NTTF Organises Trials to Prune Team

first_img“I am impressed with the response of the players because every one of them wants to make the team to South Africa. For now we will still be watching them because the trial will afford us to pick the best among them for the World Championship in Cape Town, South Africa by end of the year,” he said.However, the duo of Abayomi Animashaun and Azeez Solanke believe they would make the team having been part of the squad to Algiers where the team picked a spot to the global tournament.The invited players were part of the team that featured at the ITTF African Junior Championship in Algiers where they qualified for the World Juniors, while outstanding players from the National U-16 tournament also made it to the camp.President, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Wahid Oshodi, the camp becomes necessary as some of the players would learn some of the latest rudiment of the sport.“The selected players will later go into close camping before the championship in November and they will continue to train in readiness for the competition.“Segun Toriola will surely depart to his base after the camping and we hope the coaches around can continue to sharpen the skills of the players before the tournament which has Egypt, Nigeria, Algeria and Tunisia representing Africa in Cape Town, South Africa.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The National Training Centre of the Lagos National Stadium will come alive today as the 20 players in camp ahead of the 2016 ITTF World Junior Championship in South Africa will be trim in one-day trials.According to Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), the players will be pruned to 12 made up of six male and six female that will make the final camping for the championship holding in November 2016.According to the Coordinator of the camping exercise, Segun Toriola, the players have been given their best in order to be part of the team, adding that the 12-man team that would make the final phase of camping will be known this weekend.last_img read more

Syracuse draws Chattanooga in 1st round, looks to win 1st tournament game in program history

first_img Published on March 18, 2014 at 12:31 am Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb The waiting game was brutal enough for Syracuse, and ESPN analyst Kara Lawson’s awkwardly funny player descriptions didn’t make the suspenseful atmosphere any more comforting.The Orange sat through the announcement of the first three full regions, as highlights of the national powerhouses rolled. Small seeds of doubt grew in some of the minds of the players that SU’s name wouldn’t be called, but relaxed head coach Quentin Hillsman knew his team had the necessary resume.And finally the Orange heard its name announced in the South Bend Region.“Heck yeah, it was painful to wait,” sophomore Brittney Sykes said. “It’s kind of funny because half of the team didn’t even know who we were playing at first when they called our name, because they said Syracuse was a sixth seed and we all just started screaming. I know I was one of them.”For the first time in school history, Syracuse is returning to the NCAA Tournament in consecutive seasons. The Orange (22-9, 10-6 Atlantic Coast) earned a No. 6 seed, which ties the program’s best, and will face 11th-seeded Chattanooga on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Lexington, Ky.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the most important piece of SU history the team hopes to eradicate is the goose egg that sits in the Orange’s all-time win column in the NCAA Tournament.“I want it so bad. Probably as much as I want a degree,” senior point guard Rachel Coffey said.A year ago, the seventh-seeded Orange was knocked out in the first round by No. 10 seed Creighton, which advanced after a five-point win. Syracuse’s senior class left without a Tournament victory, and the possibility of the same fate transferred to the shoulders of this year’s group of seniors.But now, the Orange has Tournament experience under its belt.“We’re excited. It’s just good to be going back to the Tournament,” Hillsman said. “It’s good to have a team that went last year going back again so we know what to expect. “We had freshmen playing on a very big stage and obviously now we have sophomores and a couple of seniors that can help step in and contribute.”Through a game and a half of ACC tournament play, Syracuse appeared to be on pace to make serious noise in its first tournament in the league.SU defeated Clemson by 10 in the opening game and had No. 14 North Carolina State on its heels. The Orange led by as many as nine points, but a 25-1 Wolfpack run coincided with 16 consecutive Syracuse misses and N.C. State sailed to a 16-point win. But since that March 7 loss, Hillsman said, the Orange has hammered out its own issues. Now it’s time to study up on Chattanooga. Neither Coffey nor Sykes had any insight on the Mocs immediately after the selection show, but Hillsman said Chattanooga’s a balanced, well-coached team. But by the time tipoff comes around Saturday, he said, his team will know too much about the Mocs.After Syracuse’s matchup was announced Monday night and Hillsman had received a congratulatory phone call from SU Director of Athletics Daryl Gross, he turned to his team in the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center.“Congratulations, y’all,” he said to his team. “Let’s go get this ‘W.’ Let’s get it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

UW can hold heads high despite loss

first_imgBOSTON – The Wisconsin Badgers’ season ended with a heartbreaking thud Thursday night once Jordan Taylor’s last-second heave fell short, but it began with outside expectations that made a Sweet 16 berth seem laughable.Wisconsin, after losing three starters – two in the frontcourt – was tasked with completing a significant makeover of this year’s roster. When Jon Leuer left for the NBA and Keaton Nankivil graduated to play in Germany, two glaring holes were left at forward and center. Juniors Ryan Evans and Jared Berggren stepped in, despite having started just one game between them in the prior two seasons.When the No. 4 seeded Badgers (26-10) saw their season end in a 64-63 loss to the top-seeded Syracuse Orange (26-10) in the East Regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament at TD Garden, Berggren had finished the game tied for the team-high with 17 points, while Evans had seven. The game snapped Evans’ string of 14 consecutive games with at least 10 points.Given what the team had lost, many outside opinions held that Wisconsin wouldn’t come close to repeating last year’s Sweet 16 berth. Inside the locker room, though, no such thought existed.“Yeah, I never had any doubt,” Berggren said. “Even when we started Big Ten play 1-3, we knew that wasn’t all we had. We went into [North] Carolina when they were [ranked No. 5] and took them down to a three-point game. We had plenty of mistakes in that game, and we were like, ‘Alright, if we would have done this, we could’ve got this win on the road.’ So we had no doubts of what we were capable of, at any point in the season.”It certainly wasn’t smooth, as the Badgers endured a three-game losing streak early in Big Ten play and then lost three of five after a six-game winning streak. But after collecting a rousing road upset of Ohio State on Feb. 9, Wisconsin put together a three-game winning streak to end the regular season.Thanks largely to 30 points from formerly unheralded senior guard/forward Rob Wilson, the Badgers advanced past the Indiana Hoosiers in the Big Ten Tournament. They fell to Michigan State, an eventual No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the following day, though Wisconsin did enter the Big Dance riding high.After two wins in the NCAA Tournament, the Badgers met the top-seeded Orange and took them to the brink. Afterward, head coach Bo Ryan was mainly upbeat, especially considering how far his team had come. Ryan specifically pointed out senior point guard Jordan Taylor’s leadership in helping the young, inexperienced frontcourt gel.“I think it helps if you have played to understand how inexperienced we were with that front line and the things that those guys ended up being able to do to put us at the record that we have and to put us into this position,” Ryan said. “Jordan deserves a lot of credit for that, so he’ll be sorely missed.”Unsurprisingly, Taylor took little credit shortly afterward in the Badgers’ locker room. As the undeniable star of this team, Taylor did have other things to be concerned with. His season began with preseason All-American accolades but was quickly met with weighty criticism after his numbers failed to meet last year’s stellar output. Against Syracuse, he capped a very strong March with 17 points on 6-for-15 shooting (including 5-for-9 from 3-point range), six assists and four rebounds.So when Taylor, with puffy eyes and a look of severe exhaustion on his face, was asked about his hand in leading Berggren, Evans and company to the promised land of the Sweet 16, his answer was an honest deflection of praise.“I don’t know, it’s kind of a hard question to answer just because I feel like they had that in them; it was just for them to come out and show it,” Taylor said when asked about his leadership role with the frontcourt. “I’m sure I had a small role in that, but I didn’t put all the talent in Ryan and Jared and Mike [Bruesewitz]. That’s not me; that’s them working hard in the games in the offseason. My job was just to try and get them ball and encourage them, be a leader for them.”last_img read more