Trojans’ winning streak comes to an end

first_imgThe USC men’s volleyball team lost its first match of the season to the No. 11 Pepperdine Waves with scores 25-23, 20-25, 23-25, 25-16, 17-15.The loss snapped a six-game winning streak, the best the program has had since 1994.Carrying the weight · Despite the loss, senior opposite Murphy Troy recorded yet another impressive outing with 29 kills Friday night. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan “To oversimplify it, we’re 6-1,” said USC coach Bill Ferguson. “We’re fine, we’re still the same team, nothing to freak out about. We just need to come in and play better.”The Trojans played the Waves and traded blows like prizefighters in each set, finishing with a deuce game in the fifth set.“It was a tough loss,” said senior setter Riley McKibbin. “We just have to bounce back. We have a 25 game season and anything can happen in this league — you can’t expect to go undefeated.”The parity in the MPSF wasn’t limited to the tough loss in Malibu. UC San Diego, which the Trojans systematically swept, took down No. 2 Stanford on Friday evening. No. 3 BYU also lost to unranked Loyola.“Pepperdine always seem to figure it out against us when they’re at home,” McKibbin said. “Being No. 1, everybody wants to take us down. Everyone gets amped up to play against a No. 1 team and we’re USC, so everybody hates us anyway.”Senior opposite Murphy Troy led the way with 29 kills earned at a .435 clip, including big kills at the end of the match to push the Waves to a deuce in the fifth set and a team-high eight digs. In the process, he broke the USC scoring record in the rally-scoring era.Senior outside hitter Tri Bourne and junior outside hitter Tony Ciarelli also chipped in with 15 and 11 kills, respectively.“Murphy played a good match,” Ferguson said. “He had some big kills to keep the game close when we needed him too.”The Trojans dug 34 balls Friday evening, far below their 10-dig-per-set average this season.“The story of that game is that we didn’t serve them out of system,” Ferguson said. “They ran their offense out of the middle and they got a lot of free looks.”The Waves exhibited a balanced attack, with four hitters earning more than 10 kills. Sophomore opposite Maurice Torres led the way with 17 kills, followed by redshirt sophomore Beau Vandeweghe’s 15 kills and junior middle blocker Matt Pollock’s 12 kills.Pepperdine also managed to hit an astronomical .550 and .706 in the fourth and fifth sets respectively.“They kept siding out and we eventually made an attack error,” Ferguson said. “When it keeps going that long into the fifth, anything can happen.”The Trojans have relied on a consistent and efficient middle attack this season, but only managed to get junior middle blocker Steven Shandrick only five attempts while senior middle blocker Austin Zahn sat the game out with a sprained ankle. Redshirt junior middle blocker Ian Wright filled in with seven kills.“They weren’t paying attention to Ian,” Ferguson said. “They were jumping all over Shandrick and really set up to stop him.”Pepperdine’s size and physicality helped them match USC point for point, finishing with 23 blocks and forcing the Trojans into hitting an uncharacteristically low .292.“They played very well tonight —hats off to them,” Ferguson said.  “We didn’t play as well as we could have for sure, but we had a lot of chances to put the game away.”last_img read more

Men’s Soccer Falls In Overtime To Evansville In MVC Quarterfinals

first_img PDF Box Score HTML Box Score Full Schedule Roster In overtime, Drake senior Andre Heine (Furtwangen, Germany) earned a yellow card just seconds in after a hard foul just past midfield on a Purple Aces player. The Purple Aces were awarded a free kick as the left-footed Blaydes sent a deep ball that bounced off the turf and over the outstretched arms of Drake goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod (Waterloo, Ontario) into the net for the golden goal.   Photo Gallery SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Zac Blaydes scored a golden goal in the first minute of the opening overtime period to lift Evansville past the Drake University men’s soccer team, 2-1, Wednesday, Nov. 9 in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament held on the campus of Missouri State University.”Excellent performance but tough result to accept,” said head coach Gareth Smith. “It is evident that we were the better of the two teams, for large stretches of the game, and created enough good chances to win the game. I am exceptionally proud of our young men today who showed incredible resolve and desire to play two games in two days and perform the way we did.” The loss ends the 2016 season for Drake, who played on short rest after beating Bradley Tuesday in the tournament’s play in game, as the team finished 6-12-1 overall. Evansville advanced to the semifinals to take on SIUE Friday. The Purple Aces moved to 10-7-3 with the win. Story Links Drake’s Antonio Sanchez (Coralville, Iowa) made his mark immediately in the match’s first five minutes. The freshman, who had an outstanding first season for the Bulldogs, stole the ball from the Purple Aces deep in their territory and fired a beautiful cut back shot from right outside the box that found the back of the net for his first career goal (4:52). Evansville earned the equalizer in the 13th minute on Ian McGrath’s 10th goal of the season. Wednesday’s match between the two longtime rivals was another exciting one in the all-time series. The two schools combined for seven goals in the regular season match in Des Moines, Iowa and it looked like it was heading for another high-scoring affair Wednesday with each team scoring in the early stages of the match. After the initial fireworks, both teams settled in and traded several good opportunities, but 90 minutes of soccer wasn’t enough to determine the winner so it headed to overtime. Drake finished with 12 shots including five on goal. Evansville had 10 shots including four on goal. The loss ends the stellar careers for several Bulldogs as Heine, James Grunert (Muskego, Wis.), Ben LeMay (Hugo, Minn.), MacLeod, James Pendrigh (Canterbury, New Zealand), Mueng Sunday (Coralville, Iowa), Adam Weatherly (Parkville, Mo.), Eric Williams (West Des Moines, Iowa) and James Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand) played their final matches.”A special mention to our senior class who are a fantastic group of young men who have left a strong legacy in our program,” Smith said. “They have led us to championships and have shaped our program for future success. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be part of their development and careers!” Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Female ICT pioneers visit the US

first_imgJanine ErasmusTwelve of South Africa’s most enterprising women in the field of information and communications technology (ICT) will soon be heading to the United States to attend a professional development course, courtesy of the Maxum Business Incubator near Pretoria. The US trip forms part of a broader two-year mentoring programme initiated by Maxum.From computer animation to e-commerce in the wine industry to managing donor funding, each woman has incorporated ICT into her business model, whether it is the focus of the business or is an integral part of the running of the business. There are even two hardware suppliers who, says Maxum manager Dr Jill Sawers, do not offer as much in the line of innovation as some of the others but are delivering essential services to their communities and deserve help in working out logistical problems.Additionally, there are four finalists in the category of aspiring entrepreneur. These are women who are nurturing an idea but have not yet implemented it, or who need assistance with the fine-tuning of, for instance, their business model or target market. Their ideas encompass e-learning, web design, online ticketing and general computer services.The visit to the US is managed by the Meridian International Centre, which promotes international understanding through the exchange of people, ideas, and the arts. It is also hoped that the mentoring programme as a whole will promote long-term collaboration between South African and American women business entrepreneurs, companies and incubators. Says Sawers, “The women that we are currently working with are all energetic and fired up. They’re ready to go out and make a difference.”The Maxum Business Incubator provides a nurturing environment for emerging businesses from sectors such as ICT and biosciences to grow and develop during the vulnerable start-up phase. It is based at Africa’s first internationally accredited science park, the Innovation Hub in Tshwane.Maxum is sending the successful applicants to the US at the end of March 2008, under the sponsorship of the Office of Citizen Exchanges in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.The entrepreneurs will receive tutoring at the Meridian International Centre in Washington, DC, and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County’s (UMBC) Centre for Women and Information Technology (CWIT) in partnership with Maryland Women in Technology (MDWIT). They will also engage with women business professionals in their relevant fields of expertise and will take part in meetings and discussions relating to women in business.Entrepreneurs from all over South AfricaSixty-one applications came in from all around South Africa, the greater proportion of them from the Western Cape (WC). Maxum drew up a shortlist of 19 before the final dozen were selected. Says Sawers, “We have six from the Western Cape, four from Gauteng, one from Bloemfontein and one from Kimberley.” Initially the plan was to support ten women but fortunately funding allowed for the inclusion of two more.With Gauteng touted by its provincial government as the business centre of Africa, it is perhaps to be expected that most of the applicants would hail from this region but, says Sawers, there are a few interesting factors to be taken into consideration.“In the Western Cape 80% of SMEs [small to medium enterprises] are in the ICT field, while in Gauteng the figure is 98%,” she says. “However, while only around 2% of those contribute meaningfully to the GDP in Gauteng, the percentage is higher in the Western Cape. This says to us that entrepreneurs in the Cape are more active and involved.“Additionally, in Gauteng the ICT sector is dominated by large companies and we find that entrepreneurs tend to partner with them or with the government rather than strike out on their own.”Sawers adds that a further factor was the apparent greater efficiency of channels of information in the Cape compared to those in Gauteng. “There is good networking in the Western Cape, and our call for applications reached the target audience better.”The mentoring programme, which is expected to take about two years from start to finish, while the US leg runs from 29 March to 19 April 2008, is designed to instil confidence and equip the women with the competence and skills to successfully start or grow their businesses, aided by South African business incubators such as Maxum. “Our aim is to encourage entrepreneurship,” says Sawers. “We particularly look for innovation because this will stimulate the sector.”Each application was considered individually and finalists were selected on their own merits. “We chose our finalists not only for their entrepreneurial prowess but also for other essential qualities such as their leadership abilities. We want them to come out of this programme and be role models for other women.”In order to ensure that candidates successfully go on to fulfil their potential and make the most of the skills that they have developed, they will receive ongoing mentorship on their return as part of the programme. “In Cape Town we will work with CITI [Cape Information Technology Initiative] and with the Innovation Hub here in Gauteng,” explains Sawers. ”Mentorship will mostly take the form of peer learning, where groups of entrepreneurs will come together and those who are strong in certain areas will share their knowledge with others. We are also looking for high-profile role models locally to interact with our candidates and inspire them.”CITI has already confirmed that they will come on board for a six-month period. A further requirement from Maxum is an annual project report, to be submitted for two additional years.International co-operationThe mentoring programme kicks off with the US trip, where the entrepreneurs will undergo a specially developed entrepreneurial and technology skills-based training course at UMBC’s CWIT. The course will focus on practical aspects of starting and growing a business, such as developing a business plan and a marketing strategy, managing business finances, human resources and operations, obtaining venture capital, and enhancing competitiveness through the effective use of technology. Dealing with clients, business leadership, and the development of a personal model for a work-life balance will also be addressed.Knowledge sharing will take place during a series of roundtable meetings, panel discussions and networking events that have been arranged with US public and private sector organisations that promote women in business, as well as women’s business associations. Successful women entrepreneurs will also be on hand to impart their wisdom, and the South African contingent will shadow their American counterparts in their specific fields for two days.Site visits to local business incubators have been organised, as well as visits to historical and cultural sites in Washington and Baltimore.In addition, the South African entrepreneurs will be coached in the preparation of “action plans” for their existing or prospective businesses. These are to be implemented by the participants upon their return to South Africa.However, the guidance and development does not stop at the passport control desk. They will also receive ongoing support from the American business professionals with whom they met during their visit to the US. The intention is for these same professionals to travel to South Africa around September to render hands-on assistance and to monitor progress.Others will benefit through a series of seminars held in association with Maxum across South Africa for a wider audience of women, especially those from previously disenfranchised backgrounds. This will also allow those applicants who did not make the final cut to still gain exposure to valuable knowledge and guidance.Helping the entrepreneurs of tomorrowThe Innovation Hub developed the Maxum Business Incubator with a view to ensuring the success of the entrepreneurs and business leaders of tomorrow. The incubation programme provides a fast track environment wherein selected individuals are assisted in essential aspects to get their businesses up and running and financially viable within two to three years. The mentoring programme is just one of the platforms through which Maxum assists entrepreneurs.Incubator participants are able to rent space for their businesses and are provided with as much support as they need in the form of telephones, data storage and internet and e-mail access, a receptionist, advice from business and legal professionals, meeting and catering facilities, and facilitated access to funds. Here they can engage with fellow participants, sharing knowledge and creating partnerships. At the same time they are able to network with established companies through events such as seminars and power breakfasts organised by the Innovation Hub.The Innovation Hub is an internationally accredited science park and is a member of the International Association of Science Parks (IASP). A science park is defined as “an organisation managed by specialised professionals, whose main aim is to increase the wealth of its community by promoting the culture of innovation and the competitiveness of its associated businesses and knowledge-based institutions.“To enable these goals to be met, a science park stimulates and manages the flow of knowledge and technology amongst universities, R&D institutions, companies and markets; it facilitates the creation and growth of innovation-based companies through incubation and spin-off processes; and provides other value-added services together with high quality space and facilities”. [IASP International Board, 6 February 2002]Links:The Innovation HubMeridian International CentreInternational Association of Science ParksCentre for Women and Information TechnologyMaryland Women in Technologylast_img read more

Sport for the greater good

first_imgTlou Sekwaila was selected to join the ranks of our Play Your Part ambassadors in recognition of his selfless work in using sports to improve the lives of youth and adults in his rural hometown of Ga-Sechaba in Limpopo.Tlou Sekwaila, founder of the Moletjie Sports Academy in Limpopo, has dedicated his time and efforts to help drive the development of people in his community. It is this dedication that has led to his becoming a Play Your Part ambassador.Play Your Part ReporterIndividuals and even whole communities can benefit from sport’s power to unify and develop a healthy body and attitude towards life.It is for this reason that Tlou Sekwaila founded Moletjie Sports Academy in the village of Ga-Sechaba in Limpopo.Sekwaila, one of the latest additions to our group of Play Your Part ambassadors, is a firm believer in the transformation that sport can bring about – so much so that he has been playing an active role in improving the lives of people in his community through sport for the best part of the last decade.A sporting community is a growing communityEstablished as a community-run NGO in 2007, the academy creates a platform for youth, adults and the community to interact through sport, culture and recreation. Sekwaila says that the organisation will “assist in removing the youth from the streets and liquor outlets”.He aims to reduce the growing number of youths and adults turning to alcohol and drug use during their free time by offering them a more productive way to keep themselves occupied, while also supporting social, physical and mental health.The academy gives the community of Ga-Sechaba access to a wide range of sporting disciplines such as soccer, netball, volleyball, cricket, handball and rugby. It also offers a number of indigenous games such as diketo, kgati, kho-kho, dibeke and moruba.With this wide range of activities, sporting academy members can choose which sports and games play to their strengths as individuals and make sure the academy is as inclusive as possible.It is also working to unearth some of Limpopo’s promising sporting talents by offering them the resources and support they need to develop.A number of youngsters from the academy have gone on to participate in local, regional and provincial sporting events, and Sekwaila hopes that in time some of them can take up professional sports as a means to provide for themselves and their families.Beyond sportsThe aim of the academy, he says, is not only to provide access to different sports that would otherwise be unavailable to the people of Ga-Sechaba, but also to provide life skills to people living in a rural community that presents many challenges.By providing guidance, inspiration and support, Sekwaila hopes to make a lasting impact on the lives of those he reaches.His dedication to making a difference is what makes him a great new addition to the ranks of Play Your Part ambassadors, setting an example of active citizenship that others can copy.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

How to Explain Virtualization to Your Friends

first_imgtim hastings Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… What kind of friend would you be if you kept the powers of virtualization all to yourself? Something this good needs to be shared, but if your friends are non-technical, you have to get over the hurdle of explaining it to them.Try this: “It’s a computer simulator.” In the same way a flight simulator provides a pretend jumbo jet to play with, virtualization software provides a simulated computer to use. And like with a physical plane, there are many things you can do with virtual machines (VMs) that physical ones cannot do.Here are four cool tricks you can use to explain virtualization:Save GameAnyone who has played Elite, Monkey Island, Tomb Raider or Sim City understands the need for “save game” – that’s everyone right?The virtualization name for this is “snapshot”. Snapshots allow you to pause your PC in the middle of what it’s doing, and save the current state – disk, memory, windows, clipboard, everything – to disk. You can come back at a later date and carry on where you left off; or you can rollback to a previous saved game – the one where you hadn’t opened that dodgy email attachment.If you have a theory you want to test, try it in the virtual machine. If it does not work out you’ll lose nothing. Rollback and try again. When was the last time you took your PC for a joy ride and drive it off a cliff?PortabilityThat funny little pocket in your Levis is designed to hold a USB flash drive that contains a virtual machine. Fact.Now you can travel light, and run your Windows 3.1.1 virtual machine on your buddy’s Mac when you get there – no problem! It is quite reasonable to fit two or three virtual machines on a $20 flash drive. This means you can carry your virtual machines, set up with all your favourite apps with you, where ever you go. No excuses.Legacy ApplicationsDid someone say Windows 3.1.1?Many organisations have legacy applications that can only run on a certain version of the operating system, or cannot co-exist on the same system with other applications. These troublesome applications can often be the reason why some antiqued computer with untouchable status exists in a dusty corner of an office.These applications can be set up in their own virtualized container – one VM for the sole purpose of running this application. Like Lieutenant Worf trapped in the Holodeck, the legacy application is unaware it is being duped by the simulated environment.Server ConsolidationThis is carpooling, but for virtual machines on physical servers.Server consolidation is most relevant to organisations that run lots of applications deployed across multiple servers. When a virtual machine provides a network service (like webmail) instead of a desktop-based application (like Minesweeper), then the monitor, keyboard and mouse becomes less important. These kinds of virtual machines – servers – can share a host machine, and can be moved to a different host machine without anyone noticing.Running many virtualized servers on a single physical server allows for greater utilization of resources. Sophisticated virtualization tools allow resources (processor power, RAM, disk space) to be reallocated where and when it is needed. Low-priority servers can be suspended or run at reduced speed. Applications which only need to run at certain times of the month, or require extra horsepower at peak times. Higher utilization translates into fewer servers, which means less money and reduced running costs (electricity, CO2, data center space, cooling, etc.)So now you know how to equip your friends with the super-powers of virtualization, what do you think they’ll do with them?Image credit: wlodicenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#cloud#Virtualization last_img read more

Forget Rivalries, Pay Attention to the Developers

first_imgTags:#cloud#Cloud Providers Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img What do we know about developers? What can we deduce about what they don’t do?We can make the educated guess that open source developers are unfamiliar and not really interested in the “one stack fits all” approach that the enterprise giants still battle to control.I was reminded of this in a post by Michael Cote, recapping his time last week at the Microsoft Management Summit. Microsoft sometimes seems obsessed with VMware. Cote argues that both companies have a different foe:I’d say the real enemy of both of these companies is the vast, un-quantifiable mass of open source developers out there who don’t want allegiance to any vendor – not to mention the public cloud IaaS and PaaS options out there (how exactly “cloud development” plays out with the ages-old lockin/closed source/single vendor stack architectural decisions is incredibly murky at this point). Clearly, with moves like buying WaveMaker, you can see some pitched VMW v. MSFT battles involving Lightswitch and other post-VB RAD development. As I told one Microsoft executive, if VMWare buys into an entirely different, non-Java ecosystem (e.g., Engineyard for Ruby, Zend for PHP, etc.), then it’d be time to doff the foil-hats for the real helmets.The citizen developer is not an enterprise creation. The platform providers understand this and are catering to this developer community in a wholly different manner than the large enterprise vendors. Granted, there is a greater push on the part of the enterprise to reach out to developers. Still, developers are autonomous and prefer the independent nature and the culture that comes with being part of a community that controls how they program.This past week, a new startup called DotCloud, raised $10 million. Yahoo Co-Founder Jerry Yang participated in the funding. DotCloud is a platform that will compete against Windows Azure, Google App Engine and EngineYard.In an interview this week, Solomon Hykes, Co-Founder and CEO of DotCloud talked about the issues that developers face. Often, developers are encumbered by systems administration issues such as monitoring, scaling, backups, redundancy and upgrade management. They are forced to choose one programming language. On DotCloud, the system adminstration work can be offloaded. The developers can choose to use Ruby for its Web-front end and Java on the back-end. That’s different than platforms such as Heroku, which is a Ruby-based and Google App Engine, which caters to people who are trained in Python.Hykes says the target is the enterprise. And that shows something larger than just DotCloud. The demand in this world will be for platforms that gives developers the power to customize.That’s the sea change. Its evidence is in the developer community and the DevOps movement. It’s what makes the latest round of innovation so compelling. It’s not the cloud. It’s the people who are innovating and developing on their own terms, with any stack they decide to choose. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting alex williamslast_img read more

Venus Williams falls short of 6th Wimbledon title at age 37

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “She started pressing in the second,” Witt observed, “and balls were flying out like you don’t see.”This was Williams’ 16th Grand Slam final, second of 2017.She sounded certain that it won’t be the last.Asked during the on-court trophy presentation if she had a message for Serena, who is off the tour while expecting a baby, Venus said: “Oh, I miss you. I tried my best to do the same things you do, but I think that there’ll be other opportunities. I do.”After all that’s gone on, why doubt her now?Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Up until late in the first set Saturday, Williams did play quite well.In 2011, she revealed she had been diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, a condition that can cause exhaustion and joint pain. Williams has since spoken about how she turned to a plant-based diet and learned other ways to get by. A half-dozen exits from majors after her opening match made some think Williams might stop playing tennis, let alone return to its biggest stages.“There were definitely,” Williams said this week, “some issues.”But she never lost her love for the sport or a desire to get her game back in order.“I’m just very surprised that she’s hungry to keep winning. She has won almost everything. She’s not (still) young, to be looking forward to all these matches. She just shows this toughness,” Muguruza said. “I don’t know if I will be like this @ her age.”The strongest initial sign of a renaissance for Williams came during a run to the Wimbledon semifinals a year ago. Then, this January, she got to the Australian Open final for the first time since 2003, losing to her sister, Serena. And then came these past two weeks and her first appearance in the Wimbledon final since a loss to Serena in 2009.“I’ve been in a position a lot of times this year to contend for big titles. That’s the kind of position I want to keep putting myself in,” Williams said. “It’s just about getting over the line. I believe I can do that.”She was asked more than once by reporters Saturday whether the Sjogren’s or the accumulated fatigue or her age played a role in the way the match unfolded. But Williams deflected those questions, instead offering praise of Muguruza, whose power and precision gave the American problems.“Credit to her,” Williams said. “She just dug in there.”Williams hit five double-faults, three in one game and once to get broken to begin the second set. She finished with 25 unforced errors, more than twice as many as Muguruza. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lewis Hamilton takes pole for F1 British GP for 5th time Venus Williams of the United States holds the runners-up plate after losing to Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in the Women’s Singles final match on day twelve at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Saturday, July 15, 2017. David Ramos/Pool Photo via APLONDON — Through it all, Venus Williams kept working, kept striving, kept eyeing yet another Wimbledon championship.Through it all, through the difficult days of adjusting to life with an energy-sapping autoimmune disease, through the disappointing days of first-round losses that led to questions about retirement, through all of the accumulating years, she pressed on. And on Saturday, facing Garbine Muguruza in the final, Williams had a shot at her sixth title at the All England Club — nine years after her last one and, remarkably, 17 years after her first.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Williams twice was a point from taking the opening set before unraveling completely, dropping the last nine games and losing 7-5, 6-0 to Muguruza, who earned her first Wimbledon championship.“This is where you want to be. I like to win. I don’t want to just get to a final,” said Williams, at 37 the oldest woman to play in a title match at the grass-court major since 1994. “It’s just about playing a little better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsShe appeared ready to take control Saturday, ahead 5-4 in the first set and with Muguruza serving at 15-40. But Williams netted a forehand to close a 20-stroke exchange on the first set point. And on the second, she sent a return long. Muguruza would go on to win that game — and the next eight, too, to earn her third Grand Slam trophy.Williams owns seven of them — five at Wimbledon in 2000-01, 2005, 2007 and 2008; two at the U.S. Open in 2000-01. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress But her coach, David Witt, offered one explanation for the way everything came undone for Williams against Muguruza.“It was just nerves,” Witt said.“She never, I thought, looked like she was relaxed out there,” he added.Williams arrived in England a few weeks after being involved in a two-car accident in Florida. Two weeks after the crash, a 78-year-old passenger in the other vehicle died. At a news conference following her first-round victory at Wimbledon, Williams was asked about the episode, and she tried to respond, before wiping away tears and briefly leaving the room to compose herself.Witt said they hadn’t discussed what happened with each other once the tournament began, hoping Williams could “just focus on the tennis.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more