Nigeria will host the second phase of the Group C Confederation of African Volleyball Beach (CAVB) Olympic qualifiers for women the CAVB has announced.The Tokyo 2020 Olympics beach volleyball qualifying tournament will take place from 4-8 March 2020 at the Jabi Lake Beach, Abuja.Nigeria will compete against Kenya, Cape Verde, Congo RDC and Zambia in the Group C qualifiers.President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF) Musa Nimrod expressed optimism about Nigeria’s chances of securing qualification at the end of the tournament especially with the added motivation of playing at home.“The Federation is excited and encouraged to host the tournament and as you know, our women’s team is highly rated and ranked in Africa. So by God’s grace, the women’s team will win the ticket from Group C,” Nimrod said.Head coach the team Francis Imoudu assured Nigerians of winning the ticket emphasising that the players are in top form to deliver having scaled through the first hurdle in Accra.NVBF technical head Martin Melandi said the players will be invited to camp immediately after the end of the President Beach Volleyball tournament holding in Kaduna between 19-23 February 2020.Related
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U/13 Chess Dunmore/Garrafrauns/Kiltevna Galway 5 Kilteevan 0 A great day of sport and competition took place on Saturday when over eighty teams from the five Counties of Connaught took part in the Aldi Community Games Finals hosted by Leitrim in twenty three team events. U/13 Boys Basketball Oranmore/Maree 33 Ballina 15 U/13 Girls BasketballOranmore/Maree 23 Scramogue 6 We especially congratulate all the children from Galway who took part and we offer best wishes to the winners who will now go forward to represent the Province at the Aldi Community Games Final in University of Limerick on the weekend of 25th to 27th May 2018.It was again a grand slam for Galway in the Basketball with Oranmore Maree winning all 5 Competitions, Dunmore/Garrafrauns /Kiltevna winning Gold and Silver in the U/13 and U/16Chess, Claregalway/Lackagh won gold in the U/10 Indoor soccer after AET while Annaghdown won the silver medals in the girls U13 Indoor Soccer. A big congrats to allCheck into Galway Community Games Facebook page and Connaught Community Games Facebook to see photos from the Connaught Finals.2018 Galway Results from Aldi Community Games Connaught Finals hosted by Leitrim.WinnersU/11 Mixed Basketball Oranmore/Maree 15 Castlerea 10 U/10 Boys Indoor Soccer Claregalway Lackagh 1 Aughanagh Sligo 1 AETClaregalway Lackagh won 3 – 2 on Penalties U/16 Boys Basketball Oranmore/Maree 63 Drumcliffe 19 U/16 Girls Basketball Oranmore/Maree 45 Boyle 18 U/16 Chess Manorhamilton 2 ½ Dunmore/Garrafrauns/Kiltevna 1 ½ U/10 Girls Indoor Soccer Strokestown 2 Annaghdown 0print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway Community Games wish to thank the Connaught Council of Community Games and the Leitrim Community Games Committee for hosting the event. Thanks also to all the officials, the governing bodies, schools community centre etc who allowed Community Games organize the various events in their facilities.
Gerry Murphy looks ahead to the All-Ireland Senior CamogieFinal between Sarsfields and Slaughtneil with Tommy Devane; Sean Walsh has news on the Galway senior hurling team toplay Cork;Kevin Dwyer looks ahead to Meath against Galway in theNational Football League;William Davies previews Connacht against the Kings;There’s soccer and much more.‘Over The Line’ broadcasts on Galway Bay FM every Monday and Friday from 8pm.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email On this Friday evening’s ‘Over The Line’:
Sam Houston State 34, Villanova 31 VILLANOVA, Penn. – Quarterback Jared Johnson passed for 303 yards and three touchdowns and the Bearkat defense held off a late Wildcat charge as No. 19 Sam Houston defeated No. 5 Villanova 34-31 to advance to the FCS semifinals. Swimberghe broke the tie five minutes into the fourth period with a 30-yard field goal as Sam Houston went up 27-24 after an eight-play, 39-yard drive. The score was set up by a short Wildcats punt. Johnson and Brown hooked up again to start the second half, this time for a 66-yard scoring pass to put Sam Houston up 24-16 only 18 seconds into the period. The Wildcats looked on the verge of at least forcing overtime with a first down at the Sam Houston 26 with less than a minute to play. But a quarterback sack by Mouf Adebo, an incomplete pass and a delay of game penalty had kicker Chris Gough attempting a field goal from 51 yards out. The attempt was wide and the Kats head to the FCS semifinals for the third time in four years. “This was a great game between two good football teams,” Sam Houston head coach K. C. Keeler said. “We’re excited to be in the final four. My hat is off to Villanova and (head coach) Andy Talley. They found out right before the game their best player and team leader wasn’t going to play. But they fought hard and their backup quarterback did a great job.” Keshawn Hill led a Bearkat rushing game that accounted for 151 yards on 46 attempts. Hill carried 20 times for 75 yards. Johnson added 32 yards on 12 carries and Jalen Overstreet rushed nine times for 30 yards including the game winning one-yard TD with 4:03 to play. The Bearkats responded with a 10-play 75-yard drive to surge back in front 34-31 after an one-yard Overstreet touchdown with 4:03 to play. Yedidiah Louis’s 18-yard reception to the Wildcats 17 was a key play for Sam Houston. Brown caught six passes for Sam Houston for 174 yards. Yedidiah Louis led the Kats with seven receptions for 64 yards. Johnson completed 22 of 27 passes including TD throws of two and 66 yards to LaDarius Brown and a four-yard score to Gerald Thomas. Johnson and Brown started the show for Sam Houston early as the pair teamed up for a two-yard touchdown pass just 3:39 into the game. A blocked punt by Josh Lyons set up the five-play, 17-yard drive. Cory Hamlett recovered the punt block for Sam Houston. Linebacker Tristan Eche led the Kat defense with 11 tackles (10 solos). P. J. Hall accounted for nine stops including two for losses to run his season total TFLs to 29. Three-time defending national champion North Dakota State and Sam Houston met in the FCS national championship game in both 2011 and 2012. The Kats will face their old nemesis No. 2 North Dakota State next week at the Fargo Dome. Sam Houston has defeated three FCS top 10 teams to reach the semifinals. After Sam Houston’s first punt was downed on the Wildcat one-yard-line, Villanova drove 99 yards in 13 plays as Polony faked a handoff on fourth-and-two at the Sam Houston 36 then dashed around left end untouched into the end zone. Villanova took a 13-7 lead with 23 seconds left in the opening period. Johnson opened the second quarter by leading the Bearkats on a 12-play, 80-yard scoring drive. The sophomore quarterback hit Gerald Thomas for a four-yard score with 9:54 left in the period. The drive started with a 51-yard pass from Johnson to Brown to put the Kats on the Villanova 29-yard line. With Walter Payton award candidate John Robertson sidelined by a concussion, Villanova’s backup quarterback Chris Polony took over to accounted for 288 yards in the aid and 87 yards on the ground. The Bearkats” 17-13 margin was brief as Villanova drove 36 yards in four plays after the kickoff to set up a career-long 46-yard field goal by Chris Gough as the first half ended with Sam Houston up 17-16. Villanova struck back immediately. A 54-yard touchdown pass from Chris Polony to Poppy Livers completed a six-play, 90-yard scoring drive with 9:31 to play in the first quarter. Kevin Monangai broke loose for a 58-yard scoring run and Polony found Kevin Gulyas in the back of the end zone for a successful two-point conversion to tie the game 24-24 with 9:36 remaining in third. “Jared Johnson did a great job for us today as he’s been fighting the flu the past two days,” Keeler said. “We had him wearing a mask and staying in his own room and got him out of the infirmary when we left Thursday morning.” Polony answered by leading Villanova on a nine-play 67-yard scoring drive. The quarterback gained the final yard himself on a roll-out to the right as the Wildcats took a 31-27 lead with 7:15 to play. With 29 seconds left before halftime, Luc Swimberghe kicked a 32-yard field goal to complete a 10-play, 54-yard drive. A 30-yard scramble by Johnson to the VU 39-yard-line was the drive’s big play.
Tigers tied for third overall with three meets remainingBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUSAU — The Marshfield boys golf team fell into a tie for third place in the overall standings with its second consecutive fourth-place finish at the fourth leg of the seven-meet Wisconsin Valley Conference Boys Golf Tournament on Tuesday at Wausau Country Club.Zach Hanson tied for ninth place with an 82 to lead Marshfield to a team score of 347, which was 12 shots behind third-place D.C. Everest. Stevens Point won the meet, its third in a row, with a 314, 17 shots in front of Wausau West.Derek Michalski had an 86, Brendan Schneider fired an 88, Joe Kirschnik shot a 91, and Grant Michaelis had a 98 to round out the scoring for the Tigers.Matt Tuman of Wausau East was the meet medalist with a 76, one shot ahead of Stevens Point’s Charlie Okray. All five Stevens Point golfers finished in the top eight overall.The fifth leg of the tournament is Friday at Stevens Point Country Club. Marshfield hosts the sixth meet on May 16, and the tournament concludes May 19 at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2017 Wisconsin Valley Conference Boys Golf TournamentMeet No. 4, May 9, at Wausau Country Club (Host: Wausau West)Team scores: 1. Stevens Point 314; 2. Wausau West 331; 3. D.C. Everest 335; 4. Marshfield 347; 5. Wausau East 351; 6. Wisconsin Rapids 354; 7. Merrill 375.Top 10 individuals and Marshfield finishers: 1. Matt Tuman (WE) 76; 2. Charlie Okray (SP) 77; 3. Josh Yang (WW) and Mike Schmidt (DC) 78; 5. Evan Thomas (SP), Max Bancker (SP) and Max Hofmeister (SP) 79; 8. Drew Blair (SP) 81; 9. Russell Dettmering (MER), Zach Hanson (MAR) and Mike LaPree (WE) 82; 17. (tie) Derek Michalski (MAR) 86; 20. (tie) Brendan Schneider (MAR) 88; 26. (tie) Joe Kirschnik (MAR) 91; 29. Grant Michaelis (MAR) 98.Overall standings through fourth of seven meetsTeam standings: 1. Stevens Point 27; 2. Wausau West 25; 3. Marshfield and D.C. Everest 18; 5. Wausau East 10; 6. Wisconsin Rapids 9; 7. Merrill 5.Top 10 individuals and Marshfield golfers: 1. Evan Thomas (SP) 50; 2. Russell Dettmering (MER) 48; 3. Josh Yang (WW) 47.5; 4. Matt Tuman (WE) 47; 5. Max Bancker (SP) 46; 6. Charlie Okray (SP) 39; 7. Ben Langlois (WW) 27; 8. Derek Michalski (MAR) 24; 9. Ben Peloquin (DC) 19; 10. Drew Blair (SP) 18; 13. (tie) Zach Hanson (MAR) 14; 17. (tie) Brendan Schneider (MAR) 6.5; 24. Grant Michaelis (MAR) 1.
Here is a summary of the week’s Web Tech action on Read/WriteWeb. For those of you reading this via our website, note that you can subscribe to the Weekly Wrapups, either via the special RSS feed or by email.Web News This week the Facebook Beacon saga came to an end, after the company added a global opt-out to their controversial advertising system, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized for the way they’d handled the rollout. Earlier in the week Facebook’s stance was:We Don’t Collect Info Unless You Opt-In, but by the end of the week it was clear that a global opt-out was the only thing that was going to make the controversy go away.See also Alex Iskold’s in-depth analysis of Facebook and The Myth Of Contextual Advertising, for a critical look at Beacon.In other Facebook news, Facebook apps hit 10k in number – so the web app platform is still going strong, even if the advertising platform is a mess.OpenID 2.0 finally launched this week, after what Marshall Kirkpatrick recently described as “a long, long time of political infighting over either semi-relevant minutea or deal-breaking technical details.” The new version improves security and usability — and will hopefully be the catalyst for more Internet companies to adopt it.A week doesn’t go by these days without some Google news. This week we heard that JotSpot will spawn Google Sites, an intranet and extranet site building tool. Also Compete provided data that showed Google Docs as clear leader in the Web Office market. Finally, Google announced that GMail is adding AIM.In other news this week:Online Ad Spend to Jump in 2008 Thanks to Sports, PoliticsWikipedia to Pay Illustrators3.3 Billion Mobile Phone Subscriptions; 35% of US Tweens Own a Mobile phoneAdobe Debuts Flash Media Server 3 – Slashes PriceUS Congress: Wifi Providers Must Report Dirty Pictures to GovernmentMingleNow to Close 7 January – Forced By Yahoo?Internet to Invade the AirwaysBlog Council Launches, Fumbles on Day OneMicrosoft Advances XBRL Data Standard in the US, Paving Way for Big Innovation In Financial AnalysisWeb ProductsFluc: Put Your Mobile Phone to Work For You Australian startup Fluc is an innovative new mobile advertising network that not only lets publishers monetize their content, but also lets mobile users opt-in to be paid to recieve targeted SMS-based advertisements.Meebo + Platform + VideoEgg Ads Suddenly Makes Business SenseIn a move further differentiating themselves from countless other platform plays, web-IM service Meebo announced this week that they have partnered with VideoEgg to offer Meebo platform participants a 50/50 revenue split from the high-profile video and overlay ad network. While other platforms take a hands-off approach to partner advertising, Meebo is delivering it themselves.BookSwim is Netflix for BooksBookSwim is essentially a Netflix-like rental by mail program for books. You sign up, choose the books you want, they get mailed, you send them back when you’re done and get the next book on your list. Josh Catone had trouble grasping what makes the service useful to the average reader. It may be, however, that the service isn’t useful to the average reader.Other Web products reviewed this week:Recommendation Engine MyStrands Expands War Chest to $55m to Go Beyond MusicMixx, a Gorgeous Digg Competitor, Gets in Bed With LA TimesGroceryGuide Saves You Money on FoodSourceForge.net Launches Open Source Services MarketplaceFacebook not for You? Multiply.com’s Upgrade Looks GreatAnalysisWeb Office: 2007 Year in Review Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus Other analysis posts:Commercials As Content – 7 Places to Watch Ads On PurposeThe Digg EffectR/WW Network Blogslast100 The big story on our Digital Lifestyle blog last100 this week was Nokia and Universal’s announcement of “Comes With Music” devices . Announced at the annual Nokia World conference, “Comes With Music” will enable customers to buy a Nokia device with a year of unlimited access to “millions of tracks”, and, rather surprisingly, get to keep those tracks once the twelve month period ends. Of the four major labels, however, Universal Music is the only one to have signed on. In a follow up post, last100 editor Steve O’Hear noted that “Comes With Music” service will employ Windows DRM. Alt Search EnginesThis week on AltSearchEngines, editor Charles Knight announced The Alternative Search Engine of the Year, 2007. He had narrowed down his popular Top 100 list to 10 finalists, and the winner was…. Quintura! In Charles’ view, Quintura has demonstrated it will “‘rock and shock’ the Search world and alter the staus quo.”Also this week Charles reported live from SES Chicago. Some highlights:Transformaton of Local in a Search-Driven WorldNet Neutraity: “Won’t be fooled again!”Personalization, User Data & SearchRead/WriteTalkThis week Sean Ammirati of Read/WriteTalk stopped by Yahoo’s Brickhouse and bumped into some Irish entrepreneurs, who were touring Silicon Valley. In the resulting interview, Sean noted that it was “a good reminder how far the US has to go, [after] hearing their reflections on how bad broadband and mobile communications are here.”PollThis week Technorati launched a re-design, including a news aggregator frontpage nickamed ‘the Percolator’. We asked RWW readers: Is the Technorati Percolator Useful as a News Aggregator?. The results:Yes, I will use it daily 11% Yes, but only every few days 11%Meh, maybe I’ll check every week or so 5% No, this isn’t useful as a news aggregator 35%Percolator? Isn’t that a coffee maker? 39% The ‘WTF’ option got the most votes, indicating that most people didn’t like (or get?) the percolator concept. But overall, it seems most respondents won’t use Technorati as their daily news aggregator. However Technorati is obviously still a very useful as a place to go for blogosphere links and data.That’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone. Over the next few weeks we’ll be reviewing a number of Web product categories on Read/WriteWeb, summarizing what’s happened in 2007 – and what to look forward to in 2008. We started with the Web Office, a market that underwent a lot of changes this year. Probably the biggest change was that Google Apps ramped up this year, starting with the release of Google Apps Premier in February. And 2007 continued the trend of acquisitions in this market, which started in 2006 with the likes of Writely and JotSpot. In 2007 Yahoo acquired Zimbra and Google acquired a number of small startups – including GrandCentral (online telephony service) and Zenter (presentations software). Check out the full article for all you need to know about Web Office in 2007.2008 Will Be The Year of Business Networking In this post Bernard Lunn delivered three reasons for the above prediction, plus six specific predictions and one interesting dark horse. One of the predictions was that there will be a globalization roll-up. There are business networks in Germany (Xing) and France (Viadeo) where LinkedIn does not play well, for simple language reasons. The same may be true in other non-English speaking markets – and if not, the land grab is still open folks! 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The Mountaineers run an aggressive brand of football, blitzing from all parts of the field on defense and playing a smashmouth version of the air raid that loves to run the ball but can play with tempo when they need to. Let’s take a look at a few of the impact players for the Mountaineers:Quarterback Skyler Howard, No. 3Coming out of Brewer High School in Fort Worth, Texas, the 6’0”, 207 pound Howard didn’t have a lot of football opportunities except to go to Stephen F. Austin, where he was told he’d be a running back. Insistent on playing quarterback, he transferred out to a junior college in California and did enough to merit an offer from at least one Power 5 program. Head coach Dana Holgorsen laughed last week talking with a few ESPN reporters when asked how they stole Howard out of Big 12 country, “Well,” he explained “we got him because we were the only ones who offered him.” While he’s not likely to beat out Mahomes, Rudolph, Russell or Mayfield for a spot on the all-conference team, it’d be a sincere mistake to perceive him as a game manager. A senior dual-threat player, Howard has blossomed in his third year in the system. He averages 303.5 passing yards and two touchdowns to .67 interceptions per game. Currently ranked in the top 15 in most statistics involving a quarterback (yards per pass attempt, passing yards per game, completion percentage, passing efficiency and total offense), Howard will be a load for the Cowboy defense on Saturday. Wide Receiver Shelton Gibson, No. 1The junior from Cleveland, Ohio is the primary threat when the ‘Neers need a big play. He led the team in receiving last year with 887 yards and nine touchdowns and is on pace to beat those numbers this year. The Army All-American had offers from Ohio State, Tennessee, Auburn and Nebraska, but chose to lead the air raid in Morgantown.He’s currently No. 5 in the conference with over 80 yards per game, is a fantastic deep threat and leads the league with over 20 yards per catch. According to Coach Holgorsen, “That guy can track the ball like I have never seen. Not only can he track it, he catches it well over his shoulder, but he tracks it and somehow he always finds another gear.” Electric with the ball in his hands, he’s the Mountaineer kick returner as well and that pushes him to No. 21 nationally in all-purpose yards. Defensive End Noble Nwachukwu, No. 97Stop me if you’ve heard this story before, son of Nigerian immigrants winds up playing Texas high school football, Big 12 team takes a chance on his development and he winds up an All-Big 12 talent? Nwachukwu played football at Wylie High in east Texas (across town from OSU receiver Marcel Ateman who was just a year younger) and the WVU staff took a chance on him, boy has it paid off. A disruptive force, he led the team with 8.5 sacks last season and is having a solid fifth year leading the Mountaineer line. Tabbed preaseason All Big 12 and at the end of 2015, #97 is a difference maker on the edge. Cornerback Rasul Doulas , No. 13Another great human interest story, Douglas was one of seven in a single-parent home that worked hard to make it from a junior college just an hour outside of New York City. He thrived there, earning NJCAA All-American First Team and a four-star ranking as a recruit.Stepping in for now-Carolina Panther Daryl Worley who finished second in the Big 12 in interceptions last year is redshirt senior Rasul Douglas, who happens to be No. 2 in the league in interceptions as well (No. 13 nationally). He’s a great example of how West Virginia can blitz from anywhere as he has a couple of tackles for loss on the year and is third on the team with 23 tackles. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Athletic YearRecordEnd Season Result By: Nick WelchIn case you haven’t noticed, the Oklahoma State tennis program has gained tremendous momentum in the last couple of years. Combined with somewhat recent men’s and women’s coaching hires and a state-of-the-art $17.5 million indoor and outdoor tennis complex, OSU tennis had reached heights unforeseen. Walking into standing room only matches with frequent top-15 showdowns has now become a norm. Again, this is a program that only 4-5 years ago, was having to share tennis court space with the Colvin while actual real Big 12 Conference matches were happening! The transition has simply been remarkable. It is truly amazing the wonders a coaching change (I’m looking at you Brad Underwood), a renewed passion and monetary investment for a sport can have on your program.Let’s check out what each program has been up to, and what to look forward to this season.OSU Women’s TennisThe Cowgirls last season enjoyed the best season ever for the tennis program. In reaching the NCAA Finals, the Cowgirls upset No. 5 seed Georgia, No. 4 seed Ohio State, and in comeback fashion, defeated the previously undefeated and No. 1 overall seed California. For the many OSU alumni that made the short trip to the Case Center in Tulsa for the NCAA Championships, it was a dream ride. The Cowgirls came within one match of winning its first ever title in the sport. Nonetheless, it was a truly remarkable season for the ladies, who showed tremendous courage and perseverance to reach the summit of collegiate women’s tennis.The OSU women’s team has been trending up for sure. It only takes a quick glance at their record the last couple of seasons to show the impact the new tennis complex has had on not only recruiting, but the quality of practices. 2011-201211-10 2011-20127-14Coaching change While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 2012-201316-9NCAA Second Round 2015-201629-5Big 12 Regular Season ChampsBig 12 Tournament ChampsNCAA Runner-up#8 End of Season Ranking 2015-201620-8NCAA Sweet 16 Last season, the Cowboy’s tournament run came to an end against eventual national champ Virginia in the Sweet 16. They were rewarded with a postseason ranking of No. 15, one of the highest in program history. Things are only looking up here for these Cowboys. This season, for the first time in OSU Men’s Tennis history, the Cowboys featured the No. 1 doubles team in the country in Julian Cash and Arjun Kadhe. Coach Udwadia features a roster heavy in upperclassmen full of experience. Senior and Edmond North Graduate Nate Roper is the only American on the squad this year. OSU will open the 2017 season ranked No. 14 along in a stacked Big 12 that for the first time ever has every team ranked (There are only six Big 12 men’s tennis squads). The Cowboys will have tremendous opportunity to prove their ascension into the upper tier of men’s tennis with a non-conference slate that includes matches against No. 21 Michigan, at No. 13 Northwestern, and home versus No. 2 Wake Forest. The Cowboys open the spring season at the Greenwood Center against Texas-Rio Grande Valley on January 21st.ICYMI: @cash_julian and @ArjunKadhe became the first doubles duo to be ranked No. 1 in OSU history today. #okstate pic.twitter.com/T3RysikvLp— OSU Cowboy Tennis (@CowboyTennis) September 13, 2016Oklahoma State tennis is the best kept secret in town. Their matches are generally free to attend and they frequently have free food there! I mean free admission and free food, what is there not to like? But for real, even if you aren’t a huge tennis fan, the matches are tremendously exciting and a great way to get involved in a non-traditional Cowboy/Cowgirl sport. P.S. If you have never been to the Greenwood Tennis Center and are curious to know what it looks like, check this out. 2014-201517-10NCAA First Round Athletic YearRecordEnd Season Result 2013-201422-8NCAA First Round 2012-201312-14 2013-201416-9NCAA Second Round 2014-201523-6NCAA Sweet 16 Looking ahead to this season, OSU returns key members from their 2016 Runner-up team including ITA All-American Katarina Adamovic, 1st Team All-Big 12 Junior Vladica Babic, and 1st Team All-Big 12 Senior Viktoriya Lushkova. The two Cowgirls anchor a young, but talented squad of dominantly Europeans. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) has Cowgirls as the 5th-ranked team in the country for the 2017 campaign, the highest ranking in program history.The Cowgirls will also have the opportunity to enact a little revenge on Stanford, whom the women lost to in the finals, when the two squads meet on February 17th in Florida. With the ladies ranked inside the the top 35 and solid doubles squads, look for them to make noise once again in the Big 12 and beyond. The Cowgirls begin their spring season at the Greenwood Center against Oral Roberts on January 20th.OSU Men’s TennisThe OSU men’s tennis is coached by Jay Udwadia who arrived in Stillwater in 2013 after eight years at Fresno State. Since his arrival, he has taken a sub .500 squad to two 20 win seasons in 3 seasons. Pretty impressive stuff here.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy and his Oklahoma State staff have never cracked a top-15 recruiting class during his tenure in Stillwater. But it’s not for a lack of trying.The OSU staff has pulled in some elite recruits who have confirmed verbal commitments through the years. But as recruitment goes, nothing is binding until national signing day. So a man’s word is only as good as that.In an interview with The Oklahoman, Mike Gundy said the teams BCS bowl win in 2011 set a new level of ambitious expectations in recruiting. But at times, it hasn’t exactly panned out as he might’ve imagined.“All of the sudden we thought that we could get the Lawrence Taylors’ [former five-star linebacker] and those guys,” Gundy said.But those ambitious goals, although successful at times with commitments from the likes of Tyreek Hill, Mason Rudolph and Marcell Ateman, have also backfired.When a school gets into play with an elite recruit as has been the trend, Oklahoma State has made it down to the final days before many pick elsewhere. Four and five-star prospects name OSU on their “final list”, but the staff hasn’t been able to close out. Even when the recruits may lead on and “make us feel good,” as Gundy put it.“We got left at a point late in January that we had all these good players that are making us feel good,” Gundy said. “And then when the nightclub closed down they all left with somebody else and we’re going home by ourselves.”Such has been the luck of OSU recently. Four-star running back Ronald Jones, who was committed for months to the school, flipped his pledge to USC late in the process after the Trojans came calling in 2015. In 2016, OSU earned a pledge from four-star linebacker Levi Draper, who subsequently flipped to OU following a Bedlam loss. And in 2017, it’s been a slew of offensive line commitments — Dan Moore and Adrian Wolford — who pledged to Texas A&M and left OSU searching for answers that haven’t been found yet.“Not that we don’t want to go after everybody,” Gundy told The Oklahoman. “But we now do a better job of making sure that we have a B-list that are really good players who can come in here and we’ve proven we can win the BCS bowls with. But we don’t want to get left out, and that happened to us a couple years.”With less than a week until national signing day, OSU is still pulling out names of of its “B-list” hat. The staff likely still wants a cornerback, an offensive lineman, and perhaps a linebacker at the least. Gundy’s on the clock, but this is a situation he’s been in before.