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Nagging injuries haven’t stopped Sofya Golubovskaya from winning

first_img Published on March 27, 2019 at 12:22 am Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew Sofya Golubovskaya bounced the ball nine times with her left hand and twisted her racket in her right. Her right thigh was wrapped thickly with tape that stretched to her knee cap. A protective sleeve covered her arm, too.They were the signs of Golubovskaya’s nagging injuries in Syracuse’s 4-3 win on Sunday over then-No. 15 Florida State. Heading into the final set of her singles match, she had to tend to another ailment. Resident athletic trainer Carli White rubbed something “icey” on her shoulder. Her body ached. But out of the timeout, Golubovskaya fired a serve that resulted in a forehand into the net by Florida State’s Ana Oparenovic. Then, the sophomore rattled off two points. Then three. After the FSU senior mishit a return at 40-0, Golubovskaya was rushed by her teammates. She had clinched Syracuse’s comeback win.Since the fall, back pain turned into “tennis elbow” from overuse of her right arm, followed by thigh and shoulder aggravations, Golubovskaya said. This season, her injuries held her out of a Feb. 15 home match against Colorado. SU head coach Younes Limam didn’t know how long the injuries would affect his second doubles slot for. When Golubovskaya returned, she kept winning. Heading into Friday’s match against No. 2 North Carolina (20-1, 8-0 Atlantic Coast), Golubovskaya is 9-5 in singles for No. 28 Syracuse (11-6, 4-4). For now, her play has steadied.“It’s go-time,” associate head coach Shelley George said of Golubovskaya. “You’re not thinking about (injuries) like that, you’re going after your job.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the week leading up to January’s ITA National Team Indoor Championship, Golubovskaya’s teammate and doubles partner Sonya Treshcheva suffered an ankle injury and missed a month. Golubovskaya kept on playing. Sometimes, it was only in doubles, even if she dropped down a slot. She went 1-3 when paired with seniors Masha Tritou and Libi Mesh, suddenly forced to create new chemistry. Her elbow pain started two weeks into the spring season, Golubovskaya said, after the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Nearly every day since, she’s worked with White in the training room. Heat, stretch, exercise and cold pack — her daily routine. During matches, a black arm sleeve covers her right arm. “It’s fine, it’s getting better and better every day,” she said last week.The thigh, which was wrapped Sunday, started hurting in practice the week prior. The year prior, Golubovskaya’s rallies usually ended in volleys close to the net. It’s what helped her rise to second singles as a freshman. Her injuries limited the power behind her shots. With Syracuse in its toughest stretch of the season, Golubovskaya won’t have another match like Colorado to rest and recover. On Friday, SU hosts No. 2 North Carolina, which has three singles players and two doubles pairings in the top 10. Golubovskaya will likely face the No. 5 player in the country, Makenna Jones, or No. 9 Sara Daavettila.“It’s hard, but you just have to work on it,” Golubovskaya said. In doubles against FSU, her head dropped as an overhand smash sailed long. A couple of games later, she did it again. This time, the ball didn’t even touch the ground, it hit the Drumlins Country Club curtain still in the air. She started the match moving slowly, tired and frustrated at times.Eventually, Golubovskaya flashed her potential. To clinch the second set in singles, Golubovskaya sprinted from corner-to-corner, chasing rallies from Oparenovic. She fired a forehand winner. “Great work, Sofya. Great work,” strength and conditioning coach Will Hicks shouted.Golubovskaya flopped onto the bench and waved her empty water bottle. Minutes later, up 6-5, it was more than just Hicks chanting. The chair umpire raised his hand for silence. The point played, and Limam waved his hands for the chant to continue. Despite the thigh, the shoulder, the bicep, the back, Golubovskaya’s continued winning in the bulk of her matches, like her clincher Sunday. She’s adapted, settling in for SU as she heals.“We’re an athlete,” Golubovskaya said. “We don’t really have times to recover.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Barbados PM outlines initiatives to address violence in schools

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Prime Minister Mia Mottley has pledged to address violence in schools by introducing several initiatives to stem what she says is “a public health condition”.The Prime Minister was speaking late last Saturday following a meeting with Police Commissioner Tyrone Griffith, Barbados Defence Force chief of staff Colonel Glyne Grannum, Education officials and others.The meeting was held in response to the scourge of violence in the school system.Mottley said that her administration is taking a stance of no-tolerance to violence in schools across the island. “There can be no tolerance in this country for any child to believe that they are in a position to threaten or attack any teacher or their parents or any adult in this country. If we allow this to happen, we will be surrendering our country to lawlessness and to young people who will not come to appreciate that their behavior is unacceptable in every form,” she said.“We have a duty as a nation to condition violence out of the next generation.”Residential facilityThe Prime Minister announced that the government will be creating a residential facility  which caters to troubled children, and added that within the next two weeks, the Government will be forming a group or committee that will assist in stabilizing and managing of at-risk children.She also declared that a legislative framework was in the works whereby the chief education officer, in the absence of the parent can consent to intervention for a student. This consent will be given following discussions with the student’s principal, social workers, and psychologists.Mottley revealed that less than 200 students were guilty of acts of violence or deviant behavior in schools and argued that the initiatives proposed by the Ministry of Education sought to protect troubled students.More guidance counselorsMeanwhile, Minister of Education Sanita Bradshaw, revealed that an additional guidance counselor will be assigned to the schools deemed at risk. She indicated that the safety officers assigned to the terminals and school routes were expected to work with guidance counselors in identifying students that needed attention.Bradshaw also announced that social workers will be entering into the primary institutions for the first time to address issues of violence and deviance from an early age.last_img read more