UW to close spring in Columbus

first_imgThe No. 33 Wisconsin women’s tennis team will venture to Columbus, Ohio, Sunday for a showdown with the Buckeyes. In what will be the squad’s final regular-season match, the Badgers hope to crash Ohio State’s senior day and finish the spring campaign with a winning conference record (a loss would leave the team at .500).“We have to be ready for Ohio State — they are [ready for us],” head coach Patti Henderson said. “They are a feisty team. It’s going to be intense like it was against Michigan State. It’s going to be that kind of intensity, that kind of energy — it could be a little bit volatile.”For seniors Katie McGaffigan and Lindsay Martin, the OSU showdown will mark their final regular-season bows in Badger uniforms.“It will be our last match, so hopefully we’ll end the year on a good note — before we head into [the Big Ten tournament] — with a win and feeling good,” Martin said.Wisconsin will enter Ohio State on the heels of a duo of split weekends, coming off of three consecutive matches determined by a 4-3 margin with emphasis on the doubles point. Henderson has made a series of lineup fluctuations throughout the season to combat problems garnering that point — the team’s apparent Achilles’ heel — but the starting trio of pairings seemed to fall in sync last weekend as the Badgers handled Purdue 4-3 on senior day, claiming the doubles point en route to victory.The other notable lineup fluctuation of late has been a shift at the No. 5 and 6 singles spots. Freshman Chelsea Nusslock has moved up from the sixth spot to the fifth while Lexi Goldin filled the final roster position for the first time this season last Sunday when Nicole Beck sat out of singles (she was, however, active in doubles competition).Rank and fileNew rankings came out Tuesday, and for the third consecutive evaluation period, the Badgers held firm at No. 33. This represents the squad’s peak position on a season in which they debuted at No. 48 and found themselves at No. 45 less than a month ago.On the individual front, however, the rankings were not as kind to the Badgers. Senior Katie McGaffigan slipped from No. 91 to No. 100 after a duo of weekend losses to the No. 99 and No. 41 players nationally.The bigger surprise came in Caitlin Burke’s drop from No. 81 to No. 106. Burke had moved up significantly in the previous rating period as the numbers emerged after she enjoyed a brief stint playing top-flight doubles (having swapped out of the No. 2 spot with McGaffigan for a road trip). But this fall comes on the heels of two convincing straight-set victories last weekend and a perfect record since the last batch of rankings was released April 5.Four more batches of rankings for both teams and individuals are due before the season formally comes to an end with final numbers due out May 30.last_img read more

Jalissa Trotter tallies game-high 35 assists in Syracuse loss to Grand Canyon

first_imgSantita Ebangwese’s kill that evened the score at in the second set was emphatic, but not as emphatic as the roar she let out to hype up her team to a second set victory. Ebangwese, a junior middle blocker, tallied 13 kills in Syracuse’s (1-1) four-set defeat to Grand Canyon (1-0) Friday night, a loss attributed to unforced errors and lack of communication.But junior setter Jalissa Trotter shined Friday night at the Women’s Building. Trotter tallied 35 assists, 30 more than her next-highest teammate and 24 more than her tally against Siena earlier in the day, an SU victory.“My mindset was different,” Trotter said. “I think I did a better job preparing mentally”.Trotter’s service fueled SU’s second and third sets. She assisted her two main hitters, Ebangwese and freshman Ella Saada, a combined 13 times. Then she dominated in the third and fourth sets, both of which Grand Canyon won.“We definitely had really nice runs,” Ebangwese said. “The only thing that killed our momentum were unforced errors.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlly Moreo | Photo EditorIntensity was at its highest late in the second and third sets, when GCU and SU traded points until one of the two finally elongated their lead to two points to win the set.SU had nine fewer kills than Grand Canyon. The ‘Lopes boasted a hitting percentage of .239, while the Orange posted an inferior .175. Trotter was supplying, but her hitters did not convert at a consistent enough rate.Trotter’s consistent service will not lead to success without consistent hitting, said head coach Leonid Yelin. Yelin said he believed his team was trying to execute individually rather than collectively.Trotter hopes to keep her consistency and assist numbers up, which she failed to do after a  45-assist showing against Colgate in the second game last season. The next two games, the then-sophomore recorded just nine total assists, a drop-off she will seek to avoid. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 25, 2017 at 11:18 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edulast_img read more

Lagos Polo: Leighton Kings Win Open Cup

first_imgA Plus patron, Luqman Adebayo was unfit after a series of falls in the sides’ preliminary clash on Friday and his place was filled by Aliyu Tijani who did well in a relatively low-scoring encounter.With Mario Gomez (5) Kwame Isa (3) and Abdulrahman Mohammed (3) competing their line-up, A Plus put on a more solid display and were trailing 3-2 at the end of the second chukka with Jolaoso scoring on either side of Juaregi while Isa and Mohammed scored for A Plus.Juaregi, who deservedly won the MVP of the Open Cup, then scored four more goals, two of which came in the fifth and final chukka. Mohammed and Isa, in order, scored two more goals for A-Plus Bluechip.For the Silver Cup NRT which has Tomi Ojora (-1),Yasin Amusan (-1) Dantala Ibrahim (2),Tata Ali (2) took control of the game from the start and they never took their foot of the gas as they out-galloped the away team formed Abdsamad Rabiu (-2), Murtala Dankaka (0), Abba Dantata (2), Selim Dantata (-2).The Chagouri Bowl for selected teams which was to be competed for by Lagos Awolowo and Lagos Ribadu was called off due to time constrain occasioned by heavy rain.The final week will gallop off Wednesday with matches in the Low Cup featuring seven home and seven away teams while Majekodunmi Cup regarded as the most prestigious Polo trophy in West Africa, will be contested for by Lagos Fifth Chukker/ Access Bank and Kaduna Keffi Ponys.The Italian Ambassador’s Cup as well as the Churchward Plate will also be contested for by selected teams.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lagos Leighton Kings, on Sunday, clinched the Open Cup by beating Lagos A-Plus Bluechip 8-4 as the first phase of the NPA Lagos Polo International Tournament mainly sponsored by GTBank came to an enthralling end.Lagos NRT were also in joyous mood on the day as they emerged winners of the Silver Cup following their 7-4 triumph over Kano BUA.The Kings which has Bowale Jolaoso (0), Yemo Alakija (1), Martin Juaregi (4) and Juan Cruz Guebera (4), had on Saturday won the Oba of Lagos Cup by seeing off STL 8 – 4 ½ , and were favoured to triumph against a side they edged in a fierce meeting in the preliminary stage two days earlier. And they proved the formbook right.As it was in their previous meeting, Argentine four-goaler Martin Juaregi, took dominance of the game masterminding the moves by the Kings, who in the last few months have now scooped four titles having won the Charity Shield and Patrons Cup in Kaduna.last_img read more