Oyawale, Yastrub step up in place of benched Witherspoon in SU’s 3-1 win over NC State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Down 16-11 to North Carolina State in the second set, Amber Witherspoon and Jalissa Trotter jumped up with outstretched arms and blocked a Teni Sopitan kill onto the Wolfpack side of the net. The two turned around and yelled with smiles on their faces.As Witherspoon was subbed out, she high-fived each coach, and head coach Leonid Yelin motioned her towards him. With a surprised look on her face, Witherspoon sat down next to Yelin.The play before her block, a North Carolina State kill grazed off of her fingertips and bounced off Kendra Lukacs’ hands and out of bounds. Witherspoon threw up her hands in response to her teammates’ miss. It was one of the last things she did on the court Sunday.Midway through the second set, Witherspoon put her navy blue and orange Syracuse hoodie and remained on the bench after lacking energy and support early in Syracuse’s (12-6, 8-2 Atlantic Coast) 3-1 win over North Carolina State (10-10, 4-6) Sunday. Witherspoon’s move to the bench forced Christina Oyawale and Yuliia Yastrub to step up and fill the redshirt senior’s vacant role at the net.Yelin’s frustration wasn’t noticeable throughout the entire game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDuring warmups, Yelin wasn’t in his usual spot in the fifth chair from the right on the Syracuse bench. He walked around the court with a smile on his face. He laughed with freshman Elena Karakasi as she received sets from Dana Valelly, returned them to assistant coach Derryk Williams and spent time working with Ella Saada on her serve.Yelin resisted calling timeouts when the Wolfpack went on early runs. Yelin said the Wolfpack “played afraid” and made constant errors. The Orange had started the set with the energy and jumped on the Wolfpack 6-0.When SU took their foot off the gas in the second set, however, Yelin’s mood changed. And Witherspoon’s lack of energy and aggressiveness stood out to him most.“I said [to Amber] it’s gotta be lesson for you too,” Yelin said. “Because in some other matches, it would cost us the match, we would lose.”After the game, while the rest of her teammates unwrapped the legs and ankles and talked with fans on the court, Witherspoon met with Yelin and two of his assistants in the Alumni Conference Room in the Women’s Building for 18 minutes. While Yelin drank coffee and Witherspoon ate the fruit from her post-game meal, they exchanged comments about the benching and why it happened.“It wasn’t because Christina necessarily played better,” Yelin said he told Witherspoon after the game. “It was because you played well below our expectations of yourself. Way below the way you can play. Comments Published on October 21, 2018 at 7:21 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew With Witherspoon out, the Orange asked of Oyawale and Yastrub to step up. After subbing in for Santita Ebangwese, who Witherspoon usually switches with, Oyawale immediately eyed and defended a Wolfpack kill. Her and Yastrub sent the ball to the ground on the North Carolina State side, giving the Orange a 2-0 lead.Two plays later, the two teamed up again, giving the Orange a 5-0 led and leading to “Let’s go Orange” chants from the fans. The play after that, Oyawale’s diving dig kept alive a play that ended in a Polina Shemanova kill.“Christina’s been a middle since she’s gotten here,” Ebangwese said. “It just fell right in, she’s used to doing this, she knew she needed to close blocks and be a defensive presence up there.”Yastrub led Syracuse with three aces and was third on the team with 16 total attacks. She helped SU’s net play click along with Oyawale, and the two were able to help the Orange rebound from losing the second set and tame Yelin’s disgust.The ability SU has to substitute out one of its senior leaders and still compete speaks to their depth, Trotter said.“I think it’s really tough when you have to make change or adjust,” Trotter said. “But I think that’s what makes you a good team, being able to make that adjustment and knowing your teammates, and being able to have that chemistry no matter who it is on the court.”last_img read more

Amputee World Cup winner visits Ghana Paralympic Committee

first_imgFormer England three-time amputee football World Cup winner Mr. Steve Johnson has paid a courtesy visit to the President of the National Paralympic Committee of Ghana Mr. Samson Deen, aimed at helping to develop para/disability sports, creating employment and educational opportunities for Ghanaian para-sports athletes.According to Steve Johnson, his visit to Ghana is not only to help develop disability sports in long term sustainable programs, but also an opportunity to share ideas on how the young ones can make a career out of disability oriented interventions, funding and educational opportunities available for the NPC-Ghana to take advantage through protocols in the United Kingdom. He used the opportunity to also congratulate Mr. Samson Deen for winning the seat of President at the National Paralympic Committee of Ghana.“It is really important to give my all-in support of promoting disability sports in Ghana, aimed at changing people’s lives’’.“My visit is not only to develop sports but also to help the young ones to know the avenues available to them and not be a burden in society, this partnership with NPC-Ghana will go a long way, as he has so much trust in the leadership of the Committee. “We have a huge football program at Everton and getting the Deaf/Amputee teams to come over and play on such a great facility is a huge honour, so I will urge the young ones to make a career out of this sport because I have played football and volleyball to the highest level, which has really inspired people’s perception about disability, he advised.Mr. Deen, congratulated Steve for the Point of Light Honour given him by the former UK Prime Minister Theresa May in January 2019 then proceeded by urging the two bodies to have a memorandum of cooperation to formalise a long term program that will lead to adequate funding for development and support career, education and disability sports in Ghana to grow to the level that will see Ghana winning medals many years to come.“This is a great partnership with Steve Johnson, the spirit of the Paralympic Movement in Ghana will lead a purposeful program for the benefit of the Ghanaian people in the world. The Minister of Youth and Sports Hon. Isaac Asiamah has assured us and is fully in support of any initiative and would support in any way possible to see Ghana para/disability sports grow” in the immediate time and future.Johnson is a Point of Light Honour receiver from UK Prime Minister Theresa May is a renowned former Para-athlete and Disability Sports Manager at Everton Football Club and currently the Chairman of the England Amputee Football Association. —last_img read more

Elizabeth Ann “Liz” Miller, 50, formerly of Wellington: November 3, 1964 – July 9, 2015

first_imgElizabeth MillerElizabeth Ann “Liz” Miller, age 50, of Guthrie died July 4, 2015. She was born November 3, 1964 in Guthrie to Raymond and Geraldine (McCarthy) Miller.Liz had lived in Guthrie most of her life. She was employed at Golden Age Nursing Home as Activities Director. She was a member of the APA Pool League and enjoyed poker, bingo, muscle cars and motorcycles.Survivors include her 6 children, Troy (Courtney) Freeborn of Weatherford, Terry Blue, Jr., Kevin Blue and Shelia Miller all of Guthrie, Stacey (Byron) Briggs of Norman and Rachel Rivera of Guthrie. She is also survived by her sister Linda (Steve) Varnadore of Lake Alfred, FL, 3 brothers, Billy (Donna) Miller of Guthrie, Charles (Debbie) Miller of Edmond and Brad (Shawn) Miller of Guthrie and 14 grandchildren. Liz was preceded in death by her parents and brother Howard Miller in 1960.Graveside Services will be held at 2 p.m., on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Summit View Cemetery in Guthrie with Chaplain Gene Owen officiating. Services are under the direction of Hayes Funeral Home.Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM and Thursday from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM.Friends and family may sign the online guestbook at www.hayesfh.comlast_img read more

Volcanic ash rains on central Ecuador blanketing farms

first_imgRelated posts:Turrialba Volcano spews more ash over Costa Rica’s Central Valley in Easter eruption Turrialba Volcano: Weather has helped prevent spread of ash VIDEO: Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano launches ash 800 meters into the sky Turrialba Volcano again spews ash and vapor MACHACHI, Ecuador — Ash from Ecuador’s Cotopaxi Volcano rained down on a dozen villages in the country’s central Andean region Saturday, where agricultural output has been marred by a blanket of soot from explosions that began a week ago.The volcanic activity, which began August 14 after 138 years of silence, continued into Saturday with “steam emissions and a moderate load of ash” the country’s Security Ministry said.From the nearby capital of Quito, home to some 2.3 million Ecuadoreans, a gray column two kilometers (1.2 miles) high could be seen billowing above the crater.The volcano, which towers to 5,897 meters (19,347 feet) high, is considered one of the most threatening in the region — both because of its size and because it is so close to well-populated towns.In the village of Machachi, one of the towns hardest-hit by the volcano, farmers are struggling against the eruptions’ aftereffects.“The cows have nothing left to eat because all the ash is on the grass, which is bad for them because it gives them fever, diarrhea and it stops their milk production,” villager Nelson Pila told AFP.At least a dozen villages and part of southern Quito, which is located just 45 kilometers from Cotopaxi, have been affected by ashfall, the ministry said.The ash “burns crops, dries them, and they are lost,” María de los Ángeles Gualotuna, a 36-year-old farmer and livestock breeder, told AFP.The government, which declared a 60-day state of emergency, has sent livestock feed to the area and is preparing an evacuation plan in case the situation worsens.Around 500 people were evacuated from the volcano’s surroundings last weekend.“There is a lot of dust, all day the steam comes out of the mountain and burns the throat and eyes,” Oswaldo Díaz, a 60-year-old Machachi resident told AFP. Facebook Commentslast_img read more