Comments Drumlins Tennis Center is not the Carrier Dome. Luke Jensen knows that. But if this season is any indication, the head coach of the Syracuse tennis team may have the biggest home-court advantage on campus.The Orange battled to a 6-1 victory over Army on Wednesday in front of 47 at Drumlins, advancing its overall record to 16-2 and its home record to a perfect 8-0. SU has not lost a home game since Feb. 22, 2009, against Iowa State.‘We just don’t lose here,’ Jensen said. ‘This is our place, it gets loud and it’s hard to play here if you’re the opposition. Orange fans are so fired up about this team.’The win ties Syracuse for the most victories it has had under the fourth-year coach Jensen with only three regular-season matches remaining before the Big East tournament.The fans had a lot to be excited about right away against Army, as the Orange opened the day with three doubles wins to lock up the first point of the match. All three were decided by an 8-5 score, and the second-seeded pair of Alessondra Parra and Eleanor Peters earned its seventh straight doubles win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite the fact that the game was at noon during the school week, the Orange got a comparatively surprising large supportive crowd, and the players fed off that energy.‘It was a great amount of people that came out today,’ said freshman CC Sardinha, SU’s top-seeded singles player. ‘The atmosphere and people cheering for us was amazing, and it’s always great when people come out.’ Sardinha and Peters set the tone for the Orange during singles play. Peters, a senior transfer from Maryland, sat out the previous two matches after tweaking her surgically repaired left ankle. She started slow and dropped the first game but rallied and took complete control of the match. Putting on a dazzling display of powerful serves and crosscourt winners, Peters notched a 6-1, 6-1 victory to bring home SU’s second point of the day. ‘I have a little trouble starting out sometimes,’ Peters said. ‘Just a little nerves and the fact that I hadn’t played in a couple days, and I think it just got to me. I made a couple easy mistakes, but I just concentrated on putting the ball in play. I was surprised I was able to play so well.’ Sardinha also put on a dominant performance in the top-seeded singles match. Her energy captured the attention of the crowd, and her 6-0, 6-1 win over Army’s Anne Houghton was the point that guaranteed the victory for the Orange.In the middle of the second set, with the match’s outcome still in question, Sardinha let out an exuberant yell after her winner ended a crucial game. Her reaction set off the crowd and secured momentum for the rest of the match. Both Sardinha and Houghton tried to play at a steady pace, but Sardinha’s resiliency won out and caused Houghton to become increasingly frustrated. After one winner went by her in the second set, Houghton threw up her hands and yelled ‘Really?’ to the Drumlins ceiling. ‘I just played my normal game,’ Sardinha said. ‘I’m a consistent player and I just want to keep my consistency up. I didn’t know exactly how she would play, but I figured it out and kept my own game plan.’ Peters and Sardinha were just two of the bright spots for the Orange in the continued dominance at home. Parra won 6-0, 6-1 from the fourth-seeded singles slot, and junior Christina Tan won her sixth-seeded match, 6-2, 6-1. Second-seeded sophomore Emily Harman bounced back after losing her second set and won her match in a 10-4 tiebreaker. The Orange’s 10th straight victory was even sweeter for Jensen and the returning members of the team because they lost to Army 5-2 last season. ‘It’s a big deal because you lose to someone and you set a mark,’ Jensen said. ‘It gets personal and it gets extremely competitive. To come out after losing to them last year just shows you that this team is the real deal.’ email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 31, 2010 at 12:00 pm
The University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team will finish their regular season this Wednesday against the No. 11 team in the nation, Penn State. The highest ranked Big Ten team will be the Badger’s last challenge before tournament play begins at the end of October. Penn State (10-3-3, 6-1-3) will visit the McClimon Track/Soccer Complex Wednesday to face No. 34 Wisconsin (11-4-2, 5-3-2).Women’s soccer: Badgers dominate Hawkeyes in final road challengeThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team took down the University of Iowa 3-0 Saturday evening in what was the Read…For Wisconsin, this game will be the final chapter of a regular season with abundant highs and lows. While the Badgers began the season 6-1 with a victory over then-No.3 ranked Virginia, the story has changed since conference play began. In their 10 Big Ten games thus far, Wisconsin has gone just 5-3-2, making for an under-performing year in the conference, with six of those contests going into overtime.However, the Badger women are coming off arguably their best win in over a month. Their 3-0 takedown last Saturday in Iowa was the largest margin of victory the team has had since their 3-0 victory against Drake on Sep. 7.The Badgers hope this victory against the Hawkeyes can be the spark for an offense that has been underwhelming for most of the season. Wisconsin is hoping they can continue this upturn past Penn State and into the Big Ten tournament.Dani Rhodes looks to continue the leadership she showed in the previous contest against Iowa. Rhodes hit her tenth goal of the season in the game and assisted Becca Harrison’s score with a deflection just minutes after. After running various different formations throughout the year, it is clear that at this point Rhodes is the only consistent option on the offensive end.Rose Chandler, Penn State’s goaltender, will be a difficult obstacle for Wisconsin’s offense to overcome. Chandler has a .750 save percentage on the year and maintains an impressive 10-3-2 record.On the other hand, Wisconsin keeper Caitlyn Clem will look to end the regular season on a high note. After defending so many close contests of late, Clem must have felt relieved defending a three-point lead in the last game. Though Clem started off the year hot, she had slipped somewhat in her most recent contest, allowing two goals to Northwestern, before shutting out Iowa on Saturday.Wisconsin women’s soccer star Dani Rhodes is helping Wisconsin to blaze forward in Big TenThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team has began their season on a hot 8-3-1 start and this has been Read…Penn State’s offense is less top-heavy than the Badgers, with eight players having at least two scores on the season. Schafer, Ogle and Sheva will lead the way as the Nittany Lions most effective scorers, with five, four and four goals respectively.Kickoff is Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Madison, with live coverage available on BTN Plus.
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