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Roth solid in one inning of work BASEBALL from page 12 in what has been a tough season for the former standout. He gave up no earned runs on two hits in just an inning of work. The Quakers (12-19, 1-11 Ivy) will take the momentum from yesterday’s victory into tomorrow and Sunday when they play archrival Princeton (13-14, 5-7) in two doubleheaders. The Tigers are currently tied for first in the Gehrig Division — despite the losing Ivy record — while the Quakers are in last place. Even though Penn has performed poorly so far in Ivy League play, a good record against Princeton this weekend will put the Quakers in decent position in the division. “Princeton has a very talented lineup,” Cole said. “They have power, so you got to keep them in the ballpark.” Probably the greatest issue for Penn this season has been letting up at one critical point in a game. The Red and Blue have blown multiple late leads this year — including against Cornell last weekend — and have been prone to allowing big innings. “We have to put together a complete game in all aspects,” senior captain Jeff Cellucci said. “That includes hitting,

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Lauren Sadaka, the Quakers’ only senior, will play the last matches of her career against Columbia and Cornell this weekend. do have a better 4-13 overall record). One spot where Penn has been consistent in Ivy play is at the No. 3 doubles spot. Sadaka and freshman Emily Wolf have yet to lose a doubles match against an A ncient Eight team. “The two of us have really high intensity on every single

point and great focus,” Wolf said. “We coordinate and communicate well, and I think that’s how we have our success.” Wolf also attributes the duo’s perfect record to their “mixed” attack. “She has a really consistent game, and I have a really big serve and aggressive game,”

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pitching and fielding over nine innings.” “We haven’t finished games out this season,” Cole added. “It happens, but we got to stop it; there’s been too many.” The Quakers’ pitching has also struggled this season. The team’s combined earned run average is at 6.97. However, the Quakers now seem to have a possible future ace in freshman Chris McNulty. McNulty recorded the Quakers’ lone Ivy League w i n a g a i n st C or nel l l a st weekend after pitching nine strong innings and yielding only three earned runs on six hits. “Chris McNulty has really come on, and that kid is getting better each time he comes on,” Cole said. “He’ll probably see some time on the mound this weekend; there’s no question about it.” An added variable this weekend will be the Penn-Princeton rivalry, which every so often delivers unpredictable results. “Obv iously, a l l t he Iv y League games are important, and that’s what we play for,” Cellucci said. “But we turn it up another notch when we play Princeton.”

W. LAX from page 12 — which Penn edged, 7-6, last Saturday — cr ushed the Bears, 16-1, March 28. In addition, with a 10-5 win over the Tigers Wednesday, the Quakers have already clinched the Iv y League’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament in May. Recent history is also on Penn’s side. The situation lead ing up to the Brow n match has been identical in each of the last two years: Penn entered at 6-0 in the Ivy League with a chance to clinch. In both games Penn dominated , w inning 12- 4 in 2007 and 12-5 in 2008. In fact, Penn last lost to Brown in 2003 and is 21-9 all-time against the Bears. But even though the game looks like it’s in the bag, the Red and Blue do not want to underestimate their competition. And after the Princeton game, the team hopes to tighten up offensively. “Princeton pressured us out a lot,” coach Karin Brower said. “We struggled getting open a little bit. We got back checked a little bit. With the pressure we turned the ball over a bit more than I’d like, but luckily our defense came up with it.” Brower especially wants

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Wolf said. And Sadaka’s consistency is rubbing off on Wolf. “She’s taught me how to play under pressure,” Wolf said. “She’s an amazing leader. We’ve had a tough year, and she’s been positive throughout and really trying to keep us together.” The Quakers believe their chances of clinching wins in both matches this weekend are good. “I think our team has come up on the short [end of the stick] in a couple matches,” Schiffman said. “Hopefully we’ve learned from that and are able to turn it around.” As for Sadaka, she just can’t believe the end is so near. “I would just tell my team not to take for granted any match that they play,” she said. “I’d love to pass on my spirit on the court and my determination. I really give it my all when I play, and I’d love to see the other players come back next year with that same passion.” “We’re ready to lay it all out on the line — no regrets,” Schiffman added. “Win or lose.”

her team to be more aggressive within the offensive third, where she saw her team miss scoring opportunities against Princeton. “We’re not always going to get those breaks down there — where they throw the ball away or they don’t make a great pass and we get the ball,” she said. As the end of Ivy League play approaches, the Quakers are anticipating facing No. 1 Northwestern a week from tomorrow in Evanston, Ill. The Wildcats (14-0) beat the R ed a nd Blue in the NCA A championship game last year. But the Quakers do not want to get too far ahead of themselves. With the long anticipated NCAA tournament on the horizon, Brower wants to make sure her team doesn’t let the Brown contest become a trap game. Looking ahead to Northwestern “ is always a concern,” she said. “We’ve got to go and do what we need to do on Saturday and it’s on grass, which is never easy. We’ve got to stay focused on what we’re doing.” Ultimately, as Brower has stressed to her team, the chance to go undefeated in conference play should be enough of an impetus to play with urgency. “I said to them, ‘We don’t want to share this with anyone.’” — Sports Editor Zach Klitzman contributed reporting to this article.

Terps have no problem starting fast M. LAX from page 12 games of really controlling the pace,” Andrzejewski said. But they will have a tough time against the men from College Park, Md. The Terps sport a stout 7.49 goals against average. Add to that Maryland’s propensity for starting games off quickly — they have outscored opponents 36-16 in the first quarter this season — and the Red and Blue might be in trouble. “[Senior midfield Dan] Groot is as talented as any middie in the country,” Voelker said. “The other two middies are super, super athletic.” And at attack, sophomore Grant Catalino has amassed an impressive 22 goals and 17 assists in the Terrapins’ 12 games thus far. This could be a serious problem for the Quakers. They may have a hard time coming back from an early defi-

few points away from having at least two more Ivy wins,” DeVore said. Though the team’s first five Ivy matches may not have gone as scripted — Penn only won its match at home against Dartmouth last Friday — the Red and Blue have a chance to end on a high note with two teams with Ivy title aspirations on deck. First up for the Quakers is a trip to New York to match up with the Lions, whom DeVore proclaimed “the favorite” to win the league. Columbia — currently tied for first in the league with Brown — is led by Romanian senior Bogdan Borta at No. 1 and Jon Wong, the only sophomore named first team All-Ivy last year, at No. 2. “Their t alent level is I think the best in the league,” DeVore said. “They’re going to be — to put it mildly — up for the match, because we could play spoiler.” Since Penn has already proven that it can beat Cornell — the Quakers defeated the Big Red 4-3 at the ECAC Championships Feb. 14 — it is Friday’s matchup that is circled on the team’s calendar. “Beating Columbia at Columbia would be a huge deal,

regardless of where we’re going to finish in the conference,” DeVore said. A road victory at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center would certainly be a highlight of what has been a frustrating ending to Boym’s career. The team’s lone senior continues to battle a shoulder injury that allowed him to play only three matches last spring. “He’s a shadow of his former self,” his coach said. “I’d say he’s probably 50 percent of his capacity of what he was two years ago,” when he was first team All-Ivy. “It’s been probably one of t he t oug hest t h i ngs I ever went through,” Boym admitted. “One of the biggest challenges is to get out there … and know that I’m not competing at my highest level — the level I used to be competing at.” Through the pain, the teamfirst Boym realizes how far he’s come this past year. “A year ago I could barely finish one match in the Ivy League,” the Marlboro, N.J., native said. “Now I’m going to finish all the matches.” The former Iv y League Rookie of the Year’s emotions will surely be running high during his final weekend of Ivy matches. “I really don’t believe it; it feels like I’m going to be here next year and the year after,” Boym said. “It’s tough to swallow for now, but I’ll wor r y about it after ward instead of thinking about it now. It’s probably better for the team.”

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Anna Puglisi has batted .125 this season, which is indicative of the Quakers’ overall struggles at the plate in 2009.

Road-weary Quakers glad to be home Softball from page 12 field and they hit home runs on that little, tiny field,” King said. “Our field is bigger, which will provide more of a challenge for them hitting wise.” (The Tigers average .81 homers per game, second in the league.) The Red and Blue might also benefit from the unexpected rest that came this week when their Tuesday doubleheader against Villanova was canceled due to rain. “This time of year the weekend road games can be tiring,” King said. “We’ve been able to practice over the last couple of days and … refocus.” “I think it was good for us

to get a break,” agreed junior Keiko Uraguchi. “Being away for two weeks is tiring … so having Tuesday off was really good for us. I think energy is going to be key.” Luckily for Penn, Princeton is coming off a road split at Rutgers yesterday. If Penn wants to take this Ancient Eight showdown, it will need improvement in more than one aspect of play. The team allowed Cornell to score 36 times in last weekend’s two doubleheaders and has only put 18 of its own runs on the board in the last six games. Still, many different players have helped contribute offensively, which suggests that all the components of a winning team are present. Perhaps the only thing missing is that elusive formula for consistent success. “We just have to go out as hard as we can,” Uraguchi said. “It’s … going to be who shows up to play to win on Saturday.”

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Garvey Heiderman (31) fights for possession amid three Maryland midfielders in the 2007 matchup at Franklin Field. Maryland is 9-0 all time against the Quakers. cit if attackmen Alex Weber and Morgan Griff don’t explode like they did against the Bears (they had a combined five goals and one assist). Compared to Catalino, Andrzejewski has 17 goals and six assists. That does not seem like a terrible contrast, until a look at the Terps’ roster reveals not one

but five other players aside from Catalino with at least 11 goals of their own. And two of them have 17, matching Andrzejewski. Voelker understands the sort of depth that Maryland brings to the field. “I mean, they got a lot of guys,” Voelker said. “[Catalino’s] got a lot of points, but they have a bunch of other guys that

have some points.” And he knows just what this means for his team. “We have our work cut out for us on both ends of the field,” he said. “[Maryland has] some big guys on the defensive end, some really big guys at the attack.” But if the Quakers continue to embrace the role of spoiler, anything can happen.

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This is the last chance for the women’s tennis team. As the Quakers close their 2009 season with matches against Columbia and Cornell this weekend, the Quakers will try to avoid a winless Ivy League season, in sole senior and team captain Lauren Sadaka’s last weekend wearing the red and blue. “We’re hoping to end the season on a high note since we’ve struggled a little bit up to this point,” interim coach Sarah Schiffman said. “The team, more than anything, really wants to bring in a victory for Lauren. She’s had such a great year.” Both teammates and fans will be able to honor Sadaka at the Quakers’ Senior Day match today against the Lions at 2 p.m. on Lott Courts. But Sadaka’s final career match will be tomorrow in Ithaca, N.Y., when the Quakers take on sixth-place Cornell (6-12, 2-3 Ivy). Fortunately for the Quakers, today’s matchup will give the Red and Blue (1-14, 0-5) a great chance to finally get a league win: Columbia is tied for seventh with Penn in the Ivy rankings with an identical 0-5 league mark (though they

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in-bounds pass to beat the Lions — and his younger brother Steve, a freshman on Columbia’s team. It was an exciting finish toward the end of what stood out. Instead, we went was otherwise a disappointing with Lange, the junior squash season (see below). star who was Ivy Player of the Honorable Mention: TasiYear and finished second in the gianis’ overtime goal, W. Lax national individual tournament attack Becca Edwards’ OT for the third consecutive year. goal versus Dartmouth. Honorable Mention: Hoops Best non-Penn sports stoF Carrie Biemer. ry: The Phillies’ 2008 World Men’s Coach of the Year: Series championship beats Dave Micahnik (Fencing). out Villanova’s Final Four run Just like male P.O.Y., this award in a close race because it endcame down to fencing and soc- ed the 25-year streak without a cer. While Rudy Fuller did lead major professional championthe soccer team to its second ship for Philadelphia. title in 28 years, Micahnik Biggest women’s disapcoached men’s fencing to an pointment: Soccer. Darren undefeated season, while also Ambrose’s squad won the Ivy coaching a successful women’s League title in 2007 with a 13team. And because the Hall of 4-1, 6-1 Ivy record. With every Famer announced his retiresingle player returning for the ment April 20, consider this a 2008 season, the Quakers had lifetime achievement award. high hopes of repeating. But Women’s Coach of the for whatever reason, Penn just Year: Karin Brower (Lax). couldn’t get it going, as a disBrower didn’t really have any competition for this award, but it’s important to note that the Quakers lost seven senior starters from last year’s national runner-up squad, yet started out 2009 with a program-record 13-game winning streak. If nothing else, that shows that Brower’s player development and recruiting efforts have successfully paid off. Game of the Year: The M. Soccer game against Harvard that clinched the Ivy League title was one for the ages. In a classic defensive struggle, the game was 0-0 at the end of regulation. Five minutes into OT Loukas Tasigianis emerged as the hero, scoring on a one-on-one breakaway to give Penn a share of the Ivy title. Honorable Mention: W. Lax’s 7-6 overtime win vs. Dartmouth, Football’s 24-21 loss vs. Harvard that ended when Penn threw an interception in the end zone. Play of the Year: Kevin Egee’s buzzer-beater at Columbia was incredible even if it was in a meaningless game. With just 1.9 seconds left and Penn down by two, Egee nailed a 35-footer off an

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Within a couple of minutes, both sides had racked up more points than in whole matches of the international test rugby series that just wrapped in Britain. I’ll roll with this, I thought. Soon, my selective memory of high school gym class kicked in, and I began to get a grip on the rules. I was particularly impressed with the 35-second scoring limit. I’d forgotten just how fast basketball is, and that rule made the tournament so excit-

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to bring cheerleaders and its mean-looking mascot to the Classic. Although they may have inspired Temple’s large crowd, even their gymnastics couldn’t rally the players. The teams slogged away for an hour and a half, both sides missing multitudes of shots. The former basketball referee I was sitting next to was clearly mad at what a mess the teams were making of his beloved sport. Anticlimactic though it was, the game was certainly educational. I guess I had a rounded experience at the Philly Classic: a high-scoring game, a great story and a complete mess. I enjoyed my college basketball debut, and I’ll be back to the Palestra for sure.

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Temple. I don’t envy my hoops beat colleagues after listening to those guys all night. I was impressed by the high score of the first game, (Siena won, 99-79) but my favorite match by far was the tense narrative of Delaware vs. Virginia Tech. It was a close match throughout, with Delaware constantly trailing but by little enough to keep the game interesting. Time after time, Delaware’s Blue Hens caught up only to miss a crucial shot and let the Hokies increase their lead. Eventually, to the delight of its supporters, Delaware finally went ahead — for all of five seconds. In a thrilling climax straight out of a bad sports movie, the Blue Hens forced a tie in the last minute — only to get clobbered in overtime. I also have to thank Temple and St. John’s for teaching me what bad basketball looks like. Temple was the only team

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Fresh take on Quakers-Tigers rivalry Penn twice as nice in major Ivy tests WRESTLING Missouri and Penn face off in several crucial bouts at Penn State Open |

BY ALEX SIEGEL Staff Writer The Penn wrestling team may have found a new rival in No. 17 Missouri, as the Quakers are surely sick of a Tigers squad that they faced multiple times yesterday. Penn traveled west to Happy Valley yesterday to compete in the Penn State Open to face off against a multitude of nationally ranked teams which also included Virginia (18) and Penn State (13). But for the most notable Penn wrestlers, it was bouts against Missouri that sealed their fates. The highlight of the Open for the Red and Blue was junior Bryan Ortenzio’s domination of

the 133-pound weight class. He defeated University City rival, Drexel’s Frank Cimato, in the semifinals, and then clinched the championship by pinning Mizzou’s Nathan McCormick right at the four-minute mark in the finals. “Ortenzio had a nice tournament,” Penn coach Rob Eiter said. “He got a nice win under his belt, and he made some real good adjustments.” Also starring for the Quakers was junior Zack Kemmerer, who finished second in the highly competitive 141-pound weight class . He won five bouts before finally falling to Mizzou’s Todd Schavrien —

who is No. 18 in the nation — in the championship. “Zach Kemmerer really stood out well in a very crowded, very tough weight class, which was one of the toughest weights in the tournament,” Ortenzio said. “I think he avenged some of his earlier losses [of the season] as well.” Another grappler to note was junior captain and thirdplace finisher Scott Giffin , who lost a heartbreaker to No. 15 Dorian Henderson — yet another Tigers wrestler. Fellow junior Gabriel Burak took home sixth place after losing in the consolation championship in the 165-pound weight class. The rest of the bouts were a little tougher for the Red and Blue. The squad was somewhat shorthanded for the tournament, as injuries prevented Penn from even featuring a

wrestler in the 149-pound and 285-pound weight classes. Many other divisions were headlined by freshmen, who went a combined 3-8 on the day. All three wins were comebacks. “Some less experienced wrestlers tend to wrestle better and harder when they’re down a couple points,” Eiter said. “For some reason a light clicks on in their head. So we’re trying to start that way instead of waiting until we need a takedown.” After holding its own against nationally ranked competition, Penn thinks its national standing will only improve. “If we can keep our focus up and keep our training level intense, I think that were going to keep wrestling well and ultimately make some noise nationally,” Ortenzio said.

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In what may prove to be the most rigorous weekend of the season — the women’s squash team played back-to-back games against top Ivy competition — Penn proved that it can play with anyone. For the fourth year in a row, the Quakers will head into winter break undefeated after beating Yale and Brown. In the first game of the weekend, Penn defeated the talented Bulldogs at almost every position, 8-1. While Penn was confident in the win, the score was the most surprising factor. “The result was a lot more decisive than a lot of people thought and we were really pleased with that,” senior Christina Matthias said of the victory over Yale (2-2, 0-2). The most highly anticipated matchup was between Yale junior Logan Greer and Penn star Kristen Lange, who have battled in tight five-game matches the last two years. Yet the match was anticlimactic, as Lange easily dispatched Greer 3-0. The Quakers’ only loss came at No. 2. Freshman Nabilla Ariffin put up a tough fight in a fivegame battle but was edged 3-2 by Yale senior Alia Aziz. Ariffin had an initial 2-1 advantage but came up short in the final two games, 13-11 and 11-8. The Red and Blue (4-0) carried their momentum from the day before and swept Brown (0-3, 0-3) 9-0 yesterday with 3-0 wins in every position. “I think if anything there was

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A fter the Red and Blue dropped their first set to Army, 25-18, they seemed to be headed for another early Tourney exit. But things changed as soon as the teams switched sides for the second set. “Well, the momentum did change,” Carr said after the match. “What I’ve been saying all season long, about our being able to respond, has made us into a winning team.” The Quakers hit .313 as a team over the next three sets, all of which they won. They leapt out to an 11-5 lead in the second set, and went on to win it 25-20. “When our heads go down, we just pick them up and go to the next level,” Carr added. “We don’t let a misstep affect us into the next set or the next game.” Penn dominated the third and fourth sets, winning them by scores of 25-18 and 25-16, respectively. Ivy League Player of the Year Elizabeth Semmens lived up to her title, hitting .308 with 22 kills and 14 digs. Junior Madison Wojciechowski led the defense as usual, with a match-high 28 digs. “I was thinking after that first

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ONLINE For a recap of the M en’s S quash matches, see thedp.com an emotional high that comes after a big win and they carried that straight through,” coach Jack Wyant said. Ariffin bounced back from a tough loss the day before to defeat No. 2 sophomore Nikoo Fadaifard in one of the quickest matches of the afternoon. “Nebilla is a classy player,” Wyant said. Most impressive, however, is that the sweep came without seniors Sydney Scott and Britt Hebden, who did not play due to minor injuries. Wyant was confident enough in his rookies to let them finish the game. And the Quakers proved that their youth is an asset, not a weakness. “It’s definitely not a surprise that we’re doing so well,” Matthias said. “It might have been a question in some minds because we came in with five freshmen, but they’ve just been amazing and [have] really come through.” Wyant, for his part, is anything but concerned with his team’s inexperience. “This is the most talented team I’ve ever coached and we have the opportunity to do really well this year,” Wyant said.

game — we didn’t want to come all the way to Penn State and lose,” Wojciechowski said. “We wanted to win. That’s what we were working for all season.” Yet the Quakers weren’t as fortunate Saturday night against the Tournament’s top seed Penn State who entered the match with a 33-0 record and a 97-game winning streak. The defend ing national champions, Penn State swept all three sets to win the secondround match — but not without a fight. The Quakers, however, held a 19-16 lead in the first set before eventually dropping it 25-20. They’d lose the next two sets, 25-17 and 25-16, in competitive fashion, punctuating a bittersweet ending to their historic season. There was one bright spot, however, as junior setter Megan Tryon broke the school record for assists in a season with her 30 in the match, bringing her season total to 1,328. “I’m proud of everything these ladies did in approaching the whole season,” Carr told Penn Athletics, “especially the tough matches like this one.” Even Penn State coach Russ Rose was moved by Penn’s play. “They were doing what you’d expect a team to do in a situation where they have nothing to lose,” Rose told Penn Athletics. “They played hard, they kept their heads up, and I respect that and admire it.”

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Horn wraps up first season Coach discusses team’s play, preparation for upcoming year Michael Aguilar SPORTS EDITOR

Time cha nges a lot of t hings. Perspect ive on a basketbal l season is one t hing t hat t ime can certainly change. T h at seem s to b e t he case for USC coach Darrin Horn. Horn met with the media on Tuesday for a roundtable discussion of his f irst season w it h t he Gamecocks, a season that we nt muc h b et t er t h a n expected but fi nished with disappointment. Carolina was picked to fi nish fifth in the SEC East, but the Gamecocks posted a record strong enough to tie for the top of the eastern half of the conference. That record, however, was not good enough to get USC into t he NCA A Tournament. Once Carolina got wind that it wouldn’t be in the NCAA, disappointment seemed to take over as the Gamecocks made a f irstround exit in the NIT. However, a week later Horn is look ing back on his fi rst season in Columbia with a positive attitude. “I t hink we made a lot of prog ress,” Horn said. “Whether it’s win total or how we played. Again, from day one and to ever y day forward regardless of what

poi nt we’re at a nd what we’re talking about, it’s always going to be about the program for us.” The Gamecocks made a huge step forward programw i s e a s t he G a me c o c k s mustered double-digit SEC wins for only the third time. Behind victory came support from Carolina fans of all ages, but especially from the USC student body. Horn acknowledged the student support and its importance to the future of the USC basketball program. “We talked about wanting to make a home court advantage at the Colonial Life A rena, a nd I don’t think there’s any question that happened,” Horn said. “ T h at ’s a c re d it t o ou r fans, especially our student fans.” Horn only allowed for a short time of ref lection before talk quickly turned to the 2009-2010 season. While the Gamecocks will lose key players in graduating seniors Zam Fredrick and Branden Conrad, there will be much of this season’s roster intact when play resumes in November. USC will be thanking its lucky stars when it returns so much experience to the court in a game that rarely sees players stay until their senior seasons. “I think experience plays a big role, experience in how we’re going to do things, experiencing some success on the court,” Horn said.

“Knowing that you can do it and a big part of that is knowing how to handle it if you do have some.” Overall, Horn had a positive attitude about this past season and recognized that t here was much learning a nd i mprovement to b e done. Nonetheless, he admitted he would have been surprised with this result when he took the Carolina job last April. Horn also discussed junior guard Devan Downey’s future at the press conference, saying only that he was responsible for “doing what’s best for Devan.” At this point the only thing that is clear is that Downey’s future is uncertain. USC f reshman A lshon Jeffery may be doing double time. Jeffery was recruited by USC coach Steve Spurrier to play football but also expressed interest in playing basketball. Horn said that he had discussed the possibilities with Jeffery but the decision on whether or not the young athlete could play would ultimately be up to Spurrier. USC assistant coach Scott C he r r y w a s a n nou nc e d Wed ne sd ay a s t he head coach of High Point University and is leaving USC after one season at Carolina and two seasons as an assistant to Horn.

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USC coach Darrin Horn watches from the sidelines during his first season as a coach at USC. The Gamecocks finished the year with a first round loss in the NIT.

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W hen just looking at the numbers, the South Carolina men’s basketball team was extremely proficient from an offensive standpoint. The Gamecocks fi nished the season second in the league in points per game, with an average 78.2 points per contest. The only team to finish higher than them was Ten nessee — who swept the season series with Carolina. Individually, point guard Devan Downey f inished t hird in the leag ue in points per game with 19.8, while s e n i o r Z a m Fr e d r i c k finished in tenth place . However, USC never truly ran a specific offense, as much of the scoring output seemed to come from Downey or Fredrick driving the lane, creating one-on-one matchups and ultimately shooting the ball or dishing it out on the wing. That ended up costing the Gamecocks, a s Dow ne y con nec ted on just 10 of his fi nal 34 attempts, or 29 percent, during USC’s last t wo games — both of which were losses.

While the offense seemed to be the strong point for USC this past season, defense looked to be its Achilles heel. Carolina gave up an average of 71.3 points per contest this season, good for just ninth place in the conference . The Gamecocks’ transition defense seemed to be the focal point of the problem and was prominently brought into the spotlight in USC’s first loss to Tennessee. However, much of the transition problems lay with the style of defense head coach Darrin Horn plays — an aggressive, trapping defense. That seemed to be a high-risk, high-reward style, as USC wound up in first place in the league in steals. Downey led that charge, as he recorded 89 steals on the season — also tops in the conference. Nick Calathes of Florida wound up in second, but finished with 21 fewer steals than Carolina’s star guard. The Gamecocks also became a shot-blocking force as the season progressed. Led by sophomore forward S a m M u l d r o w, w h o s e highlight reel came during a seven-block performance against Kentucky, USC fi nished fourth in the league in blocked shots per game.

I f a ny t h i n g c ou ld b e pointed to as the Gamecocks’ strength, it was their perimeter play. Dow ney and Fredrick were the focal point of Carolina’s season, as the two guards led their team to a 21-win season, including 10 victories in conference play. The two finished in the top ten in the league in scoring, and Dow ney led t he team in points per game, steals and assists. The two continually willed their team to victory, as Dow ney nipped Kentucky in Rupp Arena with his drive and score w it h 3.2 seconds left, allowing Carolina to escape by one. Fredrick one-upped him, as his layup with 5.1 seconds left helped USC beat Baylor by one on the road while his time-expiring layup against Florida put the senior in the national spotlight for a week. But it wasn’t just the Downey and Fredrick show, as reser ve g uard Brandis Raley-Ross won the Southeastern Conference’s Sixth Man Award by averaging seven points per contest off the bench. Evka Baniulis also contributed, as he connected on just under 50 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Team USA should play with pride

W hile the outside game proved vital to Carolina’s success, its inside game was part of its downfall. USC finished second-to-last or dead last in the league in all three rebounding categories — offensive rebounding, defensive rebounding and rebounding margin. In addition, no interior player for USC fi nished in the top 30 in the league in scoring. Despite the ugly numbers, sophomore Mike Holmes looked to be t he biggest bright spot for the Gamecocks this season. He finished sixth in the SEC in rebounding, averaged doubledigits in scoring and helped beat both Florida with his quarterback pass and Alabama with his time-expiring tip-in. Forward Sam Muldrow was impressive down the stretch. Despite not playing until midway through the season following a suspension and a nagging elbow injury, the sophomore was still able to collect 33 blocks — only four fewer than Holmes and fellow teammate Dominique Archie. However, Holmes’ and Muldrow’s performances weren’t enough to help USC down the stretch. Had they been able to be a force alongside their outstanding guards, USC might have been able to advance very far in the coveted NCAA Tournament.

Fa n s o f a l l s p o r t s , whether they are advocates for collegiate, professional or even high school teams, follow the same mentality with their favorite clubs: “What have you done for me lately?” The fact of the matter is South Carolina dropped four of its final five contests of the season. The Gamecocks struggled with both their inside game and their defense. However, USC fans must not forget what took place over the first four months of the season. Carolina won 20 or more games for the first time since the 2005-2006 season, which was also the last time they reached the postseason. It was the first time since 2003 that the team won those 20 victories entirely in the regular season. Carolina captured a share of the SEC East title for the first time since 1997 and finished with a winning record in the league for the first time since 1998. What Horn did with his team was amazing and in any other sport at USC, a share of a division title would earn an “A” ranking. But Horn can accomplish so much more at this school and with this program and, hopefully for Gamecock fans, the best is yet to come.

Three days ago the World Baseball Classic came to an end as Japan defeated Korea in extra innings to claim its second consecutive title in only two years of the contest’s existence. The finale concluded in the United States, a country who asserts the fact that baseball is its national pastime, though Team USA was nowhere to be found in the championship. They were bounced by Japan in the semifinals as the Americans failed to post an above-.500 record in the tournament for the second straight time. All throughout the classic it was obvious that Team USA didn’t want anything to do with this tournament. The MLB is one of the premier baseball leag ues in the world, though when it comes time to show pride SCOTT in your counWAGGONER t r y, no one Second-year bot hers to print participate. journalism student Stars such as Mark Teixeira and Ryan Howard didn’t feel the need to play and represent America. Noname pitchers like Joel Hanrahan and LaTroy Hawkins were on the roster, while reigning Cy Young Award winners Tim Lincecum and Cliff Lee weren’t. Meanwhile, all the other counties were well represented. MLB stars such as David Ortiz, Miguel Tejada and Jose Reyes all played for the Dominican Republic . Ichiro Suzuki and Daisuke Matsuzaka were the main reasons Japan was able to win it all again. Basically what it comes down to is that owners don’t want their players getting injured right before the season starts. Also, the desire to win the fairly young international tournament isn’t very high. Most MLB players would rather win the World Series than be champions of the world. Granted, the timing of the WBC couldn’t be any worse for Team USA. Spring training has begun for all MLB teams, as everyone is preparing to start the season. Nonetheless, teams play 162 games during the course of the season, so there is plenty of time to make up a poor start to the season. The turnout for the US in the tournament truly is a shame. Baseball has been a sport that has transcended American culture for years, and it’s embarrassing that we can’t win at our own sport. In the upcoming future, players in America need to realize the importance of playing for your country, as this will make sports in the U.S. so much rewarding for everyone. Money is a nice thing to play for, but to get the most out of sports, one should strive to play for something more than that.

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Assembly would support t hat a nd t hen it wou ld come down to the people who need to support high quality education for our children or not.” Ferillo said t he court case brought by t he 36 rural school districts is now before the South Carolina Supreme Court awaiting a final decision. “ T he w hole c ou nt r y needs to wake up to the crisis in America’s education,” Ferillo said. “We are slipping in our standing in the world and our economy depends entirely on a creative, educated workforce, one that has been schooled in math, science, technology and foreign languages. I think the Obama Administration gets it, and I think we’ll see more leadership and initiatives from the federal government now that we have more enlightened leadership in Washington.” Comments on this story? E-mail gamecocknews@sc.edu

School Petition Information To sign the petition, visit GoodbyeMinimallyAdequate. com. By signing the petition via the Web, “you are voicing your support of a constitutional amendment to replace South Carolina’s dismal standard of ‘minimally adequate’ with a new expectation of ‘high quality education’ for our public school children.” There are 47,800 signatures thus far.

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I-Comm Week prepares students Sixth annual event promotes communication, real world knowledge The Mass Communications and Information Studies College hosts its sixth a n nu a l I - C o m m We e k . There are a variety of events throughout the week to promote “how information and communication are essential to understanding the crisis at hand and the path beyond,” according to sc.edu. Cocky Award for Best Super Bowl Commercial 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Capstone Auditorium Cocky will present the award to USC alumni Chicago art director John Baker and copywriter Jeff Oswald. Taylor/Tomlin Award for Investigative Journalism 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Capstone Auditorium The LISSA Symposium — Writing and Talking Your Way into a Job 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Davis College, room 112 The Library and Infor-

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“Cause Marketing” presentation by Gloria Rosanio of CIGNA Corporate Communications. 2 to 3:15 p.m. Law School Auditorium An insurance company hopes to educate students on health care. It is composed of three courses: “Back to the Basics,” explaining health insurance; “What’s Your Plan,” outlining health care plans and “Take Action Now,” studying the Democratic and Republican parties’ health care platforms. The curriculum on the Web site is also available on Facebook, flickr.com, YouTube and iTunes podcasts.

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Women’s soccer looks to stay unbeaten Gamecocks look to maintain perfect record on Western division road trip in Mississippi Ryan Velasquez

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Two games into its conference schedule, the South Carolina women’s soccer team is still showing that this is no ordinary year. Coming off a 1-0 victory over Kentucky, the Gamecocks sit at 10-0-0 going into tomorrow’s match at Mississippi. After Sunday’s win over the Wildcats, Carolina fi nally broke into the nation’s top 10 rankings, coming in at No. 7 in the Soccer America poll and No. 8 in the NSCAA poll. This marks the highest it has been ranked in the history of the program. It’s also one of two teams that has won all of their its up to this point. “It’s very rewarding,” coach Shelley Smith said. “Earning national respect has been something we’ve wanted, and it’s great for the team to receive the recognition it deserves.” T h rough Ca rol i na’s f i r st 10 g a me s, goa l keeper Mollie Patton has been one of the team’s most notable contributors. Earning her eighth shutout in Sunday’s game, Patton set the school record for shutouts in a season. “Mollie’s been outstanding this season,” Smith said. “She’s made some key saves that have made a big difference for us.” Along with her record-breaking shutout total, Patton leads the nation with a 0.104 goals against average, having allowed only two goals all season. “Having Mollie in the goal has helped our defense play well,” Smith said. “It makes the defense more confident Sam Bennett / THE DAILY GAMECOCK knowing they can count on her and as a result makes the Sophomore forward Kayla Grimsley (4) has been a major part of USC’s 10-0-0 start with seven goals and 16 points on the entire team better.” season. Another noteworthy performer has been sophomore “Our focus will be on what we’ve done well,” Smith said. Kayla Grimsley. Leading the way on offense, Grimsley has against Kentucky. “The attention she draws on the field opens lots of “We’ll have a long drive to overcome, but we’ve got to be notched a team-leading 16 points, scoring seven goals and opportunities for others,” Smith said. “When she didn’t prepared to play like we’re coming out of our own locker two assists so far. “Kayla’s been a difference-maker on offense,” Smith score Sunday, she created lots of chances for others to room.” Kickoff is at 8 p.m. in Oxford, Miss. Carolina will also said. “She plays with a lot of confidence and has been a score. She’s a big reason for the number of goals we’ve play at Mississippi State on Sunday afternoon. scored this season.” great threat for us near the goal.” Tomorrow’s match at Ole Miss proves to be another Grimsley set a G amecock record t h is season for consecutive games with a point by scoring in the team’s challenge for the Gamecocks. With a 7-2-1 record, the Comments on this story? E-mail sagckspt@mailbox.sc.edu first nine matches. Her streak came to an end Sunday Rebels won’t be prepared to go down easily.

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A f ter some close matches t h is past weekend, the South Carolina volleyball t e a m hop e s t o i mprove on it s SE C con ference record w it h t wo more conference matches. Currently at 2-2, the Gamecocks head into another weekend homestand with a match Friday night against Tennessee and a Sunday matinee against Kentucky. “You’re always happy when you get the split in this conference,” coach Ben Somera said. “But at some point, we’re going to have to do more than that and win both games.” Last Friday, the Gamecocks lost a tough match to A labama despite dominating performances in the second and third sets. South Carolina also had a better hitting percentage (.290-.231) and won the ace (8-7) and dig (58-53) categories, while Alabama won the kills (63-58), assists (6153) and blocks (8.0-6.0). “You’ve got to give A labama credit,” Somera said. “They played the points that mattered better.” On Su nday, t he Gamecock s evened out t he conference record wit h a win over Mississippi State in front of 621 fans and a television audience. The team’s seniors led the way, as Meredith Moorhead posted a season-best 17 kills, libero Sarah Cline had 15 digs and senior setter Bridget Denson-Dorman had 42 assists. Juniors Megan Laughlin and Hannah Lawing

each added nine kills. Somera felt the team actually played better in its loss to Alabama, though. “ T he mo s t i mp o r t a nt t h i n g i s n’t necessarily a win but how we compete. Learning to compete as a unit, no matter who is in that unit with Ivana [Kujundzic] being out,” Somera said. “It will come down to how well we communicate, hustle and how disciplined we are.” Senior Ivana Kujundzic injured her ankle at the Mizuno Invitational II back in the beginning of September and is still not able to play. Kujundzic was the squad’s only preseason All-SEC selection and has led the Gamecocks in kills for the past two years. One of t he major stor ylines of t he weekend will be the match-up between Sarah Cline and Kentucky libero BriAnne S auer. B ot h h av e b e e n n a me d SE C Defensive Player of the Week. Cline was named the week of Sept. 14, while Sauer was just honored this past Monday. The Wildcats are undefeated in the league at 3-0, while Tennessee comes in at 2-1 in the SEC. “Tennessee is a good team; t hey’ve been to the tournament,” Somera said. “Kent uck y, I t h in k , is in posit ion to compete for a conference championship. Being competitive in these matches would mean something.” Comments on this story? E-mail sagckspt@mailbox.sc.edu

T h e C a r o l i n a m e n’s soccer team is heads to Orlando this weekend to face the Central Florida Knights. After a loss to the N.C. State Wolfpack, the team is looking to bounce back and get a win against their fi rst Conference USA opponent of the season. T h is ent ra nce i nto c on fere nc e pl ay me a n s t hat t he opponent s just got a much tougher edge. For the Gamecocks, it is goi ng to be e ven more compet it ive t h is yea r because of a new playoff system t hat Conference USA i s i nt ro duc i ng. I n s t e ad of e ig ht t e a m s making it to the conference tournament, now only four teams will qualify. Coming off t wo losses to NC State and Davidson, the Gamecocks are looking to put those games behind t hem a nd prepare for t heir match in Orlando. Carolina stands undefeated against UCF and has three ties with the team. UCF had a losing season la st yea r a nd c u r rent ly has a 3-3-2 record, but it boast s a much st ronger offensive effort than last y e a r. T h i s s e a s o n , t he team has already scored as many goals as it did in two-thirds of last year’s season. The K nights are also entering a long streak of in-conference play and are coming from an off week. They have already played one conference game and lost to t he conference leader, Memphis. For the n i ne games lef t i n t he sea son , Ca rol i n a on ly

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Junior forward Sam Arthur (9) and the Gamecocks will need to muster more offense to succeed in C-USA play. has t wo non-Conference opponents. Central Florida’s points leader is freshman Nicholas Keown-Robson, who has given the K nights three goa ls a nd t h ree assist s. They current ly lead t he conference in corner kicks with 117. I n t he conference, Carolina leads w it h t he most shutouts, at four, but also is tied with the highest nu mber of goals scored

aga i nst at eight. Ju n ior Sam A rthur is second in t he conference in shot s with 25. T he g a me w i l l beg i n on Su nday at 2:30 p.m. C a r o l i n a’s n e x t h o m e match w i l l be ag a i nst Furman next Wednesday at 7 p.m. Comments on this story? E-mail sagckspt@mailbox. sc.edu


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Polanski’s arrest prompts contextualizing tragic career Jimmy Gilmore STAFF WRITER

“ Fo r g e t i t J a k e , i t ’s Chinatown.” So ended fi lm director Roman Polanski’s 19 74 s a g a o f p o l i t i c a l cor r upt ion a nd de spa i r, “Chinatown.” This quote, so seminally cited on the list of great movie endings, work s not only as t he epitome of the crushed soul of Jack Nicholson’s worldweary private eye, but as a summation of the film’s nownotorious Polish director. W hen Roman Polansk i made “Rosemary’s Baby” in 1968, it cemented his status as an international sensation with an original vision that fit perfectly into the rapidly changing landscape of world cinema. From his Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film for his 1962 feature “K nife in the Water,” he was cited as a distinct voice in t he Polish New Wave and welcomed by the rising faces of a new Hollywood establishment. His early films reveled in visual distortion a nd ex per iment at ion, united around an u ncomprom isingly bleak look inside our fatal flaws. His 1965 film “Repulsion” is as dark an exploration of individual psychosis as any on f i l m , p erh ap s ow i ng much to h is ow n dark scars. As a child, Polanski watched his mother dragged

to the gas chambers during t he Holo c au s t , e s c ap e d Auschw itz concent rat ion camp and survived in the Krakow ghetto. P o l a n s k i ’s l u c k o n l y worsened i n 1969, when members of t he Ma nson family brutally murdered his wife, actress Sharon Tate , in their California home. His films are understandably organized around violence, death and mental suffocation. These ghosts, it seems, have never stopped following him. A n artist who has spent m o s t o f h i s l i f e e it h e r working out his demons or being absorbed by more, the story of Polanski is as tragic as one of his films. For many, Polanski’s 1977 charge of statutory rape of a minor was the inevitable explosion of a ticking bomb. While the facts of the case now seem entangled in a web of contradictions, the director’s Sept. 27 arrest in Zurich after thirty years as a fugitive living in France only serves as a reminder of his complicated life, so professionally successf ul while so personally devastating. T h is a r t icle is not a n apology for Polanski’s crime. To sort out the complexities of t h at le g a l q u a g m i r e requires a far deeper understanding of the judicial s y stem t ha n t h is aut hor possesses. But it seems necessar y

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Roman Polanski arrives at a film festival in Marrakech. He is trapped in a vortex now, perhaps more t ha n ever, to try and understand so similar to one of his films. the context of Polanski as He is a tortured soul undone a tragic figure. To think of by his own demons, trying to him arrested for his decades- escape a past he can’t come old crime at the age of 76 as to grips wit h, only to be he arrived in Switzerland to defeated in the end. Maybe be honored at a retrospective Polanski realizes that his life of his work seems drenched now imitates his art, even in the kind of painful irony though his art was a way to sort out his demons in the pervasive in his work. Imagining him sitting in first place. “ Fo r g e t i t J a k e , i t ’s his cell in Zurich, awaiting possible extradition to the Chinatown.” The irony is Un it e d St at e s , p o s s ibl y that it’s impossible to forget. f ac i ng ja i l t i me for t he It’s impossible to forget one’s remainder of his life, one past, one’s crimes, one’s has to wonder if Polanski demons. If Polanski’s films realizes what he has become. – and more importantly, his For J.J. Gittes, the private life - suggest anything, it’s investigator of “Chinatown,” that these things have the t he t it ular locat ion is as potent ial to consume us. much an abstract concept That’s Entertainment. as a concrete reality, a place that holds his tortured soul captive. Roman Polanski’s life has now been consumed Comments on this story? by his own Chinatown. E-mail sagcketc@sc.edu

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“How much do you love me?” The curvaceous and stunningly beautiful Monica Belluci stars in this French film. The lonely and homely François cursed with a faint heart wins several million in the lottery and approaches Daniela, an Italian prostitute, with an offer she can’t refuse — to live with him till he goes broke. All seems perfect until Daniela’s possessive pimp and husband, Charly, enters the picture. But through François’s kindness, respect and gentle ways, Daniela falls in love with him. Like most French films, it’s a little strange, quirky and sometimes difficult to interpret the humor. But nevertheless, there are charmingly humorous moments throughout the film. Belluci lights up the screen and takes on the role of the whore with delicate grace. Except for the outrageously confusing last twenty minutes of the film, it’s an utter delight.

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“Waltz with Bashir” Ari Folman, now actor, writer and director, relates his horrifying experiences of the Lebanese war during the 80s through captivating animation. An Israeli citizen barely 18 years old, Folman signs up for the military to best serve his country. Like many young soldiers, Folman has no idea what he’s getting himself into. Years down the road, he has no memory of his experiences in the war, except for a recurring dream in which he and his comrades emerge from water, naked and bloody. Folman does a superb job in choosing animation to tell his story. Many of the scenes are dream sequences and the animation suits it well. It’s gritty, honest and saddening. If you favor war movies, then this is the film for you.

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“Treeless Mountain” “Treeless Mountain”, a Korean film, focuses attention on two young girls, Jin and Bin. After their mother runs out of resources, she leaves her daughters with their shady, cruel and negligent aunt. Before their mother leaves, she promises them that each time they listen to their aunt, they’ll receive a coin. The only thing keeping the girls going is the hope that when the piggy bank fills, she’ll return. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions and heartbreak as we watch the struggle of two small children under the ages of ten try to figure out the world around them. The cinematography is poor, flat and there’s no real Hollywood glamour in this low-budget film, but the acting done by girls of such tender ages compensates for this fact and carries us though the film through their eyes. Get out the tissues, this one’s a tearjerker.

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“Mongol” Shot in the Republic of China, this semi-historical film tells the story of the young and infamous Genghis Khan. The film opens with Temüjin with a nine-year-old boy, on a quest with his father to select a bride. But along the way he meets a girl named Börte, who wants to be chosen. Temüjin promises to return to her after five years. Along the trip, his father is poisoned and dies. Temüjin faces starvation, humiliation and slavery, but the little conqueror overcomes all and grows to become one of the fiercest warriors in the history of the world. The visuals are breathtaking, but the treasure here lies in the cast and acting. Instead of becoming just another Hollywood epic, it transcends the cliché and creates a real heart-wrenching drama. The second piece of the trilogy, “The Great Khan” is set to hit theaters 2010.

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