Sam Houston State’s Taylor Cunningham Takes Both Volleyball Weekly Awards

first_imgThe Bearkats (10-4, 2-0 SLC) extended their win streak to six matches, opening the league slate with home victories over McNeese (1-15, 0-2) and Lamar (3-10, 0-2) this week. Sam Houston hits the road for a contest Thursday at 7 p.m. CT against Incarnate Word (3-9, 1-1). FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Taylor Cunningham sweeps the Southland Volleyball Players of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank. Defensive Honorable Mention: Brooke Wood, Northwestern State; Anyia Williams, Stephen F. Austin; Madelynn Miller, Incarnate Word; Kaylee Payne, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week: Taylor Cunningham – Sr. – Middle Blocker – Huntsville, TexasCunningham continues doing it all for the Bearkats. The five-foot, 11-inch middle blocker committed just three errors on 67 swings (.463 attack percentage) and averaged 4.86 kills per set between the two matches for the week, while also adding 1.29 blocks and 3.00 digs per set. She went for 21 kills with just two errors on 41 attacks (.463) in a 3-1 win against McNeese, including eight kills in the clinching fourth set. Cunningham also added 16 digs for a double-double and posted three blocks. Two days later, she slammed home 13 more scores with just one misfire on 26 swings (.462) against Lamar, adding five more digs and six blocks. Entering this week needing just seven more kills to reach 1,000 for her career, she ranks fourth in the Southland in hitting percentage (.324) and leads in kills per set (3.54) for overall matches. The Sam Houston hometown product also ranks fifth in blocks per set (1.09) and is 13th in digs (3.17). Offensive Honorable Mention: Madison Green, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Katelyn Mueller, Abilene Christian; Julia Monday, Incarnate Word; Haley Coleman, Stephen F. Austin. The Huntsville, Texas, product accomplishes a rarity, claiming both the offensive and defensive weekly accolades. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Mexico said set to announce new capital airport opening in 2018

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica ranks 83rd in the world for doing business GlobalTies highlights role of public diplomacy at 2015 Latin America Dialogue Most Mexico policymakers warn against raising rates before US There’s a real estate boom in Cuba, but for now, only Cubans can buy MEXICO CITY — President Enrique Peña Nieto is poised to announce a new, larger airport for Mexico City that would open in 2018 to end persistent delays at Latin America’s busiest hub, people with direct knowledge of the plan said.The project may be unveiled next week, possibly as soon as Peña Nieto’s Sept. 2 state of the nation speech, said three people, who asked not to be identified because details aren’t public. They said it initially would have at least three runways, one more than the current Benito Juárez International.Peña Nieto’s commitment to the plan, with its promise of more passenger capacity, would cap months of deliberations on how to ease air-traffic congestion in the capital. The new airport probably will be the biggest public-works effort of his six-year term, with a previous government estimate of an investment of 120 billion pesos ($9.2 billion).The site is within a few kilometers of Benito Juárez International, east of Mexico City’s center, two people said. The land between Mexico City and the nearby city of Texcoco would have room for expansion, and the runways eventually may double to six, two people said.The 2018 target date would be Peña Nieto’s last year in office. Empresas ICA, Mexico’s largest construction company, and Grupo Carso, which is controlled by billionaire Carlos Slim, are standing by to vie for the work, according to the Mexican Construction Industry Chamber trade group.Rodolfo González, a spokesman for the Communications and Transportation Ministry, declined to comment about the government’s airport planning. Messages left for comment with Mexico City-based ICA and a spokesman for Slim weren’t immediately returned.The construction plan is being spurred by congestion at Benito Juárez International, which led Latin American airports in takeoffs and landings and handled a record 31.5 million passengers last year.After months of planning, Mexico abandoned an attempt to build a $3 billion airport near the location of the proposed new facility in 2002 when farmers seeking to protect their land staged machete-wielding demonstrations.The current project has languished until now as the 48- year-old Peña Nieto focused on opening up the oil and gas industry to more private investment, boosting competition among telecommunications companies and overhauling the nation’s education system.ICA and Grupo Carso are among nine Mexican companies set to present a joint bid to build the new airport, said Ángel Macias, executive vice president of the Mexican Construction Industry Chamber. The project would include three runways and two stages of construction, Macias said in a telephone interview.Cemex is among companies that have signed on to the memorandum of understanding as providers to the main bidders, Macias said. A spokesman for the Monterrey, Mexico-based cement maker didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more