Chevron National Junior Championship Serves-off Wednesday

first_imgThe Chevron Junior Tennis Championship will serve-off on Wednesday, October 23 at the prestigious Lagos Lawn Tennis Club at the heels of the two weeks long Lagos Open tournament. The tournament will feature 64 players competing in two age groups – boys and girls 12s and 16sThe Chevron Junior Championship will be a fitting climax to a project which took tennis to over 1500 boys and girls in seven target communities and had the best of them prepared for competitions.The project is already producing eye-catching results as players from the program are already punching above their weight and breaking into the senior and professional ranks.Seun Akinwumi, 12, paired his teammate Daniel Adeleye ,15, to win the doubles event at the National Youth Games in Ilorin for Ekiti State. The girls singles title was won by Destiny Okhinaye, 14, for Lagos State. The 16 year-olds were excluded from the competition.At the senior level, eight of the juniors got into the main draw of the CBN Senior Open Championship with two of the girls reaching the quarterfinals and getting invitations to the All Africa Games camp. Two of the junior girls, Serena Teluwo and Omolade Aderemi played in the main draw of the Lagos Open – a professional tournament.This week’s competition is expected to produce a lot of fireworks with defending champion in the Girls’ 16, Rebecca Ekpeyong,  going against in-form players like Teluwo and Okhinaye. Omolayo Bamidele and Aderemi, finalist and semifinalist of the last edition have been promoted into the senior category.The boy’s 16 category will also be missing the rivalry between David Dawariye of the South South and Suleiman Mohammed of Abuja who have been promoted to the seniors. However, 14 year-old David Ekpeyong and Adeleye will be favourites to win the boys 16 event.The boys and girls 12s is expected to throw up the regular rivalries. Favour Amaechi from the South South, Mary Azi from the North Central and Nene Yakubu from the South West in the girl’s event while Ogunsakin South West, Lucky Danjuma and Yakubu Yahonna of the North Central and Precious Ikeuba of South South stand out as the top contenders.According to the International Tennis Academy, organisers of the championship, entry into the venue is free and matches will start at 10 am each day and end at 4.30pm.The grand finale is scheduled for Sunday, October 27 starting 12 noon.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Freshman Ulbrich contributes on both ends of field in 3-1 win over Louisville

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Freshmen Annalena Ulbrich and Laura Hurff have practiced corner shots together countless times in their rookie season. So when the duo locked eyes as Ulbrich was about to take a corner shot with eight minutes remaining in the first half, they had already visualized the goal-scoring play that was about to ensue.Ulbrich fired her pass from the top of the circle that just barely nicked off the stick of Hurff and into the net to give No. 13 Syracuse (9-3, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) a one-goal lead over No. 5 Louisville (10-3, 3-2), and the goal spearhead a 3-1 winning effort for the Orange.Hurff credited Ulbrich as being the key factor to setting the play up in the moments before the corner shot. Despite being listed as a defender, Ulbrich has been an invaluable asset to the offense and showed why in the win over the Cardinals. “I made eye contact with (Ulbrich) so I tried to cut in front of the defender,” Hurff said. “My stick just happened to hit the ball and I turned around and it was unbelievable.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGiven the enormous amount of success on the field for Ulbrich, her confidence can go unquestioned. What seems to be understated is her ability to quickly learn and adapt to her role in the first year on the team.Head coach Ange Bradley mentioned her team is playing with more confidence given the increased comfortability gained by the four starting freshmen and the way they are taking to a new system — with Ulbrich at the center of that.“An area we’ve been working on is the different thirds of the field,” Bradley said. “Laura had her stick in the right place at the right time that play.“It’s nice to see it all come together.”In a nearly identical scenario, Ulbrich again was taking a penalty corner later in the game. She fired the ball in past the swarm of defenders from the top of the circle. Her stick, however, made contact with a Louisville defender who dropped to her knees after the contact was made, and the goal was waived off.Ulbrich is tied for the team lead in goals with eight, all of which have come from the top of the circle on penalty corners. Her four shots on goal against the Cardinals were second most of any player on either team.She also provides as a backbone to the SU defense, often standing the furthest back as the last line of defense between her and the goalie. The constant back-and-forth of offense and defense is a unique combination, but even as a rookie she knows it’s her responsibility.“This is my job,” Ulbrich said. “I got used to it, even though it took me awhile.”She demonstrated her defensive prowess with just over 1:30 remaining in the game and the Cardinals on the comeback trail after notching a late goal to cut their deficit to two. Louisville was threatening again around the Syracuse circle. Ulbrich intercepted a pass and proceeded to skillfully navigate her way through a swarm of defenders to clear the ball.A fundamentally sound defense was a necessity for the Orange against the fifth-ranked team in the country, and Ulbrich knows how crucial of a piece she is to the counterattack. Her presence in the backfield is an intimidating one for opposing teams, and she helped force numerous errant passes from Louisville.“In the backfield,” Ulbrich said, “We had to step up to minimize the space so they don’t have time to look for big balls to hit. “We shifted and closed up space.”While preventing the Cardinals from converting on opportunities to make big hits on the ball, that is at the forefront of Ulbrich’s repertoire. Bradley elected her as the player to take penalty corners because of her ability to out-hit nearly every player on the field, and the humble Ulbrich embarrassingly laughed when asked if she was the hardest hitter on the team.Said Ulbrich: “Yeah, I probably am.” Comments Published on October 11, 2014 at 4:49 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more

Ronaldo hat-trick puts Real in Champions League semis

first_imgMADRID (AP): With a hat-trick that made him the first player to score 100 Champions League goals, Cristiano Ronaldo led Real Madrid to a 4-2 win over 10-man Bayern Munich after extra time yesterday and put the defending champions back in the semi-finals. Ronaldo scored once in regulation and twice in extra time, while Marco Asensio also netted late for Madrid, which advanced 6-3 on aggregate after a 2-1 first leg win in Germany. “In the big moments, Ronaldo always comes through,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “He scored five times in these two games, what else can I say?” Ronaldo had scored both goals for Madrid in the first leg, when he became the first player to reach 100 goals in European club competition. Bayern played a man down from the 84th minute after Arturo Vidal picked up his second yellow card of the night for a foul on Asensio. ISSUES WITH REFEREEING “We deserved more,” said Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti, who complained about the refereeing. “The calls made by the referee hurt us a lot. The second yellow for Arturo should not have been a card, and Ronaldo had two goals when he was offside.” Ronaldo appeared to be in front of the defenders, and just offside, for his first goal in extra time. Vidal appeared to mainly get the ball in his challenge on Asensio, although he could have received a second yellow earlier for a foul on Casemiro.last_img read more