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Dina Hegab transitions from clay courts to hard courts and is off to an 8-2 start in singles play

first_imgEverything seemed new for Dina Hegab. She arrived at Syracuse from Egypt in January and her adjustment has been smooth.Almost 6,000 miles away from home, Hegab has had to acclimate to college classes, meet new friends and compete in Division I tennis.But the freshman has also had to transition from the red clay courts she’s played on all her life to the hard courts that are dominant in the United States. And just past the midway point in the season, she’s made the transition seamlessly, budding as one of No. 24 Syracuse’s (8-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) most consistent players with an 8-2 singles record thus far.In Hegab’s first match at SU, she posted a 6-4, 6-3 win. She didn’t have her best game, but she won handily in back-to-back sets. It was the first of eight consecutive matches she’d win to start the season.“After that, getting that first win under her belt,” head coach Younes Limam said, “she just relaxed and started trusting her shots more. It didn’t take her a very long time to adjust, honestly.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUnlike most sports, the surface in tennis significantly influences style of play. Clay courts, made of densely packed crushed brick, play slower than hard courts, which means balls bounce higher and travel at slower speeds on clay courts. This makes it more difficult to deliver an unreturnable shot, so clay courts tend to facilitate longer rallies. So-called “clay-courters,” or those who play on clay-courts, typically sit a few meters behind the baseline and play through the rallies.“It’s a combination of little things,” Limam said of shifting from clay to hard courts. “Part of it is playing a little bit closer to the baseline, having that mindset of being aggressive and being the person who dictates play.”In Egypt, Hegab played behind the baseline in what is considered a more conservative, defensive style. At Syracuse, she must remind herself during matches to creep up toward the baseline. Hegab and Limam continue to “work a ton” on court positioning.Team conditioning has made Hegab quicker and more agile, traits that can separate hard court players. In Egypt, she’d sometimes slide on the clay to hit a ball and rise back to her feet in one continuous motion. On hard courts, however, she can’t slide without severely scraping her skin. Instead she runs in quick bursts, then plants when changing direction.“When I first came, I was a little bit worried to get an ankle sprain or something,” Hegab said. “But I was just careful. It takes time to not slide, but now I’m fine.” Published on March 8, 2016 at 11:15 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Cracking the code: How a snack propelled Syracuse to its highest ranking in program historyHow Maria Tritou’s height helps freshman to 6-2 singles recordcenter_img Eddie Natal | Staff Photographer At one point in a 6-1, 6-2 win against Boston College last month, Hegab fired six backhands in a row. The point grew into a long rally akin to a typical point on clay courts, but after more than 10 full seconds, Hegab spun and smacked a forehand winner by Heini Salonen.Back home, she may have settled and continued the rally with another backhand. Her risky shot that landed just a foot or two from the sideline highlights how she’s acclimated to the new surface.Like Hegab, Limam grew up playing on clay courts in Africa and appreciates Hegab’s plight as well as anybody. He was a member of the Moroccan Junior National Team from 1994 to 1998, when he played on clay courts. Then, from 2000-2003, he tallied 87 wins at Drury University, on hard courts.“It could be a little bit challenging,” Limam said. “Just the conditions, like how slower or faster the courts are. There are a lot of elements. The ball could be a little bit heavier, the court could be a little faster.”Hegab estimates it took about two weeks to get comfortable with the new surface. At first, she played “tight.” Although she dropped her first two singles matches of the season last weekend, she is improving her “feel” for the new surface.“She’s very coachable and very smart on the court,” Limam said. “It’s a process and she’s going in the right direction. I think college tennis is only going to help her transition into a higher level after that.” Commentslast_img read more

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166 employees of Columbus Junction pork plant test positive for COVID-19 — one new case reported in Cerro Gordo County

first_img(This story has been updated to reflect the correct number of positive tests among employees at the Tyson plant in Columbus Junction in 166, not 186.)JOHNSTON — Governor Kim Reynolds today said the full extent of the COVID-19 outbreak among employees at the Tyson meatpacking plant in Columbus Junction isn’t yet known, but the governor’s spokesman said so far 166 employees have tested positive for the virus.Test results processed between Sunday and Monday alone indicated 86 workers have the virus. Reynolds indicated another 80 positive test results are from last week in Louisa and surrounding counties.“We’ll be able to tell the numbers that tested positive that’s tied to the plant and they’re working on doing that through the contact tracing,” Reynolds said, “so we’ll have those numbers going forward.” The plant processes pork and was closed April 6th after the first batches of test results show more than two dozen employees had COVID-19.“Public Health has been working with management at the plant to test their staff,” Reynolds said.The governor yesterday indicated state officials have secured extra testing supplies for the plant, which employs about 1,4oo people.=== Today’s report from the Iowa Department of Public Health says there were 189 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 1899 statewide. Six new deaths were reported for a total of 49. One new case of COVID-19 in our listening area appeared on today’s report, a case from Cerro Gordo County.last_img read more

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Guardiola: “Before we were the noisy neighbor, now I don’t know what we are”

first_imgA lot has changed in Manchester in the last decade. The City, historic second team of the city, has emerged as the great club of the same, advancing on the right to a United that leads several drifting campaigns, and confirming itself as the great dominator of the Premier League in the last ten years. Much of the fault is Pep Guardiola, who has lifted seven titles, including two Premier, in his three and a half seasons as a City coach and tomorrow will play a vital game to continue gaining weight on his winners: the first leg of the semifinals of the Capital One Cup against Manchester United in Old Trafford “Before we were the noisy neighbor, but now I don’t know what we are”, Guardiola acknowledged in the previous meeting. Also, the Catalan tried to subtract pressure from his men before the impending Manchester derby: “The derby is important for our fans, I know exactly what it means to them, but the other teams are also very important.”. Nor did he answer if he preferred this type of games or face Liverpool, the team with which the last Premier has played: “There are many large teams in England,” he said.Guardiola did not confirm if he would play with holder Bravo, but He was glad to have recovered Aymeric Laporte and Nicolás Otamendi. “It’s good to have Laporte back. Everyone except Leroy (Sané) is training, so we have almost the entire team back for this period,” said the Catalan, who acknowledged that some players will rest for “the incredible amount of games that some have in the legs”. Catalan referred to some famous words of Sir Alex Ferguson, historical coach of United, which the Scot delivered in the summer of 2009 after the signing of Carlos Tévez for Manchester City. The Argentine striker never agreed with the British coach and in July 2009 he changed the sidewalk to leave the ‘red devils’ and Enroll in the ranks of the ‘citizens’, who received it with a gigantic blue-blue poster in which they welcomed Manchester; The image has its explanation: many British fans, especially the City, argue that the team of the Mancunians is the City, while United is the team of those who do not live in Manchester. “Sometimes you have a noisy neighbor and you can’t do anything”said the Scotsman, “They will always be loud, so you have to go on with your life, turn on the TV and turn up the volume.” “They are a small club with a small club mentality. They only know how to talk about Manchester United, that’s all they have done and they can’t do anything about it.”sentenced the Scotsman. The image with which the City announced the signing of Tévez and that sparked the controversy with Sir Alex Ferguson.Manchester City Guardiola, who did not go so far in his advances, was cautious in the face of tomorrow’s crash at Old Trafford, a stadium where he has only lost once as a ‘citizen’ coach. “When you play many times against the same teams sometimes you win and sometimes you lose,” explained the Catalan, “I didn’t expect to beat them whenever I got here. We’ve won more times than we lost, which is the important thing.”. However, the last Manchester derby ended with a ‘red devil’ victory by 1-2 at Etihad Stadium, a stadium in which he has only won a derby of the five that Santpedor has directed at home: “I don’t have a theory about this “, the Catalan was sincer.United comes to the first leg of the Capital One Cup after falling 2-0 against Arsenal in the Emirates on the last day of Premier, but Guardiola He doesn’t trust the Solskjaer team. “I think he’s starting to see what he wants in his team”, Guardiola explained, “It is not easy to take the reins of a great club that demands you to be champion in all competitions, but all coaches need time“.” I have a feeling that United has started playing as he wants, “he added, “They are very fast, solid and aggressive. In the last game we conceded a few counterattacks and in a matter of seconds they were in our area”.last_img read more

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