The University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team rebounded in a big way as they downed North Texas in a quick three sets Sunday afternoon. The Badgers recorded a program record with 12 aces, which topped the previous mark of 11 aces accomplished against Rutgers in 2016.Wisconsin got back on track after dropping their first match of the season on the road against the fifteenth ranked Baylor Bears. It only took three sets for the Badgers to secure the win and improve to 5-1 on the season. They received a big contribution from sophomore Dana Rettke as she recorded eight kills and six blocks.Molly Haggerty and Madison Duello also had great games, as Haggerty went for eight kills and Duello came away with 10 kills. Sydney Hilley continued to do her thing as she went for 35 assists in just three sets. Six-foot-three sophomore, Grace Loberg, put up the biggest numbers of the afternoon with 11 kills, four digs and one block for the Badgers.Volleyball: Badgers drop first match of season, North Texas up nextAfter a Hotel Red Invitational Championship, the Badger volleyball team looked to prove their newly ranked second seed as they Read…The only trouble the Badgers found was in the five-foot-eleven Freshman for North Texas, Rhett Robinson. The outside hitter put up 14 kills and eight digs on the Badgers, helping the Mean Green keep it close in the first and third sets.The most promising statistic from the afternoon was that Wisconsin only had 10 errors in the match, after what appeared to be somewhat of a struggle against Baylor. Clearly, talent is not the question, but maintaining composure will be.This does not mean the Badgers are lacking composure, however it will be interesting to see how they handle the pressure of being a top team and playing on the road in one of the toughest volleyball conferences in the nation.Football: Jonathan Taylor’s record day gives UW 45–14 win over New MexicoWarming up took a few quarters in Madison Saturday, but Wisconsin found their second-half mojo, eventually thrashing New Mexico 45–14. Read…Wisconsin was just too much to handle for the undersized North Texas squad. Needless-to-say, the ladies look to be back on track after a sloppy four sets vs Baylor in Waco. The North Texas match was more of a business trip for the Wisconsin ladies as they continue to prepare for Big Ten play which is now only a week and a half away.As for now, the Badgers are focusing in on finishing up the non-conference season this weekend in Milwaukee as they take on No. 25 Marquette and Illinois State.
Industry conference and exhibition Betting on Esports 2017 is taking place in London at the Kensington Olympia this September 13-15. Millennial Esports is the Platinum Sponsor of this event which’ll include a dedicated esports betting exhibition area, six panels with over 25 speakers, a FIFA tournament and ample networking for the duration. Betting on Esports is a part of the wider Betting on Sports Conference (#BOSCON2017) which’ll bring together the gambling industry and relevant connected stakeholders with over 1,000 attendees expected. Alex Igelman, Millennial EsportsHere we caught up with Alex Igelman, Millennial Esports CEO, ahead of the event. Esports Insider: Why did you decide to exhibit, sponsor and speak at Betting on Esports?Alex Igelman: Rarely do we have the opportunity to be in front of such a diverse group of business executives and decision makers as we will at BoE. The event will be a great networking opportunity for our company and affords the chance to introduce our products and services to an entire industry in one convenient setting.ESI: Millennial has been making some interesting moves in the space such as the acquisition of Stream Hatchet and Ideas + Cars. Where is Millennial trying to position itself as a company in the industry?Alex: We are a publicly traded pure play esports company and as such are focused on many aspects of the industry. We believe that esports is still evolving and we are witnessing its early development. We have identified key sectors in the esports ecosystem that we feel have the greatest potential, are underserved or both. “Rarely do we have the opportunity to be in front of such a diverse group of business executives and decision makers as we will at BoE”By making strategic investments and acquisitions, we are leading the way in many of these areas. Our vision of Las Vegas as a global hub for esports was a key factor in our decision to build the first permanent studio and arena there. The lack of relevant business intelligence for interested parties, brands and sponsors in the streaming sector led us to acquire StreamHatchet. We will continue to seek out unique opportunities, make strategic investments and acquisitions and break new ground in the esports ecosystem.ESI: What are your thoughts on the future of esports betting in Las Vegas? The Senate 420 Bill is an exciting proposition for operators and stakeholders there…Alex: The State of Nevada has always led the world in terms of gaming and betting. The State’s approach to esports betting is cautious yet pioneering.“In the foreseeable future a bet on a Rocket League or DOTA match will be as common as a bet on an NFL or NBA game”I think that the future is bright for esports betting but it will take time to evolve. In the foreseeable future a bet on a Rocket League or DOTA match will be as common as a bet on an NFL or NBA game. I am confident in time you will see the esports betting market blossom in Nevada.ESI: What can attendees look forward to hearing you discuss on the ‘Saving Las Vegas’ panel?Alex: Well I don’t want to give away everything before the panel, but I think the audience will hear some interesting updates as to where Las Vegas currently is with esports and where it is heading!ESI: Millennial’s latest acquisition was a company called IDEAS+CARS – what interested you in this? Alex: Motorsports and racing has mass universal appeal. The average person may not understand League of Legends or Hearthstone, but that same person is quite familiar with motorsports and racing. I believe that the esports racing genre has huge potential and our acquisition of Ideas and Cars solidifies our position in the sector. Darren Cox is a pioneer in racing and esports and with him at the helm, we are confident we are on the right track (no pun intended).ESI: Where do you see the esports opportunity for European casinos? After all, this isn’t Las Vegas…Alex: Frankly, at the end of the day the millennial generation of Europe is quite similar to the millennial generation of North America, Asia, or anywhere else in the world for that matter.“Casino operators need to be prepared to adapt or get ready to close their doors”It is not the case of the European casino market being different than its counterpart across the pond. It’s a matter of getting in touch with what the new customer is seeking in terms of entertainment value and being ready and able to deliver it. Ultimately, the experience will not be exactly the same on both continents but the writing’s on the wall for everyone. Casino operators need to be prepared to adapt or get ready to close their doors.As a part of SBC Global, Esports Insider is an organiser of the Betting on Esports conferenceAnyone with any questions can reach out via [email protected]
It’s hard to believe Helton is so concerned about winning when he sports a 13-11 record the past two seasons. Even so, Signing Day was a loss for USC. And things will get even worse if the Trojans lose to Iowa in the Holiday Bowl.In an incredible display of bad timing, USC sent out a video in the middle of the worst signing day ever with Bohn and several players asking fans to travel to San Diego next week for the bowl game.It was promptly scorned on social media, like so many things involving USC these days. WOLF: USC, Mike Bohn must answer Helton question sooner rather than laterIf you want an example of how much things have changed for USC, none of the top 25 players in the state has signed or committed to the Trojans. Only one, wide receiver Gary Bryant Jr. of Corona Centennial, is expected to end up at USC. Just two years ago, the program signed the top four players in the Golden State.The reasons are simple: Helton’s precarious job security has created uncertainty, which will continue into next season. But perhaps more damaging is the perception among recruits that USC does not develop its players. Add in the idea that the best football is played in the SEC, Big Ten or Clemson, and things have gotten even more difficult for the Trojans.“I just feel like it’s different towards the Midwest, the East, the South, just because they cherish their football so much,” said quarterback CJ Stroud of Rancho Cucamonga, about 45 miles from USC. Stroud signed with Ohio State.It’s not just a USC problem. It’s a Pac-12 problem. In 2015, 16 of the top 25 players in California stayed in their home state. In 2020, 19 have already signed or committed to out-of-state schools; only one stayed in state.USC fans who were furious that Helton kept his job were irate again on Wednesday, especially when athletic director Mike Bohn not only promised recruiting would improve “dramatically,” but also said it was going better than people wanted to admit.Helton tried to put his best spin on the recruiting class during his early signing period news conference, which as of Wednesday was just 11 players.”At the end of the day I’m not about perception, I’m about wins,” Helton said.“It’s not going to be the national ranking because you just don’t have the numbers, but it does fill the needs,” he said. “And I’m more worried, again, about wins than I am about winning today. I’m more worried about winning on Saturday.” When five-star linebacker Justin Flowe grabbed an Oregon hat and announced he would play for the Ducks on Wednesday, it put the finishing touch on the worst-ranked recruiting class in USC history — or at least since 1999, which is as far back as 247Sports’ recruiting team rankings go.Trojans coach Clay Helton may have saved his job two weeks ago, but he couldn’t persuade recruits to play for his team. According to 247Sports’ Composite rankings, USC finished the first day of college football’s early signing period with the 78th-ranked recruiting class, right between Bowling Green and Louisiana. That ranks last in the Pac-12, and nine places behind the second-worst Pac-12 recruiting class: Arizona, at 69.