Women of Troy sweep through weekend series

first_imgThe USC women’s tennis team earned a trip to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships after upending both of their competitors this weekend.Doubled up · Junior Maria Sanchez captured solid victories in both singles and doubles events during the National Team Indoor qualifier. – Amaresh Sunduran Kuppuswamy | Daily Trojan No. 9 USC demolished the No. 35 Auburn Tigers 4-0 in a second-round matchup of the ITA Kick-off qualifiers at Marks Stadium on Saturday night. This triumph came after another 4-0 blowout by the Women of Troy on Friday against the No. 60 San Diego Toreros.The Women of Troy improved to 4-0 on the year with the two wins.It was relatively smooth sailing for USC as it polished off its opponents this weekend. First on Friday against San Diego, USC snagged its doubles point with two fairly quick wins and thereafter clobbered the Toreros in singles play.The Women of Troy pocketed easy singles wins at the No. 4, 5 and 6 spots to claim the match. USC’s top-three seeded singles players were also in the lead when the match was clinched.The next day, USC took on Auburn (which beat No. 28 LSU 4-0 on Friday) in the title match of the ITA Kick-off Weekend.The Women of Troy were able to secure the early edge by taking the doubles point. At the No. 2 spot, freshman Danielle Lao and sophomore Alison Ramos of USC teamed up to tally in the first doubles win at 8-4.Meanwhile at the No. 3 doubles, Auburn’s Plamena Kurteva and Paulina Schippers defeated USC’s junior Cristala Andrews and freshman Valeria Pulido 8-4. But it was only tied up for a moment, as USC’s No. 1 duo, juniors Lyndsay Kinstler and Maria Sanchez, pulled out an 8-3 win.In singles, the Women of Troy displayed multiple occasions of stellar performances as they put the match away. Four Women of Troy opened up their singles matches with shutouts in the first set.“It’s rare to jump out to such big leads in all of the [singles] matches,” USC coach Richard Gallien said.To start the Women of Troy with their first singles win was nationally ranked No. 39 Ramos, who powered through her match 6-0, 6-1. USC junior Leyla Entekhabi beat her opponent in a similar fashion, 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 5 slot.Up 3-0, the Women of Troy only needed one more singles victory to seal the deal.In both singles matches, USC’s No. 8 Sanchez and No. 37 Pulido were neck and neck in closing out their respective opponents, as No. 18 Lao and Andrews were also nearing victory.But it was Pulido who claimed the clincher point first, disposing of her opponent 6-0, 6-4, after coming back from trailing 1-4 in the second set to Auburn’s Daniela Vukadinovic. This left the remaining matches suspended with the remaining Trojans near victory.This was the only scheduled match for the Women of Troy that was against an East Coast team.“We played extremely well against such a tough Southeastern conference opponent, especially in singles,” Gallien added.The Auburn matchup also began over an hour late because the LSU vs. San Diego consolation match ran long. The Women of Troy, used to playing in the daytime, had to play in unusual circumstances, 40-degree weather from 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.“We’re not used to playing so late in the evening so I liked the way the girls handled the adversity,” Gallien said.But in the end, whether it be nighttime or daytime, the Women of Troy proved they can handle any kind of condition.These two weekend wins secured a place for USC in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships set for Feb. 12-15 at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisc. Before making that trip, however, USC will stay at Marks Stadium to host Pepperdine on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.last_img read more

Syracuse’s tightened defense leads to 4-1 victory over Vermont

first_imgEven as SU tightened up defensively, van der Velde was tested again. Twenty four minutes into the second half, she took two quick steps to her near post, kicking the ball wide of her cage to prevent UVM from cutting into the Orange lead. She then made another block just 20 seconds later, mopping up the area in front of goal. After those two saves, van der Velde didn’t face another shot on goal in the last 10 minutes. Those shots were the only two UVM placed on the cage in the second half. Even as the Catamounts pressed higher and higher up the field, they attempted wayward shots that ended well wide of the cage. Lagerweij may be gone, but SU has had multiple players play lots of minutes in her absence. Freshman Laura Graziosi, sophomore Steph Harris, and junior Claire Webb all helped defensively to maintain SU’s lead in the second half. “With her spot open, other people have stepped up,” Weers said. “Obviously we miss her, we miss everyone who leaves.” In the opening 20 minutes of the game, Vermont drew three penalty corners, a penalty shot, and posted three shots on goal. As Weers and Syracuse’s young lineup settled into its first game of the season, the Orange began to suffocate the Catamount attack in the middle third of the game. Syracuse scored two late goals in the first half, then stifled the Vermont attack by holding the Catamounts without a shot on goal for almost 30 minutes. Vermont’s lone goal came on a penalty shot after a foul was committed on the SU goal line. “We had a little bit more control in the second half,” Weers said. “Obviously we were a little nervous in the first game of the season, you work so hard in the preseason.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith 12 minutes left in the first half, Vermont tested sophomore goalie Borg van der Velde, who made a critical kick save with her feet. At that point, both teams had posted four shots on goal, and Vermont appeared the more likely to net a second. Three open field giveaways in Syracuse’s defensive half nearly cost the Orange on the scoreboard, as SU needed van der Velde to make three first-half saves.Early in the second half, SU head coach Ange Bradley began snapping her fingers in a circling motion, urging her team forward, to press higher up the field, and win the ball back, she said.“We’re slow right now, we’ve got to get faster, we’ve got to get more pressure on the ball, and we’ve got to make reads quicker,” Bradley said. “From the sidelines, you can help tempo that a bit, and get them to identify that we need more aggression.”Weers and van der Velde worked together to help communicate with the underclassmen without Lies Lagerweij’s presence anymore. Both voices could be heard all the way from the bleachers at J.S. Coyne Stadium, calling out commands to push further up the field to press, or drop deeper to prevent a counterattack. Weers is forced to be more of a communicator this year on the field, Bradley said. Throughout spring practices and scrimmages and summer pre-season, Bradley has been impressed. “She’s doing great,” Bradley said. “Roos had a really good preseason and stepped up and (has) taken on additional responsibilities, and we don’t want to overstretch her that she loses who she is.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on August 24, 2018 at 5:59 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Moments after Vermont’s third penalty corner of the first half, Roos Weers made a crucial block right in front of goal with her stick. Then, while ripping off her facemask and throwing it into the grass behind the goal, she raced to her right, stealing the ball from the attacking Catamount, and playing a long pass up the field.That transition and ensuing attack led to a penalty corner. Syracuse converted that corner into a 2-1 lead as Laura Graziosi netted a backhand top shelf. The Orange scored a quick third, a penalty corner goal from Weers, and a fourth early in the second half, as Syracuse defeated Vermont 4-1 to open its 2018 season Friday.last_img read more

BIZ-TATAMOTORS-HARRIER (BCM10)

first_imgTata Motors’ new SUV to be called ‘Harrier’; launch in Q1 2019Mumbai, Jul 11 (PTI) Tata Motors today said itsmuch-awaited compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) will becalled ‘Harrier’, which is being developed in collaborationwith its marque British arm Jaguar Land Rover.This five-seater monocoque SUV is engineered on thenew generation platform and was unveiled at the Auto Expo 2018as the H5X concept. The commercial launch will take place inthe first quarter of 2019.The Harrier sports sleek looks and dynamism, andoffers “a glimpse of the future generation of Tata Motorsvehicles in terms of styling, technology and performancecapabilities,” the company said in a statement.The Harrier is the first vehicle to sport the ‘Impactdesign 2.0’ philosophy and offers future ready connectivityand best-in-class infotainment.Driven by the success of its first compact SUV, Nexon,and also new cars like the sedan Tigor and the compact carTiago, Tata Motors has made a strong comeback since its lows.In the market share sweepstake in June, it pushed downMahindra to become the No. 3 automaker. Last year itself, TataMotor had overtaken Honda Cars to become the No. 4 player.”Its architecture is derived from the legendary LandRover D8 architecture and is adapted to suit the Indianconditions by Tata Motors engineers,” the release said.Christening the much-anticipated SUV, Mayank Pareek,president for passenger vehicle business unit at Tata Motors,said, “With Turnaround 2.0 into play, we are geared to winsustainably in the market. We are proudly speeding towards ournext market introduction ‘Tata Harrier’ that will take ourbrand value to the next level.advertisement”We are preparing for commercial launch in the firstquarter of 2019,” he said. PTI BEN SS SS SS SSRDS RDS RDSlast_img read more