Lindsey Graham Wins a Fourth Term in South Carolina, Beating Jaime Harrison

first_imgBut the close results suggested Mr. Graham’s standing had also taken a significant hit in the state since he last ran in 2014. Before his re-election this time, the senator had undertaken a considerable political makeover, casting aside a reputation as a dealmaking moderate who once called Mr. Trump a “race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot” to present himself as a conservative warrior standing at the president’s right hand. The transformation appeared to have alienated some moderate Republicans turned off by the president, even as it failed to persuade some of his staunchest conservative supporters.Mr. Harrison tried to exploit those fissures, portraying Mr. Graham as a morally compromised politician willing to do whatever it took to win. Flush with more than $86 million in contributions — a record haul for a Senate race fueled by out-of-state liberals who loathed Mr. Graham — Mr. Harrison blanketed the state with advertising that not only reinforced his own candidacy, but also bolstered Bill Bledsoe, a Constitution Party candidate who he hoped might siphon conservative votes away from Mr. Graham. “To those who have been following this race from afar, I hope you got the message,” a triumphant Mr. Graham declared Tuesday night in Columbia. “Here’s the message I got: People like what I’m doing, and I’m going to keep doing it.”- Advertisement – Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, fended off the most difficult challenge of his career on Tuesday, turning back a Democrat backed by a record-setting onslaught of campaign cash to win a fourth term, according to The Associated Press.The victory reassured jittery Republicans, who were forced this fall to divert tens of millions of dollars from key battlegrounds to a deeply conservative state to save Mr. Graham. It also dashed the hopes of Democrats who believed a victory by their candidate, Jaime Harrison, would improve their chances of seizing the Senate majority.- Advertisement – He added, “When it comes to Lindsey Graham, and team Graham, the best is yet to come.”Mr. Graham, 65, has been a fixture in Washington since the 1990s, when he was first elected to the House, and is known as a wily and effective political messenger.He avoided making his fight against Mr. Harrison personal. Instead, he attacked his Democratic opponent as a generic liberal whose policy preferences on health care, spending and judges were simply out of line with a solidly conservative state.- Advertisement – Mr. Harrison, a Black Democrat whose upstart campaign electrified progressives across the country, would have been only the second African-American from the South elected to the Senate since Reconstruction.In the end, though, Mr. Graham, the chairman of the influential Judiciary Committee, leaned heavily on his stature in Washington to pull through. Just days before the election, he helped deliver a singular conservative victory, the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, using the highly partisan fight in the Senate to bolster his campaign. He also benefited from a close relationship with President Trump, who easily carried the state on Tuesday. That did not prove to be enough. Mr. Harrison simply could not find enough South Carolinians willing to vote for a Democrat.“Tonight only slowed us down, but a New South with leaders who reflect the community and serve the interests of everyone will be here soon enough,” Mr. Harrison said Tuesday night in a concession speech. He urged Mr. Graham to cultivate his independent streak.If he had a chance of doing so, it almost certainly ended in the weeks after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in mid-September. In 2018, Mr. Graham’s fiery defense of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh in the face of accusations of sexual assault briefly made him a conservative rock star.This time around, as chairman of the judiciary panel, he had a microphone and a spotlight in nationally televised hearings to present himself as an ally of conservative women and remind the party’s voters what was at stake. He could credibly claim to be a crucial force in cementing a conservative majority on the court that Republicans have long made a priority.Now, Mr. Graham will have six more years in Washington. In the weeks before Election Day, Mr. Graham had hinted that he might try to reclaim his independent streak if re-elected. And with the potential of Mr. Trump’s defeat, he would be positioned to have a major role in determining his party’s path forward. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Rental vacancies tighten across much of Queensland: REIQ

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHelp with buying your first home 01:07Brisbane’s rental market has recorded its lowest vacancy rate in 11 years, and has re-entered the “tight range” for the first time in three quarters.That is according to the latest REIQ Rental Vacancy Report, which found vacancy rates have shrunk to 1.6 per cent. a tightening of 1.2 per cent since the June quarter.“The Brisbane LGA market has re-entered the tight range after remaining in the healthy range for the previous three consecutive quarters,” the report found.“Redland and Logan Cities reported the tightest vacancy rates of 1.5 per cent each, with rents holding steady year-on-year for three-bedroom houses.“Moreton Bay vacancies rose slightly over the quarter however the overall vacancy rate remained within the tight range at 1.7 per cent, while rents increased $10 per week for three-bedroom houses from September 2018.“Ipswich City held steady from the June quarter with a healthy vacancy rate of 2.9 per cent and median rents increasing by 1.6 per cent for three-bedroom houses year on year.” MORE NEWS: How joining forces could help you buy a home 8 Long St West, Graceville is listed for $2500 a week … … but nearby, this house at 7 White St, also in Graceville, is $600 a weekThe Greater Brisbane market also reported its lowest vacancy rate in over a decade at 1.7 per cent, 0.7 per cent lower than the previous quarter and 0.5 per cent lower than the same quarter in 2018.On the Gold Coast, vacancies remained stable across the quarter with an oversupply of rental stock as new developments continue to spring up in the region causing rents to edge down. “The reported median rent for three-bedroom houses in the June quarter was down 1 per cent year-on-year, while rent for three-bedroom townhouses was up 2.4 per cent,” the report revealed. This sprawling estate at 59 Haven Road, Pullenvale, could be yours for $1500 a weekOn the Sunshine Coast, rental market vacancies increased marginally by 0.3 per cent, placing the region within the healthy range, while on the Fraser Coast, rental markets remained tight for the quarter, in line with the previous two years, according to the report.In the regions, Cairns vacancies were at an historical record low for the region, reporting 0.9 per cent for the quarter.While in Toowoomba, a tightening of vacancy levels to 1.1 per cent is being heralded as “great news for investors”, with the garden city recording the lowest vacancy rates of all of the major regional areas. An aerial shot of Townsville during the February floods (AAP Image/Dave Acree)In Townsville, which was devastated by flooding earlier this year, vacancy rates remain in the healthy range at 3.2 per cent, while the improving mining sector has seen Mackay vacancies remain in the tight range, albeit increasing marginally by 0.3 per cent over the quarter.“Property managers have reported an increase in residents due to a rise in employment opportunities, contributing to the region’s economy,” the report said. While 24 Glenmorgan St at Keperra is listed for $460 a weekVacancy rates also tightened to 2 per cent in the nearby Whitsundays region.But in Bundaberg and Rockhamptoon, rental vacancies weakened, with Bundaberg recording a vacancy rate of 2.6 per cent, pushing it back in to the healthy range.Rental vacancies in Rockhampton increased to 3.6 per cent, placing the region within the weak range for the first time since March 2018.*** TOWN – VACANCY RATE SEP 2019/VACANCY RATE JUNE 2019 Greater Brisbane: 1.7%; 2.4% (The last time the Greater Brisbane vacancy rate was this low was September 2008) Brisbane LGA: 1.6%; 2.8% (The last time the Brisbane LGA vacancy rate was this low was September 2008) Brisbane Inner: 1.9%; 3.2% Brisbane Middle: 1.3%; 2.5% Brisbane Outer: 1.9%; 2% Ipswich: 2.9%; 2.9%More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago Logan: 1.5%; 2.4% Moreton Bay: 1.7%; 1.4% Caboolture: 1.2%; 1% Pine Rivers: 1.8%; 1.7% Redcliffe: 2.8%; 1.8% Redland: 1.5%; 1.6% Gold Coast: 3%; 2.8% Sunshine Coast SD: 2.6%; 2.3% Noosa: 4.4%; 2% Fraser Coast: 1.3%; 1% Hervey Bay: 1.2%; 1.4% Cairns: 0.9%; 2.3% Gladstone: 1.8%; 3.1% Mackay: 1.7%; 1.5% Rockhampton: 3.6%; 1.5% Toowoomba: 1.1%; 1.6% Townsville: 3.2%; 2.2% (Source: REIQ Residential Rental Survey September 2019) This is what a $1.5m reno looks like Worst over for Brisbane housinglast_img read more

McIlroy’s poor form continues

first_img McIlroy won five times last year, including his second major title in the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, but has struggled to reproduce that form in 2013. The 24-year-old finished 41st in the US Open at Merion a fortnight ago and on Wednesday apologised for throwing a club and bending his nine iron out of shape during a final round of 76. Sweden’s Oscar Floren carded a six-under-par 66 to lead by one from former champion Shane Lowry, Michael Hoey, Joost Luiten, Peter Uihlein and Jean-Baptiste Gonnet. Lowry, who was still an amateur when he won at Baltray in 2009, was playing alongside McIlroy – whom he beat in the first round of the Accenture Match Play in February – while the third member of the group, the in-form Thomas Bjorn, carded a 68 that was matched by the likes of Paul Casey and former Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal. McIlroy cut a disconsolate figure after his round and there was a long pause when he was asked what was going wrong. “I don’t really know,” the world number two said. “No aspects of my game are standing out as strong. I’m hitting it well on the range and struggling hitting shots out on the course. The game is not coming as easy to me as it did last year. “Off the tee I’m missing it left and right and it’s difficult to stand on the tee and be confident that at least one side is out of play. I don’t know if it’s a case of playing through it or grinding it out on the range. “I just feel a little lost at the moment. I had a good chat with my dad and Michael Bannon (his coach) the Saturday night of the US Open and felt like we got a bit of direction from there, but it’s tough when you have rounds like this or you have tournaments where you think you’re getting somewhere and all of a sudden you’re stopped in your tracks and you’ve got to re-assess everything again. “I’m staying patient and I don’t want to say I’m accepting this, but there’s nothing else I can do apart from trying to play well, practise and try to hit better shots.” Rory McIlroy admitted to feeling “a little lost” as he struggled to a first round of 74 in the Irish Open that left him eight shots off the lead and battling to make the cut.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Comedian New President of Ukraine

first_imgOfficial results are expected to be released today. President Trump is congratulating new Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy.The White House says Trump talked with Zelenskiy last night, calling his win an “important moment” in Ukraine’s history.Both men have pledged to keep Ukraine on a pro-Western course.Zelenskiy has also promised to fight corruption, and his message has resonated in Ukraine, which is one of the poorest counties in Europe. A popular comedian who plays a fictitious president in a TV series is the new President of…no not the United States, it’s not Alec Baldwin.He is the new president of the Ukraine.According to exit polls from the runoff election, Volodymyr Zelenskiy won in a landslide over his opponent Petro Poroshenko 73-percent to 25-percent. Volodymyr Zelensky played Ukraine’s president on TV. Now it’s a reality.https://t.co/cLmte8sa5c pic.twitter.com/UqqMYKJB6O— CNN (@CNN) April 21, 2019last_img read more

Trump spotted having lunch in Palm Beach with radio host Rush Limbaugh

first_imgIt appears as though President Donald Trump was spotted on Sunday at his golf club near West Palm Beach having lunch with conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, his son Eric Trump, and professional golfer Jim Herman.Instagram user styleconnoisseur03 posted the photo. A source inside the club confirmed to DailyMail.com that the president dined in with his son and Herman. The president is also scheduled to hold a campaign event Jan. 3 in Miami to launch an “Evangelicals for Trump” coalition. He is in town till January 5. On Saturday Trump spoke to a group of young conservatives at Turning Point Summit at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in downtown West Palm Beach.President Trump Discusses Impeachment, Economy and Election in Local Speechlast_img

Bolt gives Aussies sprinting tips ahead of Ashes

first_imgTHE Australia cricket team is picking up advice ahead of the Ashes series against England in Australia later this week from an unlikely source, double sprint world record holder Usain Bolt.The 31-year-old sprinter, who retired from the sport this summer is an avid fan of cricket and even played as a fast bowler before taking up track and field.Even so, the sprinter will thankfully be sticking to his area of expertise running as he advises the batsmen on how to get maximum speed running between the wickets.According to the world’s fastest man, what it comes down to is explosiveness.“It’s all about explosiveness, and that’s one thing I’ve noticed with cricket – they don’t really have a lot of explosiveness when they’re running,” Bolt told the Herald Sun.“They seem to always take off at a slow rate. Getting that right will definitely help people.”The nine-time Olympic gold medalist also revealed plans in conjunction with major sponsors Gatorade for the presentation of the Gatorade Fastest Run trophy this summer.The award will be presented to the Australian cricketer who can record the fastest speed between the wickets throughout the summer of cricket, including Twenty20 matches.“We’re trying to make awareness more of running (as an asset in cricket) and we’re developing the Bolt Rate which is the quickest person through the wicket,” the retired sprinter said.“I’m happy about that, because we’re going to see who is the fastest between the wickets.“Nobody can assume – now we’ll actually know who’s the fastest.”(Sportsmax.com)last_img read more

Point-counterpoint: Best NFL Combine test

first_imgMcGrathAt the meat market that is the NFL Combine, one test stands alone as the most important of them all: The Wonderlic test. Sure, it sounds more like an advanced lesson taught at the Playboy mansion, but to NFL scouts the scantron evaluation is more serious than a particularly aggressive staph infection.The Wonderlic is a 12-minute, 50-question test that assesses an athlete’s brain power. It is scored on a scale of one point per question, just like the original Family Fued board game with the irresistibly kissable — or so I’m told — Richard Dawson on the cover. Last year, Vince Young infamously scored a six on the glorified IQ test. He apparently missed some questions like: What is the last team you’d want to be drafted by (Oakland), and if you should model your career after one quarterback, who would you choose? (Young wrote in Ryan Leaf.)Now sure, it looks like Young was a sound choice now, but wait a little while. When he starts getting confused about which team is his, like color-blind Vinny Testaverde in his Tampa Bay days — who wasn’t color-blind when watching those highlighter-orange uniforms in action, though?The Wonderlic first of all helps sort out the guys who actually went to class and the guys who had other students and aides do all their schoolwork for them. This is essential, because anyone who has ever seen “Little Giants” knows that if you want to be successful in football you need to know about the Annexation of Puerto Rico. It also clearly displays a player’s aptitude to perform and perform well on Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune when NFL celebrity week rolls around, a date circled on every GM’s calendar in the same color marker as the Draft itself.That is why the Wonderlic is more than just a perversely named test, but an NFL scouts greatest evaluation ally. Point: Wonderlic.PoppyAs players hope to improve their draft stock at the NFL combine this week, there’s one drill next year’s rookies should pay the most attention to. Forty-yard dashes and bench press marks can mean the difference between the first and second round, but scouts know it’s all about the 20- and 60-yard shuttle times.Sure, the shuttle tests true football speed as it is a solid barometer of speed, explosion and change of direction, but it’s the most underrated combine test for a completely different reason.Simply put, the shuttle tests are a representation of what one has learned in life.Remember in elementary school physical education class when gym teachers gave the President’s Challenge? That Joe Schmoe who always wore a pit-stained T-shirt and a whistle would mark your progression from the start of the semester to the end and then rank it against the top marks in the nation. In grade school, you always wanted to be the best, and the shuttle run always turned out to be the most important test for some reason. That little wooden block just gave it that extra zeal.Decades later, the shuttle run is still important. I know if I were drafting a team, I would solely look at those marks — and not only for speed purposes. If a player is good at the shuttle run, it tells me something: He was a good student and paid attention. I don’t want to draft someone who isn’t as good in the shuttle run as maybe some of the other events. That only means that player was probably a punk in elementary school, putzing around with the climbing rope or smacking some kid with a lacrosse stick.In fact, the shuttle run almost goes hand in hand with The Wonderlic — at least Vince Young would be able to score higher than a reported 6 on this test.last_img read more

Alumni develop app to increase access, convenience of medical care

first_imgTwo USC alumni developed the app Heal with the intent of making health care more convenient.Launched in 2014, Heal was founded by Renee Dua and Greg Drobnick. Their goal was to utilize locational technology to deliver medical specialists to customers.Urgently caring · Renee Dua (right), founder of Heal, thought of the app after her son had to wait eight hours before being attended to. | Photo courtesy of Alexandra TroyDua, the chief medical officer at Heal, participated in a fellowship at USC in 2003, with a focus on nephrology, the study of kidneys and hypertension. She also co-founded the application with her husband, and Drobnick, a USC graduate, later joined Heal as its external vice president of strategic initiatives.As former students, the two recognized the lack of access to medical resources for students, and Dua aimed to set Heal apart from other medical options through availability and convenience in its services.“Student health services [aren’t] necessarily open on nights or weekends [at suitable hours],” Dua said. “[Heal is] open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.”Currently available in populated areas of California, including Los Angeles County, Long Beach, Orange County, San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area, Heal was envisioned to be a new system for health care, Dua said, with doctors available 365 days a year.“It is the house call,” Dua said. “A patient can use an app to schedule a visit with a doctor as his or her personal location. It’s an essential change in the delivery of health care. Usually, you need to go to the doctor. What we’re doing is making that different. The doctor comes to you.”The original idea behind Heal came from Dua, after she experienced a scare with her son’s pediatrician, who told her to rush her toddler to the emergency room after he developed a rash. Dua was told her son would be fine,  but only after an eight-hour wait.The increasing wait times to see doctors, Drobnick said, creates a need for services like Heal. Doctor wait times in 15 metropolitan markets are an average of 24 days in length, a 30 percent increase from 2014, according to a study by Merritt Hawkins.“At the push of a button, you can have an excellent doctor at your dorm, your sorority or fraternity house, your apartment — wherever it is you are,” Drobnick said. “Our promise to students is that we will arrive in under two hours.” As goods and services are increasingly delivered, Drobnick recognized Heal as an innovative use of technology in a field that desperately needs it. “We set out to create a service that would help streamline a lot and use great technologies … to make that process of seeing a doctor easier,” Drobnick said. Drobnick also highlighted the utility of Heal for out-of-state or international students.“The most important thing is that [students] need access to health care just like everybody else does, and you can use [Heal] to see a doctor for almost any reason, [except emergencies],” Dua said.last_img read more

No. 20 Badgers bury No. 13 Buckeyes, 71-49

first_imgView Gallery (21 Photos)Ohio State felt the bite from Wisconsin’s “Killer B’s” Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center.That is, the trio of Jared Berggren, Ben Brust and Mike Bruesewitz.The Badgers’ post presence of Berggren, the three-point sharpshooting of Brust and the hustle of Bruesewitz proved too much for the Buckeyes to overcome, as Wisconsin (18-8, 9-4 Big Ten) used its best shooting performance of the year to blow past No. 13/14 Ohio State (18-7, 8-5) 71-49.“They didn’t change their intensity on defense,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “The guys got good looks and they went down, we didn’t change anything.”Bruesewitz made his presence known all night, battling inside for every rebound and dishing out four assists while scoring seven points as the Badgers scored 39 points in the first half, tied for the best total in any Big Ten game this season and shot 52.7 percent from the field against the Buckeyes, a season high.Brust and Berggren each finished with 15 points to lead Wisconsin, while Brust gathered 11 rebounds, good for his fifth double-double of the season and his first in conference play.“We knocked down shots,” Bruesewitz said. “It was kind of a landslide effect, once a couple people knocked down shots.”“Momentum is a big part of basketball,” fifth-year senior forward Ryan Evans said. “You can attribute a lot of credit to the fans. Just being in the Kohl Center, that really helps us in itself.”Deshaun Thomas opened up the game with a jumper from the left corner to give OSU a 2-0 lead, but that would be the team’s only one of the game, as UW used a decisive 18-0 run over eight minutes to leave a look of shock on its opponent’s face.With the score knotted at 6-6, Brust faked a pass inside to a cutting Sam Dekker and pulled the string on a step-back three. On the following possession for Wisconsin, Brust did it again, this time in the face of Ohio State’s Lenzelle Smith Jr.Wisconsin continued its run with an old-fashioned three-point play by Berggren, as Ohio State’s Amir Williams overcommitted to the right to try to make a play on the ball. With the score 14-6, a media timeout gave Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta a much-needed break to converse with his players about how to stop their opponent’s run.“We had some point blank layups that didn’t go in,” Matta said. “It’s hard to get great shots against Wisconsin. I saw the panic more on the defensive end. We shut down more defensively than we did on the offensive end.”The Badgers were far from finished, as center Frank Kamnisky blew by his defender, Evan Ravenel, and penetrated the lane, kicking it out to Brust for another three-point basket, extending the lead to 18-6 in favor of the Badgers.After a Dekker layup and Ryan Evans’ 15-foot jumper extended the lead to 22-6, Matta took a 30-second timeout. But, as if to definitely crush any Buckeyes’ hopes of getting back into the game, Berggren swatted Thomas’ shot attempt in the lane.Less than a minute later Berggren put an offensive exclamation mark on the run, taking a feed from a driving George Marshall under the basket for a one-handed slam, capping the 18-0 run.“The way we opened up the game defensively, we weren’t even challenging shots,” Matta said. “We took the timeout and we were like, ‘What’s going on here?’“We won’t forget this basketball game.”The second half was no different, as a dunk from freshman standout Sam Dekker, who finished the game with 13 points, and a put-back flush from Ryan Evans highlighted the game’s final 20 minutes. Wisconsin never allowed Ohio State to cut the deficit to less than 13 in that second half. It was a signature moment for Evans, who finished the dunk off a missed Brust three, crashing the lane and throwing it down with one hand to ignite the Kohl Center.It was the signature moment on a solid night from the Wisconsin forward, who finished with a nine-point, five-rebound performance. Evans was a game-time decision entering the game after missing Saturday’s team practice due to illness.Thomas finished with 18 for Ohio State, leading all scorers. The 22-point loss was also the Buckeyes’ worst since losing to Wisconsin Dec. 31, 2009, at the Kohl Center by the same amount.Ohio State dropped to fifth in the conference standings while Wisconsin leapfrogs into a tie for third with Michigan, trailing first place teams Indiana and Michigan State by two with five games remaining in conference play.“I think every game is going to be a challenge no matter who it is,” Brust said. “Any team can beat any team. You have to take care of business with what you can control and the rest will play out your way.”last_img read more

Men’s tennis loses in NCAA tournament round of 16

first_imgThe NCAA tournament came to a close for the No. 10 men’s tennis team after falling short to No. 7 Georgia in the round of 16, 4-3.Despite holding a 3-1 lead, The Trojans weren’t able to close the match. The loss marked the end of the team’s season and left it with a 17-7 record this year.“I think with matches like that you have this overwhelming sense of being a part of something that is bigger than you. It’s such a great rivalry between Georgia and us,” head coach Peter Smith said. “To play that quality of a match for three and a half hours, you really feel like it’s a honor and privilege to be a part of it. It hurts to lose, but it was just a great match.”The Trojans began the match with a win on Court 1 in doubles, where the No. 46-ranked pair of junior Nick Crystal and freshman Laurens Verboven were able to beat Georgia’s Austin Smith and Ben Wagland 6-1. On Court 3, freshman Jack Jaede and sophomore Tanner Smith closed it out with a 6-4 win over sophomore Wayne Montgomery and freshman Emil Reinberg, giving USC the doubles point and the lead in the dual match.Jaede kept the momentum going at the fifth singles spot with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Georgia freshman Jan Zielinski, giving the Men of Troy a 2-0 lead. No. 32 Montgomery put the Bulldogs on the board with a 6-1, 6-4 over No. 41 Crystal at the second singles spot. No. 121 sophomore Thibault Forget was able to close his match in two sets over No. 123 freshman Walker Duncan with a score of 6-2, 7-6 (6) bringing the Trojans to one match and one point away from the upset and reaching the quarterfinals.However, at the sixth singles spot, junior Rob Bellamy wasn’t able to finish off the match after winning his first set and suffered a comeback against Georgia senior Nick Wood, who ended the match with the score of 6-4, 2-6, 1-6, tightening the gap at 3-2 in the dual. At third singles, No. 69 freshman Logan Smith fell to No. 64 sophomore Paul Oosterbaan 4-6, 6-7 (7), making it 3-3 and leaving the odds to Court 1, where No. 23 senior Max de Vroome was facing No. 17 Smith.After a slow start, de Vroome was able to bring the first set to a tie-break before eventually losing the tiebreaker 2-5. In the second set, de Vroome bounced back and was able to pull a 6-1 win and take the match to the final set.With the score tied at 3-3, de Vroome was able to break and hold serve, making it 5-3. Smith held serve and the Trojan had a chance to close the match and the dual on serve at 5-4, but was unable to convert it. At 5-5, Smith kept his momentum going and grabbed the lead at 6-5, securing the tie break. De Vroome, who was serving to stay in the match, didn’t hold serve and the Bulldogs finished their comeback and punched their ticket to the quarterfinals.The Trojans began the tournament by defeating UNLV 4-0 and No. 32 Georgia Tech 4-2 in the first and second rounds respectively in order to advance to the Round of 16.De Vroome and Crystal will keep playing in the singles draw starting on Wednesday.De Vroome will play against Dominik Koepfer of Tulane. Crystal will face off against Joao Monteiro of Virginia Tech.last_img read more