The Trojans were not able to execute as a team. Two starters — senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier and freshman outside hitter Kalen Owes — had a combined 23 errors and potential kills fell out of bounds throughout the match. It was an uncharacteristically sloppy performance for head coach Brent Crouch’s group. Both matches this weekend went to five sets, the latter being the 10th time USC has gone the distance this season. This sets the record for the most five-set matches in one season in Trojan history. However, in a back-and-forth fifth set, the Trojans came out on top 15-13 to avoid a disastrous loss. It was USC’s ninth straight win against OSU, increasing its all time head-to-head record to a lopsided 57-9. “It’s just tiring and it’s exhausting,” Crouch said. “I don’t think it affects anything with confidence. The biggest thing is just that you play more volleyball, so it adds up.” “You know, we’ve had a lot of injuries this year, so we keep putting on new lineups, so we’re looking for some consistency,” Crouch said. “We haven’t had a lot of it.” The matchup with the Ducks was a different story. The Trojans overcame 10 errors to win the first set, but the rest of the night saw similar sloppy play from USC and little of the same luck. The Trojans were never able to pull away with a lead and ultimately dropped two close sets 27-25 and 18-16 in the second and fifth sets, respectively. The score was tied 47 times during the match. Senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier had 37 kills over USC’s weekend matches against Oregon State and Oregon. She also earned her eighth double-double on the season Sunday against Oregon. (Jo Danielle Esteban / Daily Trojan) The Trojans let the Beavers right back into the match in the third and fourth sets. USC led six different times in the fourth but wasn’t able to close it out. “Every week, I think the team has grown and made progress — we just didn’t execute very well today,” Crouch said. “We had a few players just have some really tough nights, and two or three of them had a really rough night and that’s too many. You can’t have that many people not playing well.” With players returning from injury and others continuing to fall, Crouch has had to significantly change his lineups recently. This has been a theme all year, contributing to the group’s struggles. Lanier picked up her eighth double-double of the season in the loss to the Ducks, and Weske tallied 11 kills without an error in one of her best performances of the season. The Trojans came out dominant against OSU and took the first two sets, picking up three straight runs of at least 5 points in the first. Freshman outside hitter Emilia Weske had 10 kills through the first two frames of the match. The USC women’s volleyball team split its weekend matchups against conference opponents, defeating Oregon State and losing to Oregon at Galen Center this weekend. The Trojans have only two more games left in the regular season — Wednesday at Arizona State and Friday’s senior night clash at home against UCLA. Wednesday’s bout starts at 4 p.m., and Friday’s begins at 7 p.m.
The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that would allow the government to continue selling its stockpiled helium, raising hopes that legislators can avoid a looming disruption in the helium trade that researchers and high-tech companies say would be disastrous.Helium, an inert lighter-than-air gas, not only fills balloons, but is also essential for manufacturing optical fiber and microchips. It is also simply irreplaceable in cooling MRI machines, purging rocket engines, and performing many types of physics research. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is a major supplier of the stuff. 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A stoppage would likely create a massive shortage of helium; the federal sales now account for 42% of U.S. helium production and 35% of global production.The Senate measure now moves to the House of Representatives, which passed a similar bill in April by a count of 394 to 1—with the one nay vote being a mistake. The two bills differ slightly in how the remaining helium will be auctioned off. BLM has been selling the helium at a rate set only to recover the government’s investment. That price is now suppressing the market value for crude helium and discouraging conservation and exploration for new supplies, according to a 2010 study by the National Research Council of the National Academies. The auction would aim to establish a fairer price for BLM helium.Research groups are overjoyed by the Senate’s move to lift the helium bill across the finish line. In a statement, Marinda Li Wu, president of the American Chemical Society, applauded the vote and warned of the consequences of inaction: “If the liquid helium supply was to suddenly vanish, our society would be turned upside down.”If the House and Senate quickly come to agreement on the bill, the measure should receive a warm welcome at the White House. Today, the White House Office of Management and Budget issued a statement saying that “[t]he Administration strongly supports” the Senate bill.But such agreement isn’t yet a done deal. The two bills also differ in what they would do with the proceeds of the continuing sales, which should amount to about $140 million per year. Senate Democrats would like to use that money to pay for things like backlogged maintenance at national parks. House Republicans would like to use it to reduce the federal deficit.”Differences in deficit reduction and spending will need to be resolved,” said Doc Hastings (R-WA), chair of the House Natural Resources Committee and co-sponsor of the House bill, in a statement. Some Washington insiders worry that that issue may still keep legislators from reaching an agreement in time to avoid floating off the helium cliff.*Correction, 11:01 a.m., 20 September: The story has been corrected to reflect that federal sales account for 42% of U.S. helium production and 35% of global production, instead of meeting similar percentages of demand. read more