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September 8, 2013

IUK volleyball improves to 10-1

IUK Volleyball runs season record to 10-1

Indiana University Kokomo’s volleyball team picked up Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference wins over Brescia University and St. Louis College of Pharmacy Saturday to improve to 10-1 on the season.

The Cougars topped Brescia in the opener, 25-14, 25-12, 25-13.

Micayla Speidel led IUK with 11 kills, while Rachel Allen added six. Cortney Hansen dished out 15 assists while Kaitlyn Emery added seven. Lael Burrus led the back row with 13 digs, while Hansen added eight.

In IUK’s second match of the day, it picked up a 25-20, 25-22, 25-20 win over St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

Speidel pounded out 17 more kills to lead the Cougars to victory, with Allen adding 12 and Kaley Harness eight. Hansen distributed 45 more assists in the win. Burrus led the back row again with 16 more digs, while Kaleigh Ensley added seven.

Tokyo chosen to host 2020 Olympic Games

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Olympics on Saturday, capitalizing on its reputation as a “safe pair of hands” and defying concerns about the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Tokyo defeated Istanbul 60-36 in the final round of secret voting Saturday by the International Olympic Committee. Madrid was eliminated earlier after an initial tie with Istanbul.

Tokyo, which hosted the 1964 Olympics, billed itself as the safe and reliable choice at a time of global political and economic uncertainty.

“Tokyo can be trusted to be the safe pair of hands and much more,” bid leader and IOC member Tsunekazu Takeda said in the final presentation. “Our case today is simple. Vote for Tokyo and you vote for guaranteed delivery. ... Tokyo is the right partner at the right time.”

Tokyo had been on the defensive in the final days of the campaign because of mounting concerns over the leak of radioactive water from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

In the final presentation before the vote, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave the IOC assurances that the Fukushima leak was not a threat to Tokyo and took personal responsibility for keeping the games safe.

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