Syracuse beginning to hit stride after 1-6 start

first_img Published on September 16, 2013 at 1:09 am Contact Eric: Energy and confidence can go a long way. Syracuse found that out this weekend when it went on to win the Candlewood Suites Challenge.The Orange finished out the tournament by winning all three matches in straight sets. Just one week removed from dropping three of four matches, SU looked like a completely different team.Last week, Syracuse failed to develop an identity on the court. There were frequent substitutions and it seemed like no players knew what was expected of them. But now it seems head coach Leonid Yelin has figured it out.“We know who’s our starters… and most importantly we have the accepted starters too,” Yelin said. “This is really important, people are accepting their role. You’re not sitting there being upset and when your opportunity is going to come, take advantage of it.”After being benched in last weekend’s tournament finale, sophomore hitter Silvi Uattara came back focused. She tallied a total of 36 kills for the tournament, while adding five aces. She finished the tournament with a .447 hitting percentage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think it helped me a little,” Uattara said regarding her benching. “Now I’m trying to do my best, best. Before I was trying to just do my best, but now I am trying to do even more than that to show coach and everybody that I deserve to be on the court.”Freshman setter Erica Handley also provided a necessary spark, tallying 92 assists in the three matches and a career-high five kills against Delaware State.But it wasn’t any individual player that made it happen. It was a team effort. The players seemed deflated last weekend, but this weekend they came out with more passion.Having a set lineup surely helps. Getting into a rhythm and developing a sense for the pace of play is key as well. So is having energy.Yelin acknowledged it at the end of the last game, about the lack of energy, and clearly he did something to correct it.“I think it’s just our attitude in practice, we were working really hard,” junior Nicolette Serratore said. “We just didn’t want to lose again so we were just really determined to get the win.”Energy and determination might not be the only thing that helped Syracuse this week. To go out and dominate like that the competition has to be a bit weaker, Yelin said.Syracuse took Friday’s first set 25-5, setting the pace for the whole tournament.One thing that cannot be overlooked is that when you start losing, no matter how well you play, your attitude will suffer, Yelin said.“Because when you’re trying, and in their opinion trying so hard, and maybe it’s hard but you have to work together,” Yelin said. “So they try hard and no result, it’s hard to stay up.”After a slow 1-5 start, junior Lindsay McCabe said the team was relieved to have won this tournament. With more positive vibes and a renewed sense of winning, Syracuse can now look ahead to its upcoming schedule.The youth on the team plays a role in its lack of confidence. Being inexperienced and not used to losing can do that to you, McCabe said. But changing to winning is a quick way to regain that confidence.“It feels really great especially since our beginning wasn’t that hot. It’s really a boost of confidence and I think it’s definitely going to help us,” Serratore said. “And to just kind of have that feeling of what it’s like to win and how great it feels is really going to push us to work harder.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Australians can sail aboard all three Cunard liner

first_imgAustralians can sail aboard all three Cunard liners in one seamless cruise holiday from New York to Europe next May as part of a unique, new, fly/cruise package released by Cruise Express.The liner-hopping ‘Three Queens’ package features the world’s most famous sea voyage – the transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton – aboard the world’s most famous liner, Queen Mary 2, as well as cruises to the Canary Islands and fjords of Norway aboard sister ships, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. The three, back-to-back cruises provide a total of 29 nights aboard the regal Cunard trio with their signature ballrooms, chandeliers, sweeping staircases, gourmet cuisine, high teas, spacious teak decks and white-gloved service.Cruise Express’ 37-night northern spring itinerary begins on 28 May 2017, with a flight from Australia to New York for a two-night stay at the Renaissance Times Square Hotel in Manhattan. After free time to explore the Big Apple, guests will board Cunard’s flagship ocean liner, Queen Mary 2 for a classic, seven-night transatlantic voyage direct to Southampton.After a one-night stay in the Grand Harbour Southampton Hotel, guests will return to the docks to board Queen Victoria for a 15-night, round-trip sailing south to the lush, volcanic islands of The Canaries as well as the garden island of Madeira and Portugal’s historic, cobblestoned capital, Lisbon.Two nights back at the Grand Harbour Southampton Hotel follow before guests regain their sea legs aboard the third Cunard ‘royal’, Queen Elizabeth, for a seven-night, circuit cruise north to Norway. Ports include the heritage town of Stavanger, Bergen with its medieval wooden houses, the picturesque fjord-town of Andalsnes – home to Europe’s highest cliff, the 1100-metre Troll Wall – and the tiny hamlet of Flam where passengers can join one of the world’s most spectacular train rides high into the mountains past thundering waterfalls.Also featured is scenic cruising along three of Norway’s most beautiful fjords – Aurlandsfjord, Romsdalsfjord and Norway’s longest fjord, the 204-kilometre long, cliff-lined Sognefjord.Back in Southampton at the end of the three voyages, guests will be transferred to London for a two-night stay at the Royal Horseguards Hotel where they can decide which Cunard Queen was their favourite. A flight back to Australia on 3 July 2017 ends the itinerary.Free double upgrade: Bookings made by 14 November 2016 will receive a free double upgrade from an interior to a balcony stateroom on each of the three ships. The ‘Three Queens’ package is available from $9799 per person, twin-share, from Sydney and Melbourne, $10,149 from Perth and $10,199 from Adelaide and Brisbane. Fares include return economy class flights, the three voyages and seven nights’ accommodation in New York, Southampton and London.last_img read more