The SR Varsity Raiders Volleyball lost their first match of the season with a tough loss at Austin against The Lady Eagles.The Raiders took the first game 25-18, but serve receive and service errors dictated the outcome of the next three sets with scores of 25-19, 25-16, and 27-25.Stat leaders: Kiley Sparks: 20/23 attacking with 12 kills, Mercedes Bowling 8/9 attacking with 5 kills, Toria Tucker 19/20 attacking with 4 kills, Laken Farrell 12/14 attacking with 2 kills, Elizabeth Bodenberg 40/40 sets with 15 assists, Kayla King 25/28 sets with 8 assists, Julie Rea 9/11 sets with 3 assists.“It was a tough loss but we learned hard lessons tonight”. “They understand now how important serving and serve receive are”. “We hope to bounce back Friday night when we have our home opener against county rival JCD.” Lady Raiders Coach Robyn Greiwe.
Bishop E. Earl McCloud, Jr, (R) AMEU Board of Trustees, a student and Dr. Isaac cut the ribbon to the new facility. The president of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU), Dr. Joseph T. Isaac, has promised to maintain academic excellence at the university, lauding the faculty and staff for the strong support over the years.Dr. Isaac made the remarks yesterday, October 9, during the dedication of the Richardson Adams Learning Resource Center (RALRC), with the intention to provide a learning environment conducive for the pursuit of excellence while preparing people for national leadership and service.He said the dedication of the new facility marks an exciting moment for the university and the staffers, exemplifying a lot of good things that happen at the AME University.Dr. Isaac recounted that the building was first used as a clinic, which went out of business in 2014 before subsequently being renovated and refurbished.He said that with graduate programs being offered, a better learning environment must be created. As such, the new facility gives the university an opportunity to provide a better learning environment.He said the facility will play an important role as the university’s enrollment has increased to over 5,000 students from as low as 3,000, including the graduate school.“We will use this building to prepare our young people for leadership today, tomorrow and beyond,” Reverend Alvin E. Attah, Acting Vice President for administration, said in a welcome remark.Dr. Romelle A. Horton, interim vice president for Academic and Support Services, said in pursuit of excellence the university espouses the need for life-long professional development and an improved learning atmosphere.Dr. Horton said the university is expected to increase the level of scholarship/scholarly practice in the various academic fields or disciplines as well as advance teaching and learning proficiency.“We are blessed, so get ready for your minds to be expanded as soon as you step through these doors, for the mission of the center is to prepare, engage, and improve. The center is a home to the department of academic support services and most of its units,” Dr. Horton said.According to her, the facility has a full academic library that caters to students and community members, connecting individuals to resources and technology.In her overview, Dr. Horton said the center has a lab, several reading rooms and a center for teaching and learning. It also has a writing lab that will provide tutorials on writing reports, projects, resumes and research with the testing center attached.She said the Richardson Adams Learning Center is geared towards building the capacity of the university and its environs by integrating teaching, learning and scholarship through related academic and community initiatives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
JACÓ, Puntarenas – Anthony Fillingim trotted towards the sea with his surfboard under his arm, headphones over his ears, and a mob of people behind him.Flag-carrying teammates and eager members of the crowd swarmed in a circle around Fillingim on the shore before the current national champion dove into the water and began his heat against three other surfers.Midway through the heat, he was trailing Japan’s Masatoshi Ono. But then Fillingim caught a long wave that he concluded with a 360-degree, in-air rotation, throwing the crowd onshore into a frenzy and helping solidify his first place finish in the heat.With that, Costa Rica opened its title defense at the 2016 ISA World Surfing Games in Jacó on Sunday.“I was a bit anxious in the beginning because we were talking about who was going to be the first one and boom, I found out last night it’s me,” Fillingim said. “I tried to do what coach told me, which was to get out on a first wave, not do anything crazy, and then set up scale from there.”Fillingim’s excellent round, which earned him a 13.24 total score for his two best waves, seemed to set up his teammates during Round 1 of the Men’s Open.Scoring the World Surfing Games: A guide Fans cheer on Costa Rica from the beach at Jacó, Aug. 7, 2016. (Courtesy: ISA)In the ninth overall heat of the day and the second featuring a Costa Rican, the biggest crowd assembled for Carlos “Cali” Muñoz, the country’s highest-ranked surfer internationally and its most recognizable surf celebrity. Muñoz did what he normally does, putting on a show for the crowd and scoring the second-highest total of the entire round with a 16.83.Though waves mostly ranged around a meter tall all day, Muñoz was able to show off his repertoire of crisp cuts and soaring rotations. The 23-year-old rider who has become accustomed to big wave surfing said if Costa Rica wants to get its second consecutive championship, the team will need to be flexible with the conditions.“The waves were a little small today and hopefully they get a little better in size, but if they’re going to be about the same the whole week then we have to adapt and keep surfing them well,” Muñoz said in between photo requests from his ever-present swarm of fans.Muñoz is carrying over a lot of momentum from his spectacular showing at the ultra-competitive U.S. Open of Surf, where he came in ninth place against some of the sport’s best. It was his first World Surf League event after a four-month suspension from the international circuit that he said gave him time to come back home and gather himself.“During my suspension I was able to clear my head a bit,” Muñoz said. “It was pretty frustrating to not be able to compete for a while but I spent some time surfing all around the country and now I’m coming back into these events with a new level of confidence.”No rider on the Costa Rican men’s side has a better opportunity to take gold than Muñoz.Last year’s Men’s Open champion Noe Mar McGonagle followed Muñoz as the third Tico of the day in Heat 13. Though he wasn’t able to secure a first place finish against Japan’s Takumi Nakamura, he still remains on the favorable side of the double-elimination bracket with his second place finish.The Pavones native has been in a bit of a slump lately and needs to rebound fast as his second round opponents include France’s Medi Veminardi, who topped Muñoz for the highest score in Round 1, and Mexico’s Dylan Southworth. Tomás King finished Round 1 with a score of 13.20. (Courtesy: ISA)Heat 17 saw the fourth and final Costa Rican of the day, Tomás King, keep the dominant roll on for Costa Rica. The 20-year-old from Tamarindo fended off a slow start to take first place in the heat, edging out Japan’s Hiroti Arai by .03 points.King, the Guanacaste circuit champion, enters the World Games as the team’s biggest wild card. The longer he can continue to string together performances like he did on Sunday, the better chance the Costa Ricans have of winning the title again.The great opening day performances by the men mean Costa Rica avoids having any surfers drop to the repechage bracket, also known as the losers’ bracket, where a second bottom-half finish results in elimination.Action for the Women’s Open will start Monday as Tica riders Emily Gussoni and Leilani McGonagle make their debuts in back-to-back heats. The women’s side will be much harder to navigate as last year’s champion Tia Blanco of the United States and former Championship Tour surfer Pauline Ado of France headline a loaded pool of female competitors.The Costa Rican Surf Federation said some 30,000 people came to Jacó on Sunday to watch the competition. Unlike the last time Costa Rica hosted the World Surfing Games, in 2009 in Playa Hermosa, organizers were ready for the crowds and traffic was manageable.The competition runs all week, ending on Sunday, Aug. 14. Facebook Comments Related posts:Noe Mar McGonagle wins bronze, Team Costa Rica finishes fifth at ISA World Surfing Games Leilani McGonagle wins bronze medal at World Surfing Games World Surfing Games in Jacó: 5 things to know about attending Costa Rica’s national team departs for World Surfing Games in France