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

Utah State’s Andersen is Wisconsin’s next coach

first_imgUtah State head coach Gary Andersen led the Aggies to an 11-2 record and Idaho Potato Bowl win in 2012, one of the best seasons in school history.Utah State’s Gary Andersen will be the next head coach of the Wisconsin football program, according to an initial report from the Wisconsin State Journal Tuesday night that was later confirmed by several other reports and Utah State players via Twitter. News broke earlier Tuesday that Andersen – who had not previously been linked to UW’s head coaching vacancy – had already interviewed for the job. Andersen is in his fourth year leading the Aggies and is fresh off a 41-15 victory over Toledo in the Idaho Potato Bowl Dec. 15 that improved No. 18 Utah State’s record to 11-2 record on the year.The Salt Lake Tribune later reported that Andersen started informing his players he was heading for Wisconsin Tuesday night. According to the Tribune, Utah State defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and offensive coordinator Matt Wells are both likely to follow Andersen to Madison, but Wells may be a candidate to succeed his boss in Logan. Ironically, Cal reportedly offered Aranda its defensive coordinator spot before he turned it down and UW linebackers coach accepted the position with the Bears. Wells also apparently earned an offer for the offensive coordinator job at N.C. State before Wisconsin offensive coordinator Matt Canada took that job on former UW defensive coordinator Dave Doeren’s staff. Andersen will also pry away second-year defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a – who coached the Aggies’ defensive line from 2009-10 – from Utah to join him with the Badgers, according to multiple reports. Utah State went undefeated (6-0) in the Western Athletic Conference in 2012 and took home the conference title, with the rout of Toledo marking the program’s first bowl win in 19 years. One of the best seasons in Aggies history, it marked the first time in over 50 years that Utah State finished the season ranked in the AP Top 25.Andersen’s name comes as a surprise partially because the 48-year-old has no clear ties to the Big Ten or even the Midwest. He played at Utah in the mid-’80s before serving as the Utes’ defensive coordinator from 2004-2008 and spent a year as the head coach at Southern Utah in 2003.The offense he ran in Logan, Utah, is also a far cry from the Badgers’ run-heavy, pro-style attack as dual-threat quarterback Chuckie Keeton led a spread-type system in 2012.Andersen visited Madison earlier this fall when Utah State nearly pulled off an upset over the Badgers Sept. 15, but the Aggies missed a potential game-winning field goal and allowed UW to escape with a 16-14 win.His only two losses this season came by a combined five points against Wisconsin and BYU. In his four years at Utah State he collected a 26-22 record and was rumored as a candidate for recent openings at Colorado, California and Kentucky.In the four years before he arrived, Utah State won a total of just nine games. The Aggies would made modest improvements in his first two years with back-to-back four-win seasons in 2009 and 2010, before Andersen started turning the program around. In 2011 Utah State finished 7-6 and lost in the Idaho Potato Bowl, the school’s first appearance in a bowl game in 14 years. Athletic Director Barry Alvarez said he had interviewed two candidates Sunday evening, one of them believed to be Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator and former Badger defensive back Mel Tucker. Tucker seemed to have his sights set on a head coaching job in the NFL, but it is not clear if Alvarez ever offered him the job.Many Wisconsin fans were growing anxious as the coaching search lingered on for two weeks with no clear leading candidate after Bret Bielema left the Badgers for the same position at Arkansas Dec. 4. The deadline to apply for Wisconsin’s head coaching job is tomorrow, so Alvarez could make an official announcement on who Bielema’s successor will be very soon. In accordance with state law, the university had to keep the application process open for two weeks.At Utah, Andersen served as defensive coordinator under Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer for a season before spending four more years under current Utes coach Kyle Whittingham. In his final year on Whittingham’s staff in 2008, Andersen helped guide the Utah to an undefeated 13-0 record that included a victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and a No. 2 ranking at season’s end.For more updates on the Wisconsin coaching situation, follow @BHeraldSports on TwitterFollow Ian on Twitterlast_img read more

Who are the best BH Athletes of the Year?

first_imgKarateist Meris Muhovic and judoka Aleksandra Samardzic were named for athletes of BiH for 2016 in the 72nd of selection of the Sports Federation of BiH.At the official manifestation of selection for the most successful BH athletes, that was held last night at the National Theatre, the awards were presented in 19 other categories.In the competition of the Paralympic sports, for the best athlete in the last year was named Dzevad Hamzic, a member of BH team in sitting volleyball, who won the silver medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.For the most successful BH coach in the last year was named the coach of women’s national karate team of BiH Miroslav Klepic and in the competition of Paralympic sports was named Mirza Hrustemovic, the coach of BH national team in sitting volleyball.Special recognition for the results achieved in the last Olympic cycle 2012 – 2016 was presented to the athlete Amel Tuka, judoka Larisa Ceric and volleyball player Sabahudin Delalic.The most successful club in the men’s football is Croatian sports club Velez from Mostar and in the competition of women table tennis club Spin 2012 from Sarajevo.Football National Team of BiH U-17 is the most successful national team, which won the eighth place at the European Championship. In the competition of Paralympic sports, for the most successful was declared the sitting volleyball team, which won the Paralympic silver.Awards for the best BH juniors were presented to Toni Miletic (judo) and Adna Boric (taekwondo).Kickboxer Mirza Pramenkovic and volleyball player Edin Begic received the award “Ambassador of Sport”, while the award “Mirza Delibasic” was presented to basketball player Melisa Brcaninovic.Awards for “Lifetime Achievement” were presented to: Josip Brumec, Petko Radovic, Vehbija Tokic, Izet Jelic, Bibija Kerla, Zelimir Vuckovic and Vlada Raguz, while the award “Boro Glusac” for sports journalism was presented to: Muhamed Bikic, Mirza Kolar, Almir Sokolovic and Jasmin Ligata.The Sports Federation of BiH this year awarded prizes to the most successful athlete students, participants of the competition that was organized by the European and World university association. Awards were given to nine athletes – Ivona Cavar, Harun Sadikovic, Armin Gredic, Ivan Solic, Rijad Dedejic, Selam Sejdinovic, Patar Zadro, Mirnesa Bektac and Najla Kaljanac.The criteria for selection were the placements on the Olympic Games, World and European championships, regional and national competitions, based on the proposals of the saports unions.(Source: faktor.ba)last_img read more