Newborn leads Syracuse to 1st win of season over Virginia Tech; Orange splits weekend matches

first_imgAfter hitting a double fault on match point and potentially blowing Syracuse’s chances for its first win of the season, Rhiann Newborn slowly paced around the back of the court, knowing the opportunity she might have just let go.Just four points later, Newborn slammed a forehand winner to win the third-set tiebreak 12-10 and finally give the Orange its first victory of the season after nearly two months of losing.“Never count Rhiann Newborn out,” interim head coach Shelley George said. “She’s a fighter. She’ll fight down to the very last point, tooth and nail. She can miss a ball and come back and hit a winner the next ball.”Newborn’s success in singles, and in doubles alongside Komal Safdar, helped carry the Orange (1-8, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) to a 5-2 win over No. 48 Virginia Tech (8-4, 1-2) at Drumlins Country Club on Friday. Wins from Amanda Rodgers in singles, and Maddie Kobelt in singles and doubles with Valeria Salazar also contributed to the 5-2 victory — the Orange’s first of the year and 10th straight in a home opener. Against Virginia (8-2, 3-0) on Saturday, the nation’s third-ranked team was too much for the Orange. But while the team struggled as a whole against the Cavaliers, Newborn impressed yet again, winning the only match for the team in singles 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 in what turned out to be a 6-1 loss. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter Rodgers pulled out her singles match in two tight sets on Friday, the players who had finished their matches stood next to court two to watch the third-set tiebreak between Newborn and Kelly Williford, knowing what would happen if Newborn could pull it out.The two battled back and forth as Newborn and Williford hit some beautiful shots while also showing signs of nerves. Newborn faced a match point down 7-6 but fought on a long point to eventually get a put-away volley. She had her second match point on her racket at 9-8, but her second double fault of the tiebreak evened the match at 9-9.“I was like ‘Why did you just double fault? Like really?’” Newborn said. “But I just pushed that aside and kept moving forward.”At 9-9 Newborn floated her forehand long to give Williford another match point. Williford looked to have the match won as she approached the net, but Newborn hit a beautiful passing shot to keep her in it. She would earn match point with a great return off the Williford serve. And this time, with the racket on her serve, Newborn closed the deal with a forehand winner.“In the past, I was being way too negative,” Newborn said. “I would literally give up on most of my shots. This time, what I did was kept fighting, kept running after everything I could and staying positive.”Newborn would continue her success the very next day against Virginia. While unable to pull out the doubles victory, in singles Newborn defeated the Cavaliers Rachel Pierson. Newborn had faced Person multiple times in juniors before college and had always lost. “I was a little nervous going into this match,” Newborn said. “But as soon as I started playing I forgot about all the times I’ve lost to her and just played my game.”Although the Orange would lose big on Saturday after its first win of the year, the weekend was ultimately a success as Rodgers joined Newborn by winning her singles match against the Hokies on Friday. “Originally I was thinking about being more aggressive today, but after I saw her game style, I was like I need to hit the ball really high,” Rodgers said. “I adjusted and I hit a lot to her backhand.”With the win on Friday over the Hokies, maybe things are set to turn around for a team that has had a disappointing start to the season. “We just needed to get home,” George said. “We needed the home crowd. We needed to have the support here. Two months on the road, it was tough. But we had some really good lessons learned and I think that’s where we turned it today.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 2, 2014 at 9:50 pmlast_img read more

Chris Nanco eyes late-career push with scoreless streak put to rest

first_imgChris Nanco sketched out a plan at the beginning of the season. Too often, the senior forward admitted, his long run had ended in years prior with near misses and gasps from the disappointed crowd.When attacking the goal, he adopted a new mentality. He’d keep an end result — the ball going through the net — at the forefront of his mind. He increased one-on-one work with Syracuse assistant coach Matt Verni to improve his finishing ability.The senior forward burst to a hot start this season, scoring four goals in the team’s first three games. But until his two-goal outing last week against Pittsburgh, he had been held off the scoreboard, getting no goals since Sept. 9 and no assists since Sept. 16. It had been 55 days since Nanco last found the back of the net, a span covering eight weeks, 11 games and Syracuse’s longest winless streak in five years. Nanco’s scoreless drought was the longest of his career at Syracuse — and his life.“Keep taking shots,” Nanco said last week. “One of them will go in.”One finally did go in, and then another, giving No. 7 Syracuse (11-3-4, 3-2-3 Atlantic Coast) a new facet to its scoring attack. Over the last four years, the Orange is 16-0 in games Nanco scores. As Syracuse awaits its NCAA tournament seeding, he looks to make an end-of-career push. His next game could be his last at SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDrifting toward midfield, Nanco is adept at beating defenders to open spots. His long runs up the sidelines set the offense in motion, sucking defenders his way. Asked about Syracuse’s main threat, most opponent coaches mention him before anyone else. Bobby Muuss, the head coach of No. 2 Wake Forest, singled him out, saying he’s “dangerous.”Tony D. Curtis | Staff PhotographerEven in games Nanco doesn’t score, defenders drop back or leave their men to stop him, as was the case against Pittsburgh. Jonathan Hagman benefited from a defense keyed-in on Nanco, as the sophomore followed up Nanco’s two goals with two of his own.“Chris’ contribution to the team without scoring goals has been massive,” Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said. “I would worry if we weren’t getting that other contribution.”Nanco’s scoring efficiency had gone down since each season from his freshman to junior year. This season (11.8 percent), he’s improved on last year’s mark of just 5.8 percent. He had four goals last year but took 69 shots to do it. In his freshman year, he took only 21 shots to score four times, a success rate of 19 percent.His 44 shots placed him fourth in the conference entering last weekend. He had played almost every minute of every game until he left the ACC quarterfinal against Clemson in the first half after sustaining what appeared to be a minor injury to his left leg.While he shrugged off his scoring drought, he acknowledged Syracuse needs him to score to be at its best. He’s Syracuse’s leading active scorer, with 19 goals, and is second on the team only to senior midfielder Oyvind Alseth in games started, with 79.Nanco challenges himself in practice against Kamal Miller, one of Syracuse’s biggest defenders. Jockeying for position and weaving his way against bigger bodies has comprised much of the 5-foot-6, 145-pounder’s career.“Balls hitting the back of the net,” McIntyre said last Monday, “we’re going to take that and put it on Wednesday night. And then we’ll be good to go.”Nanco provided a fresh reminder of how many ways he can influence a game last Wednesday, scoring twice and luring defenders his way. His plan from the start of the year is working again. His career could end with one more loss. But when he scores, Syracuse doesn’t lose. Comments Published on November 7, 2016 at 9:26 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Podcast: Nebraska Edition

first_imgSports editors Eric Kohlbeck and Chris Bumbaca sat down to discuss a huge weekend for Wisconsin athletics on this week’s sports podcast from The Badger Herald.The two talked about the No. 22 Wisconsin vs. No. 11 Nebraska football game and the Heisman hopefuls that will take the field Saturday at Camp Randall. No. 3 Wisconsin men’s basketball team also returns to action this weekend, where they will raise the banner from their magical 2014 Final Four run before theirregular season opener against Northern Kentucky.Badgers to raise banner from Final Four, open non-conference playAfter what was a long, hype-filled summer following a Final Four run last season, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team is Read… Women’s soccer also takes to the pitch at the McClimon Soccer Complex in the first round of the NCAA Tournament as they take on DePaul.last_img read more

Springtime Safety Tips from Joint Animal Services

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Joint Animal ServicesSpring has sprung and our thoughts turn to spring cleaning and home improvement projects. Before you embark on seasonal chores, take inventory of potential springtime hazards for your furry friends.Fertilizer, insecticide, and herbicide ingredients may be dangerous if your pet ingests them. Always store these products in out-of-the-way places and follow label instructions carefully. Many popular springtime plants are also toxic to pets and can prove fatal if eaten.Products such as paints, mineral spirits and solvents can be toxic to your pets and cause severe irritation or chemical burns. Carefully read all labels to see if the product is safe to use around your furry friends. Also, be cautious of physical hazards, including nails, staples, insulation, blades, and power tools. It may be wise to confine your dog or cat to a designated pet-friendly room during home improvement projects.If you think your pet may have ingested something harmful, immediately contact a veterinarian.last_img read more