AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWith higher gas prices becoming a recurring reality, you should follow these tips to help reduce the amount of gas you use. Including advice about cruise control and what kind of gas and oil you should buy, these tips can save you money1) Don’t Drive Like You Have a Dying Man in the Car Unless you DoAggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money.2) Remove Excess WeightAvoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2 percent. Your equivalent gasoline savings would be between $0.04–$0.07 per gallon. The reduction is based on the percentage of extra weight relative to the vehicle’s weight and affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones.3) Observe the Speed LimitThis graph shows MPG vs Speed. While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Every 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.24 per gallon for gas.4) Avoid Idling Your Motor While ParkedIdling gets 0 miles per gallon. Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas at idle than do cars with smaller engines.5) Use Cruise ControlUsing cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.6) Use Overdrive GearsWhen you use overdrive gearing, your car’s engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces engine wear.7) Keep Your Engine Properly TunedGet a tune-up! Fixing a car that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an emissions test can improve its gas mileage by an average of 4 percent, though results vary based on the kind and quality of repair. Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your mileage by as much as 40 percent.8) Keep Tires Properly InflatedYou can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3 percent for every 1 pound (per square inch) drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are also safer and prolong the life of the tires. The proper tire pressure for your vehicle is usually found on a sticker in the driver’s side door jamb or the glove box and in your owner’s manual. NOTE: Do not use the maximum pressure printed on the tire’s sidewall. 9) Change Your Oil and Use Recommended Grade of Motor OilYou can improve your gas mileage by 1–2 percent by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil. For example, using 10W-30 motor oil in an engine designed to use 5W-30 can lower your gas mileage by 1–2 percent. Using 5W-30 in an engine designed for 5W-20 can lower your gas mileage by 1–1.5 percent. Also, look for motor oil that says “Energy Conserving” on the API performance symbol to be sure it contains friction-reducing additives.10) Plan Ahead and Combine Your ErrandsCombining errands into one trip saves you time and money. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as a longer multipurpose trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm. Trip planning ensures that traveling is done when the engine is warmed-up and efficient, and it can reduce the distance you travel.11) Commute to Work at Off-Peak Rush HoursDrive your most fuel-efficient vehicle and consider telecommuting (working from home) if your employer permits it. Take advantage of carpools and ride-share programs. You can cut your weekly fuel costs in half and save wear on your car if you take turns driving with other commuters. Many urban areas allow vehicles with multiple passengers to use High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes which are typically less congested, further improving your fuel economy.12) Avoid Driving With Items on Your Roof RackAvoid packing items on top of your car. A loaded roof rack or carrier creates wind resistance and can decrease fuel economy by five percent. Place items inside the trunk whenever possible.13) Use the Octane Level You Need Your owner’s manual recommends the most effective octane level for your car. For most cars, the recommended gasoline is regular octane. In most cases, unless your engine is knocking, using a higher octane gas than the manufacturer recommends offers no benefit and is a waste of money.14) Buy a Fuel-Efficient CarSelecting which vehicle to purchase is the most important fuel economy decision you’ll make. The difference between a car that gets 20 MPG and one that gets 30 MPG amounts to $880 per year (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $3.52). That’s $4,400 extra in fuel costs over five years.For Data Sources, visit FuelEconomy.govTire photo by alvimann via MorguefileAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Vermont Business Magazine On the Senate Floor this afternoon, Senator Patrick Leahy addressed the Senate on the pending Republican-authored legislation to enable and facilitate repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly known as Obamacare. The vehicle being used by Republican leaders for this is a budget resolution, S.Con.Res.3, “To Instruct Committees To Draft Legislation To Repeal The ACA.”Floor Remarks Of Senator Patrick LeahyOn The Budget Resolution, S. Con. Res. 3 (To Instruct Committees To Draft Legislation To Repeal The ACA)Senate FloorTuesday, January 10, 2017The 115th Congress convened just last week, and instead of beginning the year with a renewed sense of cooperation, Republicans in Congress have chosen a different path. The very first thing on the agenda is to press forward with a sham budget – the only purpose of which is to set up a process to repeal the Affordable Care Act with a simple majority vote.Why? Because they know such a repeal would never pass otherwise. Instead of working to finalize appropriations bills for this year – already more than three months in – or to invest in our nation’s critical infrastructure, or to truly bolster our nation’s cybersecurity, or to improve the Affordable Care Act to ensure more people can receive affordable coverage, Republicans are recklessly rushing forward solely to fulfill an ill-considered campaign promise. They are pushing American families over the cliff with the vague ‘promise’ that eventually they will come up with a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. Jump first, plan later is anything but a responsible formula for sound decisions, and all the more so when the health insurance of tens of millions of American families is at stake.The Majority Leader and others have said that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act is “only the first step.” They say that a full repeal is necessary to pave the way for a replacement. “Let’s leave Obamacare in the past,” they argue. When you strip away the rhetoric, the only alternative being offered to the American people by advocates of a repeal is: Don’t get sick.The American people have the right to know what a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act really means. A repeal of this law would not just take away the rights and care of millions of patients and their families; it would eliminate insurance coverage for millions more, from the aging and elderly, to men and women with preexisting conditions, to the most vulnerable children. A repeal of the Affordable Care Act would turn back the clock to a time when, once again, women would have to pay more for health insurance than men, insurance companies could rescind a health insurance policy because someone gets sick, and coverage could forever be denied to someone born with a disease or ailment.In Vermont, the Affordable Care Act has reduced the number of Vermonters without insurance by 53 percent. Tens of thousands have gained coverage under the expansion of Medicaid. And because the Affordable Care Act closed the prescription drug “donut hole,” more than 10,000 Vermont seniors saved $12 million on drugs in 2015 alone.I have heard stories from many Vermonters about how vital this law is to them and their families. I have heard from family doctors, like one in Bennington who remembers when his patients couldn’t afford treatment because of lifetime and annual limits on health care coverage. Or a woman from Westminster whose family hit hard times and moved from job to job but could afford to keep continuous health coverage because of the plans offered through the Affordable Care Act. Other young Vermonters are able to pursue careers in public service or the arts because they can stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26. Countless others have underscored that because of previous health issues such as diabetes or cancer, health coverage would be unaffordable without the guarantees and subsidies provided by the Affordable Care Act.Opponents of the Affordable Care Act have gone to new lengths to repeat and prolong this political battle. And that’s all this is. They have had six years to propose a better alternative but have failed to do that. Instead, Congressional Republicans and the President-elect have decided to put the cart before the horse and dismantle our health care system before figuring out how to fix it. The American people rightly expect us to work together to make progress on so many challenges that we face today. Instead, we are engaged in dangerous political gamesmanship. I will not support a return to less protection, less coverage, less fairness, and higher costs. That’s what repeal means. The Affordable Care Act extended health insurance to millions of families in Vermont and across the country. Those who represent the American people in Congress should stand ready to get to work for their constituents. I will not support an effort to reverse the many reforms and achievements we made through the Affordable Care Act, and instead cobble back together a broken system that for too long burdened most American households with health coverage uncertainty and crippling costs.Source: Leahy 1.10.2017
Guards key big win over PurdueThe Gophers won 71-49 to recover from a drubbing by Michigan State on Thursday. David McCoyFebruary 14, 2005Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintTwo things were missing from Minnesota’s women’s basketball team during its blowout loss Thursday against Michigan State – defense and production from its guards.The Gophers found both Sunday.In fact, Minnesota’s stingy defense and hot-handed guards were the key to its blowout 71-49 win over Purdue in front of a season-high 13,222 fans Sunday at Williams Arena.The Gophers had five players in double figures, and, for the first time this season, four of them were guards.Shannon Schonrock led the way with 13, followed by Kelly Roysland and April Calhoun with 11 and Shannon Bolden with 10. Bolden is listed as a forward, but Borton said she considers her a guard and plays her as such.“All of us guards, we kind of talked about how we weren’t really a factor in the Michigan State game and how we needed to come into this game and the rest of the season being more of a threat offensively,” Calhoun said.Bolden was even better on defense, holding All-Big Ten guard Katie Gearlds to just seven points total and two in the second half.Bolden wasn’t the only one solid on defense – especially in the first half.The Gophers didn’t allow a Boilermakers point until their ninth possession of the game, and Purdue didn’t score a third time until possession number 18.“I thought the way we started the game really set the tone for the game defensively,” Borton said. “That’s something that we wanted to do was set the tone with our defense, and hopefully that would turn into offense.”If it weren’t for their own mistakes, the Gophers would likely have put the game away even earlier. During the span of time before Purdue scored its third basket, Minnesota committed six turnovers itself.But with just less than nine minutes gone by, Schonrock nailed a three-pointer, was fouled and completed the four-point play to give Minnesota a 13-4 lead and awaken the Gophers’ guards from their offensive slumber.Schonrock drained another three with just less than four minutes left in the half, sparking a 10-2 run that she capped with another three to give Minnesota a 31-15 lead with just more than a minute left.Gearlds then knocked down a three-pointer for Purdue, but a three-point play by Calhoun and a jumper by Bolden just before the buzzer doubled up the Boilermakers 36-18 at the half.Minnesota came back with an 11-4 run in the early part of the second half, which began with a drive by Bolden. Bolden’s shot was blocked, but Gophers center Janel McCarville swatted the ball out of the air and over to an open Schonrock, who hit her fourth three of the day.McCarville had eight points, 12 rebounds and seven assists on the day.Bolden followed up with a three-pointer of her own on Minnesota’s next possession and then capped the run with another three shortly afterward.Altogether, Minnesota was 6-of-11 from downtown and shot 44.4 percent in the game overall.Defensively, it was Minnesota’s 11th game holding an opponent to less than 50 points, which ties a 28-year old team record.“Starts to the game usually determine the outcome,” McCarville said. “If you don’t start aggressively, you’re not going to all of a sudden turn on a switch and start being aggressive late in the second half. And we knew we had to come out today aggressively.”
Daily Postcard: An early morning view Thursday of Pajarito Mountain blanketed in fall colors. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs
Dancehall artiste turns himself inDancehall DJ, Alkaline, says reports of him being involved in a murder are untrue.In a social media rant the artiste, who ruled the dancehall charts in 2016 with hits like City, Formula, My Side of the Story and Company claimed he is not involved in any act of criminality and pleaded for his fans to be calm.Part of the post read:“There is a rumour circulating. Regarding Alkaline, Earlan Bartley, and questioning for murder. Please ignore, this is one of the most cruel, vicious, destructive, degrading, derogatory, ruthless lie, I have ever experienced in my 23 years of existence. I am asking my fans to be calm, relax. I am in no form of mix-up with any form of illegal activities of any sort. And I declare innocence in all its entirety”, the post read. He also took jabs at the media for reporting that he was wanted for questioning.“I am therefore asking the media personnel to desist from spreading rumours on me unnecessarily. BIG LIE!!!! Alkaline!! Try again!!”On Tuesday the Twitter accounts of both the Jamaica Constabulary Force and National Security Ministry posted information regarding interest in the [email protected] tweeted “Police are seeking Earlan Bartley o/c Alkaline for questioning in relation to a murder. He is to report to Harman Barracks by 5:00 p.m., Feb 8”@NatSecurityJA tweeted “Police seek Earlan Bartley (Alkaline) 4 questioning related 2 Rohan Morris’ murder. It is believed he can assist with the investigation.”Alkaline…turned up at the Harmon Barracks in Kingston, Jamaica on Thursday morning (Photo: Marlon Biggs)The artiste turned up at the headquarters of the Harmon Barracks about 9:00 AM Thursday, with his attorney, Peter Champagnie, in tow.Morris, popularly called ‘Head’, was shot more than 15 times by hoodlums at his Three Oaks Gardens, St Andrew home in January. The murder was reportedly witnessed by a five year old child who was inside the dwelling at the time of the attack.The police were tight-lipped when Caribbean News Weekly checked whether Morris was an associate of the artiste and would only say he could assist them in their investigations.
Bastille Networks, an enterprise threat detection solution provider using software-defined radio (SDR), has launched its new Bastille Enterprise Cellular Intrusion Detection for enterprises. Previously only available to its military and law enforcement customers, Bastille Enterprise Cellular Intrusion Detection is the only solution that can accurately locate cell phones indoors, using only cellular signals.Bastille has been doing radio frequency (RF) and Cellular Intrusion Detection and research for the Government for years. They have also been awarded FCC approval for the Civilian cellular sensor array. This allows Bastille for the first time to offer accurate Cellular Intrusion Detection to the Enterprise. Now corporations can have the RF security that the DoD and Intelligence Community rely on to protect the nation’s secrets.Bastille provides corporations the ability to discover, locate, and mitigate radio borne threats to their assets, facilities, and networks. These threats arise from managed, unmanaged and rogue wireless, IoT and Cellular devices. Bastille does this protection by using SDRs to passively observe the entire radio space in a facility from 60 MHz to 6 GHz. More than 70 percent of devices connected to the network today are connected via RF & Cellular and that percentage is growing. Equally important are the radio-enabled and cellular devices, which are NOT connected to the designated network. It also includes those devices, which enter into the building with employees, visitors, and installed by contractors. These devices are the ones that can be used to exfiltrate voice, video, and computer data right past the firewalls and into the unsecure world outside.Covert, rogue and vulnerable wireless and cellular devices are inside the enterprise today. Suspicious equipment includes SmartTVs, security cameras, printers and peripherals, medical devices, building controls and of course, cell phones.The Bastille solution delivers:Complete Visibility: Detect all the wireless/cellular devices and connections in corporate facilities whether or not they have connected to the corporate network,Threat Detection: Detect that a device such as one with a Bluetooth or cellular connection is transmitting data (and is not just an employee listening to music),Accurate Threat Location: Locate both of the offending devices on the floor plan. The whole Bastille threat detection process takes just seconds from when the wireless/cellular device first transmits until the security team receives an Alert into the existing alerting system.A lot more than Cellular Intrusion DetectionThough commonly thought of as Cellular Intrusion Detection, Bastille does a lot more than merely detecting the presence of cell phones. Customers can set up alerts based on wireless device behavior. Examples include:Compromised Devices: Bastille baselines facilities, all wireless devices (including Cellular, Wifi, Bluetooth and BLE) and their typical behavior and can alert when a device is compromised and exhibits abnormal behavior. This includes:Secure Area Data Breaches: Alert when an allowed Bluetooth hearing aid performs an unallowed BLE pairing with a device outside the secure area. Or detect when a Company phone at a desk is joined by a personal phone at the same desk.MDM Enhancement: Alert when a phone which is not under Mobile Device Management is turned on, or add geo-fencing capabilities to an organization’s existing MDM solution.Insider Threats: Alert when a device is seen in an area where it is not allowed or forensically investigates to understand the devices and their behavior from weeks or months ago.According to Bob Baxley, CTO at Bastille, ‘I have no doubt that more huge security holes will be discovered in more than 100 new radio protocols used by IoT devices. Bastille can tell you which devices in your facility–both on and off your network–are susceptible to RF attack. It is critical that CISOs understand their RF attack surface in order to maintain a secure perimeter.Click here to learn more about the Bastille Enterprise Cellular Intrusion Detection.
Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph jokes with reporters during a news conference as players report to training camp Friday, July 27, 2018, at the team’s headquarters in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — No, Vance Joseph never felt as if he was drinking out of a firehose when the Denver Broncos stumbled through a 5-11 season in his first year as head coach last year. That’s how general manager John Elway has repeatedly described what it must have been like for a first-year head coach in the NFL.“That’s not my personality, so I didn’t feel that way,” Joseph told The Associated Press. “My focus was purely on trying to flip it and get us back on a winning path. I think being a young head coach and being a young coach is a different deal. I’m not a young coach. I’ve been a part of teams that have gone through adversity so I kind of knew what the issues were.”Turnovers.A sieve of an offensive line.Locker room rifts.A lack of chemistry, the byproduct of another protracted quarterback competition.Still, “I think overwhelmed, that’s not the word,” Joseph said.Denver’s dive, which included eight losses by double digits, was a shock to a city and a franchise that had a ticker-tape parade just two years earlier, and Elway acknowledged that he pondered firing Joseph at season’s end.“That’s the direction I want to go, but it’s my responsibility to think about other options to see what would be best for the football team,” Elway said in January. “We thought about different options, but ultimately, my goal was to stick with Vance and give him that shot.”Elway, who had riled up his players by calling them soft during an eight-game skid, said he shared in the blame for Joseph’s deficient debut and needed to surround him with better personnel.Joseph replaced nearly half of his coaching staff while Elway embarked on a massive roster upgrade .He signed quarterback Case Keenum in free agency and all 10 members of his ballyhooed 2018 draft class spent four years in college and most were captains. That’s a far cry from the previous two classes that were loaded with raw athleticism, long-term projects and plenty of question marks.Joseph seems much more comfortable in his second season.“I don’t see it as a do-over. It’s hard in this league. You don’t get do-overs, unfortunately. But it’s a new year and obviously last year wasn’t good enough,” Joseph said.The hands-off philosophy Joseph brought to Denver last year has vanished.“I think it’s a fine line between micromanaging and coaching coaches. And I didn’t want to ever be micromanaged as an assistant coach because in my mind I was doing the best I could for that head coach and the best I could for that football team. And I took great pride in coaching my guys and being the best group on the field every day in the meeting rooms or on the field,” Joseph said.“So, in my mind every coach would feel that way and every coach would want to coach that way. So, I was cautious in interrupting coaches’ drills, interrupting coaches’ ways of doing things because I had an experienced staff.”That led to the notion that Joseph was still acting like an assistant coach last year while offensive coordinator Mike McCoy continued operating as though he were still a head coach before getting fired at midseason.Joseph vehemently denies that was the case.“I thought Mike did a great job every week of accepting his role and we talked every week about the game plan, so that’s not true,” Joseph said.“I worked for a lot of coaches who didn’t micromanage me, Gary Kubiak, Marvin Lewis, great guys who have won a lot of games. So, that’s not true. Our staff last year we discussed every game plan that we put forward and again it was the best thing for our players at the time.“So, our thought process early on was to be an explosive offense. We were 3-1. It wasn’t perfect. But it was working. Now, turning the ball over, not protecting the quarterback, those things affected how we played on offense. But not Mike trying to be in total control, that’s not true.”Still, Joseph said he has to coach his coaches better, and by that, he means challenging them.“I don’t coach the receivers, I don’t coach the running backs or offensive line. I’m a defensive backs guy, I’m a defensive guy. So, I think asking the right questions and triggering more thought process on how we can do things better. Or simply seeing it differently than the coach and saying, ‘Why don’t we do it that way?’” Joseph said.“Now, I can be wrong, but I think simply asking more questions is a simple way of helping the coaches get better and helping our football team get better and not letting anything slide.”Joseph realizes he won’t get another chance if things don’t change.“Winning football games is a must this year,” he said. “We have to do that. That’s why they hired me.”And why Elway stuck with him.___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton
Before all amateur sports in the Heritage City were shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hume Innkeepers took care of some unfinished business by capturing the Nelson Men’s Indoor Soccer Championships at the Nelson Youth Indoor Facility on Cedar Street.The Innkeepers defeated Whitecaps Prospects 11-5 in the Indoor Final. Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Innkeepers as Team of the Week.The Innkeepers include Kevin Lewis, Ryan Lewis, Josiah Mori, Matty Tyler, Gabriel Price, Dylan Bennet, Chris Parenteau, Jonathan Brinias, Luke Mori, Mike Parenteau and Zeke Grimshaw.
Click here for the European Rugby Champions Cup Round 5 fixturesRepresentatives from Europe’s top professional leagues, the Aviva Premiership, the Guinness PRO12 and the TOP 14, are in the running both for the last eight as well as the critical advantage of a home quarter-final, and all Champions Cup matches will be televised live on either BT Sport, Sky Sports or Sky Italia.Holders, Saracens, have their sights set on another Champions Cup milestone when they travel to Scarlets live on Sky Sports on Sunday seeking a record 14th straight win in the tournament (watch a compilation video of their 13 wins here).As the only club to date with four wins, Sarries have breathing space at the top of Pool 3 and they can book their place in the quarter-finals with another victory, but will be wary of an opposition that has won both of this season’s matches at Parc y Scarlets. RC Toulon meet Sale Sharks in the other match in the pool hoping to further their claim for a spot in the last eight.Last weekend’s bonus point victory for Munster Rugby over Racing 92 has put them in control of Pool 1 and they can also qualify for the quarter-finals if they get the better of Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun on Saturday.There is plenty at stake at the Ricoh Arena too where Wasps clash with Toulouse in a repeat of the 2004 final live on BT Sport. The two clubs are locked on 13 points at the top of a highly-competitive Pool 2 along with Connacht Rugby, who host Zebre Rugby.Three-time tournament winners, Leinster Rugby, can secure their place in the last eight with victory over Montpellier when Round 5 of the Champions Cup kicks off at the RDS Arena tomorrow evening.ASM Clermont Auvergne are the leading TOP 14 contenders and they can also progress to the knockout stage if they get the better of Bordeaux-Bègles at Stade Chaban-Delmas on Sunday.Meanwhile, Harlequins and Edinburgh Rugby are well versed in Challenge Cup crunch matches having been tournament winners in 2001, 2004 and 2011, and runners-up in 2015 respectively. Their Pool 5 confrontation at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday could be defining as a bonus-point win for Quins will almost certainly see them through to the last eight.Click here for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Round 5 fixturesBristol Rugby take back-to-back wins over Pau into the resumption of their West Country rivalry with Bath Rugby at Ashton Gate Stadium live on BT Sport. Tomorrow’s Pool 4 clash could go a long way to deciding the pool with Bristol currently in third spot, three points behind leaders Bath and Cardiff Blues, who entertain Pau.Ospreys are the only club with a maximum 20 point-haul and they can seal a home quarter-final with a win when Lyon visit the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Once again, fans will be expecting the traditional nailbiting drama associated with Rounds 5 and 6 and if some clubs see qualification for the quarter-finals as a long shot at the moment, it’s worth remembering that Exeter Chiefs won their Champions Cup pool last season with 16 points. The road to the Edinburgh finals and possible European glory next May will become clearer over the coming two weekends as coveted knockout stage places are on the line for Champions Cup and Challenge Cup contenders alike.
Northwestern State will take on No. 1 seed Stephen F. Austin in the semifinals of the conference tournament tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 p.m. CT. Balanced effort across the board from you guys. Offensively, defensively, you had 12 digs, 12 assist. What’s the difference between this match and the other two against Sam Houston? The Lady Demons were even more impressive defensively in the second set, holding the Bearkats to a -.088 hitting percentage while hitting .200. Northwestern State’s first team all-conference selection senior right-side hitter Mackenzie Neely led offensively with three kills in eight attempts. Senior outside hitter Stacey DiFrancesco led defensively for the Lady Demons with five digs as senior setter Emily Johnson and sophomore libero Bailey Martin combined for another six. Sam Houston State’s freshman outside hitter Brooke White had a set high six digs. “Yes, yes. Offense is a huge part of the game. I think our offense has been very good until a couple of weeks ago. I know we have a setter with a bad back. We have some health issues we don’t talk about a lot. I am being very up front and honest with you. We got about four players out … uh … we just got some injuries that we are struggling through. And I think they are coming to the forefront.” “Our offense was terrible.” Northwestern State captured the first set 25-16 with strong defense, holding Sam Houston State to a -.070 hitting percentage. The Lady Demons hit .167 for the set as redshirt-junior outside hitter Caiti O’Connell led with four kills on six attempts for a .500 hitting percentage. Sophomore setter Natalie Jaeger made a set high eight digs in the opening set for Northwestern State. All told, the Lady Demons hit .198 on the night while holding Sam Houston State to a -.026 hitting percentage. Caiti O’Connell led offensively for Northwestern State with eight total kills on 13 attempts. Natalie Jaeger recorded 12 digs for the Bearkats to lead on defense. Sam Houston States’ Wells-Gibson had a match high 12 kills for the Bearkats, while sophomore libero Claire Kilpatrick tallied a match high 17 digs. “When our middle went down a couple weeks ago, and I did not think that she could get in. Then all of a sudden she gets out here and practices like a crazy lady and this is exactly how I feel you are asking me. I had already turned in my line up and it is kind hard to sub out two people for one. I thought we took too long to get started after that. I think it was our lack of… we just been out of sync for the last couple weeks. And I don’t know what it is. I think that the match could have gone either way at particular times. But for me, I don’t know. I just don’t think my team has played that well the last two weeks. I just don’t know what to say other than that. It is not anything in particular that they did. They played good. But you are asking me to compare the three times we played each other. I don’t know.” Box ScorePhoto GalleryNo. 5 Northwestern State 3, No. 4 Sam Houston State 0NATCHITOCHES, La. – Tournament host and fifth seeded Northwestern State defeated fourth seeded Sam Houston State 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-23) in the Southland Volleyball Tournament Friday evening to wrap up quarterfinal action. The Lady Demons move on to the semifinals for the second year in a row after reaching the championship match a year ago. “Started to turn it around…” Obviously you have played great defense all year long. But did you foresee holding a team like that to a negative three percentage? “Oh, I completely agree. I think tonight all of our hitters were on. I think it just comes down to everyone, you know Caiti, Glynna, Vanessa; everyone was going out their swinging with all they had. And I think that is a big part on why we won this because we were aggressive the entire time against them.” For tournament information, including a link to live stats, go to Southland.org. Semifinal matches of the tournament will be streamed live on the Southland Conference Digital Network.QuotesNorthwestern State Co-Head Coach Hugh Hernesman “We kind of put her on an island defensively. We put her in a position to dig a lot of balls and she did that. When she got the opportunity, she made those digs. That opportunity today for Natalie was to make some big plays and stand out. She is an unsung player in our program. She’s had a big year; she makes good decisions and plays with a lot of intensity.” “I really just think that tonight, we clicked on all facets of our game. Obviously, because it is a conference tournament, everyone comes out with a different mentality to really compete and do whatever it takes to win. And I think tonight, we definitely had that mentality and we were just ready to do whatever it takes to get the victory.” On facing Sam Houston’s Deveney Wells-Gibson The third set, it looked like you turned it around, but obviously… It certainly was a different outcome from when you guys came here (NSU). It was a tough back and forth in the season. From your estimation, what was difference between the meetings from before and tonight? “Each time around we had a good game plan against them. The first time we played them we didn’t execute it at all. The second time we played them, we executed it but struggled offensively which was why we lost. Today, we really came together.” On winning its first match in three tries vs. SHSU this season Northwestern State Setter Natalie Jaeger “I think it definitely was different from when we played them in the past. But I think again, a lot of that is credit to our blockers. Our blockers did a great job. Defensively we left it all out on the floor. And we really executed the system that we out to execute tonight.” Offensively, Caiti O’Connell hitting .462, Glynna was good. Again, kind of the same thing on offense as it was on defense. From your stand point, do you agree or disagree? You touched on a little slow offensively. “I would be remised if I didn’t acknowledge the career that Deveney (Wells-Gibson) has had at Sam Houston. She is probably one of the best this conference has ever seen. We blocked them early and we served really well early.” Sam Houston State Head Coach Brenda Gray A little too late at that point On the play of NSU sophomore Natalie Jaeger In the third set, Northwestern State hit .222 and clinched the match with a 25-3 victory. The Lady Demons continued their defensive presence but Sam Houston State improved its hitting percentage to .081. Mackenzie Neely and Caiti O’connell combined for six kills for Northwestern State, while Bailey Martin contributed four digs. Sam Houston State first team all-conference senior outside hitter Deveney Wells-Gibson had a set high six kills on 10 attempts for the Bearkats.