Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on January 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm Emily Harman walked off the court without finishing her match.Notre Dame had clinched a victory over the Syracuse tennis team in the second round of the 2010 Big East tournament, and there was nothing Harman could do about it. She left the court with the empty, disappointed feeling because her match could not make a difference.After congratulating her opponent, she and the Syracuse team trudged through the inclement weather to the van. The players and coaches piled in for the long drive that would conclude their season. Before they made their way back to Syracuse, however, the team had a talk.Head coach Luke Jensen congratulated his team on its hard work to get to the tournament. Every girl spoke about what the season had meant to her.‘It was a very emotional moment for all of us,’ Harman said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat was just the start of a whirlwind, emotional offseason for SU. In the nine months since the loss to Notre Dame, three key players have dropped off the roster, including C.C. Sardinha, a freshman last season who moved up to the No. 1 singles spot, and Eleanor Peters, who had the most collective wins of any member of the Orange.Despite this, however, Jensen thinks the Orange has solidified into a more cohesive team. And in his fifth year at the helm of a Syracuse program he built from the ground up, Jensen will rely on the seniors of his first recruiting class, combined with a mix of youth, to get over the loss of those two players and departing senior Chelsea Jones. And to aim for his No. 1 target: Notre Dame.‘Notre Dame is our target,’ Jensen said. ‘It’s got to be our target.’That won’t be easy with the losses. Sardinha transferred to Oklahoma State shortly after SU’s loss in the Big East tournament. She was a highly touted recruit who quickly worked her way up from the bottom of SU’s singles lineup to the top. She went 16-5 in singles play last season.Sardinha informed the coaching staff of her decision shortly after the Big East tournament. Jensen said she left to be closer to her grandmother. But Harman thought she was considering the move even before the tournament.‘I didn’t know personally from her,’ Harman said. ‘I had my suspicions, but you never know with collegiate teams.’Peters was unable to return to the team because she wasn’t granted a redshirt year, Jensen said. Peters hovered around the middle of the lineup but had the most wins of anyone on the team.Jensen said Peters is playing in professional tournaments near her home in Washington, D.C. Harman and Jensen also said Peters is another huge, unexpected loss to the team.And the last part of those losses is Jones, a departing senior who walked on to the team the year before Jensen took over as the head coach. Jones hadn’t been on the professional circuit, unlike all of SU’s younger players. Despite being a strong doubles player, she was unable to provide the same experience on the court.With those three important pieces gone, SU will rely on three freshmen to fill the void: Maddie Kobelt, Aleah Marrow and Eva Raszkiewicz. The time they’ve spent playing professional tournaments has put them in a good position to do so.‘They’ll fight their tails off to the very end, and that’s what we need,’ Harman said. ‘No negative energy at all. It’s great to be with them. It’s great to have them on the team. They make me better every day.’This group of recruits contributes to the cohesiveness of the team because they buy into what the team is doing, Jensen said. College has more of a team aspect than playing on the pro circuit, and Jensen tries to emphasize that with his players.Each of those recruits brings something unique to the Orange. Jensen thinks Marrow is the best athlete he has had in his five years at SU. Raszkiewicz came over from Europe after much convincing from Jensen. And Kobelt has one of the best all-around games Jensen has seen at Syracuse.But the attitude of cohesion is what stood out most to Kobelt when she visited SU.‘What stuck in my mind was the attitude that the girls had,’ she said. ‘All the girls on this team — even though they were dead in the battle of their matches — they were all cheering for themselves and cheering for their teammates and being supportive.’And the second part of replacing those players includes Jensen’s first recruiting class — now seniors — stepping up. Seniors Christina Tan and Simone Kalhorn, who were already captains last year with the absence of more experienced seniors, will lead the way. Tan said beyond their ability on the court, however, it is their familiarity with SU tennis in particular that has helped the recruits.‘We’ve been through the program for three and a half years now, so the experience is there,’ Tan said. ‘In terms of knowing exactly what’s going on and really helping the newer ones with everything, with on-court stuff and off-court stuff.’The cohesion of the team also leads to an even playing field and tight competition. Tan said the entire team has a pretty even skill level, so anyone could end up at No. 1 on any given week.After close challenge matches, Alessondra Parra earned that spot for this weekend’s matches. This will be the first time in her two and a half seasons at SU that Parra will move above No. 3.‘I think we have a team that is very equal,’ Jensen said. ‘Usually on a team you get one, two, maybe three players that set themselves apart from everybody else. But this year we truly have the deepest team, the most solid across the board.’The defeat in the Big East tournament and the loss of Jones, Peters and Sardinha set SU back. At the beginning of the fall, there was no knowing what would become of the eight players who showed up for fall tennis. Yet after just a few months of playing together, the team has become a single unit. And despite the losses, Jensen thinks he has a better squad than last season.Jensen said if the 2011 team were to play the 2010 team, the former would win simply because it’s a ‘better collective.’This collective now has one objective: beat Notre Dame. Jensen said this is the goal. Harman should not have to walk off the court mid-match unless it is for a Syracuse victory.Not individual glory. Not wins against lesser teams. Notre Dame.‘They’re the dominant team in our conference,’ Jensen said. ‘They’re a dominant team in the nation. If we can beat Notre Dame, we can beat anybody.’email@example.com
Despite an underwhelming regular season overall for the University of Wisconsin football team, the Badger offense was well represented during the Big Ten Awards with five offensive players receiving All Big Ten Team honors as selected by both conference coaches and media this week. On the defensive side, four Wisconsin players were selected by the coaches with two making the media’s list.Star running back Jonathan Taylor was on both first team All-Big Ten lineups. Taylor was a workhorse all year for the Badgers, rushing for 1,977 yards in the regular season coming up just shy of 2,000 — though he will almost certainly surpass that mark in Wisconsin’s bowl game.In typical Wisconsin fashion, four Badger offensive lineman earned All Big Ten honors. Center Tyler Biadasz and guards Michael Deiter and Beau Benzschawel made both first team All Big Ten lineups while tackle David Edwards was selected first team by the media and second team by the coaches.Men’s basketball: Badgers win in nail-biter come-back against NC StateThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (6-1) came from behind Tuesday to beat previously undefeated NC State (6-1) 79-75 Read…On the defensive end, linebacker TJ Edwards performed best earning first team All Big Ten from the media and second team from the coaches. Safety D’Cota Dixon was the only other Wisconsin defender selected for the media’s All Big Ten list on the third team though Dixon and linebackers Andrew Van Ginkel and Ryan Connelly made third team All Big Ten through the coaches selections.Three Badgers came away with individual accolades in the Big Ten awards as well. Former Badger offensive lineman Jake Wood earned the Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian Award for Wood’s work in founding Team Rubicon, a non-profit organization centered on connecting former veterans to volunteer work in global disasters.Fullback U: Why football’s forgotten position still reigns supreme in MadisonRon Dayne was one of the most talented college athletes to ever step foot on a football field. Though, even Read…On the current Badger team Taylor and Deiter earned individual honors as the Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year and the Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year respectively.Hopefully these awards will translate to on-field production for the Badgers during their bowl game this year and going forward in future seasons.
Pictured at the presentation from the Annual Run Donegal Womans’s 5k, which this year was in Aid of “Sharon’s Girls,”. A cheque for €8,373 which was presented by Grace Boyle, included seated were, Kayleigh Alexander, Mary Gallen, Brid Alexander Grace Boyle and Bredgeen Doherty, back roy from Left are, Bernadine Madden, Louise Gouidie, Marcella Mc Bride, Anne Marley, Neil Martin, Emma Gallan, Niamh Alexander, Nicola Kee, and Rosemary Foy Photo By Brian McDaidA cheque for €8,373 has been handed to the Sharon’s Girls Fund following the Annual Run Donegal’s Women’s 5k race.The cheque for the super sum was presented by Grace Boyle.Included at the presentation are – seated were, Kayleigh Alexander, Mary Gallen, Brid Alexander Grace Boyle and Bredgeen Doherty, back roy from Left are, Bernadine Madden, Louise Gouidie, Marcella Mc Bride, Anne Marley, Neil Martin, Emma Gallan, Niamh Alexander, Nicola Kee, and Rosemary Foy Photos By Brian McDaid.Patsy McGonagle, Patsy Doherty, Charlie Boyle and Neil Martin at the cheque presentationDONEGAL WOMAN’S 5K PRESENTS SUPER CHEQUE FOR ‘SHARON’S GIRLS’ was last modified: April 25th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)