first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ After No. 27 Syracuse’s final home match this season, Sofya Golubovskaya walked off the court with tears in her eyes. She cried neither because it was Senior Day for her doubles partner nor because her first collegiate season was almost over.She cried because she had a bad match.In a day filled with emotions, SU’s only freshman was frustrated with herself after her match went unfinished at 4-6, 6-2, 1-4. She walked off the courts at Drumlins Country Club and declined to talk to the media.But almost instantly, her teammates were there to comfort her.“I’ve had a lot of struggles this year,” Golubovskaya said, “but now I have a team to help me, and I love it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGolubovskaya, a native of Moscow, came to Syracuse for the first time on Jan. 10. In more than three months, she has dealt with a multitude of adjustments. One of her biggest culture shocks was being a part of a team rather than playing as an individual, Golubovskaya said. It was new to her. A team, an aspect of tennis she once questioned, has driven her to improve her game as a regular at third singles for the Orange.For all of her life before arriving at SU, Golubovskaya competed alone in tournaments in Russia and Europe. Playing on a team was a concept she didn’t understand.“Tennis (is) not a team sport,” Golubovskaya said. “It was really new for me. I wasn’t ready at first.”A couple of weeks into Golubovskaya’s transition, junior Gabriela Knutson said the freshman was hesitant to bond with her new team. During team practices, SU works on cheering for teammates at matches, mostly during changeovers and in between points. That was something Golubovskaya had to get used to.“The first day here she didn’t cheer (with us) at all,” Knutson said. “It was like she didn’t understand what was going on.”One thing that helped her was that three of her seven teammates speak Russian. Anna Shkudun, Golubovskaya’s doubles partner, and Libi Mesh speak Russian, and Maria Tritou can hold a conversation in Russian from time to time, Golubovskaya said. Interactions with them helped Golubovskaya forget about the language barriers in her new life.To ease Golubovskaya’s adjustment, SU head coach Younes Limam wanted to mimic some of the tactics he used with then-freshman Miranda Ramirez last season. Limam set up biweekly meetings with Golubovskaya and associate head coach Shelley George.The meetings focused on her biggest challenges. Of the wide range of acclimations, Limam pointed toward understanding her coaches, teammates and professors as some of the toughest. At times, Golubovskaya sought advice during those encounters, while other times she asked for favors such as getting a ride to the mall, she said.Most of the season, Golubovskaya played third singles behind Knutson and Ramirez. During a pivotal three-match stretch against ranked teams, Golubovskaya won three-straight matches against then-No. 44 Clemson, then-No. 16 Wake Forest and then-No. 48 Louisville.This is the first season Golubovskaya has worried about playing teams and not just individuals. She used to only rely on herself to reach her goals. Now, Golubovskaya has seven other players on her side.“All my life I was just taking care of myself and nobody else,” Golubovskaya said, “Now that I’m here, I see that my teammates can help me in life.” Comments Published on April 30, 2018 at 10:58 pm Contact KJ: | @KJEdelmanlast_img read more

first_imgThe Chelsea boss picked up the award after leading his side to the title.Meanwhile, Eden Hazard was voted as the Premier League’s Player of the Season.The Chelsea forward has also won the PFA player of the year, and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year awards this season.last_img

first_imgKazmir, conversely, lasted just four innings for the second consecutive start, giving up four runs on seven hits. He was pulled with the bases loaded and no outs in the fifth inning.The Dodgers attempted a comeback once Cueto exited the game, but Corey Seager’s eighth inning two-run home run wasn’t enough.Cueto didn’t allow a base runner until Yasmani Grandal’s double in the fifth inning. He struck out seven and walked two in a dominant performance.It should be noted that Cueto was credited with a win the first time he faced Kazmir this season, but he was much more deserving Saturday night. In his first appearance at AT&T Park since signing the six-year, $130 million deal, Cueto was nearly pulled in a five-run first inning. He escaped and allowed just one more run over the next six innings in a 9-6 win over the Dodgers and Kazmir on April 10.It’s certainly too early to say Kazmir is headed for another stint with the independent league Sugar Land Skeeters. But he isn’t off to a great start justifying the three-year deal given him by the Dodgers after three increasingly impressive seasons since he was cut by the Angels in 2011. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kazmir gave up one hit in his first six innings as a Dodger, but has seen his ERA swell to 6.43 in the two starts since.He was fortunate not to have worse numbers Saturday. He left the bases loaded and no outs in the fifth inning. Not the ideal situation for reliever Adam Liberatore’s first appearance in the major leagues this season, but only one run scored on a double-play ground ball before the left-hander ended the inning with a strikeout.The Dodgers scored their only run off Cueto in the seventh. Justin Turner led off with a double and pulled the Dodgers within 4-1 on a Kiké Hernandez two-out, RBI single.Seager made it a one-run game in the eighth with hit his first home run of the season. Following an A.J. Ellis pinch-hit walk, the Dodgers shortstop hit a full-count fastball over the center field fence to pull the Dodgers within a run.center_img Scott Kazmir and Johnny Cueto competed on the open market this offseason where Cueto won by the score of $130 million to $48 million.Despite the monetary disparity, both were slotted as No. 2 pitchers for NL West Division rivals and with an assist from the schedule makers, the comparison has continued into 2016.Two weeks into the season, the two have faced off twice and Cueto has carried his winning streak onto the field. The Giants defeated the Dodgers 4-3 Saturday night behind a three-hit, one-run performance from Cueto over 7 1/3 innings.last_img read more