Miranda Ramirez rides strong baseline play to 10-match win streak

first_img Published on March 29, 2017 at 11:31 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Miranda Ramirez was riding a nine-game singles win streak when SU head coach Younes Limam quipped last Wednesday, “Don’t jinx it now.”His worries were unnecessary. On Sunday, the freshman plowed through her first No. 1 singles match for the Orange. Ramirez’s face remained determinedly blank as she downed Georgia Tech’s best player and No. 46 Rasheeda McAdoo, in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.The 5-foot-3 Ramirez had every answer and return for the much bigger and stronger McAdoo. Ramirez came out unscathed and pushed her consecutive wins to 10.“I felt really good from the back,” Ramirez said Sunday, “and I was able to move (McAdoo) around a lot, which I don’t think she’s too comfortable with.”This season, Ramirez has developed into a rising talent for a Syracuse (5-8, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) team that is otherwise struggling. She has dependably won points all season, which the Orange needs again on Friday at 3 p.m. against Louisville (13-5, 2-4). Ramirez, a freshman, consistently overcomes her weakness at the net and susceptibility to drop shots by playing mistake-free tennis. That, along with strong baseline play and patience that baits her opponents into errors, enables her success.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Obviously, her strengths are playing from the baseline and dictating play,” Limam said, “but we’re trying to add a little more diversity to her game.”Ramirez’ 11-1 singles record projects dominance, and so do her straight set wins. But she isn’t a stereotypical No. 1 singles power player. Her small frame can’t serve blisters and her returns don’t drop jaws.Unable to out-muscle opponents, Ramirez can’t afford to beat herself, and she hasn’t yet. Rarely does she miss long or wide and, though no statistics are available, double faults have never played an important role in her home matches. Comfortable playing in long rallies, Ramirez stays amid long rallies and fires return after return until an exasperated opponent sends a shot long or wide.“It’s a very good style of play,” Limam said. “It’s something she does really well … playing on her terms.”Ramirez also employs long cross-court or down the line rallies as she steadily works her opponent to one side of the court. Once she believes her opponent cannot run back across quick enough, Ramirez rifles a return to the opposite corner. This ploy worked against McAdoo, who found herself constantly stretching for a ball just out of reach.Relying so heavily on the baseline, though, creates vulnerability: drop shots. Fortunately for Ramirez, aggression around the net presents a simple remedy.“We’re just trying to have her get a little bit more comfortable finishing points at the net,” Limam said.Despite her wins, the freshman has been working on playing at the net and judging when to leave the baseline, said Limam. Last Wednesday, Ramirez spent over an hour in a one-on-one session focused entirely on playing closer to the divider.“It’s just trying to maintain my level,” Ramirez said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

WATCH: Joc Jack! Pederson celebrates after his HR gives Dodgers 3-1 lead

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Joc Pederson hadn’t hit a homer since July 26 until the World Series, where he has hit 3 more in the last 4 games.— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) November 1, 2017 .@yungjoc650 feels like he’s walking on air. #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/X7gcFUEeVG— MLB (@MLB) November 1, 2017 Joc’s HR gives #ThisTeam a 3-1 lead. These fans are dying for a Game 7. pic.twitter.com/gANW2dWtwN— ESPNLosAngeles (@ESPNLosAngeles) November 1, 2017 JOC PEDERSON, Y’ALL. How you doin’ @Dodgers’ fans? #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/zmeNA2O7a4— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) November 1, 2017 Joc is so money he doesn’t even know how money he is. #WorldSeries Joc gives the Dodgers a huge insurance run. LA up 3-1 in the bottom of 7 pic.twitter.com/9Bgy4xfRKm— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) November 1, 2017 They do just that with a Joc Pederson home run! 3-1 Dodgers! pic.twitter.com/9JMAyH39lM— SB Nation MLB (@SBNationMLB) November 1, 2017last_img read more

Wellington falls to defeat against Winfield 41-18, ends season at 5-4

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wackiness seems to be an appropriate term when Wellington and Winfield play, and it most certainly was the case again Thursday as Wellington lost to Winfield 41-18 to put an end to the 2013 season.The Crusaders finished the year at 5-4. It was not a good end to a very exciting season.Despite a horrendous first quarter, Wellington was very much in the game in the second quarter, trailing 14-12. But Winfield scored a late second quarter touchdown to take a 20-12 lead.And after Wellington started the second half with an impressive drive, that would end on a fourth down, Winfield would march 84 yards on six plays to take a 27-12 lead. It seemed from that point forward, this was Winfield’s game to lose.For the second straight year, Wellington would open district play with a win, but could not finish things off, losing to Mulvane and Winfield.While last week, Wellington could be kicking itself with missed opportunities and poor officiating, this week Wellington was just snakebite.After Will Adler would connect with Logan Mayes on a 58-yard touchdown pass on Winfield’s second drive, Wellington quarterback Trevor Nance would roll out and pitch the ball to the running back. But the ball was batted up by one Winfield defender and Sam Kamp caught it and raced 43 yards all alone for an interception touchdown.And just like that in a little more than a minute, Winfield had turned a scoreless game into a 14-0 lead.Then after a Wellington punt, Winfield offered some self destruction when Andrew Pelkey recovered the ball at the 1 and arguably had momentum into the end zone. Wellington was sitting at the one-foot line for what should have been an easy touchdown on first down.No dice. Nance was stopped on a quarterback keeper. Then the Crusaders were called for a false start which tended to be a problem in the final two games of the year. Backed to the 6, Wellington completed none of the two passes thrown and Winfield had kept its 14-0 lead.It would be hard to imagine what would have happened had Wellington scored then. The Crusaders most certainly played with gumption in the second quarter. Austin Dunn would cap two touchdown drives after big passes by Nance to Colin Reichenberger and Connor Phelps on the next ensuing drives.Then when it looked like Wellington was in business on a long Reichenberger pass completion, he was stripped of the ball and Winfield got the ball back.The Vikings were able to get a touchdown on an Adler to Blake Crandall 41-yard touchdown reception.Down 20-12, Wellington put together an excellent set of offensive plays to start the second half, eventually getting inside the 20. Then Wellington would only pick up five yards on four plays and Winfield took over at the 16.The next drive, Winfield opened the field with outside sweeps and counter plays. When Jordan Johnson ran in from the 4, the Vikings were in front 27-12.Wellington would get to midfield but again turned the ball over on downs. Then Adler would hit Mayes on a 57-yard touchdown pass. And all that was left was the shouting with the Vikings in front 34-12.Winfield would score one more time on another Adler to Mayes pass. Then Wellington got a score on a Dunn 4-yard run. The Crusaders would get in scoring position again but a personal foul negated another score. Winfield 41 Wellington 18Wellington 0 12 0 6 — 18Winfield 14 6 14 7 – 41Wi — Adler to Mayes 58 yard touchdown pass  (PAT kick).Wi — Camp 43 yard interception return (PAT kick).We — Dunn 1 yard run (PAT kick no good).We — Dunn 4 yard run (PAT pass no good).Wi — Adler to Crandall 41 pass reception (PAT pass no good).Wi — Johnson 4 run (PAT kick)Wi — Adler to Mayes 57 pass (PAT kick)Wi — Adler to Mayes 20 pass (PAT kick)We — Dunn 4 run (PAT pass no good). Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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