In 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: firstname.lastname@example.org | @_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+
Kilkenny claimed their first win of the campaign after they defeated Cork by 0-22 to 0-15 at Nowlan Park.Cats’ manager Brian Cody is relishing their meeting with table toppers and rivals Tipp next Saturday.Wexford claimed a third straight Division 1B win with a 3-18 to 0-12 victory over Kerry at Innovate Wexford Park.And it finished Galway 3-31 Laois 1-11 at Pearse Stadium. Michael Ryan’s side defeated Clare 0-28 to 0-21 at Semple Stadium yesterday.They’re top of the Division 1A table and have a vastly superior score difference to all the other counties in the section.The Tipp boss isn’t getting carried away by his players’ current ability to raise white flags.
The former national team player of BiH Sanel Jahić signed a two-year contract with the FC Željezničar.Jahić is coming back to Grbavica after ten years. Apart from Željezničar, during his career he played for Sochaux, Las Palmas, Merida, Aris, AEK, APOEL, Karabukspor, St Johnstone, Grasshoppers and Levadiakos. He wore the shirt of the junior and senior national team of BiH.Already by the end of this week Jahić will depart to Slovenia for preparations with the team. The 34-year-old football player will increase competition in the defense of the Blues.(Source: klix.ba/photo: sarajevski.ba)