Aliah Bowllan accepts new libero role with help from Belle Sand

first_imgIn each of the last three years, Belle Sand was a menace for opposing teams. Diving chest first onto the hardwood, Sand sacrificed her body and kept plays alive. As Syracuse’s starting libero, she led the Orange in digs for three-straight years, totaling 1,429 digs from 2014-17.Aside from stats, Sand mentored the underclassmen by working hard and staying persistent on the court, said junior Aliah Bowllan. Published on September 4, 2018 at 10:18 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillman After Sand’s graduation, SU head coach Leonid Yelin was left looking for a replacement.“We tried to find someone who would play her role in the team, because to replace Belle would be impossible,” Yelin said.But before Syracuse (2-0) played its first two games on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at the UConn Invitational, Yelin insisted it was junior libero Aliah Bowllan’s job. The upstate New York native recorded 90 digs last year, seventh on the team, but leads the Orange in digs so far this season with 22.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBowllan started and led the team in digs in both of the invitational games. While Bowllan has played libero since fifth grade, she’s tried to emulate Sand every time she steps on the court.“After watching Belle for two years, I learned what she does and what her tendencies are, and it just made me improve as a player,” Bowllan said.Before Bowllan’s freshman season began, she suffered a serious wrist injury. Bowllan missed the first seven games of the season. While sitting out, she couldn’t use her injured wrist. Instead, Bowllan practiced footwork and conditioning drills — anything that didn’t involve a ball.Yet Bowllan’s relationship with Sand, the only other libero on the team, had a greater impact. Sand helped her with positioning on the court and technique while Bowllan was on the sideline.“There’s a big adjustment going from playing with high schoolers, and playing against girls, to playing against women … Everyone’s just bigger and stronger,” Bowllan said.Over the next two years, Sand mentored Bowllan, and the mutual respect grew. By watching someone who “always knew where to be,” Bowllan began to master the nuances and intricacies of the position.Under the tutelage of Sand, Bowllan improved. Sand was known as one of the hardest workers at SU, and sophomore Ella Saada noted that Bowllan is following suit.This past offseason, Bowllan, Saada and other teammates spent hours in the gym fine-tuning their serves. By repeating her technique over and over, Bowllan has pushed her serve to another level, Saada said.To this day, Bowllan and Sand talk regularly. Before the first match of the 2018 season, Sand had one last piece of advice for Bowllan.“Belle told me to just be ready for anything, especially playing libero,” Bowllan said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Germany grind out win over Ghana

first_imgEuropean champions Germany began their FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup with a hard-fought victory over Ghana.The African side began the brighter, with Fatima Al-Hassan forced Merle Frohms into her first notable save of the day, tipping her header round the post after ten minutes.However, just three minutes later the Africans were behind. Great work by captain Sara Daebritz down the left saw her pick out Venus El-Kassam. Her header was saved but Victoria Adyei could do nothing about Vivien Beil’s follow-up.It was two before 20 minutes had been played, Pauline Bremer taking the ball down on her thigh at the edge of the box before prodding it past Adyei.With a two-goal cushion Germany solidified and looked more composed, eliminating the spaces Ghana exploited early on. The pace of the game suffered as a result.Ghana came out fighting after the break, with Jane Ayieyam getting behind the German backline only to see her shot flash wide of the post. Sherifatu Sumalia, who was outstanding throughout, almost scored a stunning goal from 40-yards with a vicious freekick that Frohms palmed over. Ghana finally broke through though, as Frohms was called into action again diving at the feet of Ayieyam. However Issaka collected the loose ball on the left wing, before a neat turn allowed her to square to Ayieyam who slotted in. Germany held out though to begin Azerbaijan 2012 with a win.The quote“I thought it was a very, very close game. Both teams had a chance to win, but we were very effective – we scored with our first two chances to get a 2-0 lead. We didn’t perform very well towards the end and can play much better.” Anouschka Bernhard, Germany coachlast_img read more

Dodgers’ offense left out in the cold against Brewers lefty Wade Miley

first_img“Great play. He’s an athlete,” Bellinger said. “I knew I hit it well. He timed it perfectly. I saw him jump and I saw him react and I said, ‘Damn.’ That’s all you can say.”The night’s only run was hard to come by for the Brewers.Related Articles Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Dodgers starter Walker Buehler held them to five hits and no walks while striking out seven in seven innings – his best start since returning from a rib injury.With two outs, second baseman Kike’ Hernandez made a sprawling stop of Christian Yelich’s ground ball but Yelich was just a little too fast for him, beating the throw to first.Yelich scored on the next play when Cain split the gap in right-center field with a double. Hernandez saved a second run when he made another sprawling stop, this time on Mike Moustakas’ ground ball up the middle. Hernandez popped to his knees and threw Cain out at home.Buehler retired 12 of the next 13 batters he faced. Buehler said he “wasn’t pleased” with his first two starts since returning from the DL and went to work with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. They discovered a change in the way he was separating his hands at the start of his delivery and Buehler credited the adjustment with his outstanding start Tuesday.“It might be the first time in my career I’ve had to work on that,” Buehler said. “I’ve gone on a feel basis. Even coming back from (Tommy John) surgery, I didn’t worry about my mechanics. This is the first time I did that and I think it paid off.” “Miley was typical Miley,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He did the same thing to us at their place – ran the cutter in on righties, had us expand more in and threw the change off of that. When he needed a strike, he went to the breaking ball.“It’s a pretty simple formula he executed all night long and didn’t miss to the big part of the plate. We might have squared a couple balls tonight. But to try and put something together, it just didn’t happen.”The most successful formula against the Dodgers’ offense is even simpler – be left-handed.The Dodgers went into Tuesday’s game with a team OPS against right-handed pitchers that ranked second in the majors – and an OPS against lefties that ranked 19th, a weakness cited by GM Farhan Zaidi as the prime motivation behind the trade for Dozier.The past six left-handed starters against the Dodgers – Sean Newcomb and Max Fried of the Braves, Brent Suter and Miley (twice) of the Brewers and Andrew Heaney of the Angels – have held the Dodgers to six earned runs on 22 hits and nine walks over 36 innings, numbers that add up to a 1.50 ERA and 0.94 WHIP.The Dodgers got a runner past first base against Miley just once – when Cody Bellinger walked and Yasiel Puig singled with two outs in the second inning. After that, Miley retired 16 of the next 17 Dodgers batters – with a big assist from center fielder Lorenzo Cain.With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Bellinger tagged a 2-and-2 curveball from Miley and sent it over the wall in straight-away center field. Cain brought it back. Timing his jump perfectly, Cain reached over the fence to make the catch and preserve the 1-0 lead. Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day But he didn’t.“No. Actually I was catching up on text messages,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve ever gotten this many in my life all at once. I was responding to a lot of friends and family I hadn’t talked to in a while.“When you say Dodgers to people in Mississippi, it’s a pretty big deal.”Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.By the time, he got to the stadium, threw on his new jersey (No. 6), stretched out and greeted his new manager and coaching staff in the dugout, it was too late for him to do anything about the problem he has been acquired to address.Miley is the latest southpaw to tame the Dodgers offense. He held them to two hits over seven scoreless innings. PreviousLOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Christian Yelich #22, Lorenzo Cain #6 and Eric Thames #7 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrate in the outfield after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)The Brewers’ Christian Yelich passes Dodgers third baseman Manny Machado on his way to scoring the only run of the game on a double by Lorenzo Cain during the third inning of Tuesday’s game at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Wade Miley throws during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a ground ball before throwing out Erik Kratz of the Milwaukee Brewers at first base in the second inning at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws out Erik Kratz of the Milwaukee Brewers at first base in the second inning at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Manny Machado throws out Milwaukee Brewers’ Erik Kratz at first during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers scores a run on a double off the bat of Lorenzo Cain of the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Wade Miley #20 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a ground ball off the bat of Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields a ground ball off the bat of Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)The Brewers’ Lorenzo Cain is tagged out at home by Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes on a throw from Kike’ Hernandez during the third inning of Tuesday’s game at Dodger Stadium. The Brewers won 1-0 thanks in part to Cain robbing a home run from Cody Bellinger with a seventh-inning catch in center field. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Milwaukee Brewers’ Lorenzo Cain, right, reaches for the plate as he is tagged out by Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers’ Lorenzo Cain, right, reaches for the plate before being tagged out by Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes while trying to score on a single by Mike Moustakas during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers’ Lorenzo Cain, left, reaches for the plate after being tagged out by Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes while trying to score on a single by Mike Moustakas during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers’ Lorenzo Cain, left, lies at the plate after being tagged out while trying to score on a single by Mike Moustakas as Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler walks off the field after the top of the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Milwaukee Brewers pleads his case after he was called out at home on a play by Austin Barnes of the Los Angeles Dodgers on a throw from Enrique Hernandez in the third inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Milwaukee Brewers beats the throw to Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as he takes second base on a wild pitch by Walker Buehler in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain makes a catch at the wall on a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain makes a catch at the wall on a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain, right, is congratulated left fielder Christian Yelich after making a catch at the wall on a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain tips his hat toward the crowd after making a catch at the wall on a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain, right, is congratulated by third base coach Ed Sedar after making a catch at the wall on a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Newly acquired second baseman Brian Dozier #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers says hello to manager Dave Roberts #30 as Dozier arrived in the dugout in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Newly acquired second baseman Brian Dozier #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches the ninth inning of the game against the Milwaukee Brewers from the dugoutat Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier watches from the dugout during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. Dozier was acquired in a Tuesday trade with the Minnesota Twins. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress throws during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado makes a face after striking out during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Erik Kratz #15 shakes hands with relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress #32 of the Milwaukee Brewers after earning a save in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 31: Christian Yelich #22, Lorenzo Cain #6 and Eric Thames #7 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrate in the outfield after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)The Brewers’ Christian Yelich passes Dodgers third baseman Manny Machado on his way to scoring the only run of the game on a double by Lorenzo Cain during the third inning of Tuesday’s game at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 31The Brewers’ Christian Yelich passes Dodgers third baseman Manny Machado on his way to scoring the only run of the game on a double by Lorenzo Cain during the third inning of Tuesday’s game at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Brian Dozier said he knew “something was probably brewing up” as the non-waiver trade deadline approached Tuesday afternoon.He was getting ready to play at Target Field in Minnesota when he got word he had indeed been traded to the Dodgers – a trade “two years in the making,” he joked, referring to the Dodgers’ winter pursuit of him in 2016 – and was on a plane “probably an hour” later, a testament either to his eagerness to join his new team or an odd fondness for cross-country travel.“We talked about it and Andrew (Friedman) mentioned would that be a possibility,” Dozier said. “I said, ‘Absolutely.’ No days off. I don’t like days off.”Dozier said he landed at LAX about 7:45 p.m. and was in a car on his way to Dodger Stadium “a little after 8.” If he had tuned in to the broadcast during the ride, he would have heard the Dodgers being shut out by Wade Miley and the Milwaukee Brewers 1-0. 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