Anna Shkudun rides improved serve to No. 42 ranking

first_img Related Stories Anna Shkudun and Syracuse take down St. John’s to improve to 6-0Anna Shkudun adjusts to college game and leadership position as 1st-year grad student Not much was working for Anna Shkudun on Sunday afternoon. Virginia’s Danielle Collins caught Shkudun off guard with a drop shot after a series of hard hits in the first set — one Shkudun would eventually lose, 6-1.But down 3-1 in the second set, Shkudun brushed her hair back and uncorked a vicious serve that whistled by Collins, the No. 3 singles player in the country, who looked at the line judge in disbelief. Two games later, still down, Shkudun powered a perfectly placed serve that tied Collins up like an inside fastball sawing off a hitter’s bat.Twice, a Shkudun serve ricocheted off Collins’ handle, shooting straight up to the ceiling of Drumlins Country Club. Each time, Collins threw her hands to her side in frustration as the ball came down from its launch. Although Collins cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory, Shkudun dominated one part of the game: her serve.“I would have to say (the serve) is one of my favorite shots,” Shkudun said. “The final result of the match depends on how I serve. If I feel confident with it, I’m pretty sure that I will play the match good, lots of aces.”In her first year at SU, Shkudun, a graduate student, has made minor tweaks to her power shot that have led her to a No. 42 singles player ranking and 6-2 singles record. Her play, especially her serve, has helped Syracuse (7-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) to its highest ever ranking by the International Tennis Federation — No. 33, nationally.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShkudun can deliver hard serves, but also expertly place them. She can hit it wide, leaving her opponent no option other than to stretch toward the ball. She can aim to the body and handcuff her opponent. She can serve down the middle of the court and eliminate her opponent’s angles.“It’s really nice to be able to practice against her because you know once you get into a match,” sophomore Nicole Mitchell said, “you’re not going to have anyone who’s going to be able to serve that well.”Of SU’s eight matches, seven have been played indoors, where the conditions are faster than those outside, which Shkudun said people have told her adds 3-5 miles per hour to her serves.Yet, Shkudun has “no idea” how fast she can serve. She’s never had it clocked and nobody’s ever told her the speed of it. Head coach Younes Limam estimates it tops out at over 90 mph.When Shkudun arrived at SU, she worked with the coaches to make subtle tweaks to her power shot. She’s jumping higher at the start of her serve, which has allowed her to connect her racket with the ball a couple of inches higher, and tossing the ball a couple of inches out in front of her. Both have added power and velocity to her serve.“Her serve has been there for her the whole time,” Limam said. “It’s just a matter of trusting it more and really using it as a weapon.”Until two years ago, Shkudun was constantly toying with her serve. It’s always been powerful, she said, but never consistent. She worked with several coaches in the Ukraine, her home country, but each coach would say something different than the other and advise her to make adjustments. One told her to change her body movement. A second adjusted her leg positioning. Another the height of her toss.“My serve was unstable, you know?” she said, “because all the time you have to change the movement, it’s not good.”Two years ago, while playing tournaments in the Ukraine, Shkudun found what meshed for her. Despite the adjustments she’s made this season, Shkudun has largely stuck to it and is reaping the benefits. Comments Published on February 25, 2016 at 12:03 am Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

4 underclassmen step up as role players in place of injured offensive starters

first_img Published on February 25, 2016 at 12:50 am Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+ Tim Barber stood on the sideline, clutching his helmet in his hand. The starting midfielder, who had started at attack in place of an injured Nick Piroli, just watched as his teammates played.“It’s a luxury, I mean, for our whole team,” Barber said on Feb. 18 — three days before the game. “If someone goes down, you have people that you can pull down from the midfield. … You don’t miss a beat.”But Barber had been flattened with a helmet-to-helmet hit at the end of the first half against Albany on Sunday. He stayed on one knee as the teams jogged off the field and stayed on the sideline when the game resumed.Syracuse knew it’d have to replace 63 percent of its scoring coming into the season, including its entire starting midfield. But what it couldn’t have known is that just a game and a half into the year, it’d have to replace two starters sidelined with injuries.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPiroli, a graduate attacker, is “week-to-week” with a lower-body injury, head coach John Desko said, and he expects to have him back before the end of the year. Barber, a senior, is expected back “pretty quick,” but as of Sunday, Desko didn’t know whether or not he’d miss any games.Redshirt sophomore attack Matt Lane stepped in when Barber had to move positions to replace Piroli. Freshman attack Devin Shewell entered when Barber went down. If both Piroli and Barber can’t go, Lane and Shewell will likely be in the starting lineup when the No. 3 Orange (2-0) faces Army on Sunday in the Carrier Dome at 4 p.m.“You probably saw somewhat of the pecking order today,” Desko said after the game on Sunday, “with Shewell and (Nate) Solomon, and we want to get (Gale) Thorpe in also.”Lane was the first in. Standing in a circle near midfield, he towered over the rest of the starting lineup. At 6 feet 7 inches, the tallest player in the Carrier Dome used his size to his advantage, muscling past a 7-inches shorter Albany midfielder, Ky Tarbell, before tossing the ball to Shewell for a goal.Lane finished with two goals and two assists on the day.“I really just took it as any other game,” Lane said of his first career start. “I was just happy to be out there and help the team win. I don’t really think I was that successful.”Just over a minute into Shewell’s one half of play, he had already scored. SU caught Albany keeper Blaze Riorden out of the cage going after a groundball and Shewell cut to the net and caught a pass from Dylan Donahue for the goal.Shewell ended the game with two goals on six shots.Liam Sheehan | Asst. Photo Editor“I thought he fit in very well,” Desko said. “One of his strengths is his shot. … He’s finding the back of the net as a freshman and that’s a good thing.”Solomon, another freshman, was next off the bench after Shewell and Thorpe, a redshirt freshman, followed in the final minutes of the game.Desko has praised Thorpe, labeling him as a scorer and saying he’d be the first player on the field on offense in the man-up situation. But because Donahue and Jordan Evans, both left-handed, were the two attacks remaining, righties Shewell and Solomon got the nod before the left-handed Thorpe to add variety to the lineup.After Syracuse’s first game, a win over Siena on Feb. 13, Desko answered a question on if his players were all healthy with one word: “Yes.”One game later, it took six sentences, 75 words, and the sentiment was more a matter of “we’ll see.”“They’re our future,” Desko said of Shewell, Solomon, Thorpe and others on Feb. 13.If Piroli and Barber can’t return for Sunday, they’ll also be the present. Commentslast_img read more

Tenth Futsal World Cup of BiH Diaspora in Sweden

first_imgTenth Futsal World Cup of BiH Diaspora in organisation of World Association of BiH Diaspora will be held in Swedish town of Västerås from 3- 5 May 2013.After Linz, who organised this event three times, then Antwerp, Munich, Birmingham, Luxembourg, Velika Kladuša, Bielle, this year Federation of BiH Associations of Sweden will host this year’s event.Västerås is a city located 100 kilometres northwest of Stockholm, and 60 kilometres southwest of Uppsala.There are five BiH associations in Västerås, which has the population of 140 000 people, and it is the sixth largest town in Sweden..last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Falls at No. 25/25 Iowa, 79-66

first_img HTML Box Score Meyer made a three-pointer at the 4:19 mark in the third quarter, but Hittner answered with her own three-pointer as part of a 7-0 run. Later in the fourth quarter, redshirt junior Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) who finished with a season-high 12 points, made her first three of the game to bring Drake back to within 14 points at 66-52. However, Gustafson answered with six straight points to push the Iowa lead to 72-52. A resilient Bulldogs squad fought back with back-to-back three-pointers by Bachrodt and Hittner. The Hawkeyes though maintained their double-digit lead as they held off the Bulldogs for their fifth-consecutive win. Senior Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa) from nearby Williamsburg made two three-pointers for six points to go with two rebounds and one assist. Story Links Full Schedule Roster Iowa used a 13-2 scoring over the final 3:21 minutes of the second quarter to lead 46-27 at halftime. In the second quarter, Drake was outscored 25-12. However, the Bulldogs outscored the Hawkeyes, 39-33, in the final two periods of play. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines The Valley on ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live The Bulldogs pulled down a season-high 27 offensive rebounds and 48 total to tally a 48-40 advantage on the glass. Junior Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) grabbed a career-high six offensive rebounds and eight total while fellow junior Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) pulled down eight rebounds with five on the offensive end. Drake used its rebounding proficiency to score 20 second-chance points. Miller added four assists and three steals in 21 minutes off the bench. In its final non-conference action of the season, Drake (5-7) battled Iowa (12-1) the entire game, coming all the way back from a 22-point deficit late in the third quarter, to pull within 14 points midway through the final quarter. Following Thursday’s road game, Drake opens its Missouri Valley Conference schedule at home against new league member, Valparaiso, on Dec. 29. Tipoff against the Crusaders is set for 7 p.m. Print Friendly Version The Hawkeyes were led by junior center Megan Gustafson, who has been named Big Ten Player of the Week six straight weeks, as she recorded her 12th double-double of the season with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Makenzie Meyer scored 21 points behind five three-pointers. Next Game: Valparaiso 12/29/2017 – 7 PM IOWA CITY, Iowa – Sophomore Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) poured in a career-high 27 points for the Drake University women’s basketball team in a hard-fought 79-66 loss at No. 25/25 Iowa Thursday night at Carver Hawkeye Arena.last_img read more

49ers Nick Bosa apologizes for Colin Kaepernick ‘clown’ comment

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Nick Bosa’s introductory press conference with the 49ers was more confessional than celebratory Friday, the result of his social-media history that included scrubbing controversial tweets such as one calling former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick “a clown.”Bosa, a defensive end drafted No. 2 overall out of Ohio State, apologized for that tweet about Kaepernick as well as other insensitive posts with racist and homophobic connotations.Will Bosa’s political views become an …last_img read more

Cracks appear in Kolkata homes

first_imgPanic gripped the Bowbazar area residents on Sunday as cracks appeared on some of the old houses in the area. Bowbazar is one of most congested areas of central Kolkata where tunnel boring work for the East West Metro corridor is being undertaken.The Kolkata police evacuated hundreds of people from 18 houses in the area — particularly from Durga Pithuri Lane. Portions of a house also collapsed due to the cracks. About 254 residents of these buildings have been provided alternative accommodation. There is no report of any injury, a Fire Brigade officer said. The area has been cordoned off by the police. “Water seepage during the boring started at 6.45 p.m. yesterday. Usually, we grout the area with cement at the seepage points. But in this case whatever we were putting was being washed away,” a senior official of the Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation said.He added that the engineers had never faced such a situation while tunnelling anywhere in the country. “For safety reasons, we have shifted 254 people,” the official said. Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim said that if the problem persists, the Metro authorities will arrange temporary accommodation for the residents of these houses. ‘No prior warning’ Those who have been shifted were visibly enraged and said that no prior warning was issued by the Metro authorities. A number of houses in the Bowbazar area are quite old and are in a dilapidated condition. Construction of an underground tunnel between Esplanade and Sealdah stations is going on at present. The East West Metro Project which will connect Howrah Maidan with Rajarhat Salt Lake area is a mega infrastructure project with a cost of about ₹8,474.98 crore. Of the 16.6 km line, about 10.8 km will be underground and the remaining will be an elevated corridor. Boring of tunnels under the river Hooghly to connect Kolkata and Howrah has been successfully completed in March 2017.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

9 months agoSolskjaer demands players wear Man Utd club suits on matchday

first_imgSolskjaer demands players wear Man Utd club suits on matchdayby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ordered his players wear their club suits before all games.The Daily Mail says Solskjaer has ordered United’s players to wear their official club suits to all matches as he continues to impose his ethos on the squad.The United stars are still allowed to travel in their club tracksuits, as they did on the train to Watford for Sunday’s 1-0 win over Tottenham.But when Solskjaer and his players arrived at Wembley 24 hours later, they were more formally dressed in suit and tie on the instructions of their caretaker manager.A smarter dress code is just one of the ground rules Solskjaer has borrowed from Sir Alex Ferguson, who was seen at United’s Carrington training ground again on Saturday before the squad left for London.The 45-year-old, who has done the same at Molde, informed the United players of the new regulation on their warm-weather training break last week. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoRoberto Carlos says PSG star Neymar should join Real Madrid

first_imgRoberto Carlos says PSG star Neymar should join Real Madridby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid great Roberto Carlos says PSG star Neymar should join his old club.Neymar was linked with both Los Blancos and Barcelona this summer, but remained at the Parc des Princes.”Any player would want to wear the Madrid shirt,” the ex-Madrid and Brazil star said.”But the Neymar story is over. He’s happy in Paris and he’ll be the best in the world soon.”Roberto Carlos already sees Neymar being among the world’s elite.”[Lionel] Messi, Cristiano [Ronaldo], Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe are undoubtedly the best four in the world.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more