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: csdistur@syr.edu | @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

Natalie Berenato – Betcart – Working with affiliates to grow together

first_img Ready for Amsterdam! Betcartpartners relaunches on Income Access July 12, 2017 Share Submit Share The ‘Real’ deal: Betcart teams up with the European champions September 26, 2017 Related Articles StumbleUpon Just a few weeks ago, Betcart marked its Betting on Football debut by appearing on the ‘New brands in football betting’ panel at Stamford Bridge.We caught up with the company’s head of marketing and affiliates Natalie Berenato to find out more about Betcart’s #bofcon2017 conference experience.SBC: First of all, can you name a few highlights from your Betting on Football conference debut?NB: We really enjoyed the whole event; during the day, the conference had some excellent speakers and the networking events were well organised and had great attendance.We were really happy to have Betcart on one of the panels, and with such esteemed colleagues. What we found very useful and interesting is the level of attendees at this event; we were able to make some great connections.SBC: In the new brands session at #bofcon2017, you highlighted affiliate marketing as being fundamental to your company growth; why is Betcart an attractive proposition to affiliates?NB: And Betting on Football was more proof of that! The interest we received was exponential, because we localise and we don’t just have a ‘package’ for Affiliates off the shelf, but we work with them to grow together.SBC: What did you learn from the representatives of BetStars, BetOnBrazil and EnergyBet during the session?NB: It was an interesting session, with emphasis on the importance of finding your niche in markets and do that well, which is what we feel Betcart has excelled in. We felt that we not only gave an excellent contribution, but everyone else on the panel had some very good points.Football is such a big driver within the sportsbook community, that having an event that covers this sport 360° is really a treat for us, great concept and executed very well.SBC: Finally, in a crowded sports betting marketplace, how does a brand such as Betcart differentiate its products and services?NB: We localise well. We prepare for markets and seek out what customer want/what is missing in that particular territory. We feel that with that combination, we’ve successfully filled in the gap and will continue to do so. Betcart agrees new content partnership January 30, 2018last_img read more