McNeese Wins Its First Southland Women’s Tennis Tournament Championship

first_imgThe Lady Demons had gotten back in the match after trailing 1-0 following the doubles point. NSU’s Polina Ivanova handled the Cowgirls’ Sarah Jurakova at the No. 2 line 6-2, 6-1 to even the score at one apiece early, but it was the play at the No. 5 and No. 6 lines that pushed the Cowgirls to the tournament victory. BOX SCORE | HIGHLIGHTSBEAUMONT, TEXAS – For the first time in program history, McNeese’s women’s tennis is the Southland Conference Tournament Champion. It looked as if Hannah Brett was going to clinch the victory for the Cowgirls at the No. 3 line, contesting Emilija Dancetovic in a tight battle in the third set. The two had split the first two sets 6-1 each way and Brett was leading 5-4 when Fioretti registered the fourth and final team point for McNeese. McNeese went ahead 2-1 when Phonexay Chitdara defeated Kateryna Avram 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 6 flight. She turned to court five to see teammate Charoline Erlandsson put away Judit Castillo 6-4, 6-2 just three minutes later. Junior Giovanna Fioretti slammed the final point past Northwestern State’s Polina Mutel to close the top-line match 6-4, 6-1 and punch the Cowgirls’ ticket to the NCAA Tournament. Fioretti earned the point after the Cowgirls had clinched points at the bottom two lines. The top-seeded Cowgirls defeated No. 3 Northwestern State 4-1 on Sunday to lift the 2018 Southland Women’s Tennis Tournament Championship at the Beaumont Tennis Municipal Center in Beaumont, Texas. The 2018 NCAA Selection Show is set for Tuesday at 4 p.m. CT on NCAA.com. The Cowgirls are making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.last_img read more

No. 6 Islanders Shut Down No. 7 Privateers in Women’s Tourney Opener

first_img“I’m very excited about the way that we played,” said Islanders coach Royce Chadwick. “Hopefully, we’ll be ready to play (Friday).”Thursday’s win also helped erase the memory of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s 56-54 loss at New Orleans (12-16) on February 16 — a game in which the Privateers rallied from a 19-point deficit.There would no chance of a comeback for New Orleans, which shot just 20 percent in the first quarter and finished at 27.6 percent (16-for-58). The Privateers had a 55-41 edge on the glass against the Islanders, but committed 25 turnovers that led to 28 points for A&M-CC.Only senior Shania Woods (6-for-14) managed to connect on more than three field goals for New Orleans, which shot well enough in the third quarter to get within 17 but were never able to seriously threaten the Islanders.“I don’t think they did anything that we weren’t prepared for,” said Privateers’ coach Keeshawn Davenport. “We just didn’t do a great job of stopping it.”New Orleans had no answer for the Islanders’ inside game, which outscored the Privateers in the paint by a 36-18 margin. All-Southland third team forward Alexes Bryant was the main beneficiary of A&M-CC’s dominance inside, scoring 18 points while pulling down six rebounds.“My teammates really got me open and gave me an opportunity to score,” said Bryant.“That was one of our major keys to defense,” said Davenport. “We just did not do a great job. They did the expected.”Meanwhile, the Islanders will look forward to proving they are a different team than what they were at Nicholls nearly two months ago.“That game was in the past,” said Bryant. “We’ve gotten better, and we’re physically and mentally tougher. I think we have a good chance at a victory.”Added Bryant, “Back then, we really didn’t mesh together. I feel like now we have a feeling of what we’re good at and we know how to use that.”WBB: You can put it on the board… YES! @IslandersWBB place their magnet on the big backstage bracket. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. Nicholls Friday in 2nd round action. #SouthlandStrong #ShakasUp @Go_Islanders @IslandCampus pic.twitter.com/KjHrSRrt8Q— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 14, 2019 Chadwick, as usual, nailed the point.“It’s March,” he said. “You’ve got to go and prove it for 40 minutes. We’re capable of doing a lot of things. When we’ve played together, we’ve shown flashes of what you saw (Thursday). We just put it together and played a complete game.” Box Score | Photo GalleryKATY, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s defense wasted little time in stifling the hopes of New Orleans on Thursday as the Islanders moved toward a chance at redeeming one of the low points of the 2018-19 season.A 22-7 first quarter was more than enough for the No. 6-seed Islanders to eliminate the seventh-seed Privateers 69-47 at the Merrell Center on Thursday afternoon. With the victory, A&M-Corpus Christi (15-15) advances to Friday’s quarterfinal and a 1:30 p.m. date with No.3-seed and defending women’s tournament champion Nicholls, who handed the Islanders an 85-55 loss on January 23. The visiting Islanders trailed 51-22 at intermission in that contest on their way to what would be their biggest margin of defeat in conference play this season.WBB: Alexes Bryant earns #SouthlandStrong Player of the Game honors from ESPN+ crew. She finishes with 18 points and 6 rebounds in @IslandersWBB 67-40 win over UNO.#SouthlandStrong #ShakasUp pic.twitter.com/wC4vcYVfJ4— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 14, 2019last_img read more

Team #SouthlandStrong Among 16 Still Alive for 3X3U National Championship

first_imgNotable Round of 16 matchups include the Southland and ACC squaring off in the opening game of the day at 9:30 a.m. CT, hometown favorite Jordan Murphy and the Big Ten taking on the MAC at 11:10 a.m. and the Colonial against the SoCon at 11:30 a.m. in a matchup of Conference Players of the Year Justin Wright-Foreman and Fletcher Magee. Each of the eight pool winners posted perfect 3-0 records after the first two days of play. The ACC (Pool A), West Coast (B), American Athletic (C), SEC (D), MAAC (E), Big Ten (F), Colonial (G) and the Pac-12 (H) earned the top spot in their pools. Given the extensive fan interest over the last two days, Sunday’s games are expected draw a wide audience. The 2019 Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship has generated over six million live views on Twitter, in addition to the thousands of fans that have watched many of the Tournament’s 48 pool play games in person over the last two days. The Round of 16 begins tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. CT followed immediately by quarterfinals action. Both rounds will be streamed live exclusively on Twitter at @3X3UHoops. The runners-up in each pool also secured bids to the Round of 16, including the Patriot League out of Pool A, the Southland out of Pool B, the Northeast Conference out of Pool C, the Big South out of Pool D, the Mid-American out of Pool E, the Big Sky out of Pool F, Conference USA out of Pool G and the Southern Conference out of Pool H. BRACKETBLOOMINGTON, Minn. – After two days of competitive pool play, the team made up of former Southland Conference players is one of 16 squads that has punched a ticket to Sunday’s knockout round of the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship. They’ll compete for the event’s $100,000 grand prize.The Southland team features Abilene Christian’s Jaren Lewis, Sam Houston State’s Cameron Delaney, Stephen F. Austin’s Shannon Bogues, and Southeastern Louisiana’s Moses Greenwood. The semifinals, third-place game and Championship Game of the 2019 Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 2 p.m., when one team will win the ultimate prize of $100,000, and earn the right to represent the Tournament at the 2019 USA Basketball 3×3 Open National Championship in Las Vegas next month.last_img read more

Southland Conference Softball Tournament Tickets On Sale

first_imgEight teams qualify for the tournament with the top four seeds getting byes into the double elimination bracket (top two seeds get double byes). The bottom four seeds play a single-elimination round with the winners moving into double-elimination play. Available options include an all-tournament pass ($20 for adults, $10 kids) and single-game tickets ($10 adults, $5 kids). With valid ID, students from Southland institutions will receive free admission. TOURNAMENT CENTRALNATCHITOCHES, La. — Tickets are on sale for the Southland Conference Softball Tournament, which will be played May 7-10 at Northwestern State’s Lady Demon Diamond. Games 1-11 will be streamed on the Southland Conference Digital Network. In the championship round, game 12 will be televised nationwide on ESPNU. If necessary, game 13 is set for streaming coverage via ESPN3. Tickets can be purchased at nsudemons.com. Click “packages” for all-tournament passes. In addition, fans can call the ticket office at 318-357-4268 or buy tickets at the gate via cash or card.last_img read more

PNG 9s team ready for Games

first_imgThe rugby league 9s competition runs over July 11-12 at the Sir John Guise Outdoor Stadium.The 15 man squad is in full competition mode as 13 of the players come from  the SP Hunters who are striving for their 10th consecutive win this weekend in the Intrust Super Cup.PNG 9s coach Michael Marum, who is also the coach for Hunters, said he has looked at the Pacific Games draw and rules, and has worked out a way to manage it as best as possible.PNG takes on Tonga in their first match on 11 July. On the same day, they take on Solomon Islands in their second match followed by Samoa and Cook Islands.Their last match will be against Fiji on 12 July before the finals.Marum added that the PNG team has to start off with unlimited interchange.“That will work well for us so that our players are not exposed to long periods on the field during the Games,” Marum said.The team’s coaching staff includes strength and conditioning coach Jason Tassell as trainer while Solomon Kuluniasi is the team manager.last_img read more

Young soccer star aims high

first_imgThe 16-year-old of mixed East Sepik and Gulf parentage realised her potential after being appointed to lead the U15 side to the Olympic Youth Games in 2014 and the U17 girls to the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) World Cup qualifier in Cook Islands in January 14-24.“For me, I’ve come to realize that leadership is something that can be applied in any area and in sports teams, it is just as important,” Joseph said.She completed grade 12 last year at the Gerehu Secondary School in Port Moresby and is currently waiting for an offer to continue her tertiary education. The youngster said she was only starting out in women’s soccer but she hoped to learn from the experiences leading and playing at international tournaments.She admitted one of the problems she stumbled on when appointed to the role in 2014 was speaking.“I am not a good speaker but since given the role, I’ve been improving in this area because it is very important to be able to communicate with the team you are leading,” she said.Moreover, she plays for the Yamaros senior women’s side in the Port Moresby Soccer Association.She has now made it into the PNG U20 side and she is currently in Goroka under the watchful eyes of PNG U20 coach Lisa Cole.Making the senior side is her ultimate sporting goal.last_img read more

PNG U18 men lose to Cairns Marlins

first_imgThis was in the second game of their international exhibition Australian tour.Marlins held off the PNG side despite several attacking drives and 3 pointer shots through Liam Wright and big-man James Karulaka. Marlins sharpshooter Kody Stattman led his team through with devastating baskets of 31-points, including 7-triples, pulling off an easy win against the PNG men.However, Liam Wright was outstanding for PNG with 10 points while James Karulaka added 9 to keep the boys in the game, trailing with close-up margin in the second quarter. However, they couldn’t hold on as Marlins’ quick counter attacks put them further ahead in the final quarter.The Papua New Guinean boys praised the spectators for their support despite going down against Cairns’ best junior team.last_img read more

Russia and Great Britain qualify for quarterfinals in the ATP Cup

first_imgNor did Britain have issues to ‘sweep’ the weak Moldova on this last day in Group C. Neither Cameron Norrie in opposition to Alexander Cozbinov (6-2, 6-2) nor Daniel Evans in opposition to Radu Albot (6-2, 6 -2) they’d an even bigger downside to prevail, similar to the double fashioned by Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury in opposition to Cozbinov and Albot themselves (6-2, 6-3).For its half, Bulgaria had in its hand the qualification for quarters, however ended up eradicated after succumbing to Belgium. Dimitar Kuzmanov put the Bulgarian staff up along with his overwhelming victory over Steve Darcis (6-0, 6-3), however David Goffin balanced the spherical in opposition to Grigor Dimitrov (4-6, 6-2, 6-2) and Belgium confirmed a Thrilling comeback with the triumph of Joran Vliegen and Sander Gille in opposition to Dimitrov and Alexandar Larazov (3-6, 6-4, 10-7).Australia completes the full The rival in the quarterfinals of Great Britain can be Australia, which handed the roll to Greece (3-0) in Group F to the pleasure of the native public. John Millman knocked Michail Pervolarakis (4-6, 6-1, 7-6) earlier than the duel between numbers one which took Nick Kyrgios in opposition to Stefanos Tsitsipas, determined in three tie-breaks. In the doubles, Guccione and Friends beat Kalovelonis and Petros Tsitsipas (6-3, 6-4).As well as, Canada nonetheless aspires to cross as one among the finest seconds after beating Germany. Jan-Lennard Struff put the Germans forward of Felix Auger-Aliassime (6-4, 6-1), however the Canadians turned the duel with the triumphs of Denis Shapovalov in opposition to Alexander Zverev (6-2, 6-2) and of his younger companion earlier than Andreas Mies and Kevin Krawietz (6-3, 7-6). The groups of Russia and Great Britain have certified for the quarterfinals in the ATP Cup, the ATP world match with 24 international locations that’s held in Australia and marks the begin of the 2020 season, after their robust victories this Tuesday in opposition to Norway and Moldova, respectively.In Group D, Karen Khachanov clearly dominated Viktor Durasovic (6-2, 6-1) earlier than Daniil Medvedev needed to battle more durable to beat Casper Ruud (6-3, 7-6). Russia rounded off its impeccable day with the doubles level, the place Gabashvili and Kravchuk additionally knocked Durasovic and Ruud in two units (7-6, 6-4). For its half, Italy beat the inoperative United States, which leaves the match filled with defeats. Russians and British received their matches to Norway and Moldova, respectivelyBulgaria is eradicated after shedding to Belgium; Australia completes the fullcenter_img Daniiel Medvedev, tennis participant of the Russian nationwide staff. Picture: b Reuterslast_img read more

Mir pulls De Lerma to strengthen his spinal cord

first_imgWith no time to lose, the first blue and white reinforcement was placed yesterday afternoon at Mir’s orders. The Extremaduran arrives in good condition and on Sunday he could debut against Prat. De Lerma will occupy the card of Samuel, long-term injured.With the incorporation of the midfielder, the Hercules already has its first winter reinforcement. The intention of Mir is that two or three more players arrive and the center of the field, Apart from the central position, it is the main plot to be shielded. In fact, lThe sports commission is still looking for another midfielder because everyone sees Fran Miranda outside the Hercules. Although the midfielder, in principle, will not enter the trick with Petcoff, everything indicates that the Extremadura will leave. Mir does not finish seeing him at 100% either and the sports commission, led by Ramírez, sees him with his head somewhere else. Thus, if Miranda leaves the center of the field will be reinforced with another player of his characteristics.However, technicians are still pending market to strengthen the axis of defense, the real priority. At the moment, there is nothing advanced although next week will be key. Nor is a right side ruled out because Felipe Alfonso remains unconvincing and with physical problems. Yesterday he did not train. Hercules already has the first winter reinforcement in its ranks. It remains to be seen if there will be a revolution in January with many movements, but for now Carlos de Lerma has become the first addition made by the blue and white entity to try to get out of the well. The arrival of De Lerma, 35 years old, surprised many because the Hercules has pulled Third Division to reinforce. De Lerma arrives from Móstoles and Vicente Mir has been his main supporter. The blue and white coach and the midfielder They coincided last year in Alcoyano. De Lerma stands out for being a creative midfielder, capable of directing the team’s game and with a lot of personality. Further, He has experience to spare after having played more than 400 games in Second B. From Lerma arrives wanting to remove two spines, since hhas chained two consecutive descents to Third, with Toledo and Alcoyano.last_img read more

Wu Lei repeats for the second year and wins the Chinese Golden Ball

first_imgWu Lei has achieved one of the purposes he was looking for in his career. In the next few hours it will be officially announced that the Espanyol striker is chosen for the second year in a row as the player of the Chinese year, an award he already received in 2018 thanks to the 27 goals he achieved in the Super League before his arrival at Espanyol . Lei is an icon in his country and this prize ratifies him as the most relevant player in a country that little by little wants to poke his head internationally.The Espanyol player has imposed himself in the votes to Yan Junling, goalkeeper who even played for the parakeet team when Roberto Jiménez finished his contract, and Elkeson Oliveira Cardoso, Brazilian with Chinese passport. The striker curiously returns this Sunday to the Ceramics Stadium, where he debuted in LaLiga last February.Wu Lei has not only become the first Chinese to score in the Spanish competition, but also to score in the Europa League in a league club and to mark Barcelona in an official match. That last goal earned Espanyol to score a point in the first meeting of Abelardo Fernández and 2020. With the arrival of Raúl de Tomás, the Chinese striker will have more competition in attack, but he hopes to continue contributing with his goals so that Espanyol will achieve salvation. Its signing, strategic at the time, has helped the entity increase revenue and its internationalization.last_img read more

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