Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 1, 2018 at 5:29 pm Contact Anthony: firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Comments
Follow Tiger and the rest below with our live Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard.Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard:Live scores from Torrey PinesLeaderboardFarmers Insurance Open23 – 26 January 2019Pos.Player NameNationalityScoreRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total1Justin RoseEngland-21636669692672Adam ScottAustralia-19706665682693Hideki MatsuyamaJapan-16666673672723Talor GoochUSA-16696867682725Jon RahmSpain-14627268722745Rory McIlroyNorthern Ireland-14716569692745Jason DayAustralia-14677169672748Billy HorschelUSA-13666871702759Cameron SmithAustralia-12716971652769Gary WoodlandUSA-12717069662769Joel DahmenUSA-12686770712769Scott BrownUSA-127068687027613Ryan PalmerUSA-116767756827713Patrick ReedUSA-116969697027713Bud CauleyUSA-116670746727713Sepp StrakaAustria-116967717027713Matt JonesAustralia-116774696727713Michael ThompsonUSA-116869697127713Tony FinauUSA-116969697027720Sung-hoon KangSouth Korea-107170667127820Jason KokrakUSA-107169696927820Doug GhimUSA-106373677527820Charles Howell IIIUSA-106670756727820Tiger WoodsUSA-107070716727825John HuhUSA-96868717227925Trey MullinaxUSA-97071687027925Danny WillettEngland-97168707027925Xander SchauffeleUSA-96970707027929Mackenzie HughesCanada-87070707028029Si Woo KimSouth Korea-86768737228029Hank LebiodaUSA-87067687528029Jim KnousUSA-87071706928029Robert StrebUSA-86968727128029Jonas BlixtSweden-86869746928035Adam SvenssonCanada-77067697528135Jordan SpiethUSA-76572727228135Wyndham ClarkUSA-76967707528135Keegan BradleyUSA-76871697328135Sangmoon BaeSouth Korea-76867717528140Sam BurnsUSA-67066747228240Luke ListUSA-67069717228240J.T. PostonUSA-67268697328243Marc LeishmanAustralia-56873707228343Martin LairdScotland-57366697528343Nicholas LindheimUSA-57169707328343Julian EtulainArgentina-57167717428343Kevin TwayUSA-57071727028343Scott StallingsUSA-56971717228343Sam RyderUSA-56969727328343Nick TaylorCanada-57168727228343Russell KnoxScotland-56770737328352Emiliano GrilloArgentina-46774707328452Sungjae ImSouth Korea-47268727228452Chris StroudUSA-46671747328452Braden ThornberryUSA-47167727428452Chris ThompsonUSA-47466707428457John SendenAustralia-36873727228557Bill HaasUSA-36772707628557Adam SchenkUSA-37269747028557Cameron DavisAustralia-37269727228557Beau HosslerUSA-36770747428562Grayson MurrayUSA-26872717528662Shawn StefaniUSA-26774707528662Brandt SnedekerUSA-26873717428662Ben SilvermanCanada-26871727528666Rickie FowlerUSA-17366747428766C.T. PanChina-16475717728766Brandon HagyUSA-16671747628766Stephan JaegerGermany-17071727428770Ryan BlaumUSAPar7170757228870Rory SabbatiniSouth AfricaPar7268767228872John ChinUSA+16671777528972Joaquin NiemannChile+16673708028972Nick WatneyUSA+17268747528972Sebastian MunozColombia+16872757428976Sean O’HairUSA+27169777329077Morgan HoffmannUSA+370707972291Click here or refresh if you don’t see scores and results above. Tiger Woods begins his 2019 PGA Tour schedule this week at Torrey Pines in the Farmers Insurance Open. Interestingly, Woods’ last major tournament win — the 2008 U.S. Open — came at Torrey Pines, where he also won the Farmers in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2013. The Farmers Insurance Open is a full-field PGA Tour event, with a cut after 36 holes. The 14-time major winner traditionally begins his golf year with the tournament since it’s right in his wheelhouse. He’s looking to pick up where he left off in 2018 following a victory at the Tour Championship — his first PGA Tour win in more than five years.MORE: Watch the Farmers Insurance Open live and on-demand with fuboTVDefending champion Jason Day, world No. 2 Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth are also among notables in a competitive field.
Overview: K-State has not won at Allen since 2006. Something to remember, one way or the other.No. 10 Marquette at No. 14 Villanova (Feb. 27)Site: Finneran PavilionConference: Big EastNetwork: Fox Sports 1Records: Villanova 17-4 (8-0); 19-3 (8-1)Overview: Let’s see how the first one goes before we make any pronouncements, but expect the follow-up to be a great show. Even if it’s played in February, not March. MORE: ‘Selfish’ or ‘aggressive’? Inside the mind of high-volume scorersWith the separation we’ve seen at the top of major conference races — a couple or three exceptional teams creating a wide gap between themselves and the second tier — some fascinating games are waiting to be played.We could try to concoct a nickname to get you more excited about it. (February Frenzy?) But we’re confident that once you look at the list you’ll understand (all rankings reflect Week 13 Associated Press polls).No. 9 North Carolina at No. 15 Louisville (Feb. 2)Site: KFC Yum! CenterConference: ACCNetwork: ESPNRecords: Louisville 16-5 (7-1); UNC 16-4, 6-1Overview: The Tar Heels own one of the season’s most embarrassing losses, an 83-62 home debacle against Louisville. They no doubt will want to exact the kind of revenge that the Cardinals did a week ago, when they paid Pitt back for the Panthers’ excellent performance in a January home win. If the Cards get this one, they would firmly establish themselves as one of the most surprising league-title contenders in any major conference.No. 11 Kansas at Kansas State (Feb. 5)Site: Bramlage ColiseumConference: Big 12Network: ESPNRecords: Kansas State 15-5 (5-2); Kansas 16-5 (5-3)Overview: No team in the Big 12 is safe from the crowd: Seven teams in the league are within two games of K-State and Baylor in the loss column. They are tied for first and KU, which has won or shared 14 consecutive league championships, finds itself having to hustle to keep pace. If the Wildcats get this one at home, the Jayhawks would have two games to make up before the end of the year.No. 2 Duke at No. 3 Virginia (Feb. 9)Site: John Paul Jones ArenaConference: ACCNetwork: ESPNRecords: Virginia 19-1 (7-1); Duke 18-2 (7-2)Overview: This is one of the few high-end showdowns that already delivered its first episode, and it was a fascinating game. Virginia couldn’t find a way to contain Zion Williams and RJ Barrett — who combined for 57 points — and Duke won by two, despite playing without injured point guard Tre Jones. There’s no guarantee the winner of the ACC will get a No. 1 seed and a possible chance to play at the East Regional in nearby Washington; but it’s a fair bet.SCONZO: Campbell’s Chris Clemons creating unforgettable legacyNo. 14 Villanova at No. 10 Marquette (Feb. 9)Site: Fiserv ForumConference: Big EastNetwork: FoxRecords: Villanova 17-4 (8-0); 19-3 (8-1)Overview: Marquette last won a conference regular season title in 2013, when it tied Georgetown atop the Big East standings, the last season before the league split into its current form. Villanova has won four of the five titles since. This matches two teams with dynamic offenses that are working to discover their defensive identities, which generally means it’s a treat for fans. Marquette point guard Markus Howard is one of this season’s most entertaining players.Cincinnati at No. 13 Houston (Feb. 10)Site: Fertitta CenterConference: AmericanNetwork: ESPNRecords: Cincinnati 18-3 (7-1); Houston 21-1 (8-1)Overview: Other than the Cougars’ road loss at Temple, no team in the American has come within two possessions of Houston. Coach Kelvin Sampson has them defending at an elite level, 13th in the nation, whereas Cincinnati’s typically top-of-the-line defense has been effective, more than dominant. But Bearcats wing Jarron Cumberland has averaged 24.4 points over the past five games, and he will be a challenge for the Houston D.No. 3 Virginia at No. 9 North Carolina (Feb. 11)Site: Dean E. Smith CenterConference: ACCNetwork: ESPNRecords: Virginia 19-1 (7-1), UNC 16-4 (6-1)Overview: Other than their first meeting with Louisville, the Tar Heels have been terrific. They won at N.C. State and Miami and hammered Virginia Tech at home. Might they be a factor in what many view as a two-team race in the ACC?MORE: SN’s Field of 68 projectionsLSU at No. 7 Kentucky (Feb. 12)Site: Rupp ArenaConference: SECNetwork: ESPN/ESPN2Records: LSU 17-3 (7-0); Kentucky 17-3 (6-1)Overview: A whole lot of people are looking forward to a couple of eventual Kentucky-Tennessee showdowns — and overlooking the possibility the Tigers could sneak past both. They stole a win from Missouri last weekend, recovering from a 14-point deficit inside the final 3 minutes, and that could be crucial in surviving a rugged February schedule.No. 1 Tennessee at No. 7 Kentucky (Feb. 16)Site: Rupp ArenaConference: SECNetwork: ESPNRecords: Tennessee 19-1 (7-0); Kentucky 17-3 (6-1)Overview: The Wildcats get both of the league’s top teams at home in the space of eight days, which makes it a crucial period for the Wildcats’ ambitions. They want the opportunity to play NCAA Tournament games in Louisville, but they’re not getting there without winning either the SEC regular season or tournament. Both would seal it. But that’s true for the Vols, as well.No. 9 North Carolina at No. 2 Duke (Feb. 20)Site: Cameron Indoor StadiumConference: ACCNetwork: ESPNRecords: Duke 18-2 (7-1); North Carolina 16-4 (6-1)Overview: Have we ever waited longer for the first edition of the Carolina-Duke rivalry? Usually the game is played earlier in February, but both teams obviously have plenty to keep them occupied in the meantime. This remains the greatest rivalry in American sports.DECOURCY: What makes Duke-UNC stand out in American sports rivalriesNo. 1 Tennessee at No. 19 LSU (Feb. 23)Site: Pete Maravich Assembly CenterConference: SECNetwork: ESPN/ESPN2Records: Tennessee 19-1 (7-0); LSU 17-3 (7-0)Overview: It seems safe to say both teams won’t be undefeated by the time they meet in Baton Rouge. It’s also safe to say this will be a heck of a basketball game.No. 6 Michigan State at No. 5 Michigan (Feb. 24)Site: Crisler ArenaConference: Big TenNetwork: CBSRecords: Michigan State 18-3 (9-1); Michigan 20-1 (9-1)Overview: The Spartans and Wolverines will meet twice in the space of two weeks and are likely to decide the race in what may be this season’s strongest and deepest conference. Michigan State knows it will not have wing Joshua Langford for the rest of the year and will have to find a way to replace his consistent scoring ability from the wing opposite Matt McQuaid. Michigan remains the nation’s best and most versatile defensive team.Kansas State at No. 11 Kansas (Feb. 25)Site: Allen FieldhouseConference: Big 12Network: ESPNRecords: K-State 15-5 (5-2); Kansas 16-5 (5-3) We know you are in terrible hurry to get to March. You’re parsing through every mock bracket, trying to figure out if your team will make the tournament and whether it will be sent to Boise. (Pro tip: There’s no site in Boise this year). You’re checking the daily fluctuations of the NCAA’s NET ranking more closely than you’re monitoring the Dow Jones Industrial Average.Here’s the thing. If you’re obsessed with March as February dawns, you’re going to miss one of the great months in recent college basketball history. February is loaded with must-see conference showdowns.