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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

Wednesday February 5th Local Sports

first_imgDES MOINES — Drake looks to regain its winning form tonight by hosting Bradley. The Bulldogs are 5-5 in Missouri Valley play.That’s Drake coach Darian DeVries who says they need to be more patient on offense than they were in a loss to the Braves in Peoria.Bradley is 6-4 in the Valley. ST. PAUL (AP) — Matt Dumba scored with 2:39 remaining in overtime to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks. Kevin Fiala scored twice for Minnesota and Alex Stalock made 27 saves. Dumba snapped a 33-game goal-scoring drought with his fourth of the season as the Wild won for the second time in three games.Adam Boqvist and Olli Maatta scored in the third period for Chicago. Corey Crawford made 31 saves for the Blackhawks, who had won six of their previous seven games. MASON CITY – NIACC sophomore Autam Mendez was selected as the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference women’s basketball player of the week for the week of Jan. 27-Feb. 2.Mendez, who is from St. Paul, Minn., scored 22 points, including four 3-point goals, in the Lady Trojans’ win over then No. 1 Kirkwood last Wednesday. She also scored 25 points with 10 rebounds in a win over DMACC last Saturday.It is the second time in her career that Mendez has earned the conference player of the week honor. She also won the award in the 2018-19 season for the week of Jan. 21-27.It is the second time this season that a NIACC women’s player earned the league’s player of the week honor. Freshman Sierra Morrow earned the award for the week of Nov. 1-10.Mendez averages 15.3 points per game, which ranks third in the conference. She is second on the Lady Trojans with 47 3-point goals and second on the team with 147 rebounds.Mendez ranks 10th on NIACC’s career scoring list with 863 points, ranks fifth with 130 career 3-point goals and ranks eighth with 440 career rebounds.No. 1 NIACC (23-1 overall, 10-0 in the ICCAC) returns to action tonight in a conference game at Iowa Lakes. ALGONA — Clear Lake saw their nine-game winning streak snapped, falling for the first time in North Central Conference play this season with a 48-45 loss at Algona last night, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB. Algona led for the entire first half, but the Lions outscored the Bulldogs 17-14 in the third quarter to take a 38-36 lead. The teams traded the lead several times in the fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs outscored Clear Lake 12-7 in the final frame for the win. Sara Faber had 10 while Darby Dodd added eight to lead Clear Lake, as the Lions drop to 16-2 overall and 11-1 in the conference. The Lions host Garner-Hayfield-Ventura on Thursday night in non-conference play, followed by hosting Humboldt in conference play on Friday. IOWA CITY — The 17th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes face a tough challenge tonight against a Purdue team that has been tough to beat at home. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says among the challenges is the play of Purdue guard Jahaad Proctor. The senior has averaged 14 points and shot nearly 50 percent from three point range the last two games.Iowa junior center Luka Garza is coming off a career-high four three pointers in a win over Illinois and McCaffery says that has always been a part of his arsenal.Sophomore guard Joe Weiskamp has become a more complete player this season. Weiskamp is ninth in the Big Ten in scoring and 15th in rebounding.Iowa has lost nine of ten in Mackey Arena. You can hear the Iowa-Purdue game on AM-1300 KGLO starting with the pre-game at 5 o’clock with tipoff slated for 6 o’clock. — boys basketballNewman 61, Central Springs 35Bishop Garrigan 58, Forest City 51Iowa Falls-Alden 64, Hampton-Dumont-CAL 60Lake Mills 86, North Iowa 50Osage 61, Rockford 31Saint Ansgar 42, Northwood-Kensett 36West Fork 58, North Butler 22West Hancock 65, Belmond-Klemme 42 WEST DES MOINES — Dowling swept Mason City in a CIML basketball doubleheader last night, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. The Dowling girls handled Mason City 79-38. Anna Deets had 16 to lead the Mohawks while Sami Miller added eight. The Dowling boys raced out to a 24-8 lead on their way to a 92-41 win over Mason City. Jeff Skogen led Mason City with 12 points. The Mohawks drop to 5-10 on the season and will travel to Marshalltown on Saturday. AMES — Iowa State coach Steve Prohm is not concerned about criticism of the program affecting his players. The Cyclones are 9-12 overall and just 2-6 in the Big 12 heading into tonight’s game at West Virginia.Tonight’s game ends a tough stretch for the Cyclones that has seen them lose three straight.Prohm says two keys against the Mountaineers are handling their press and rebounding.Tipoff in Morgantown is scheduled for 6 o’clock tonight CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa takes the Missouri Valley Conference lead on the road tonight to Valparaiso. The Panthers won the first meeting in Cedar Falls but Valpo senior Ryan Fazekas has returned from injury and is averaging over 10 points and shooting over 47 percent from three point range.That’s Panther coach Ben Jacobson who says Fazekas helps open up the offense.The Crusaders are 5-5 in the Valley but 8-1 at home this season. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa men at Purdue — pre-game 5:00, tipoff 6:00 — girls basketball last nightNewman 46, Central Springs 36Bishop Garrigan 79, Forest City 56Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 50, Webster City 42Crestwood 72, Charles City 51Hampton-Dumont-CAL 51, Iowa Falls-Alden 27Lake Mills 56, North Iowa 29Osage 84, Rockford 18Saint Ansgar 65, Northwood-Kensett 30West Fork 56, North Butler 40West Hancock 61, Belmond-Klemme 31last_img read more

At The Finish Line…Where nothing matters but the truth!

first_imgFrancisco Liriano (47) sits in the dugout before a game against the Miami Marlins in Pittsburgh. The Pirates won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) by Bill NealYou want to talk about the real deal? Francisco Liriano is just that. Throws heat, great control, strength, endurance and guess what?  No PED’s . . . (that we know of).• Say what you want, and I know you will, and I’m sure you’re a little nervous, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are flat out just a better team than the St. Louis Cardinals.• “Insane Bolt” still the fastest man in the world for three years running and showing no signs of slowing down.• You want to question the still dominant talent of Tiger Woods. 14 majors, 76 titles, 5 wins this year and will probably be named player of the year. I think not, my good man!• Steeler legend facts until kick off of the regular season . . . L.C. Greenwood should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Period. End of story. Everybody get on that horse and ride it. Start calling the media and the H.O.F. Committee.• Important question for you. Name your favorite movie. Tombstone or Wyatt Earp. And your best Doc Holiday, Val Kilmer or Dennis Quaid. Don’t worry. If you’re reading this and you know your westerns, then you know what I’m talking about. Click back in and let me know. I’ll post the results next week. This is important stuff so do the right thing.“You Have Just Crossed The Finish Line”last_img read more