Harry wins B flight at Republic Bank Suriname Invitational Golf

first_imgSaved as: Harry GolferCaption: Rakesh Harry collects his first place trophy. GUYANA’S 12-member team claimed five podium finishes, including a first place in the B flight over the weekend in the Republic Bank Suriname Invitational, which was held at the Golfclub, Paramaribo, in that country’s capital city. Rakesh Harry led the Guyanese with a win in the B flight, while reigning Guyana Open champion, Avinash Persaud, finished second in the A flight.Former Guyana Open female champion, Shanella London (nee Webster), finished tied for second in the female category, while Lakram Ramsundar placed third in the B flight and Troy Codogan ended third in the C flight.The flights are gauged according to the golfers’ level of proficiency in the sport.  ‘A’ flight is played by the lowest handicap golfers and as the letters advance, so does the handicaps. Harry was the best golfer by far in his flight after he finished with a top score of 83 (Stableford system). Second place went to Giovanni Linger with 79 points while Guyanese Ramsundar (74) and Philbert London (72) ended in the third and fourth positions respectively.George Bulkan finished sixth in the same flight with 69 points. Persaud, who had an excellent second day, finished two points behind the eventual A flight winner, Asif Baboe. The Guyanese ended with scores of 34 and 37, for a total of 71.  Former Guyana Open winner and younger brother of  Avinash, Avinda Kishore, finished seventh on 66 points, while the Lusignan Golf Club’s president, Aleem Hussain, placed ninth with 65 points.In C flight, Cadogan finished third with a score of 61. Meanwhile, Shanella London again claimed second place after a three-way tie for 71 in the female category, while defending female champion, Joaan Deo, ended sixth on 61 points. last_img read more

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