Morales, Carlini lead way in InnTowner

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first_img[Jen Small/ The Badger Herald] Junior Deme Morales had a big weekend, recording a team high 17 kills and 13 digs in UW’s Friday matchup with Kansas.The Wisconsin volleyball team came in as not only host to, but as a favorite to win the InnTowner Invitational. The Badgers started play Friday against Kansas with a perfect 6-0 record and a new No. 25 ranking. Although they finished second with a 2-1 record for the tournament, UW had to fight through injuries to get to that point. After losing senior Annemarie Hickey earlier in the week, and juniors Courtney Thomas and Dominique Thompson playing through injuries, the Badgers needed someone to step up.That someone was junior Deme Morales.Filling in as outside hitter for the injured Hickey, Morales began her explosive weekend Friday, recording a team high 17 kills and 13 digs. She set career highs in both of those categories as well total attacks, 47, and blocks, four. Head coach Kelly Sheffield was happy with the way Morales stepped up on such short notice.“We had to change our lineup about 48 hours ago,” Sheffield said after losing Hickey for the weekend. “I thought Deme Morales was really, really good tonight. She’s a warrior, has a heart of a lion.”“It felt awesome,” Morales said on having such a big Friday night. “I know I need to get that going sooner if we want our team to excel.”And excel is what Morales and the rest of the Badgers did Saturday. Bouncing back from the loss to Kansas, UW had a four set win over Milwaukee and a three set win against Bowling Green to close out the tournament with a record of 2-1.Saturday, Morales continued her strong performance with 12 kills and 13 digs against Milwaukee, before closing out the tournament with another eight kills and eight digs against Bowling Green. Her three game performance earned her all-tournament honors alongside teammate, junior setter Ellen Chapman.After such a promising weekend from Morales, she will be looking to build on her performance as the team heads into its final nonconference tournament this weekend and Big Ten play. Effort and being a team player will help her do that.“Selling out every game,” Morales said about how she’ll continue her success for the rest of the season. “Trying to help out my teammates and be as much of a team player as I can be every single game.”Carlini makes home debutThe InnTowner Invitational was also the first chance for Badger fans in Madison to see 2012 Gatorade National Player of the Year Lauren Carlini. The freshman setter led the Badgers with 44 assists per game and managed to add on 14 digs per game. Despite playing in earlier games this season, Carlini was anxious to play her first game at the Field House.“I usually don’t get butterflies before I play, but today I definitely had some butterflies…not in a nervous way, just anxious,” Carlini said. “The crowd especially was amazing, and the atmosphere felt awesome.”Carlini’s presence was especially felt in the second game against Milwaukee as she turned in a 50-kill, 20-dig performance. Sheffield was happy with how Carlini played but knows she has some things to work on as well.“I thought she had her moments where she was really good, and then there were other moments where she looks like it was her third college match,” Sheffield said. “She’s awfully, awfully talented. She and I will watch some film, and there will be some things that she wished she hadn’t done, but that’s part of the growing process.”After the tournament was over, Sheffield raved about Carlini’s work ethic.“[Carlini] is a perfectionist, she wants to be great,” Sheffield said. “She studies the game. We had two matches today and she’s up there watching film of not just opponents, but studying herself. She was in video; probably watched two or three hours of video today on top of the two matches. She’s trying to be really good.”If the InnTowner Tournament is any indication, Carlini could become a crucial cog in the team as they look to begin a challenging Big Ten schedule in the coming weeks.last_img read more


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first_img“It’s a good time to get hot.”The Dodgers pulled four games ahead of the second-place San Francisco Giants, who lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks. It’s not too soon to keep an eye on the best record in the National League; currently that belongs to the Washington Nationals, who are playing a half-game better (86-63) than the Dodgers (86-64).Going from an intense series in San Francisco with first place on the line to playing a last-place team in a mostly empty park concerned Don Mattingly enough that the Dodgers manager said he addressed it with a few individual players before the game.Instead of a red flag, the game became a testament to the Dodgers’ focus.Eight of the Dodgers’ 15 hits went for extra bases. A home run by Kemp, his 21st of the season and his second in as many days, gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Carl Crawford tripled and seven different players hit doubles. Adrian Gonzalez’s two-run single in the big sixth inning gave him a major-league leading 106 runs batted in. He finished 2 for 5 with three runs batted in.The game was tied 2-2 when Mattingly pulled Hernandez in the fourth inning, 59 pitches into his start — in part because the veteran was struggling, in part because he could. Hernandez left the bases loaded and increased his ERA over his past five starts to 6.14.“I know there’s something going on with my mechanics,” Hernandez said through a translator, “but I’ll continue to move forward.”Fortunately for Hernandez, the Dodgers’ bullpen was mostly rested from Sunday’s game, when Clayton Kershaw threw eight innings in the series-clinching win over the Giants. So the final innings became an important tuneup for several relievers contending for a possible place on the Dodgers’ postseason roster.Paco Rodriguez retired the only batter he faced on a ground ball. It was his first appearance since Aug. 3, when he strained a muscle in his back.Jamey Wright (5-4), Pedro Baez, Brandon League, Brian Wilson and Chris Perez limited the Rockies to five hits and one run over the final five innings.There were two reasons to damper the celebration.One came from a mind-numbing sideshow of hit batters in the late innings. Brandon League plunked the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the seventh inning. Crawford then absorbed a Christian Friedrich pitch square in the right hamstring in the top of the eighth inning; it was the second time Crawford was hit by a pitch in the game. He said after the game that he didn’t think Friedrich’s pitch was intentional.“It was a curveball,” he said.But it was a curveball square in his right hamstring. Crawford had to be removed for a pinch runner and after the game said he felt “real tight and sore.”“It locked up real fast,” Crawford said. “We’ll see how I feel (today).”The other was a kerfuffle in the dugout between Kemp and Yasiel Puig during the sixth inning. After Puig scored on a double by Hanley Ramirez, a camera for the Rockies’ broadcast crew caught Mattingly pulling Puig aside and speaking to him through an interpreter.Kemp was then seen yelling at Puig, loud enough that Mattingly came between the two players. Mattingly declined to say what happened, calling it “family business.”When Kemp was asked about the incident, he responded with a question of his own.“Good game we played, huh?” DENVER >> The Dodgers never trailed Monday at Coors Field, but neither did they look like the National League’s best team until the sixth inning. Then, an eight-run outburst at the expense of three Colorado Rockies pitchers broke open what became an eventual 11-3 win. It was the most runs the Dodgers have scored in a single inning this season.That helped overcome another short start by Roberto Hernandez and avoided any possible letdown against the Rockies, the last-place team in the National League West. “It’s in and out,” Matt Kemp said. “One guy will get hot, one guy might fall into a slump. That’s what’s so good about our offense, is that if one guy’s not swinging the bat well, you’ve got two or three other guys that can really do some damage.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more