Gabriela Knutson provides bright spot during Syracuse’s 2-match losing streak

first_img Published on March 9, 2016 at 10:15 pm Contact Charlie: | @charliedisturco Facebook Twitter Google+ Gabriela Knutson was falling behind in the second set, and, after losing in the first in a tiebreak, was nearing what could be the first singles loss in her collegiate career. After she hit a backhand that landed just past the baseline, she dropped her head and looked at the floor. A few seconds later, she bent over, set her feet on the ground, and readied for the next serve. “I’m the kind of player that needs to relax when I’m playing, otherwise I’ll be too focused on the match and go crazy,” Knutson said.Eventually, her opponent hit a ball that Knutson failed to return. She let out a scream. This time, she dropped her head again. She had lost her first game in what would be Syracuse’s (8-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) eighth win of the year.The game was one of back-to-back losses for Knutson, as she wound up losing another match when the Orange played No. 6 Duke the following meet. But since then, she’s bounced back. She factored into both points Syracuse won against North Carolina State on Sunday. She will be a key player when the team plays Georgia Tech (7-5, 2-1) on Friday on the road.“(Gabriela) was very, very solid,” head coach Younes Limam said. “She kept her focus and she took it to the girl. I was very pleased with how she competed all weekend long.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter SU’s win over Notre Dame, the Orange traveled on a two-game road trip to North Carolina and boasted its highest ranking in school history at No. 24.With the first match against Duke, Knutson and her teammate Valeria Salazar took the court, playing in the No. 1 doubles slot. The pair won the first doubles match against Duke. It would be one of the two matches the team won that day. SU won another doubles match, earning Syracuse its only point in the match.In the singles match, Knutson faltered a bit. She fell in a tiebreak during the first set, 7-6. Duke’s Ellyse Hamlin held off any potential comeback in the second set, handing Knutson her second loss of the year. SU then faced N.C. State, and the combination of Knutson and Salazar won its second doubles match of the weekend. The victory, 6-4, over the Wolfpack’s Martina Frantova and Tayla Stenta, and captured their sixth straight win this season. With the two wins, Knutson and Salazar’s jumped to No. 26 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s doubles rankings. The duo was previously unranked. Knutson then beat Bianca Moldovan in singles play. A quick 6-2, 6-1 win secured Syracuse’s second point of the match.Despite SU’s recent struggles, Knutson has been the most consistent performer for the Orange. “Gabriela had a great weekend, Friday and Sunday,” Limam said about Knutson. “I thought she competed really hard on Friday, she just came up a little bit short (against Duke in singles).” Commentslast_img read more

Construction underway for teachers’ quarters in Mashabo

first_img– Regional Chairman inspects projectBy: Indrawattie NatramA teachers’ quarters is presently under construction in the Amerindian community of Mashabo in Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam), which will accommodate coastland teachers.Region Two Chairman Devanand Ramdatt inspecting the constructionThe construction was budgeted for in the Region’s capital works programme after residents openly requested a location from the regional administration to house trained teachers.During a face the community meeting, parents of Mashabo told Region Two Chairman Devanand Ramdatt that the community is left back in terms of education due to the lack of teachers at the school. After inquiries, it was revealed the school was understaffed since the area did not have accommodation for teachers.Immediately after the meeting, representation was made at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) level, by the Regional Chairman for the construction of the teachers’ quarters and hence provisions were made for the building in the Region’s budget.The construction commenced by a local contractor and according to the Region Two Chairman the work is moving apace.He however called on the Village Council of Mashabo to form a monitoring committee to oversee the project.Residents have expressed gratitude for the quarters and said it will aide in the delivery of education in the Amerindian settlement. Toshoa of the community Sylvn Rapheal expressed concerns about the fencing.Rapheal said he would like for more space to be given so that a school garden can be accommodated. The Toshoa however expressed gratitude for the building and said that often the community is left without teachers due to the lack of a facility to accommodate them.last_img read more

Mubarak’s remarks anger Shiites

first_imgCAIRO, Egypt – Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak angered Iraqi leaders Sunday by saying Shiites there and across the Middle East are more loyal to Iran than to their own countries as he gave a startlingly frank warning about possible civil war in Iraq. The flap highlights the escalating tensions between predominantly Sunni Arab countries – alarmed by possible Kurdish and Shiite domination of their neighbor – and Iraqis who say they are not getting enough support from their Arab brothers. “Definitely Iran has influence on Shiites,” Mubarak said in an interview broadcast Saturday evening by Al-Arabiya television. “Shiites are 65 percent of the Iraqis … Most of the Shiites are loyal to Iran, and not to the countries they are living in.” He also said civil war “has almost started” in Iraq. So the interview startled not only Iraqis but also the Shiites who form large communities in a number of Mideast nations – particularly the Gulf, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. Some of them said Mubarak’s comments only fuel momentum toward civil war. Mubarak’s spokesman, Suleiman Awad, tried Sunday to soften the impact. He said the president was talking about Shiite sympathy with Iran “in view of its hosting of (Shiite) holy shrines.” “The president’s statement about Iraq was only reflecting his increasing worries about the deteriorating situation and his keenness to maintain Iraq’s national unity,” Awad said. That did not seem to mollify Iraqi leaders. “This is a stab in their (Shiites’) patriotism and their civilization,” Iraq’s three highest-ranking Kurdish, Shiite and Sunni Arab leaders – Talabani, Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari and parliament speaker Adnan Pachachi – said in a joint statement Sunday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“At the moment, Iraq is almost close to destruction,” he warned. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, said Mubarak’s comments were not accurate. “It is true that there are some kind of clashes among Sunnis and Shias. But it is not civil war,” he told Britain’s Channel 4 News. British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw reiterated that civil war in Iraq was neither imminent nor inevitable but accepted that the situation was “very serious.” Mubarak has rarely commented on the situation in Iraq and his statements usually are broad, vague expressions of concern over the violence and political turmoil there. Arab leaders also generally avoid pointed criticism of their fellow leaders. last_img read more