After transferring to SU prior to senior season, Peters now making her mark

first_img Published on March 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments In the first three years of his tenure at Syracuse, Luke Jensen led his teams to a 38-30 record with Big East tournament results worthy of a mid-level conference team. Before the SU head coach’s fourth season at the helm, he searched for something to help this team surpass the bar set by his former players.He found Eleanor Peters.Peters, a senior transfer from Maryland, has been a major factor in SU’s 13-2 start, the best mark at this point in a season since Jensen took over as head coach. Playing at the No. 3 singles position since Feb. 27, the senior Peters has a team-best 14-2 singles record and has eased any doubts about her ability to handle the tough transition to a new school.‘I can’t imagine how tough that must be, going into your senior year transferring and going into a whole new culture, but she’s been fantastic,’ Jensen said. ‘For us, to have a talented player and person like Eleanor Peters was a dream come true.’Peters was an unlikely arrival at Syracuse, as she entered Maryland after being ranked No. 1 in the country as a 16-year-old and No. 4 in 18-and-under.    AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut an ankle injury during her junior year cut her time short, and she left the Terrapins with only two full years of experience and an unsure future. Jensen had only taken one transfer in his coaching career, but there was something that seemed to fit with Peters.‘I was playing in professional tournaments over the summer and I ran into the Syracuse team,’ Peters said. ‘I thought it was amazing that the whole team was there together, and I started talking to Coach Jensen about his goals. He’s the main reason I transferred here, because he’s so positive and supportive.’Despite her excitement with her new team, ankle surgery sidelined her for four months before the season started. She said that doctors told her she might not be able to play at all this year, so she had no expectations for the success that she has had to this point and how much she would be able to help the team.‘I think she came in humbled because she had a lot of stuff to work on, like getting healthy, getting her physical fitness back and finding her game,’ Jensen said. ‘She came here understanding that she was going to have to put in a lot of hard work. She’s done that, and it’s reflected in her results. It’s reflected in the way the team has rallied around her.’While Peters was working her way back into top form, she was also building chemistry with her new teammates. She plays doubles as well, and Jensen tried her out with two different partners before finding the right combination.    Peters has competed in the last seven doubles matches with sophomore Alessondra Parra, and the two have played outstanding of late. Her last win against Binghamton bumped her doubles record to 12-2, and the Peters-Parra pair has won six matches in a row.    ‘I love playing with everyone on the team, but I really enjoy Peters in terms of a functional partner because we work really well together,’ Parra said. ‘We seem to know how each other are going to play, so it makes it easier for me to anticipate plays.’    Jensen said that Peters means more to the Orange than just her individual accomplishments. She has established herself as a force that every opponent has to prepare for, and that effectively makes her a leader.    Her leadership by example not only intimidates opponents, but it also provides encouragement and confidence for her teammates.‘When you have someone who’s going to win every time, and you can put that point in your column, it makes a huge difference,’ Jensen said. ‘That’s a huge part of our success this year because every time we roll out, we’re up already because Eleanor Peters is on the court.’    As a result of her success and with the help of Jensen, Peters might finally be able to achieve her dream after she graduates from SU.    ‘I’ve been playing tennis for 10 years, and my goal has always been to play after college,’ Peters said. ‘Now it seems like that’s going to be able to happen.’[email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Video: Man City held at home by Roma

first_imgManchester City discovered how hard they will have to fight to qualify for the Champions League knockout phase after they were held to a draw by Roma at Etihad Stadium.Sergio Aguero’s penalty put City ahead in the opening minutes but veteran Francesco Totti set the Serie A runners-up on the way to a fully deserved point when he became the oldest player to score in the Champions League with a clever equaliser before half-time.At 38 years and three days, he eclipsed Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs and left City still searching for their first win in Group E following their opening defeat by Bayern Munich in Germany.City will still feel confident of qualification from the group but, with Bayern favourites after two wins, Roma have demonstrated they will pose a serious threat to their aspirations of moving out of this tough section as Manuel Pellegrini’s side still have to visit Italy.Former Italy attacker Totti may be in the twilight of his marvellous career but he showed a guile and composure that often proved beyond City, who still seem to be searching for a self-belief in this competition that equates to the stature of the players in their squad.Totti takes record from GiggsUntil Francesco Totti scored against Manchester City, Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs held the record as the oldest man to score in European club football. Giggs was 37 and 289 days when he scored for United in a 1-1 draw with Benfica in a Champions League group game in September 2011.Roma, without injured midfield powerhouses Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi, were combative in midfield and showed the sort of pace in attack that will trouble City in the return meeting.And in former England defender Ashley Cole, they have an accomplished player still more than capable of holding his own in the Champions League.City battled manfully but struggled to find the drive and quality to break down Roma, whose fans were far more satisfied at the final whistle than the home side’s followers.As expected, City goalkeeper Joe Hart was recalled after being rested for two games, but the first action came at the other end as the hosts took the lead from the penalty spot inside four minutes. Former City defender Maicon senselessly dragged Aguero back as he raced into the area. The veteran Brazilian looked mystified but his protests fell on deaf ears and Aguero sent Lukasz Skorupski the wrong way.If City thought this would smooth their path, Roma had other ideas and Maicon should have equalised almost immediately when he raced on to Totti’s pass and hammered a rising shot against the bar from an angle.Roma kept coming, however, and the equaliser they deserved duly arrived after 20 minutes. Totti was sent clear by Radja Nainggolan’s pass and took advantage of an unfortunate slip by Hart as he came off his line, showing wonderful touch and technique to score with a lofted finish.It had been an anxious first 45 minutes for City and their fans, with Pellegrini opting to introduce more solidity at the start of the second half by introducing James Milner for Jesus Navas.There was no immediate impact on Roma as Hart blocked crucially from Miralem Pjanic and the keeper was relieved to see his curling 25-yard shot drift inches wide seconds later. Pellegrini felt the need to add further experience after 56 minutes when Frank Lampard replaced the subdued Edin Dzeko – and he almost added to his tally of four goals in the past 10 days with a low shot that was turned aside by Skorupski.As Roma’s efforts took their toll in the closing minutes, David Silva almost grabbed a winner, but he could only turn Pablo Zabaleta’s cross wide at the near post.Aguero’s early penalty means he has scored six goals in his past six home Champions League games Maicon, who played 13 games for City in 2012-13, almost made amends for giving away a penalty when he smashed a shot against the barTotti scored his first Roma goal against Foggia on 4 September 1994Roma defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who is on loan from Newcastle, kept Edin Dzeko quiet Former Chelsea team-mates Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole were on opposing sides at Etihad StadiumWatch videolast_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal Road Safety Working Group, have issued a road safety message to everyone attending the Joule Donegal International Rally to “Slow Down”.The road safety campaign aims to convey life-saving road safety messages to the public and to the high-risk target audiences following and viewing the rally.“We want to get the message directly to the predominantly young men who follow the sport,” explained Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer. “We want to remind them of the need to drive safely and to keep the race in its place. We would appeal to all road users to take their time on the roads and do everything they can to increase their safety as well as others, no matter how long or short the journey is and not to attempt to imitate what they see during the race”. Large numbers will arrive in Donegal over the coming days to attend the rally and we want to emphasise the importance of safety, both on the rally course and on the public roads.Everyone attending the rally will need to get the message that ‘safety wins’ first and foremost.Followers of the rally need to be reminded to watch the stages from safety areas, always stay within the speed limits and reduce speed in inclement weather conditions and allow plenty of time to arrive safely at your destination. Always wear your seatbelt. Never ever drink or drug drive. Never use a mobile phone while driving and beware of the signs of the onset of driver fatigue.Safety is a top priority for all rally drivers and it should be the top priority for all road users. Drivers simply cannot drive on open roads the same way that professional rally drivers drive on closed roads with a co-driver warning of upcoming obstacles and hazards.Ordinary drivers just don’t drive under the same strict health and safety requirements and when driving on public roads we must always obey the rules of the road.To date this year, 80 people have died on Irish roads, an increase of 14 on the same period in 2015.COUNCIL URGES ROAD USERS TO KEEP ‘RACE IN ITS PLACE’ AHEAD OF RALLY was last modified: June 14th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more