Uattara regroups after benching

first_img Published on September 11, 2013 at 2:46 am Contact Ryan: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Sophomore Silvi Uattara, Syracuse’s (1-5) second-leading point-scorer, had to deal with something she is not used to this past weekend: sitting on the sidelines.In the match against Rutgers on Friday night, Uattara, who hails from Voronezh, Russian Federation, did not start for the first time all season. Instead, she split significant time with senior Samantha Clarey. On Saturday night against Colorado, she never made it onto the court.“In a meeting before the game, Coach (Leonid Yelin) said we have to try something new, we have to give opportunity to other players, too,” Uattara said. “I was really upset, of course, but I understood if it’s coach’s decision. It’s a lock. And I could not go and say for him it’s not right or something.”A few days later, Uattara said she thinks she understands why Yelin did what he did, but was unwilling to comment on that reason.“It’s private. I do not want to say,” Uattara said. “I don’t know, it’s my opinion and coach has the same opinion, probably, so I’m not going to say.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textYelin said he tried to explain to Uattara that the decision to sit her on Saturday night was not a punishment, but more of a chance to reflect on what she has been failing to do right and give some of the younger players more time.In Yelin’s opinion, her struggles are mental. He felt the night off would give her a chance to step back and see where she had not been executing.“If you’re not performing … it’s here,” Yelin said, pointing to his head. “I said ‘Sil, as much as can be helped, I’m trying to help you. The key word is help. I cannot do this for you.’”The decision to rotate between Uattara and Clarey on Friday night, Yelin said, was due to statistics that showed Uattara was playing strong on the front row, but her numbers were not as impressive when she played in the back row.Yelin thought Clarey, who has spent most of her career as a hitter, would do a better job rotating in on the back row. And she did, eventually serving out the last five points of the fifth set against Rutgers on Friday night to lead the team to a victory. Uattara, meanwhile, sat on the bench.“She asked why I’m not playing her in the back row,” Yelin said. “I said these are the numbers why. This is the numbers when you play on the back row. These are the numbers when Clarey is playing on the back row.”After having reduced or no playing time in two of the weekend’s four matches, the question becomes how Uattara will handle this benching as the team heads into a home weekend series against three teams that have one win combined.Nicolette Serratore said Uattara has been a more determined player at practice since her benching this past weekend.“In the past two days, she has really learnt a lot and she is really focused on what he (Yelin) is asking from her,” Serratore said, “so I think that she will be ready to play.”Uattara said the benching is the source of her hard play in practice during the week, but it has also motivated her to show her coach she has changed as a player.“I’m still practicing hard, because I know that I am going to play for sure,” Uattara said. “I’m just trying to do my best and to show for coach that I am much better. Maybe it’s one of the reasons why he put me on the bench, maybe he wants me to play better.” Commentslast_img read more

Creamline takes No. 4, lead

first_imgParks, Mandaluyong play MPBL debut vs Munti “They make my job a lot easy because I can just give it to everyone,” said Morado.The Cool Smashers’ second straight win handed them solo top spot at 4-1 while the Warays dropped to 2-3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLater, Myla Pablo exploded with 21 points as defending champion Pocari-Air Force defeated erstwhile co-leader BaliPure, 25-19, 10-25, 25-17, 25-21. They tied idle PayMaya at 3-2.—MARC REYES Distributing the ball in a team where just about anybody can score has proven to be a “happy problem” for top setter Jia Morado in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.The former Ateneo standout dished out 29 excellent tosses to engineer Creamline’s 25-14, 27-25, 26-24 win over Tacloban on Sunday at Batangas City Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Osaka retires with injury, Bertens reaches WTA semifinals

first_imgNaomi Osaka of Japan, left, receive medical times while competing against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands during their women’s singles match at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore, Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)SINGAPORE — U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka finished her debut appearance at the WTA Finals on Friday with an injury and an 0-3 record.Osaka was trailing Kiki Bertens 6-3 when she retired from the match with an upper left leg injury.ADVERTISEMENT Bertens was awarded a straight-set victory and has advanced to the semifinals.Osaka, the only woman from Japan to win a Grand Slam title, went off court to receive treatment on the injury after the eighth game while trailing 5-3. She lost her serve at love in the ninth game and then decided to stop.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBertens qualified for the season-ending WTA Finals when No. 1 Simona Halep withdrew from the tournament with a lower back injury.In the late match, Sloane Stephens and Angelique Kerber will play for the final semifinal spot. The winner will advance. LATEST STORIES Before playing for NCAA crown, Lyceum Pirates face another hurdle—exams Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova reached the semifinals from the other group on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more