Dina Hegab and Masha Tritou setup SU’s 4-3 upset win over No. 3 Georgia Tech

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 1, 2018 at 5:29 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Even after Gabriela Knutson and partner Miranda Ramirez steamrolled the No. 1 doubles team in the nation, 6-2, Syracuse still needed one more win to earn the doubles point.All eyes turned to court one, where Dina Hegab and Masha Tritou trailed. The pair had squandered the 3-2 lead they had early in the match, and now had to serve to keep themselves in the set. Tritou used her lanky 6-foot frame to control the net. The combination of Hegab’s aggressive baseline play and Tritou’s net control produced three volley winners for the Orange to level the set at 5-all.Moments later, the pair played yet another pressure filled point as the 11th game of the set went to a deciding deuce point. Hegab forced a missed volley, and SU went ahead for good. Despite the numerous long rallies, Hegab and Tritou won almost every crucial point in the set. On an 18-ball rally, they clinched the doubles point as the ball floated beyond the baseline.After the heartbreak of two close 4-3 losses decided in the final match earlier this season, Knutson and SU closed out a program-defining victory. But Knutson would not have been in position to pull off the biggest upset in school history if not for Hegab and Tritou, who combined to deliver 2.5 points for SU. No. 34 Syracuse (14-3, 6-3 Atlantic Coast) had never defeated a top-10 team in school history prior to Sunday, when the Orange upset No. 3 Georgia Tech (14-4, 6-2) 4-3.“When we stepped on the court we knew it would be close,” Hegab said. “It would be really tough, we knew doubles would probably matter, we knew it could be a 4-3 match.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLike she has done so often this season, Hegab took care of business on court six. Hegab’s match is often overlooked because she plays her match a few hundred feet away from the bleachers, with no way for the fans to get close to the action. With all eyes poised on Knutson’s tight third set on one side of Drumlins, Hegab quietly took care of business in the opposite corner, winning 6-3, 6-3 at sixth singles.When Hegab clinched the match, she let out a huge yell, and it took many of the fans a few moments to turn around and realize that SU had just grabbed its third point of the afternoon.Sunday was Hegab’s 12th singles win of the season, and eighth in conference. She has yet to lose in singles at Drumlins this season, and has played the majority of her home matches on court six.“I definitely feel like I own it,” Hegab said. “This is my court, even in practice.”After sitting out four of the last five matches in singles, head coach Younes Limam made the lineup decision to reinsert Tritou into the singles ladder. At fourth singles, Tritou played one of her most consistent matches. She jumped out to an early 5-2 lead, breaking serve twice in her opponents first three service games.She closed out the opening set 6-2 but faced much tougher resistance in the second. Tritou never trailed in the second set, but could not pull away until the final two games of the set. She battled back to hold serve at 4-all and then delivered a break of serve to close out her first singles victory since March 13.“It was a huge team effort by everyone,” Limam said. “Every point matters, it doesn’t matter if it’s one or six.”Even after Hegab’s day on the court was done, she could barely stand still. She looked on nervously, watching as Knutson tried to close out the biggest win in program history. The match was on her racket, serving on match point.Hegab let out a huge cheer as Knutson served an ace up the middle to clinch the victory for SU. Before Knutson could even shake hands with her opponent, her teammates mobbed her at mid-court. Hegab made sure she was the first person to embrace her close friend. The two shared a moment together, hugging out all of their emotions as the entire team joined in for a celebration years in the making.“Watching someone else makes me even more nervous than playing,” Hegab said. “I was so excited and so nervous, I wanted it so badly and we got it.”Knutson’s clinching win may have ignited the celebrations for SU, but without Hegab and Tritou, the greatest in Syracuse history wouldn’t have been possible. Commentslast_img read more

Cardboard cut-outs and Zoom parties: the new normal for Premier League fans

first_imgSeveral Premier League teams have been inspired by Bundesliga club Borussia Moenchengladbach, who used cardboard cut-outs of fans to fill around 13,000 seats in their stadium.Brighton have offered supporters the chance to have personalised cut-outs, with some of the profits donated to charity.“Supporters are encouraged to wear colours to create a stand full of blue and white,” the club said in a statement.However, the cut-outs cannot “sit” next to the replicas of family and friends in the Amex Stadium.West Ham and Wolves have had a similar idea, with fans told their pictures can be part of crowd mosaics.Aston Villa have asked supporters to send in flags to fill the void at Villa Park.Fans are taking matters into their own hands as well.Leicester supporter Paul Rains has set up a website to give club members the chance to watch games together while enjoying a virtual version of the traditional matchday experience.He told the BBC: “I’ll be using Zoom…. There’s the pre-match pint, followed by the game itself and then the post-match meltdown.“I’ll be playing some well-known chants throughout the game, I’ll open the online chat for match banter and post in-game polls to get views on controversial decisions.”Every one of the remaining 92 Premier League matches will be shown live in Britain, with broadcaster Sky Sports doing their bit to hide the drab atmosphere.At various points in games, fans watching on Sky will be able to vote on their favourite chants and they will be part of the audio mix on the broadcast.Realistic crowd sounds and chants are being taken from the FIFA 20 computer game.Other innovations include a Sky Fanzone, where up to six friends can have a video chat for the duration of the match.Share on: WhatsApp premier leagueLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | From cardboard cut-outs in the stands to Zoom watch parties, the return of the Premier League will be a bizarre experience for locked-out supporters.The English top-flight resumes behind closed doors on Wednesday, with fans forced to adapt to an unsettling new normal due to the coronavirus.Anyone watching the Bundesliga since German football’s return will have noticed the eerie silence in the stands and echoing shouts of players are not conducive to a riveting viewing experience.In the absence of fans, the games often seem soulless and resemble reserve team fixtures rather than high-stakes encounters.Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is certain the Premier League product will suffer from the lack of colour and passion provided by supporters.“What makes it special in England is the way people react to the game,” Wenger told The Athletic.“It is the best country in the world for the way the fans respond to what’s happening on the pitch.”He added: “You realise that football without fans is not real…. Only one part of the spectacle is the players. You realise how much you miss the other part.”Keen to salvage some of the vibrant atmosphere that makes English football so popular, Premier League chiefs set up the Broadcast Enhancement Advisory Group.Clubs will reportedly be able to use video screens in stadiums to create “fan walls” made up of supporters on live video calls.In Denmark, hundreds of fans were shown on a giant screen along one side of the Ceres Park stadium for the recent Superliga match between AGF Aarhus and Randers.It is understood that Premier League clubs will also be allowed to play pre-recorded fan chants in stadiums to celebrate goals from the home team.Piped-in crowd noise could also be used for substitutions, VAR appeals and the final whistle.Teams can use “stadium dressing” — comprising fan imagery, flags and banners — to cover the seats in the lower tiers of stands, minimising the visual impact of empty arenas.– Filling the void –last_img read more