DeMarcus Cousins on Kevin Durant injury: ‘I know the feeling’

first_imgOAKLAND – The unpleasant memories bubbled up as soon as DeMarcus Cousins saw Kevin Durant fall to the floor. They lingered while Durant was hepled off the court. And then they came back full force when Cousins entered the Warriors locker room.“I saw K and saw the emotion on his face, I know the feeling,” Cousins said. “I was the same exact way. It’s unfortunate. It’s a very unfortunate situation.”Durant ruptured his right Achilles tendon against Toronto in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday. …last_img

Help Choc help the children

first_imgThe CHOC Foundation’s holistic approach to caring for children with cancer and supporting parents through the difficulties of looking after their sick children has touched the lives of thousands of people across the country. (Image: CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, via Facebook)What began as a number of regional support groups established in 1979 by parents who were caring for children with cancer, took on a new form at the beginning of the new millennium when they merged to make as big an impact as they could.The Choc Childhood Cancer Foundation became a national organisation in 2000 and is today one of the country’s most established NGOs. In 2010, it was named the seventh most trusted and admired NGO in the Ask Afrika Trust Barometer Awards.CIRCLE OF CAREIts holistic approach to caring for children with cancer and supporting parents through the difficulties of looking after their sick children has touched the lives of thousands of people across the country.Choc’s Circle of Care is a six-step approach to achieving its objective of supporting children with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders, and their families. It maintains the foundation’s involvement throughout the process of the disease, from detection to recovery and transition to normal life.The first step in the Circle of Care is the detection phase, during which Choc trains members of the public in how to detect the early signs of cancer. This helps to improve response times, and so helps to catch the diseases early.By the end of 2014, the organisation had facilitated the training of nearly 5 000 healthcare workers, traditional healers and community members in how to detect the early warning signs of cancer, allowing for early intervention.Following detection, the organisation then focuses on diagnosis before the patient is hospitalised. During children’s hospitalisation, Choc provides practical and psychological support, which includes care bags and ward comforts as well as transportation, accommodation and access to its parents’ support groups.During the fifth stage of the Circle of Care, the out-patient phase, Choc offers accommodation at one of 13 Choc houses for parents wanting to stay near their children and for children still in the out-patient stage of their recovery.The final stage of the process involves helping children through the latter stages of their recovery and providing counselling to them and their parents regarding their reintegration into society after often lengthy hospital stays and bed rest.Survivors are also able to become a part of the Survivors of Life-threatening Diseases (Solid) network.The CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation’s “Have a heart for children with cancer” car. (Image: CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, via Facebook)GET INVOLVEDThe number of families relying on Choc for help in caring for their children has grown at a staggering rate, increasing the strain on the organisation’s resources.It gets no subsidies from the government and relies heavily on the generosity of corporates and members of the public to meet its financial demands to support to such a large number of children.If you would like to get involved and help Choc continue doing what it does, visit the foundation’s website and view its support page for details on how you can get involved, be it through volunteering or donating money to help it meet its expenses.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Getting Retailers and Manufacturers on Board with Green Building

first_imgI recently returned from speaking to over 400 sales people at two different sales conventions for two very different, yet very well-known companies. The first company is a multi-state regional retailer of building products. The second is a national green products manufacturer/installer. In both cases I was there to give my perspective on the green marketplace from a custom builder-custom remodeler’s point of view. It was my goal to show them just how different today’s green builder looks from the typical builder of the last generation. Additionally, I wanted them to get a detailed understanding of how much the market has changed since 2005 so that they can use this current economic slowdown to get geared up for the next five years. Finally, I gave them a list of suggestions on what I wanted from my green suppliers and a “To Do” list of what I felt they needed to do in order to capitalize on the coming housing rebound. I will cover those items in my next article; for now I’ll share what each group had in common and how we as green builders and remodelers can serve ourselves by first serving them.Some folks want to go green, but are unsure where to beginThe retailer whose sales force I met with first is trying to get greener but is not really certain where to start. The company leadership was almost hesitant about the level of commitment it would receive from their sales staff if I came across as too green and they warned me up front not to come out as a tree hugger for fear of alienating those in attendance! Was I nervous? Nah, in fact it was just like a regular sales call back home where one spouse warns me not to come on too strong with the green stuff in front of the other spouse. I know that routine well. The doubter says building green is too expensive, and they don’t want to do green because they think solar panels are ugly. Yet, with a little listening and asking the right questions, the spouse can usually be disarmed and an open productive dialogue begins to flow.Others wonder if the housing downturn will sabotage green buildingAt the second meeting I was preaching to the converted. After all, these sales reps sell a well-known green product whose brand and reputation is impeachable. Yet in this crowd I sensed anxiety. I sensed a need for reassurance. It was as if the national housing slowdown was somehow making them doubt their role, their product or their company. Like the former group, these sale pros were thirsting for information on the NAHB National Green Building Standard and LEED for Homes. They wanted practical, down to earth advice on how “sell” to the green builder or homeowner. They also all wanted to know how they could better help their builders who were interested in learning more about green. What websites, what magazines should we be reading they wanted to know.The big picture makes things clearerThe retailers knew little about green construction practices, and the manufacturer’s reps knew little outside their own area of expertise. That is, they knew their component well but not the larger system(s) into which it must fit. Across the board, there is a large deficit of building science expertise in the rooms. The retailers knew “green was coming” but they were not sure what that meant or how to prepare for it. The manufacturers knew green was already here but were not sure how to further leverage their position in the marketplace.Green building is a hedge against market downturnsTo both groups I offered assurances that the greenies were winning the war against obsolete building practices. I tried to motivate them to roll up their sleeves and get involved in this thing we called green building. I urged them to understand the old way of building houses was going away and to take advantage of this small window of opportunity we have to learn about building science in relation to high performance homes. I explained this would better position them in the future when the market turned around. Now I ask you to do the same with your local suppliers in your market. Because the more we can help them learn about green building the more they will be able to help us build green.In my next article, I will share with you the “To Do” List I gave themlast_img read more

29th SEA Games officially open in Kuala Lumpur

first_imgRead Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension China snubs ‘Little Olympics’ opening ceremony in Taiwan MOST READ The opening ceremony took place at National Stadium, which is part of the newly-refurbished sporting facilities of the Kuala Lumpur Sports City.Present were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 29th edition of the Games until Aug 30 brings together some 4,900 athletes from 11 countries, namely Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Timor Leste and hosts Malaysia.At stake is 404 gold medals in 38 sports, with ice skating, ice hockey, indoor hockey and cricket being held for the first time. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fireworks explode at the start of the opening ceremony for the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) at Bukit Jalil stadium in Kuala Lumpur on August 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANAKUALA LUMPUR—The opening ceremony of the 29th SEA Games kicked off with a stunning light show at the National Stadium in the Kuala Lumpur Sports City.The procession of the flags of the 11 participating countries together with 320 flags of Malaysia accompanied by a musical performance followed next. Then came the parade of contingents and athletes from the participating countries.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img LATEST STORIES Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Going into the opening ceremony of the biennial extravaganza that carries the theme ‘Rising Together’, Malaysia – with a 111-gold target – has already clinched seven gold, four silver and five bronze medals to top the KL Games medals table so far.The country’s contingent of 844 athletes are counting on the home ground advantage to better the 62 gold medal haul and fourth placing in Singapore two years ago. Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Jatinga, where hundreds of birds just drop out of the sky

first_imgThere is nothing to distinguish the hamlet of Jatinga from the hundreds of villages scattered about the rolling hills and ridges around Haflong, headquarters of the North Cachar Hills District of Assam. For most of the year, the 1,200 Jantia tribals of Jatinga live in obscurity, tending to their crops,There is nothing to distinguish the hamlet of Jatinga from the hundreds of villages scattered about the rolling hills and ridges around Haflong, headquarters of the North Cachar Hills District of Assam. For most of the year, the 1,200 Jantia tribals of Jatinga live in obscurity, tending to their crops on the slopes of the Jatinga ridge or raising poultry and livestock.Because of its remoteness, Jatinga has few visitors from the outside world, except for two crucial months – August and September. Those are the months when a curious and unexplained phenomenon envelops the area, a phenomenon that has now become the intense focus of international scientific attention. The phenomenon, popularly referred to as the “bird mystery of Jatinga”,has so far baffled scientists the world over and not without good reason since it has not occurred anywhere else in the world. During themoonless nights of August and September every year, hundreds of birdsconverge on Jatinga, drawn, quite literally, like moths to a flame. Thevillagers hang lantern lights on poles and the birds display anirresistable attraction for them.  A view of the village and a dazed bird about to be brought down by a bamboo poleHundreds of birds of all varieties merely flutter down around the lights in a complete daze and are picked up by the villagers.Others hover low above the village seemingly without any orientation and are knocked down to the ground by long bamboo poles. At least for those two months, the villagers of Jatinga eat well. advertisementUnique Occurrence: But exactly why the phenomenon takes place is an unexplained mystery that is unique to Jatinga alone. In some parts of the world, people have been known to lay bright lights in the path of migrating birds and capture some in this manner. But Jatinga is different. For one, these are no migrating birds. Studies have established that all the species of birds caught at Jatinga are local ones living within 10 or 15 kilometres of the village.What is puzzling is that almost all the birds are diurnal birds that are active by day and never move out of their nests at night. Studies have also established that whatever the mysterious force that compels the birds to plunge like lemmings to their death, it is a force that operates only at Jatinga and only on certain nights in August and September when a series of conditions are in force. There is, in fact, a village just two kilometres north of Jatinga which is completely ignored by the birds though villagers have tried to lure them by lights on numerous occasions.Surprisingly, the phenomenon has gone virtually unnoticed till only recently though reports of the mysterious birds of Jatinga first surfaced towards the end of the last century. Inhabitants of Jatinga recall their ancestors describing how a small settlement of Naga tribals lived in the area then. One moonless night, they set out with lighted flares to search for a missing buffalo. No sooner had they reached the Jatinga ridge when birds swoopfed down on them from the darkness. Terrified, the superstitious Nagas fled believing them to be evil spirits. They left the area and some years later, a group of Jantia tribals came looking for a place to settle. The Nagas pointed them in the direction of the ridge. The Jantias, however, were mainly Christian converts and faith in their new religion overcame superstitious beliefs.Requisite Conditions: By 1910, five years after they had settled there, the people of Jatinga had discovered that the birds only descended on the village between August and October and specific weather conditions had to exist for them to do so. They also discovered that lighting fires attracted the birds like magnets. Bird catching soon became an annual carnival with hundreds of birds being brought down or captured for sport as well as for food.Because of the remoteness of the village, the bird mystery remainedconfined to the village till as recently as 1957 when a British teaplanter and ornithologist E.P. Gee visited Jatinga and laid out hisfindings in his book, The Wildlife of India published in 1957.”The whole thing is extraordinary,” Gee wrote, “it does not take placeanywhere else except this spot. Lights have been put in other spots butwithout success. Several conditions are necessary for the birds to cometo Jatinga.”He then went on to list the conditions. “It must besometime between August 15 and October 31. September is the best month.It must be foggy, cloudy or misty. Slight rain is even better. The windmust be from south to the north, otherwise no birds will come. Theremust be no moon. It happens only on really dark nights.advertisement The lights mustbe bright and circular, not beamed like the light from an electric torch or a car headlight. An open space is preferred though under the aboveconditions birds even enter houses. The best time is between 7 and 10p.m. As many as 200 birds have been killed by one man during one night.”But even after Gee’s book was published, the Jatinga mystery remainedoutside any serious research efforts. It was only in 1977 that Dr Sudhin Sengupta, an expert on bird behaviour from the Zoological Survey ofIndia went to Jatinga and lived there between August and October. Itproved an illuminating experience. “Hundreds of birds just dropped outof the sky,” he says, “some even flew into my bedroom if the lights were on. All the birds were in a dazed condition. They rarely tried to escape when they were picked up and usually even the ones left alive refusedfood.” Sengupta immediately dashed off frantic letters to leadingornithologists in Europe, America and Japan.All the replies evincedkeen interest in the mystery but nobody could offer any logicalexplanation for what happened. Some of them also announced theirintention of coming to Jatinga to see the phenomenon but were preventedby the fact that Assam is out of bounds to foreigners.Sengupta remained undaunted and returned to Jatinga every year since then, meticulouslycollecting data and carrying out various experiments. His efforts,however, have been seriously hampered by the Zoological Survey itselfwhich has not taken any major steps to unravel the mystery or supportSengupta’s research adequately enough.Experiment: Twoyears ago, the Jatinga mystery caught the fancy of the Forest Department through their local Divisional Forest Officer H.P. Phukan. Thedepartment erected a high steel tower fitted with powerful electriclights at the lower end of the village. The idea behind the tower wasthat it would attract a majority of the birds which could then be setfree rather than being killed by the villagers. The experiment, however, has been a limited success. Some birds have been attracted by the tower lights but a majority still drop down in the main village. Tragically,most of the ones that were collected from around the tower did notsurvive because whatever the mysterious force that attracts them toJatinga, it also causes most of them to refuse food. Girls from the village holding a variety of birds which fell into their courtyard and villagers waiting for the birds to arriveIronically enough, the data collected by both Sengupta and Phukan has only succeeded in deepening the mystery. Their research has uncovered additional facts that have thrown up even more puzzles. For instance, it has been established that the birds are not attracted to the entire Jatinga ridge but to a well-defined strip about 1.5 kilometres long and 200 metres wide. Outside this narrow strip, the phenomenon is virtually non-existent.advertisementFurther, the birds always fly in from the north and only when the wind is blowing from south to north. In other words, the birds fly in against the wind. Inexplicably, the environment and forest structure on both sides of the ridge are similar and an equal number of birds nest to the south of the village as in the north.But every time the birds come, it is only the ones from the north Phukan tried placing lights on the southern side of the ridge when conditions were favourable but as he says: “We waited in vain. Not a single bird was attracted to our lights even though villagers on the other side caught their usual quota. We only confirmed what the villagers already knew but I have no explanation.”Baffling Habits: Since Sengupta and Phukan started maintaining records, 38 bird species have been listed in the village’s catch including partridges, green pigeons, bitterns, emerald doves and waterbirds like egrets, moorhens and several types of kingfishers. And yet, there are certain species of birds that are seemingly able to resist the fatal siren call. Joseph Suchiang, 65, nephew of the founder of the village, says: “I have been catching birds since I was 13 and I can say that birds like grouse, hornbills and imperial pigeons which abound in the countryside around have never been caught in Jatinga” – yet another puzzle that nobody can explain. Even the commonest local birds like sparrows, mynas and thrushes which can be seen in their hundreds by day around the village never succumb to the phenomenon. There is no explanation but only certain clues that could help scientists some day to unravel the mystery. One such clue is the fact that the bird catch registered a sudden drop in 1951, the year of the great Assam earthquake in which thousands died. There is an active geological fault known as the Halflong-Disang fault which runs deep under the valley where the Jatinga ridge is situated. It is possible that there could be a link between the earth fault, the earthquake and the drop in the catch but if there is, nobody has discovered it as yet.Says Dr Salim Ali, India’s best-known ornithologist: “The most puzzling thing to me about this phenomenon is that so many species of diurnal resident (non-migratory) birds should be on the move at a time when, by definition, they should be fast asleep. The problem deserves deeper scientific study from various angles.”Perhaps the most baffling aspect of the Jatinga phenomenon is the behaviour of the affected birds. The moment they arrive over Jatinga, attracted by the lights, they become completely disoriented and confused.The birds that do not drop down in a daze simply hover aimlessly over the villages till they are brought down by the long bamboo sticks used by the villagers. Even though some species like green pigeons and teals normally have a powerful “flocking instinct” (flying in groups), over Jatinga, they appear to lose it completely.Sengupta believes that the explanation lies in the earth’s magnetism, the pull of gravity and electrical disturbances in the valley’satmosphere. The Jatinga ridge, he believes, has a high magnetic mineralcontent and the active earth fault under the valley could also becausing unusual changes in gravity and magnetism which are picked up bythe birds and affect their nervous system.He also believes that weather conditions like fog and variations in atmospheric pressure play theirpart in the mystery. He attaches considerable significance to the factthat the birds only come to Jatinga on moonless nights and the fact that the phenomenon occurs in August to October just after the monsoonrains. The water percolating through the rocks, he says, would raise the underground water level which in turn would affect the magnetic andelectrical characteristics of the ridge.This, he believes,possibly disturbs the birds sleeping in their nests and makes themrestless and take to flight and are attracted by the lights. Once overJatinga, the magnetic properties of the ridge come into effect and their internal compasses go haywire.Research: The theory,however, is nothing new. Dr Stephen Ellis and Dr William Keaton ofCornell University carried out interesting experiments with homingpigeons that has some relation to the Jatinga mystery. They attachedtiny bar magnets on the backs of some of the birds and bars ofnon-magnetic brass on others before releasing them.Under sunnyconditions, both groups performed equally well. But when released underovercast conditions, only the brass-attached birds flew normally. Thosewith magnets, unable to use their sun compasses, flew erratically. Sengupta reviving a kingfisher (left) and the farcical Jatinga seminar: Baffling phenomenaSengupta may be on the right track, but as he admits: “I have got only a few pieces of the jigsaw puzzle. It will need sustained studies by scientists of many disciplines – ornithologists, geologists, geophysicists, weather experts – to collect the other pieces. If we can do that, I feel that fascinating new vistas will open up. I am sure that if we can solve the Jatinga mystery we will also be able to solve some other problems of behaviour and migration now baffling scientists.”But given the Indian Government’s attitude, that does not seem possible. Recently, superficial and misleading reports appeared in some papers in Britain and here which talked about the “wanton destruction of birds by Jatinga inhabitants”. The reports said that the villagers killed the birds to sell to restaurants in big cities. No mention was made of the phenomenon or the mystery surrounding the birds, nor was it mentioned that Jatinga has no big city less than 200 kilometres away. The report was, however, sent to the Duke of Edinburgh, the president of the World Wildlife Fund, who wrote to Mrs Gandhi expressing concern at “the mass killings of birds in Jatinga”.Official invasion: This resulted in a flurry of activity and instructions went out to do something about the situation. Immediately, a seminar was held in Jatinga called “Save Jatinga Birds”. Hordes of pompous officials from Gauhati and Calcutta descended on the village to read out papers and lecture the villagers. Apart from Sengupta and Phukan, none had seen the actual bird catching before, yet they read out scientific papers and quoted statistics which were at variance with the facts.The villagers, naturally, resented the intrusion and the accusations and a climate of suspicion has been created which will take a long time to dissolve. Phukan had in fact, already started educating the villagers in his own fashion by setting up a birdwatchers club for the young people in the village. He would take them on outings and point out species and explain their peculiarities. Given time, he could probably have changed their attitude towards killing the birds. But after the seminar, his success is unlikely.The result is that there is, as yet, no systematic long-term plan to investigate the mystery. As Dr Salim Ali says: “It is difficult to tackle the problem for a visiting naturalist because of the unpredictable occurrence of the requisite meteorological conditions which are usually ephemeral and of a short duration. It can best be studied by someone based in Jatinga.”So far, however, there are no plans to set up a permanent unit where experts of different disciplines can take time to study the phenomenon in depth and come up with possible answers. Which can only mean that Jatinga will continue to remain one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time.last_img read more

The Draw Play Is Dying In The NFL — But It Shouldnt

This is despite the success rate of the play used on first or second down being better than that of all rushes by running backs on those downs.1Third-down draws are often in long-yardage situations in which a team is simply setting up for a punt. According to the ESPN Stats & Information Group, the success rate2Measured by whether the play resulted in positive expected points added. on first- and second-down draws this year is 41.8 percent, compared with 38 percent on all RB runs on those downs. And draws on any down result in longer gains on average (5.29 yards per attempt) than other running back runs (4.35).The Los Angeles Rams called only one draw play all season. (It didn’t work.) The New Orleans Saints waited all the way until Week 10 to run their first draw play of the season — a successful one. That two of the league’s most innovative offensive coaches — Sean McVay and Sean Payton — basically ignore the play seems like a bad harbinger for its survival. But the maestro of the NFL’s best offense, Kansas City’s Andy Reid, is one of the league’s greatest proponents of the play. That makes perfect sense: He’s essentially a Brown disciple, given that his West Coast offense was originally conceived by Bill Walsh when Walsh coached on Brown’s staff with the Bengals. For decades, the draw play has been one of the NFL’s most reliable tricks to fool overeager defensive lineman. The play mimics a pass — in the action of both the quarterback and the offensive line — until the last second, when the ball is handed off to the running back. When it works, the runner can often slice through holes untouched because defenders are busy trying to evade offensive linemen for a sack of the quarterback.The play may seem like the perfect countermeasure to keep a defense honest in the modern NFL. Yet for some reason, the draw play has been all but erased from teams’ playbooks.As the story goes, the draw play was invented in the middle of a game to slow unblockable pass rushers. It quickly became a staple of the modern offense by the sport’s “master innovator” Paul Brown, after a desperate hand-off on a busted passing play ended up working. “You fool one guy with a trap block,” Brown said. “You fool a whole pass rush with a draw play.”Offenses today are more pass-happy than ever before. And defenses have had to respond with more aggressive stunts and blitzes by rushers quicker and more desperate to pressure passers. So what better way to cross them up than by using a draw play? But during the 2018 season, teams ran the play just a little more than once every two games, down from well over two per game just 10 years ago. The Chiefs, who will play Indianapolis in the divisional round this weekend, have run a draw 16 times this year and have had success 10 times. That success rate of 62.5 is by far the best of the 10 teams that have run more than 10 draw plays. The Chargers also have used the draw well, generating 64 rushing yards in 10 attempts, six of which graded as successful.The draw is often thought of as a play of last resort: When teams are faced with virtually hopeless distance to convert a third down, they can use the draw to stop the bleeding before punting. But only 37 third-down draws this past season were in situations when the offense needed at least 7 yards to convert. The vast majority were used on first and second down (256 out of 307 draw plays) and out of the shotgun (253 total draw plays). Of course, the latter makes sense given that the main purpose of the play is to mimic a pass.Reid primarily uses the draw when teams have virtually no defenders dedicated to the run, meaning no more than six defenders “in the box” at or near the line of scrimmage. That was the defense deployed 13 of the 16 times Reid called a draw this season, and the call was successful eight of those times. If defenses continue with this look, a draw could be the perfect call.With the Chiefs offense setting records and NFL coaches looking at it for design and play-calling inspiration, there’s a good chance that teams will soon discover that one of the oldest forms of NFL deception may have even more relevance in the modern game.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

No 1 Ohio State stays perfect with win over No 10 Loyola

Redshirt senior middle blocker Driss Guessous takes a set from senior setter Christy Blough in the match against Loyola on Feb. 12. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Lantern reporterThe No. 1 Ohio State men’s volleyball team notched another win on its belt on Saturday, this time against conference foe No. 10 Loyola University in St. John Arena.The Buckeyes improve to 8-0 for the season and 4-0 in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) conference play after a sweeping the Loyola Ramblers in straight sets, (25-22, 25-18, 25-19). With the loss, the Rambles drop to 7-4 overall and 3-1 in MIVA. The win for OSU puts it atop of the MIVA standings.“They’re playing with confidence,” OSU coach Pete Hanson said. “Right now, we don’t have any glaring weaknesses. There’s some finer points that we’re trying to smooth over and get better at, but for the most part they’re pretty much clicking on all cylinders right now.”After the Buckeyes gained a 9-3 lead at the start of the first set, the Ramblers battled back to tie the score up at 16. OSU then responded with a three-point run. The score stayed within three for the remainder of the set as the Buckeyes clenched the set 25-22.“I didn’t think we were serving the ball real well early on in that set,” Hanson said. “We had a few more errors than what we had been in the last couple of weeks and that kind fed into their momentum a little bit.”The Buckeyes committed seven service errors, more than twice as many as the Ramblers committed in the first set. Both OSU and Loyola were hitting well as both teams attacked at a rate greater than .400. Senior opposite Miles Johnson led the Buckeyes attacking regime with 7 kills and a .700 hitting percentage. Loyola gained its first lead of the night during a 3-0 run to begin the second set. Another Rambler three-point streak tied the score at 10 all. The Buckeyes then amassed a lead as large as seven points as they won the match 25-18.The Buckeyes were able to neutralize the Loyola’s offensive efforts, holding the Ramblers to a .000 attacking rate. OSU combined for five total blocks in the second set while accumulating nine digs. Third set began with back and forth points for the two teams with the score remaining knotted up at 15. OSU closed out the set on a 10-4 run to win 25-19.Three players on the Buckeye squad swung at a rate greater than .400 in the third set. Senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen had the best attacking rate, going .500, while also leading the team in digs with seven.OSU’s win extends its historic winning streak to 36 games, a streak longer than any team in OSU school history that competes in head-to-head competition. The win helps the Buckeyes inch closer to Loyola’s 40-game win streak from the 2014-2015 season and the all-time record of 47 set by UCLA in 1983-1984. “The goal is not to beat the streak,” Szerszen said. “The goal is to get the national championship. That’s the most important thing and then if the streak comes along it’s even better.”The Buckeyes are back in action Friday against conference opponent Quincy University. First serve is at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena. read more