Volleyball: Badgers travel to Waco for face-off against Bears

first_imgThe Wisconsin Women’s Volleyball Team made a big leap in the rankings all the way to No. 2 in the polls after knocking off the previously second-ranked Longhorns Saturday night. However, as sophomore setter Sydney Hilley explained, “rankings are just rankings,” which is the mindset the girls need to have for this upcoming road trip down to Waco.  Friday at 6 p.m. the Badgers will square off against No. 15 Baylor in Waco, Texas. Baylor is sporting a 4-2 record after dropping their last two games to ranked opponents. The Bears came out strong winning their first four games, including a big win over the now-25th-ranked Marquette. After the hot start to the season, Baylor lost in five sets to ninth-ranked UCLA before losing again the next day to No. 16 San Diego in the USD Invitational out in San Diego California. Although they are now 1-2 against ranked opponents, there is nothing to take lightly about this Baylor team, especially when playing in Waco, where the Bears are undefeated this season.   The Badgers will have to focus on containing the stealthy six-foot sophomore, Yossiana Pressley. Pressley has already made a significant impact for the Bears this season recording 116 kills through the first six games. Pressley also has her name on the 2018 Preseason All-Big 12 Watch List, which is not an unfamiliar sight for the Texas native.  Football: Safety Patrick Johnson leaves programPatrick Johnson, a safety for the University of Wisconsin football team, left the program Wednesday morning citing personal reasons. The Read…As a freshman, Pressley raked in the awards as she earned herself the 2017 Big 12 Freshman of The Year award, and she was a unanimous pick for the All-Big 12 First team and the Big 12 All-Freshman team. Pressley was also a five-time Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and a four-time Big 12 Freshman of the week, leading to an eventual AVCA All-American honorable mention. Pressley will be looking to make the difference on Friday but she still must go through a red-hot Badger team. This game will be another great test for the Badgers as they look to build off their 4-0 start to the season and begin preparation for Big Ten play. Baylor will be a tournament team this year which means these two foes may even meet again come November. As for Friday, you can catch the game on Fox Sports Go or you can listen to the game on the Badger Sports Network, channel 100.9FM.last_img read more

Nicky Adams brings new philosophy, mentality to struggling program

first_img Published on September 4, 2019 at 11:21 pm Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder On the chain-link fence beside a shed at Hookway Athletic Field, there are 50 ribbons, all different colors. Each player on the Syracuse women’s soccer team owns two — one for each win this season. Some tied the ribbons on top of one another, others chose to space them out.It’s a tradition started this season by first-year head coach Nicky Adams. Already, three games into her tenure, the Orange are two-thirds of the way to the amount of ribbons they would’ve put up last season.“It reminds us that winning matters and the feeling that we had when we won,” Adams said.Syracuse (2-1) first contacted Adams, then-head coach of Rice, this past February after the Orange lost 13 straight games to end its season. Phil Wheddon resigned less than 24 hours after SU’s worst season in program history. By early March, Adams was named his successor, the Orange’s fourth head coach since the program started in 1996. Adams said she’s here for the “long haul” and believes the administration will give her time to turn the program around and become a contender in the Atlantic Coast Conference, one of the toughest leagues in women’s soccer.“I felt like I was ready for the next challenge,” Adams said. “I’ve been offered other jobs in the past but the timing with my family didn’t work out, and it was just crazy how the timing this time with Syracuse worked out. When I came for my interview, everything just felt right.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textArabdho Majumder | Asst. Digital EditorGrowing up in El Paso, Texas, a border town, Adams said she grew up playing a Hispanic-influenced brand of soccer — more about heart and passion than tactics, she said. Women’s soccer was still early in its development at the time — the first Women’s World Cup was in 1991 — and there was only one select team in the region.As a high school freshman, Adams participated in an Olympic Development Program. Adams’ maiden name is Thrasher, and Texas A&M head coach G Guerrieri said the name was fitting once he saw her play for a club team in El Paso.“She basically thrashed through a team of much older players and just was playing at a speed that was different to anyone else on the field,” Guerrieri said.Adams received a letter from Guerrieri at the start of her junior year of high school, prompting Adams’ mother to call him. Adams got the spiel from her and remembered saying “these things don’t happen very often, and I’m in a position to go be a part of a top 25 school.”So she went to College Station, Texas and again made a leap. Adams chose to forego her senior year of high school and went straight to A&M in 1997 as a “wide-eyed 17-year-old that didn’t even have a driver’s license,” she said.At the time, Guerrieri said most programs, including his, were just recruiting seniors. Very few players graduated high school early, which didn’t become a norm until around 2007, he added.Adams called Guerrieri her “second father” and credited him with breaking down soccer and teaching her the tactical side of the game. Their relationship came with plenty of commitment on both sides, and Guerrieri referred to Adams as a “soccer rat.” She’d always ask the coaches how and why they did things. She’d train for 45 minutes before team practices. Then, Adams would stay after to watch film with the coaching staff.“When you love something and you’re passionate about something and you have big goals and you’re put in a situation where people believe you can do it and want to help you,” Adams said, “you don’t want to disappoint either, so it was my No. 1 thing to do in college.”Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorAfter a fractured fibula forced her to redshirt in 2000, a local U-9 girls team in the area approached her to coach them. Unable to play soccer and feeling lost at the time without it, she quickly grew to love coaching, Adams said. The girls looked up to her so much that they named the team the College Station Thrashers, Guerrieri said.Adams has been told in the past that her teams tend to mirror her competitive edge. Her father was a horse jockey, so she grew up around tracks watching him race, and while her passion and fierce competitive attitude turned to soccer, Adams just loves to win, she said. In her first two games as head coach for the Orange, she did just that.To start the season, Adams has encouraged her forwards to use their creativity, and throughout the year, she hopes to see improvements in her players’ soccer IQ with that added freedom. Her changes aim for a more attacking style of soccer on the pitch while attempting to bond with the girls off the field, whether it be giving full effort at practice or joining in on singing and dancing competitions with her players.“I love her,” junior Mackenzie Vlachos said. “She just has such a positive energy. She cares so much for this team, and she believes in us, and I think that really helps.”A slight smile starts to tug her players’ lips at the mention of their new head coach’s name. The coach who invited them over a handful of times already. Who joins them in singing Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” on road trips. And the one who embraced an exhausted Georgia Allen after a home-opener win, SU’s first in three years.Adams has become the pulse for a team that didn’t think it could win again. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Mouse Morris hoping to pull off remarkable treble

first_imgMouse Morris is hoping to pull off a remarkable treble in the race.As you no doubt know the Fethard-based trainer has already had winners in the Irish Grand National on Easter Monday and its English equivalent at Aintree last week with Rogue Angel and Rule The World respectively.Today he’s fielding the Gigginstown House-owned Folsom Blue in the 4.10 at the Scottish track.last_img