Matt Karatsu | Daily TrojanThe women’s volleyball team had its five-match win streak snapped this weekend, falling to Arizona on Friday, but USC rebounded with a win at Arizona State on Saturday to raise its overall record to 13-4 (5-1 Pac-12).The No. 15 Women of Troy had a tough day in Tucson, Ariz., getting swept 3-0 by the Wildcats at the McKale Center. Sophomore outside hitter Khalia Lanier spearheaded the Trojan attack with nine kills and three service aces, and junior libero Victoria Garrick led the way defensively, tallying 15 digs. However, USC only hit .140 in the match compared to Arizona’s .262 mark, and the team committed 20 errors to the Wildcats’ 14. The Trojans’ sloppy play cost them their perfect conference record, as they suffered their first loss of the season in Pac-12 play.They fared better the next day when the Women of Troy traveled to Tempe, Ariz. to face the Sun Devils. It looked like the team’s rough weekend would continue when USC committed 16 total errors to hand ASU the opening set, 25-19, but head coach Mick Haley’s squad rallied to take three consecutive sets and win the match 3-1.The turnaround came thanks to much-improved efficiency. The Women of Troy nearly doubled their hitting percentage from the previous night against Arizona, recording a .265 mark versus ASU. Senior opposite hitter Brittany Abercrombie, the reigning back-to-back Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, matched her career high in kills (18), and senior opposite hitter Niki Withers set a new season best with 15 kills — including seven in the decisive fourth set, when Withers led USC’s comeback from a 4-point deficit.Senior middle blocker Danielle Geiger added 11 kills for her season high — and her best mark since joining the Women of Troy from UC Irvine this fall. Senior setter Reni Meyer-Whalley also recorded her sixth double-double of the year against ASU with 31 assists and 11 digs. The win over the Sun Devils kept USC in second in the Pac-12 standings: The team’s 5-1 conference record puts them just behind 5-0 Stanford.The Women of Troy return home for their next match, as they host Cal at the Galen Center on Friday. Despite being a middling 2-3 in Pac-12 play, the Bears sport an impressive 11-5 overall record. USC swept Cal 3-0 in Berkeley last season, and the team will look to repeat that feat this week.
Share14TweetShare1Email15 SharesAugust 3, 2015; Portland Press Herald (Portland, ME)Sometimes public-private partnerships that enjoy the support of local government still manage to generate controversy among local communities.The city council of Portland, Maine, is about to give a nonprofit housing developer a 22-year tax break worth more than $700,000 to subsidize the construction of a four-story affordable housing complex in one of the city’s upscale neighborhoods. The project would provide 37 units of new housing for people with limited incomes, but according to the Portland Press Herald it has drawn opposition from some neighbors, both over the loss of parking as well as whether affordable housing fits the historic neighborhood.Avesta Housing says the project will provide workforce housing at a time of high demand and low vacancy rates, and that the waiting list is already long. Avesta’s executive director told the paper that the number of people who have contacted it for housing in the past six months is up 27 percent over last year, while rents in Portland have increased 17.4 percent—the second-highest rate in the U.S., according to Zillow.The half-acre site of the proposed development is being reviewed by the city’s planning and historic preservation boards. The property is currently a parking lot, and opponents are concerned about the loss of spaces and the lack of on-street parking, with one longtime resident claiming the loss of parking may force her to move.Avesta Housing bought the half-acre parking lot and two apartment buildings in 2011 for $6.2 million, and is investing almost $11.5 million into the project, which would have parking spots on site along with the 37 apartments.The housing will be set aside for individuals and families who make at or below 40 to 60 percent of the Portland area’s median income, with rents ranging from $540 to $1,044 a month. The rents are made affordable by taking advantage of housing tax credits offered by Maine Housing and a tax increment financing deal with the city.During the 22-year tax break the council is considering, the nonprofit developer would keep 65 percent of the new tax revenue generated; after 22 years, the city would receive all of the taxes. The local city councilor supports the project and the tax break, saying, “We have a housing crisis.”One local neighborhood association is staying out of the divisive project debate, although another is already on record in opposition, objecting to the loss of parking as well as to the use of tax revenue to subsidize affordable housing.—Larry KaplanShare14TweetShare1Email15 Shares