Janelle Gabrielson (6) and the Wisconsin volleyball team hopes to find success this weekend at the Oregon State Invitational.[/media-credit]After hosting its own tournament last week, the Wisconsin volleyball team will play in the Oregon State Invitational this weekend.During their own InnTowner Invitational — which took place at the Field House last weekend — the Badgers went 1-2, sweeping South Dakota, but losing to Duke and Ohio. While the outcome of the tournament was less than ideal, head coach Pete Waite saw improvement throughout the course of the weekend.“I was really pleased with their mental toughness and desire on the court,” Waite said. “I think the people in the stands saw a real improvement and saw that they really were fighting for every point.”Now, the Badgers will head to Oregon State to take on Seattle, Cal State Fullerton and Oregon State. Last year, UW swept Cal State Fullerton at the UNLV Classic at the beginning of the season. However, the Badgers lost to Oregon State in the Marquette Cheese Bowl last season. The loss still lingers in some players’ minds.“I think it’s in some of the returning players’ minds,” sophomore setter Janelle Gabrielsen said. “We would really like to beat them on their home turf. I think if we keep playing like we have been in practice, and we play as a team, then we’ll have a good shot.”For senior outside hitter Brittney Dolgner, though, playing Oregon State means matching up with one of the Pac-10’s top outside hitters, Rachel Rourke. In last year’s match, Rourke overpowered the Badgers, which Dolgner credits to much of the Beavers’ success.“I take it personally because their left side was just killing us,” Dolgner said. “I really just want to get in there and stuff [Rourke] a few times. I just think that if we shut her down, we’ll shut their whole team down.”But with those strong words aside, Dolgner noted that practice has been focusing mostly on defense over the past week, which was one of the Badgers’ weaker points during the tournament last weekend.“We’ve mostly been focusing on blocking,” Dolgner said. “We got beat a lot on the block last weekend so that was one of our main focuses.”“I think they’re really going to bring it to us again,” she continued. “Oregon [State] beat us with a couple good hitters last year, and I think we’ve been working on defending them all week.”But while the Badgers are confident in their attempt to upset Oregon State on its home court, they will have to face a Beavers squad with five returning starters.Wisconsin, on the other hand, has eight new players who have not yet been fully acclimated to the college game. Nevertheless, Dolgner has seen the team improve immensely over the past week, and she feels that the team’s improvement, coupled with a win in the upcoming tournament, would be a huge step for the Badgers.“A win would definitely be great, and just the steps we’ve taken to get to where we are is really great,” Dolgner said. “A lot of people can’t tell the difference between the freshmen and the seniors, and that just shows how much we’ve improved.”Going on the road for the first time this season, the Badgers will enter an environment other than the friendly confines of the Field House. While that may be a daunting task to the younger players on the team, according to Waite, many times a team’s goal can be much stronger on the road when entering a more hostile atmosphere.
The Florida Department of Transportation has announced that toll collections will be reinstated Thursday, after they were suspended ahead of Hurricane Dorian.On Thursday, tolls on the following roads will be reinstated:– Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike (SR 821)– I-95 Express Lanes– I-595 Express Lanes– I-75 Express Lanes– Alligator AlleyOn Friday, tolls on these roads will be reinstated:– The Turnpike Mainline (SR 91)– Beachline Expressway (SR 528)– Sawgrass Expressway (SR 869)– SR 417– SR 429The Central Florida Expressway Authority will also resume collecting tolls on Friday on the following roads:– SR 408– SR 414– SR 451– SR 453– SR 538– SR 551On Saturday, toll collection will resume on the following roads:– First Coast Expressway (SR 23)– I-295 Express Lanes
Mumbai, Sep 20 (PTI) The Maharashtra government is expected to join hands with Hewlett Packard Enterprise with an aim to digitally transform 28,000 villages across the state. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is on a two day tour to the USA, visited HP in San Francisco and had a meeting with CEO Meg Whiteman.”HP is keen to partner with Govt of Maharashtra for MahaNet-an ambitious program of GOM to take digital fibre to 28,000 Gram panchayats,” the CM said on Twitter.By digitally empowering these 28,000 villages, it will ensure efficient governance, best healthcare and education facilities, Fadnavis tweeted.The Chief Minister,who left for the trip on Sunday night, reached San Francisco late yesterday.He is in the US to participate in the Oracle Open World 2016. Fadnavis is the first CM invited there to deliver a keynote address before the global tech experts.Fadnavis on reaching San Francisco said the agenda of his visit was “Maharashtras economic growth and employment generation.”Oracle will sign an MOU with the state government to develop a comprehensive ecosystem for Smart City initiative (which includes funding and nurturing three smart cities of Kalyan-Dombivali, Mira Bhayander & Pimpri Chinchwad). PTI MR DK RCJ BAS