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Guzal Yusupova stars in 1st match as Syracuse tops Brown

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 19, 2019 at 4:15 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @CraneAndrewcenter_img Up against the far wall inside Drumlins Country Club, while Syracuse struggled against Brown, Dina Hegab and Guzal Yusupova led their set 5-4, and the game 30-15. Hegab bounced the ball four times, leaned back, and served across the court. Yusupova stared into the eyes of Alessandra Bianco.When she saw Hegab’s serve fly past the outstretched return, she let out a loud “Oyyyyy.” Two points later, a Yusupova backhand return went deep into the corner. Brown tried to keep the rally going with a defensive lob. Yusupova didn’t even look to see where it landed. She knew it was out of bounds. She high-fived Hegab, grabbed her Gatorade towel and threw it around her neck.In No. 24 Syracuse’s 7-0 win, her first match since transferring from Washington State last summer, Yusupova dominated in her singles and doubles matchups. When Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez, SU’s returning No. 1 pair, faltered, it was Yusupova and Hegab that steadied the Orange (1-0). Yusupova’s powerful winners and returns led to a 6-4 doubles win and a 6-3, 6-0 singles victory over Brown (0-1). “She’s a gamer, she’s a competitor, and she hates to lose,” head coach Younes Limam said. “She set the tone right off the start.”Against Julia Newman and Sophia Reddy, two freshmen, Yusupova punished Brown’s No. 3 pair on the outside. Often times, the Bears chased her returns with outstretched arms, no chance for any type of return. Powerful hitting is what she prides her game on, Yusupova said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd her experience with Hegab showed. In the fall, they won the A-flight doubles draw at the West Point Invitational. Overall, Yusupova went 11-5 in fall doubles and 11-2 in fall singles.During the final set of her singles match against Newman, Yusupova swayed side to side, awaiting her serve. Yusupova had smashed returns and winners past Newman all match. Newman’s first serve was a fault into the net. Later, after fending off two match points, she leaned back to serve, but resisted and caught the ball, resetting. Yusupova waited, twisting her racket in her hands, wound up, and fired a return towards the right corner. The next movement Yusupova made was towards the net to shake hands. Newman’s rally return went long, and SU’s second point was secured.“You’re on the court and you are constantly looking to the other courts to see how they’re doing,” Knutson said, “and sometimes if they’re down, you’re like, ‘Oh, no, I have to win.’Today, it was Yusupova who gave Knutson relief. In between the doubles and singles matches, Knutson walked past Hegab as she was coming back onto the court. Hegab held a banana peel in one hand, and high-fived Knutson as she walked by with the other. Before their hands met, Knutson held up one finger in the air on both her hands.‘1-0,’ she whispered to Hegab, with a big smile on her face.On an afternoon when Knutson was forced into a third set against unranked Devon Jack, there was Yusupova again, ensuring that Syracuse picked up a valuable singles point if Knutson lost. Against Brown, that point didn’t matter. But when ACC play starts, where the Orange face seven current top-25 teams, it will.“Sometimes it comes down to that doubles point,” Limam said. “We lost our concentration at our No. 2 doubles, we came back from behind at No. 1 doubles.”Immediately after Yusupova’s singles match, Limam jogged across Sofya Treshcheva’s court and patted her on the back. Yusupova smiled, opened her red Wilson bag, and stuffed her racket inside. Yusupova had finished her singles match almost 20 minutes before anyone else.“This year we can do everything that we want,” Yusupova said. “…For me I think the most important thing is to give a point to my team so we can win the match.”last_img read more

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Corn and soybean conditions drop as dry conditions continue

first_imgDES MOINES — The dry weather is starting to take its toll on the state’s crops.The latest crop report from the USDA shows the corn crop overall is rated at 73% good to excellent condition. That’s down from 77% last week.The soybean crop saw a slightly smaller drop from 76% rated in good to excellent condition down to 73%. The report says northwest, west-central and central Iowa all report topsoil moisture supplies are mostly short to very short.Overall development for corn and soybeans continues to be about two weeks ahead of last year.last_img read more

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RESULTS AND PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE BALLYARE 10K

first_imgFINN Valley’s Gerard Gallagher romped to victory in one of the toughest 10km races in the Donegal calendar at Ballyare.With thanks to Kieran Carlin for the pictures:All the results are below: Ballyare 10k 2014 Place Time  No. FirstName Surname Category Club1 33.16 103 Gerard Gallagher SM Finn Valley A.C.2 36.10 148 Ciaran McGonagle SM Rosses AC 3 36.23 120 Noel Diver SM Rosses AC4 36.58 80 Liam Doherty SM Cranford AC5 36.58 104 John Sweeney SM Cranford AC6 37.16 165 Brian Crossan SM Individual7 37.17 72 Jude O’Donnell M40+ Individual 8 37.30 73 Raymond Birch SM Letterkenny A.C.9 38.35 102 Paul Doherty SM 24/7 Triathlon Club10 38.40 144 Brian Ferry SM Letterkenny A.C.11 39.28 155 Paul Murray SM Finn Valley A.C. 12 39.31 156 Barry Coyle SM Individual13 39.42 130 Paul Dillon M40+ Individual14 39.46 77 Joe Gallagher M40+ Milford A C15 39.58 71 Pat Hegarty M50+ Finn Valley A.C.16 39.59 68 Anthony Doherty M45+ Individual17 40.03 66 Joe Hegarty M40+ Individual18 40.11 65 Michael McHugh M40+ Milford A C19 40.27 97 Damien McGoohan SM 24/7 Triathlon Club20 40.28 112 Raymond McGahey M40+ Individual21 40.29 83 Nick Fowell M40+ 24/7 Triathlon Club22 40.30 79 Paul Cullen SM 24/7 Triathlon Club23 40.31 99 Paul Lynch SM 24/7 Triathlon Club24 40.46 163 Michael Murphy SM Cranford AC25 41.11 85 Gerard McGettigan M50+ Milford A C26 41.15 161 Mark Connolly M50+ Finn Valley A.C.27 41.16 114 Des Goyvaarts SM Individual28 41.18 157 Declan McCann SM Individual29 41.43 124 Adrian Gill SM UHG30 42.10 94 Colm McTaggart SM Individual31 42.13 98 Brian Doherty SM Milford A C32 42.17 134 Terry McFadden SM Milford A C33 42.19 123 Johnathon Edwards SM Individual34 42.43 149 Francis Gildea SM Individual35 42.51 75 Eugene McGettigan SM 24/7 Triathlon Club36 42.54 146 Karl Crossan SM Individual37 42.55 136 Paul Gildea SM Individual38 43.11 160 Kieran McMonagle SM Individual39 43.31 91 Daniel Cullen SM Letterkenny A.C.40 43.33 140 Paddy McCauley SM Individual41 43.33 135 Patricia Nulty SW Milford A C42 43.34 122 Hugh Coll M40+ Individual43 43.40 84 James Gibbons M50+ Milford A C44 43.43 141 Carl McGinley JM Individual45 43.52 162 Paul Friel M40+ Milford A C46 44.19 107 P.J Lyons M40+ Individual47 44.25 151 Paul Lee M40+ Letterkenny A.C.48 44.43 132 Emma McGee SW Letterkenny A.C.49 44.49 119 Gavin McCrossan SM Individual50 44.52 82 Tony Gallagher M50+ Finn Valley A.C.51 44.58 131 James Whoriskey SM Milford A C52 45.02 87 Mark Houston JM Individual53 45.06 106 Noreen Bonner W50+ Finn Valley A.C.54 45.14 126 Gerard McConnell SM Individual55 45.51 143 Ciaran Burke SM Individual56 46.12 86 Gerard Dorrian M50+ Individual57 46.41 133 Catherine McKinley SW Letterkenny A.C.58 46.45 142 Eugene McGinley M40+ Individual59 46.52 96 Seamus Ferry M40+ Milford A C60 46.52 125 Tim Flanagan M40+ Milford A C61 46.58 154 John Ward SM Milford A C62 47.15 90 David Connors SM Milford A C63 47.31 129 Darren Ferry SM Individual64 47.55 110 Mary Hippsley W40+ Finn Valley A.C.65 47.56 88 Martin Anderson M40+ Finn Valley A.C.66 47.57 101 conor Mc Gonagle M40+ Finn Valley A.C.67 47.58 92 Liam McGinty M40+ Finn Valley A.C.68 47.59 67 Joseph Casey M40+ Individual69 48.00 111 Sean O’Leary M50+ Finn Valley A.C.70 48.06 129 Darren Ferry SM Individual71 48.42 105 John Ferry M40+ Individual72 48.43 100 Marian Kerr W35+ Letterkenny A.C.73 49.02 108 John Pollock M50+ Individual74 49.13 89 Brian Duffy M40+ Individual75 49.23 128 Margaret Shields W45+ Letterkenny A.C.76 49.38 150 Kenneth Moore M40+ Milford A C77 50.22 145 Catherine Regan SW Letterkenny A.C.78 50.23 138 Shaun O’Donnell M50+ Lifford AC79 50.34 152 Derek Brennan SM Individual80 50.41 69 James Doherty SM Milford A C81 50.47 118 Claire Molloy SW Individual82 50.47 116 David Doherty SM Individual83 50.52 164 Francesca Patton SW Convoy Runners84 50.55 137 Noel Kilpatrick SM Milford A C85 51.22 147 Gary Price SM Individual86 51.23 166 John Carr SM Individual87 51.25 167 Paul Thornton SM Individual88 51.29 78 Mark Gildea SM Individual89 51.40 109 Aidan Dorrian JM Milford A C90 51.46 117 Barry Fox SM Individual91 52.10 158 Oliver Gallagher SM Individual92 52.14 95 Darina Ferry W40+ Milford A C93 52.31 74 Bridgeen Doherty SW Individual94 52.41 76 Hugh O’Donnell M50+ Individual95 54.02 70 Tommy Naughton SM Individual96 54.26 81 Mary Martin W60+ Finn Valley A.C.97 57.06 115 Christine Coyle W40+ Milford A C98 59.49 93 Ann Doherty M60+ Milford A C99 60.10 121 John Lafferty M40+ Individual100 61.16 64 Lisa Smith W40+ Bangor101 62.44 159 Rachael Gallagher SW IndividualTotal Runners: 10115 August 2014 RESULTS AND PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE BALLYARE 10K was last modified: August 16th, 2014 by John2Share 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 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