Bearkats’ Sahaja Yamalapalli Voted Women’s Tennis Player of the Year

first_imgNew Orleans’ Ank Vullings and Trang Dao were named to the second team at the top-line. The Islander duo of Kato and Kageyama and Sam Houston State’s Karla De La Luz Montalvo and Petra Kaszas rounded out the second team. First-Team SinglesNo. 1 Sahaja Yamalapalli, Sam Houston StateNo. 2 Fuka Nonoyama, Central ArkansasNo. 3 Rhea Verma, Northwestern StateNo. 4 Lusine Chobanyan, Sam Houston StateNo. 5 Allison Stewart, Abilene ChristianNo. 6 Illeana Mocciola, Abilene Christian Texas A&M-Corpus Christi sophomore Kei Kato is the Newcomer of the Year. Kato recorded a 6-3 record this Southland season at the No. 2 singles flight and posted a 7-3 mark at second-line doubles alongside partner Myu Kageyama. The duo was named to the all-conference second team, and Kato earns honorable mention honors for her solo efforts. First-Team DoublesNo. 1 Marli Van Heerden/Chunxi Xin, Central ArkansasNo. 2 Mei Ishimura/Yada Vasupongchai, Central ArkansasNo. 3 Emilija Dancetovic/Judit Castillo Gargallo, Northwestern State Sam Houston State and Abilene Christian led the way with two each on the first team. Yamalapalli was joined by teammate Lusine Chobanyan. The Wildcats are represented by Allison Stewart and Illeana Mocciola at the No. 5 and 6 positions, respectively. Central Arkansas’ Fuka Nonoyama and Northwestern State’s Rhea Verma rounded out the top squad at the No. 2 and 3 flights. 2019 All-Southland Conference Women’s Tennis Teams and Individual Awards Leading Abilene Christian to its first Southland title in program history, John Walker was voted the Coach of the Year. The Wildcats finished the year 10-1 in Southland action, marking the program’s first-ever 10-win conference season. His team earned the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Southland tournament. Central Arkansas’ Chunxi Xin, who was a dominant force all season at the No. 1 singles line, is Freshman of the Year. Xin’s 8-3 record earned her a  place on the all-conference second team. A two-time Southland Conference Player of the Week, she took home first-team doubles honors after her and Marli Van Heerden registered an 8-2 record. Six Southland teams are represented on the all-conference teams. Sam Houston State, Central Arkansas and Northwestern State paced the league with four total selections, followed by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with three. Abilene Christian garnered two first-team singles selections, and New Orleans has one second-team doubles pair. Second-Team DoublesNo. 1 Ank Vullings/Trang Dao, New OrleansNo. 2 Kei Kato/Myu Kageyama, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiNo. 3 Karla De La Luz Montalvo/Petra Kaszas, Sam Houston StateHonorable Mention DoublesNo. 1 Jasmin Buchta/Amelie Vossgaetter, LamarNo. 2 Ceci Mercier/Vicky Scholz, Southeastern LouisianaNo. 3 Flory Bierma/Katya Cornejo, Southeastern Louisiana First serve of the 2019 Southland Women’s Tennis Tournament is set for 10 a.m. CT Thursday at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. The championship match has a 2 p.m. start for Saturday. FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Sahaja Yamalapalli is the 2019 Southland Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Year, the league announced Tuesday along with its all-conference teams. All yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. Yamalapalli went 10-1 in singles and helped the Bearkats to a 7-4 record in conference play en route to clinching the No. 4 seed in the 2019 Southland Women’s Tennis Tournament. She is a first-team selection for singles action and the first Sam Houston State women’s tennis student-athlete to be named Player of the Year in a decade (Irina Sotnikova, 2009). Second-Team SinglesNo. 1 Chunxi Xin, Central ArkansasNo. 2 Isidora Zivkovic, Sam Houston StateNo. 3 Camille Townsend, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiNo. 4 Mariya Shumeika, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiNo. 5 Ela Iwaniuk, Northwestern StateNo. 6 Judit Castillo Gargallo, Northwestern StateHonorable Mention SinglesNo. 1 Putri Insani, Southeastern LouisianaNo. 2 Kei Kato, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiNo. 3 Sanja Jolic, LamarNo. 4 Jordan Henry, Abilene ChristianNo. 5 Yada Vasupongchai, Central ArkansasNo. 6 Maria Maldonado, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi The Islanders and Demons each placed two on the second team, accounting for lines 3-6. A&M-Corpus Christi’s Camille Townsend and Mariya Shumeika were named to the No. 3 and 4 slots, and Northwestern State’s Ela Iwaniuk and Judit Castillo Gargallo took positions 5 and 6. Sam Houston State’s Isidora Zivkovic was the No. 2 flight honoree. Player of the Year: Sahaja Yamalapalli, Sam Houston StateFreshman of the Year: Chunxi Xin, Central ArkansasNewcomer of the Year: Kei Kato, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiCoach of the Year: John Walker, Abilene Christian Central Arkansas had two doubles teams voted to the first team; the pair of Van Heerden and Xin at the top flight and Mei Ishimura and Yada Vasupongchai at the No. 2 slot. They were joined on the first team by Northwestern State’s Emilija Dancetovic and Judit Castillo Gargallo.last_img read more

Neymar and the Ars hotel pact

first_img“The Neymar thing was pending, we will talk about him again.” The phrase that came from within the club already last November is more current than ever. Barça pledged its word with the Brazilian in trying to make his return possible and that flame is still pending. Among other things because Josep Maria Bartomeu wants to please his star, Leo Messi, and show him that the transfer is possible.Mundo Deportivo offers more data on the roadmap for the player’s return this Saturday, who is now confined to Brazil waiting for the resumption of the continental leagues and the Champions, if it occurs. The journalist Fernando Polo relates a meeting at the Ars hotel of the player’s father with Bartomeu to discuss the matter of the lawsuit, which logically would be withdrawn in the event of the player’s return. Neymar’s father proposed to withdraw the lawsuit for which he asked for 26 million (according to him renewal bonus, according to fidelity Barça). For this, Barça had to commit to signing it in writing. The Catalan club backed down because a signed document, black on white, could give rise to a complaint by PSG to FIFA. As the player’s signing, the matter of the lawsuit remained on standby. Barça went on to offer 130 million euros plus Rakitic, Todibo and the loan of Dembélé, the best proof that the club no longer trusted the French winger, even though he has sold a different film during all these months. PSG, of course, said no to the offer. And Neymar’s numbers continue to show that he’s worth two. Or for more. If not to tell Barça, he was wrong with his 222 million euros and crashed with the signings of Coutinho and Dembélé.last_img read more

“If the club decides I should leave because they need money, I will have to leave”

first_imgOn Monday they train individually: “I am looking forward to training with the group again. We have been told that on Monday we are going to start training individually. We are going to see what happens these days. At first they told us that we should do the tests on the 28th, but that date has already It has happened and we have not done it. On Monday we have been told that we are all going to train individually. “Tired of confinement ?: “I was used to being at home and I got along well, but in the end you get tired of the head and everything. It is not normal to be locked up all day in the house, but it is our turn. It seems that we are already going to see a little light ”.What do you usually do during the day ?: “I train, I talk to my friends almost every day and sometimes, when I’m in a good mood, I read, I watch series, movies… What everyone does. My family is here with me and I spend time with them. There are people who live alone, they must be very strong mentally. The truth is that it is very complicated.How are your daily workouts ?: “I always train with my father. He is always with me. He was a soccer player, he played in my country and since he was little he has educated me training. Before this situation I always went out to train with him. ”Do you agree to a replay? “It is not normal that people are dying and we are training and playing soccer games. But if they tell us that we have to go out to train, it’s for a reason. They are not stupid. If they tell us to go train, it’s because it’s safe. But everyone is free to think what they want. If they tell me I have to go to train, I’m the first to go. I very much agree with the end of the League. If it does not end, who will go down and who will go up?Do you agree with footballers being tested ?: “I don’t know how it works, but if there is a limit of tests and those who are risking their lives don’t have it, it doesn’t seem right to me either. But if they decide that we do the tests, then they must be done. If there is no cure, in the end we will all have to do the tests. “What do you think the matches will be like behind closed doors ?: “A month and a half ago we were playing a game in front of thousands of people and now they tell us that if we play we have to do it without fans. The most important thing in football is the fans, but you have to get used to it. It will be very difficult. The fans are the 12th player of all the teams and we all know the fans that Málaga has. They always help us, in good times and bad, even in this season, which has been very difficult. It will be difficult to motivate us, but the most important thing is that we are all healthy and well. ”What can you say about your future ?: “I have a contract with Malaga until 2021 and I am very happy here, I feel at home. I feel loved. “ There are clubs interested in Keidi Bare: “If the club decides that Keidi Bare has to leave because he needs money or whatever, I can’t do anything, I don’t make those decisions. I speak for myself and I can say that I am very happy here, like at home, I feel very loved. What the club decides for me, whether I have to leave or not, is something else. My representative has not told me anything. ”Were there any offers for Keidi Bare in January ?: “There were not only for me, there were for more colleagues. But I’m fine here and I’m not planning on going anywhere else. The decision maker is the club. If they need Keidi to go, I will have to go. “The next season will stop being Under-23 and they have to make him a professional record to continue playing: “This makes me feel like I’m in the air. This is what has happened with Mula and Iván Rodríguez (being Under-23, they had to go on to occupy professional records and the club was unable to register them due to their gap with the salary limit). It is a difficult situation, but I trust the club a lot and hopefully all this will be solved. ”Would you take it well if their wages were lowered ?: “Yes. If the club needs us to lower our wages, it would. We have no other option, we must help to the maximum and more in these difficult times. We haven’t talked about anything yet and I don’t know what’s going to happen on this matter. ”Club situation with the Receiver: “They are strange situations. I don’t care what they are going to do or what happens. The most important thing for me is to be one hundred percent in training, working with the team, and I am focused on the field. The club is calmer now, that is true. “Which coach has filled you more than you have had at Malaga ?: “They have all filled me, the truth. With Pellicer I have not worked long, but he is a very good coach, he is helping me a lot. Muñiz was the one who bet on me, he was the one who changed my career. He came from below and he put me to play, I’m here thanks to him. Then there is Victor, who has done everything. It has changed me a lot as a player and as a person. She is a wonderful person to me. ”His growth since coming to Malaga has been very important: “In a short time a lot has happened. I came from Atlético de Madrid and in a short time I have gone up categories. I feel more like a footballer, I have matured a lot in a short time ”.Málaga is three points from relegation and eight from the promotion playoff. What is the OBJETIVE?: “The most important thing is to start playing and that we are all well. We look game by game. It will be necessary to prepare well in training and then compete again. There is no point in talking up or down right now. It is going to be difficult, because the players have spent almost two months without training on a large field. It is not the same to train alone or to do it in a large field with teammates. ”last_img read more

Conte frustrated as 10-man Leicester hold Chelsea

first_imgEven when Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell was sent off midway through the second half for two bookings, the champions were unable to snatch a winner.Chelsea remain third — 15 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City — and have now drawn their last four matches in all competitions.It capped a difficult week for Chelsea boss Conte, who could be in the final months of his turbulent reign despite last season’s title triumph.Responding to a report claiming he will leave at the end of the season, Conte this week said “everything is possible” regarding his future.Conte has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain as the Italian’s relationship with the Chelsea board grows increasingly fractious following disagreements over transfers and his feud with Diego Costa, which led to the striker joining Atletico Madrid.Chelsea are reported to be considering Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique as potential replacements for the 48-year-old.Given the speculation surrounding their manager, it was intriguing to note the response of Chelsea fans.Having grown used to big-name managers coming and going in the era of owner Roman Abramovich, they hardly seemed heartbroken at the possibility of another change on the bench.When a chant of Conte’s name emanated from the stands soon after kick-off, it quickly petered out and the Italian responded with only a bashful clap towards the supporters.Shinji Okazaki had a chance to further dampen the muted atmosphere in the eighth minute when the Leicester striker slid in to meet Chilwell’s cross, but he couldn’t control a close-range shot that ballooned over the bar.Conte has reportedly frustrated some of his players with his intense personality and demanding training sessions and their inconsistent performances this season have added fuel to that fire.– Lethargic Chelsea –Eden Hazard holds off pressure from winger Marc Albrighton while attempting to get Chelsea on the attack. Photo/COURTESYWhen Jamie Vardy fired narrowly wide from a tight angle moments later, Conte wore a thunderous expression on the touchline as he contemplated Chelsea’s lethargic start.It took a superb save from Thibaut Courtois to prevent Leicester taking the lead their pressure deserved as the Belgian plunged to his right to claw away a Wilfred Ndidi header.Chelsea threatened when Eden Hazard teed up Cesc Fabregas for a powerful drive that Kasper Schmeichel palmed away.But misplaced passes and lapses of concentration littered Chelsea’s play.Vardy was a constant menace and Conte’s defence again failed to corral the England international, who found space to shoot just wide.An injury that forced Chelsea captain Gary Cahill off late in the first half added to Conte’s problems.Fabregas nearly put Chelsea ahead against the run of play, but the midfielder’s drive was tipped over by Schmeichel.But a key cause of Chelsea’s erratic form has been Alvaro Morata’s struggles and the lacklustre Spain striker has now gone five games without a goal.Chelsea were still in disarray after the interval and Riyad Mahrez’s deflected effort almost crept in, prompting Conte to send on Willian and Pedro for Hazard and Fabregas.The decision to remove Hazard drew jeers from he frustrated Chelsea faithful.Conte’s men were gifted an unexpected lift when Chilwell, booked moments earlier, lunged into a studs-up tackle on Victor Moses in the 68th minute, earning a red card from referee Michael Jones.However, the best Chelsea could manage were harmless long-range strikes from N’Golo Kante and Marcos Alonso as Leicester held firm to leave Conte grumbling his way down the tunnel at full-time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Antonio Conte soon became his animated self on the touchline, barking instructions to his players. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 13 – Antonio Conte’s problems mounted as spluttering Chelsea were held to a dour 0-0 draw by 10-man Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Conte’s side produced a limp display that could easily have seen them beaten by a Leicester team who missed a host of first-half chances.last_img read more