undefeated in the Conference Share Nov. 3, 2007 Box Score  PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida Volleyball team finished conference play with a 12-0 record, after defeating Montevallo 30-20, 30-18, 30-23 Saturday afternoon at the UWF Fieldhouse. The Argos now 29-4 overall will be the number #1 seed going into the Gulf South Conference Tournament, which starts on Friday in Searcy, Arkansas. “It’s amazing,” claimed Junior Kimberly Clark, “it’s something new for me and the program.” This is the first Argonaut Volleyball team to complete the season undefeated in conference.The Argonauts had total command of the match vs. Montevallo, as the Falcons biggest and latest lead any game was at 3-1 in the third game, but UWF scored eight of the next nine points and was never threatened. Clark and Chelsea Wilhoite helped the Argos off to a quick start, as both had four kills in game one. Isabela Gualberto did most of the damage in game two with six kills, and Luciana Rapach finished off the Falcons in game three with five kills. Ten different Argonauts recorded a kill, as the offense was spread around to everyone.What makes the Argonauts such a good team this year39 Kimberly Clark had this answer, “It’s about being a family on and off the court, some great coaching, and coaches that make us feel comfortable.” Danielle Spitzer added, “Its’ eye opening, we get better every day, and it’s neat, because we improve each day. I get chills just thinking about it.”In today’s match, Gualberto and Montevallo’s Katy Handrick led the way with 10 total kills. Madeline Gonzalez, with 24 assists, and Rapach with 10 assists, did a great job setting up the Argo attackers. Meanwhile, Jerica Carter led the defense with 11 digs. Montevallo’s Cami Johnson led everyone in the match with 13 digs. The loss dropped Montevallo to 11-27 on the season, and 4-8 in the conference.West Florida is set to play Ouachita Baptist on Friday at 2:30 pm in the opening round of the Gulf South Conference tournament. Senior Danielle Spitzer was excited about the 12-0 conference record, “It’s unbelievable, our team is performing so much better than I expected. I’m very excited and trying to stay mentally prepared for the conference tournament.” Spitzer added her thoughts on how to win the conference tournament, “It will take discipline, no team can be overlooked, and we just have to stay together and have fun.” Junior Kimberly Clark added her comments on the conference tournament, “We have to play every game with confidence, and play every game like it’s the National Championship, because if we lose we go home.””It’s absolutely amazing” claimed Freshmen Chelsea Wilhoite when asked how it felt to go 12-0 in the conference. She added that to win the tournament, “It will take everybody, we are going to have some good practices coming up, and when everyone comes ready to play, and is on their game, then there is no stopping us.”The Argos have been virtually unstoppable in conference play this year, and seven different players have been awarded a conference player of the week honor during the year. The depth and overall strength of the Argonaut Volleyball team is apparent, as they have set team records for most wins in a season, and most conference wins. It looks like other accomplishments may yet to come.Spitzer and Gualberto have both had outstanding performances down the stretch as the Senior leaders, and along with Sarah Harrison, who is a true team player, the Argos are losing three quality people following this season. Freshmen Chelsea Wilhoite commented on losing the seniors, “It will be hard, because they are our big hitters, but I have a feeling that coach will bring in some good hitters to join our team.”The unblemished conference record of 12-0 didn’t come easy, as the Argos had to go on the road to beat West Georgia, who had won 17 in a row and took a 2-1 on the Argos. The Argos pulled out the come-from-behind win, and then went to West Alabama and knocked off the then unbeaten (18-0) Tigers in a thrilling 3-1 win. Finally, the Argos were down 0-2 to West Georgia at home and clawed back to keep the undefeated dream alive. Clark recalled the most exciting point of the season, “The West Alabama match on the road. It was our biggest battle with a lot of fans. We brought a bus load of fans and it was a close match.”With the regular season conference matches completed, the next task is the conference tournament. The tournament is in Searcy, Arkansas on November 9th and 10th. All West Florida matches will be broadcast on stretch internet. The opening match is Friday, Nov. 9th at 2:30 pm, and the opponent is Ouachita Baptist. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Ebola Responsible for Liberia’s Economic Underperformance

first_imgAs a result of the Ebola virus disease, Liberia is expected to markedly underperform in its 2014 and 2015 growth projections,” according to Mr. Jefferson Kambo, Officer-in-Charge, Research Department, Central Bank of Liberia.Mr. Kambo made the disclosure on Thursday, November 13 at the opening of a two-day forum on Economic Recovery from the Impact of the Ebola Epidemic.The forum was organized by the Consortium of Concerned Businesses in Liberia in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), World Bank, National Investment Commission (NIC) and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI). It was held under the theme: “Strengthen Trade and Commerce for Post-Ebola Liberia.”Mr. Kambo, who proxy for Dr. J. Mills Jones, Governor, CBL, said the Reserved Gross Domestic Product (RDGP) growth in 2014 has reduced from 5.9 percent to 0.4 percent meaning, there is a double-digit inflation.According to him, the economy is projected to remain stagnant (0.0 percent RGDP growth) in 2015 if the crisis continues.He said the economy has declined in mining, services and agricultural output that are driving the poor growth performance.Mr. Kambo further stated that though the international oil prices have been falling, the decline in domestic food production and increased freight and insurance charges on imports have largely led to double-digit inflation since June 2014.He maintained that coupled with decline in export earning, largely from rubber and iron ore, the recent move by the US Federal Reserve to end expansionary monetary policy (QE) will lead to a stronger US dollar globally, with concerns for stability in the value of the Liberian dollar in the near term.He also disclosed that the Ebola impact has also affected the domestic banking sector in several ways, including, decline in deposits and assets, especially during the third quarter (July to Sept. 2014).Despite the negative impacts, the CBL has been resilient and has provided prudent supervisory oversight, which has yielded positive results, said Kambo. “All nine banks maintain strong liquidity positions, remaining above the regulatory threshold throughout the crisis, adding that the banking sector continues to maintain strong capital adequacy, with all nine banks remaining well above the regulatory Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) of 10.0 percent,” Mr. Kambo stated.Through CBL’s risk-based supervision and macro-prudential policies, risk management within the sector has improved tremendously over the past few years, he maintained.Also speaking, Sam P. Jackson, consultant and Economist added that the post Ebola recovery strategy must not be based upon business as usual.Mr. Jackson said government must change the way it does business and if it wants to change the condition of ordinary Liberians during the post Ebola era.He said the definition of ‘insanity’ is doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result.He stressed that the country should create a friendly atmosphere so that doing business can lead to productivity.The Liberian economist said these are grimed statistics though, but Liberians are not in an entirely hopeless situation.He believed that the situation can be changed, provided if post recovery strategy is not based on business as usual.For his part, Dr. Byron Tarr, Director, Center for Policy Studies told the business audience that Ebola is only a manifestation of the collapse of a dysfunctional governance system built around elites since the independence of Liberia.Foreign Direct Investment, the main source of exclusive growth in the country’s economic history, is not necessarily the best alternative for national development, adding that concessions usually confer the right to exploit resources outside of a concessionaire’s core activities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more