Getting smarter with student loans

first_img continue reading » With student loan debt escalating each year, many Americans are more focused on making a living than living their lives. Student loan holders are struggling to pay rent, cover basic expenses or start a savings account while also paying off their education. In fact, less than half of parents are saving for college and 40 percent of people estimate it will take six to 30 years to pay off their loans.This national issue led us at First Tech Federal Credit Union to roll out our Student Loan Refinancing Program and last fall, we started offering help to people who are buried in debt. Hundreds of people have taken advantage of this opportunity to bring their loans under control and get on the fast track to prosperity. Members saw tangible results, including savings in interest, reduction in payoff time and lower monthly payments.Not all existing student loans will qualify for refinance under our program; eligibility depends on the school of graduation and the degree. The school must be Title IV eligible (under the Higher Education Act), non-profit and offer bachelors, masters and/or doctorate degrees. A Title IV school is an institution that processes U.S. federal student aid. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

California Democrats ‘legalise’ child prostitution

first_imgWashington Examiner 29 December 2016Family First Comment: Idiotic (but not the first dumb law out of California!) “Legalising child prostitution will only incentivize the increased exploitation of underage girls. Immunity from arrest means law enforcement can’t interfere with minors engaging in prostitution — which translates into bigger and better cash flow for the pimps. Simply put, more time on the street and less time in jail means more money for pimps, and more victims for them to exploit.”Yep. Beginning on Jan. 1, prostitution by minors will be legal in California. Yes, you read that right.SB 1322 bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution, or loitering with the intent to do so. So teenage girls (and boys) in California will soon be free to have sex in exchange for money without fear of arrest or prosecution.This terribly destructive legislation was written and passed by the progressive Democrats who control California’s state government with a two-thirds “supermajority.” To their credit, they are sincere in their belief that decriminalizing underage prostitution is good public policy that will help victims of sex trafficking. Unfortunately, the reality is that the legalization of underage prostitution suffers from the fatal defect endemic to progressive-left policymaking: it ignores experience, common sense and most of all human nature — especially its darker side.The unintended but predictable consequence of how the real villains — pimps and other traffickers in human misery — will respond to this new law isn’t difficult to foresee. Pimping and pandering will still be against the law whether it involves running adult women or young girls. But legalizing child prostitution will only incentivize the increased exploitation of underage girls. Immunity from arrest means law enforcement can’t interfere with minors engaging in prostitution — which translates into bigger and better cash flow for the pimps. Simply put, more time on the street and less time in jail means more money for pimps, and more victims for them to exploit.As Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, a national leader on human trafficking issues, told the media, “It just opens up the door for traffickers to use these kids to commit crimes and exploit them even worse.” Another prosecutor insightfully observed that if traffickers wrote legislation to protect themselves, it would read like SB 1322.Minors involved in prostitution are clearly victims, and allowing our law enforcement officers to pick these minors up and get them away from their pimps and into custody is a dramatically better solution than making it legal for them to sell themselves for sex. That only deepens their victimization and renders law enforcement powerless to stop the cycle of abuse. SB 1322 is not simply misguided — its consequences are immoral.READ MORE:!last_img read more

College Football Bowl Referees

first_imgI must be getting old and cynical, but I find it very troublesome to watch today’s college football referees trying to call a game.  I don’t know if they have made the rules so complicated it is impossible to interpret or if they are afraid instant replay will prove them wrong.If you were watching the Iowa State vs. Washington State Bowl game, you know their calls cost Iowa State a bowl victory.  I know the wording of the targeting penalty says that if you lead with the helmet it is targeting.  What I want to know is:  if you are in the air when the whistle blows, how are you supposed to stop yourself?  The second targeting call on Iowa State, in my opinion, was unwarranted.  Targeting cost Iowa State their two best defensive players.  One was legit.   The other was not.  Another missed call was illegal motion on Washington State and that play resulted in a touchdown for Washington.In the Notre Dame bowl game, there was an obvious fumble, but the referee said they had blown the whistle because forward progress was stopped.  This is definitely one of those interpretation calls that no two referees ever agree on.  Here is another one of those complicated rules that needs to be interpreted.   If we are afraid of tackle football today, then let’s make it flag football and be done with it.last_img read more

Poling announces run for at-large council seat in Greensburg

first_imgGreensburg, In. — In Greensburg, Darrell Poling, incumbent councilman from District 4 has announced plans to run for reelection for an At-Large seat. Polling has 12 years on council under his belt and wants to continue progress city government has made under the leadership of Mayor Herbert and now Mayor Manus.“I have decided to seek re-election to Greensburg City Council in the upcoming city elections. I am currently serving my 12th year as City Councilman for District 4. With anticipation, I look forward to serving another 4 years as your Councilman at Large. Serving with Mayor Herbert and now Mayor Manus, we have worked in harmony with one goal in mind – to see Greensburg be a growing and diverse city, while maintaining the small town feel.”Poling will face Jean Johanigmman in the May Primary.last_img read more

You May Need an Umbrella for SunFest

first_imgSunfest kicks off tonight in downtown West Palm Beach and forecasters are calling for a 90% chance of rain.The weather maker is here the National Weather Service of Miami says there is an excellent of rain and thunderstorms today through Friday.So you may want to take the umbrella. Here is a list of items that you are permitted to bring into the four day festival.Small bags/backpacks no larger than 12” x 12” x 6”Refillable NON-GLASS water bottles, cups or containersBaby food or food for persons with medical conditions in approved containers onlyService animals for patrons with disabilitiesSingle collapsible lawn chairsBlanketsUmbrellas may be brought in, but you may be asked to put them down in concert areas to allow all guests access to stage viewing.Non-professional cameras (no removable lens)Wheelchairs/medical scootersStrollerslast_img read more

Cricket News Rahul Dravid, ‘The Wall’, inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rahul Dravid nicknamed ‘The Wall’ for his stoic defence, has officially been inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame before the start of the fifth and final ODI between India and West Indies in Thiruvananthapuram. Dravid, who scored 13288 runs at an average of 52 in Tests and 10889 ODI runs, was presented a plaque by former India skipper and another ICC Hall of Famer Sunil Gavaskar. However, this was not the only special occasion for the Karnataka right-hander. November 1 is the birthday of VVS Laxman, one of India’s most stylish and elegant batsman. Dravid joined Laxman and Harbhajan Singh and all were in one frame for a photo. These three players had played a stellar role during India’s miraculous victory over Australia in the Eden Gardens Test of 2001. Laxman hit 281, Dravid 180 and their 376-run stand helped India recover before Harbhajan picked up 15 wickets in the match to give India a famous come-from-behind victory. On the occasion of Laxman’s birthday, the feat was remembered by many. A colossusDravid played a key role in several of India’s victories overseas at the start of the 21st century when India were led by Sourav Ganguly. His 233 and 72* in Adelaide helped India win a Test in Australia for the first time in 22 years while he hammered 270 in the Rawalpindi Test to give India their first series win in Pakistan. Dravid became the first player to hit a century in all nine-Test playing nations.Following his retirement, Dravid became coach of the India A and U-19 teams and helped the team win the 2018 U-19 World Cup which was held in New Zealand.Earlier in the year, Dravid, along with Australian skipper Ricky Ponting and England’s Claire Taylor were inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame.The ICC Hall of Fame began in 2009 with England’s Alec Bedser becoming the first inductee. last_img read more

Other Sports Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying Rescheduled To Sunday Due To Typhoon Hagibis

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Suzuka: The Japanese Grand Prix’s entire Saturday track programme, including qualifying, has been cancelled as “violent” Typhoon Hagibis bears down on the Suzuka circuit, race organisers announced on Friday. Qualifying will be rescheduled to 10am (0100 GMT) Sunday, with the race taking place at 2:10pm (0510 GMT) as originally planned, providing the weather improves. The Suzuka circuit will be closed, with no public or media allowed in for safety reasons as Hagibis, packing heavy rain and winds in excess of 200 kilometres (125 miles) per hour is expected to make landfall on Saturday. “As a result of the predicted impact of Typhoon Hagibis on the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix, Mobilityland and the Japanese Automobile Federation have decided to cancel all activities scheduled to take place on Saturday October 12,” said a statement issued Friday by the motorsport’s governing body FIA. “The FIA and Formula One support this decision in the interest of safety for the spectators, competitors and everyone at the Suzuka Circuit,” it continued.The decision means the teams and drivers will just have Friday’s two practice sessions in which to prepare for Sunday morning’s qualifying session because Saturday’s third session will not be rescheduled. Safety first Formula One qualifying in Japan was also moved to Sunday in 2004 and in 2010 because of poor weather. The typhoon has already claimed casualties at the Rugby World Cup in Japan, with Saturday’s England-France clash in Yokohama and the New Zealand-Italy match in Toyota City cancelled. The volatile nature of Hagibis — classed as “violent” and the equivalent of a Category Five hurricane — means even Sunday’s race could be under threat, though the current forecast is for clearer weather. A postponement of the grand prix to Monday is impossible, the FIA said.The latest forecast predicts Hagibis to make landfall near Tokyo on Saturday with the Suzuka circuit, which lies near the Honshu coast about 300 kilometres (180 miles) southwest of the capital, being battered on the fringes. The safety-first stance of organisers comes after the tail-end of a typhoon led to tragedy at the 2014 race at Suzuka. French driver Jules Bianchi crashed after losing control in rain and poor visibility and died the following year from his injuries having never recovered from a coma. Leading drivers backed changing the weekend timetable. “I don’t think anybody wants to put anybody’s life in danger,” said Ferrari’s four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel at Thursday’s media day. “The decision is not for us, necessarily, because for us it’s nice and easy, cosy, in the garage. But for the people out there around the track, it is not nice to be sitting there with rain going sideways.”   The blank Saturday will be a huge disappointment to thousands of fanatical supporters at one of the best-attended races on the circuit.last_img read more

CONCACAF sets November 18 schedule for Women’s Football Day

first_imgTHE Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) on Friday announced that its third annual Women’s Football Day will be celebrated on Saturday, November 18, 2017.Building on the success of the second women’s day held in 2016, in which all 41 Member Associations within the Confederation united to shine a spotlight on efforts to create more opportunity for girls and women to play the game, this year’s full-day event continues CONCACAF’s on-going work to strengthen programming in order to increase women’s participation in the game.“Our aim is at consolidating a solid platform for the sustainable growth of women’s football within CONCACAF,” said CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice President, Victor Montagliani. “The third annual edition of the CONCACAF Women’s Football Day will be focused on providing further access for younger generations to play the game.”As the focus of CONCACAF Women’s Football Day 2017, on Saturday, November 18, the Confederation will officially kick off the preparations for the 2018 CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship.Each Member Association has been encouraged to host an activity aimed at training its U-15 team. The CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship, which debuted in 2014, focuses squarely on access to the game for girls, exposing them to the benefits of football on and off the field.“The women’s game is in such a climate that it is critical that the world and regional governing bodies create ready opportunities for the younger generation of females to play the game,” said CONCACAF and FIFA Council member, Sonia Bien-Aime.“Encouraging free play at the earliest opportunity with young females will cast a welcome net over these eager players who will not only learn to love the game but will be the ones to grow football from the early stages to the highest level of competition.”In addition to next year’s CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship, in 2018 the Confederation prepares to host a range of important women’s events including the Women’s Under-20 and Under-17 Championships, and the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which qualifies Confederation teams to the FIFA Women’s World Cup.In recent years, CONCACAF has demonstrated leadership in women’s football on and off the field, with Member Associations from Costa Rica and Canada hosting FIFA’s 2014 tournaments for youth players – the U-17 and U-20 Women’s World Cups, respectively.In addition, the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ drew a total attendance of more than 1.35 million, setting a new total attendance record for a FIFA competition other than the FIFA World Cup™, a championship kept in the region with the victory of CONCACAF nation United States.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img— As the NBA continues to work through multiple return-to-play scenarios, two people with knowledge of the situation say Orlando, Las Vegas and Houston remain under consideration as cities that could host regular-season and playoff games. Wednesday marked the end of the 10th week since the NBA shut down on March 11. The pandemic halted a season that had 259 games left to play, but none of those games have been officially canceled yet.— The Minnesota Timberwolves are reopening their practice facility for voluntary sessions for players starting Thursday. Only one coach and one player will be allowed on the court at Mayo Clinic Square, across the street from Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. They’ll be required to stay 12 feet apart. Workouts will be limited to 45 minutes, and areas beyond the court will remain closed.— The Kentucky-Michigan college basketball matchup scheduled for Dec. 6 in London has been postponed until 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic. And the three-game series has been restructured. The schools were scheduled to highlight the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase doubleheader at the O2 Arena which also included Marist against UMBC. Michigan will now host the Wildcats on Dec. 4 in Ann Arbor before the schools meet in London one year later.— The Italian soccer federation has given the country’s top three leagues until Aug. 20 to complete their seasons. The federation has also come up with alternative plans if the leagues have to be halted again because of the pandemic. They could resort to playoffs or decide positions by applying coeffecients. The following season is now scheduled to start on Sept. 1. Serie A has been suspended since March 9. There are 12 rounds remaining in the league and the Italian Cup is in the semifinal stage.— Watford defender Adrian Mariappa says he is one of the six people to test positive from the first round of coronavirus checks in the Premier League and is surprised that he contracted the disease. Mariappa says he has been “scratching my head to try to work out how I might have got coronavirus” because he hasn’t “really left the house apart from some exercise and the odd walk with the kids.” Two members of Watford’s staff also tested positive for COVID-19. Burnley said assistant manager Ian Woan also has contracted the virus. Hamlin became the winner of NASCAR’s first Wednesday race in 36 years when rain stopped the event with 20 laps remaining. The Daytona 500 winner was out front but out of fresh tires and trying to hang on when he got unintended help from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. The reigning Cup champion caused Chase Elliott to crash eight laps earlier to bring out the caution. A furious Elliott waited for Busch on the apron of the track and flipped Busch the middle finger as he passed.Busch later admitted he made a mistake and misjudged the gap between cars. He finished second, followed by Sunday’s winner Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Erik Jones.Wednesday’s race was delayed 90 minutes by rain after Tuesday’s Xfinity race was washed out.Hamlin has won three times at Darlington and has two wins this season.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Keystone State working on sports guidelinesUNDATED (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says his state is working on guidelines to allow sporting events and exhibitions to get back to “some semblance of normalcy.”Wolf said he’s been in touch with major professional organizations including NASCAR, the NFL, NHL, Major League Baseball and others to figure out how they can resume competition in the state.He said he expected his administration will decide in the coming days on guidelines for various venues, sports and activities going forward.NASCAR’s first Cup race outside the south is slated for Pocono Raceway. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-DARLINGTONHamlin gets win in rare Wednesday Cup raceDARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The rain was kind to Denny Hamlin at Darlington. May 21, 2020 — The Portuguese soccer federation says six of the 15 stadiums seeking to host matches when the league resumes next month amid the coronavirus pandemic have failed health inspections. All stadiums must comply with a series health measures established by local authorities to be able to host matches. The federation says the stadiums for league leader Porto and second-place Benfica were among the nine stadiums that passed the inspections conducted by local health authorities. The stadiums that failed belong to smaller clubs. They will be allowed to make changes to their venues before another inspection is conducted.— The head of the organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup says a global recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic could affect the ability of fans to afford to travel to Qatar (KUH’-tur). The World Bank is forecasting a deep recession caused by the shutdown of economic activity around the world. Organizing committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi says he is hopeful the tournament will be an opportunity for the world to come together again in November 2022. But he says there are “concerns about the global economy and the ability of fans to be able to afford traveling and afford coming and participating and celebrating the World Cup.”— The National Rugby League has announced a revised 16-round schedule for the competition following a nearly two-month layoff because of coronovirus restrictions imposed after just two rounds of the season. There will be no paying spectators at matches.— The governing body of swimming has postponed the short course world championships for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. FINA says the championships scheduled for December in Abu Dhabi will now be staged Dec. 13-18, 2021, in the United Arab Emirates because of the “the uncertainty related with the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide.” FINA president Julio C. Maglione says swimming organizers have worked closely with the United Arab Emirates’ authorities and “we believe this is the most suitable solution for all those taking part in this competition.”— Tokyo Olympic organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto says there’s a need to take “countermeasures” to combat the coronavirus at next year’s postponed games. Muto acknowledged in an on-line news conference today that “there are some in Japan” who are talking about holding the games without fans. Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres are suing to obtain a green card for their British-born strength and conditioning coach.The Sabres say federal immigration officials wrongly denied a petition by the team to secure the card for Ed Gannon. The team maintains U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services misstated facts and arbitrarily failed to follow its own rules in denying permanent residency status to Gannon.Gannon was hired by the Sabres in 2015 while the team was beefing up its player development staff.The Sabres filed the application for permanent residency on Gannon’s behalf in October. To be granted a green card, Gannon had to demonstrate that he was at the top of his field. The Sabres argued that he proved his abilities under USCIS’ criteria.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The NFL is working on a helmet face guard that might provide the same protection as a surgical mask. Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay says the issue came up about a month ago during a conference call with the league’s competition committee. Many players already wear visors to protect their eyes. McKay says the new mask would cover even more of the face. The medical director of the NFL Players Association tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter that league engineers and sports equipment company Oakley are already testing prototypes of the modified mask.— Washington Redskins rookie receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden says he tested positive for the coronavirus in March and had fully recovered by early April. He says his symptoms were mild and he feels 100% now. Gandy-Golden played the past two seasons at Liberty University, an evangelical college in Virginia that reopened this spring despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The Redskins selected Gandy-Golden in the fourth round.— The NCAA Division I Council has voted to lift a moratorium on voluntary workouts by football and basketball players effective June 1. The decision comes as a growing number of college leaders express confidence that fall sports will be played in some form. Notre Dame and LSU are among a number of schools that have announced plans to reopen their campuses for the fall semester. A decision on other sports was pending.— Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith says he thinks football games can be played in Ohio Stadium this fall with 20,000 to 30,000 fans in the stands. Smith thinks that number of fans could be kept at a safe distance from one another in the stadium, which seats about 105,000. Face masks and other precautions would be required to limit the spread of COVID-19. He says he hasn’t figured out yet how spectators would be chosen from among those wanting tickets. Update on the latest in sports: Stephen F. Austin gets postseason bans; agrees to sanctionsHOUSTON (AP) — Stephen F. Austin has received postseason bans and agreed to several sanctions including probation, scholarship reductions and the forfeiture of wins for having low scores on the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate. The sanctions will bar the football, men’s basketball and baseball teams from postseason tournaments for one year.The three teams were on a nationwide list released Tuesday that faced bans for posting a four-year score below 930. The men’s basketball team had the lowest score of any team in Division I at 810. The SFA football program was one of six other Division I teams nationwide that fell below 900, at 894.NHL-SABRES-GREEN CARDSabres fighting for strength and conditioning coach The head of the agency that oversees the Oakland Coliseum says the A’s have informed him they had “no ability to pay” the annual $1.2 million rent on the facility.Henry Gardner tells the Bay Area News Group that the A’s say they’ve been unable to generate revenue because they haven’t used the Coliseum this season. MLB has been in shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gardner says the Coliseum is willing to negotiate and waive some items in the Athletics lease, but, “we can’t just say no rent.”Gardner is the interim executive director of the Coliseum authority.The A’s have made the payment annually for use of the city- and county-owned baseball stadium. The team could face penalties for failure to pay.The A’s released a statement Wednesday noting the authority hadn’t been able to make the Coliseum available to the team because of the local shelter-in-place directive as well as state and local bans on public gatherings of more than 1,000 people at city facilities. MLB-PIRATES-KRAMERPirates infielder Kramer out 4-6 months after hip surgeryPITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Kevin Kramer will miss four to six months while recovering from surgery on his right hip.The team announced Wednesday that Kramer underwent the procedure last week. The 26-year-old Kramer had been dealing with what the club called “chronic symptoms” while attempting to stay ready for the potential start to the 2020 season.NCAA-STEPHEN F. AUSTIN Smith was drafted seventh overall by San Francisco in 2011 and had 14 sacks as a rookie. He was an All-Pro in 2012 when he had 19 1/2 sacks and the 49ers reached the Super Bowl.Smith had several legal issues as a player with the Niners and Raiders.MLB-ATHLETICS-RENTA’s say they are unable to pay Coliseum rentOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics say they can’t pay their landlord. — A drawing that depicts the Tokyo Olympic logo and combines it with features of the COVID-19 virus is being removed from the website of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. Action to pull the drawing came after the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee demanded the withdrawal and claimed copyright infringement. Club president Khaldon Azhari says the club’s lawyers agreed the drawing had likely violated Japan’s tight copyright laws. He says the move would not limit the club’s freedom of expression, nor its ability to use parody or satire. NFL-COWBOYS-SMITHAldon Smith reinstated by NFLFRISCO, Texas (AP) — Aldon Smith is getting another chance to resume his once-promising NFL career.The NFL has conditionally reinstated Smith from an indefinite suspension for off-field issues, allowing the pass rusher to take part in team activities with the Dallas Cowboys. Smith will be able to participate in the Cowboys’ virtual offseason program starting next week and can meet with teammates and coaches. He hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2015 and was signed to a one-year contract last month despite his uncertain playing status.last_img read more

Volleyball: Badgers drop Fighting Illini in four sets

first_imgThe Wisconsin volleyball team can finally chalk up a conference victory in the win column.After losing three straight games for the first time in coach Kelly Sheffield’s tenure and starting 0-2 in Big Ten play for the first time since 2010, the Badgers got a much needed conference win against a highly ranked opponent.No. 19 Wisconsin (9-4, 1-2 Big Ten) defeated No. 7 Illinois (11-3, 2-1) 3-1 after a thrilling fourth set comeback that saw the Badgers come roaring back after being down by as many as five midway through the game.After a media timeout that saw Wisconsin down 15-12, the Badgers tallied 10 of the next 12 points to put the Illini in a huge hole. Illinois tried to surmount a late rally, but a Tionna Williams spike and a final miscue from the Illinois frontline proved the Badgers to be too much for the visiting team.The Badgers got off to a hot start winning the first set 25-16 led by Haleigh Nelson’s perfect shooting percentage and Lauren Carlini’s 53.8 percent set rate.“I think we came out with a really great game plan,” Carlini said. “And the passers just putting [the ball] right down the net for me to make it way easy to execute. So, props to them for that. Every single game I’m building more and more confidence with my hitters and I think the hitters are gaining confidence in me, and knowing where I need to put the ball — giving it to them at the right time.”Carlini parlayed the Badger’s first set success into a 25-21 Game 2 victory that had the Illini on their heels.Romana Kriskova, who had arguably her best game of the season, led the Badgers with five kills in the second game and had a team high 15 for the match.“I tried to come out strong from the beginning and put pressure on the Illinois defense. I was glad that Lauren trusted me,” Kriskova said.Illinois, to their credit, would not go down without a fight, proving their high ranking by stealing the third set, 25-21, from the sweep-minded Badgers.But the Badgers know these early battles will only better prepare them for a rugged season ahead.“Being put in those situations … really trains us for other matches, where maybe we are doing well, but then in the set three and four, they’re coming back and we have to have that confidence and that stability,” Nelson said.When asked how the early season schedule will prepare the Badgers down the road, all head coach Kelly Sheffield could do was smile.“It’s the Big Ten, brother,” Sheffield said. “We’re not off the hook. This is every week.”last_img read more