Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

September 8, 2013

IUK volleyball improves to 10-1

Kokomo Tribune

---- — 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.

“Let me assure you the situation is under control,” Abe said. “It has never done and will never do any damage to Tokyo.”

Costa Rica tops U.S. in World Cup qualifier

Johnny Acosta and Celso Borges scored as Costa Rica burst ahead in the first 9 minutes, and Joel Campbell added a goal on a late counterattack as the Ticos beat the visiting United States 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier Friday night at San Jose.

Clint Dempsey, making his 100th international appearance, converted a penalty kick in the 43rd minute and nearly tied the score with a 20-yard shot off a post in the 60th minute.

Costa Rica (4-1-2), avenging a March loss to the U.S. in a Colorado snow storm, ended the Americans’ team-record 12-game winning streak.

Fever clinch playoff berth with win over Sun

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tamika Catchings had 15 points, six rebounds and four steals to help the Indiana Fever beat the Connecticut Sun 69-60 Saturday night, clinching a playoff berth for the ninth straight year.

Erlana Larkins had 12 points and six rebounds and Jessica Breland added 12 points and nine rebounds for the defending champion Fever (15-16), who have won three of four.

Kelsey Griffin had 14 points and seven rebounds and Tan White had 13 points for Sun (8-23), who lost for the eighth time in their last nine games.

Rene Montgomery tied the score at 44-all before Catchings made two free throws and a jumper to give the Fever a 48-44 lead.

The Fever went on an 8-2 run in the fourth to take a 58-48 lead when Breland hit a free throw with 6:16 left.