Winter storm to strike area

first_imgThe City of South Bend is preparing for the winter storm expected Tuesday and Wednesday and anticipates issuing a Snow Emergency in the next two days, according to a Monday media advisory. One to two inches of snow could accumulate during the day Tuesday in St. Joseph County, with an additional 11 to 12 inches Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service. “In anticipation of the next round of heavy snow and ice, the city’s Snow-Control Team met this morning with Police, Fire and South Bend Community School Corporation to finalize, in advance, strategies to deal with the winter storm expected over the next few days,” the City’s media advisory stated. University spokesman Dennis Brown said Notre Dame makes daily weatherrelated closure decisions around 5 a.m. South Bend Mayor Stephen Luecke asked all South Bend residents to plan ahead, exercise caution while driving, clear sidewalks as quickly as possible and avoid driving on all main thoroughfares once snow begins so plows can remove snow as quickly as possible. The city will likely declare a snow clearance condition Tuesday, according to a press release. Parking is prohibited on designated snow routes during snow clearance conditions on snow routes marked with signs. “Hopefully not, but if it materializes as bad as predicted, Wednesday may be the full declaration of snow emergency where we not only don’t want people to park on snow routes — we don’t want them to drive either,” said Mikki Dobski, director of communications and special projects for the City of South Bend.last_img read more

Syracuse relies on tip shots to outsmart opposing defenses

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Anastasiya Gorelina sprung from the ground, cocking back her right arm seemingly to thump the ball for her fourth kill early on in the first set on Oct. 13 against Pittsburgh.Two Pittsburgh players rose to block Gorelina’s attack, but the junior hitter beat the block. A split second before hitting the ball, Gorelina slowed her arm and softly tipped the ball over the outstretched arms of Pittsburgh’s blockers. The ball dropped onto the hardwood, giving Syracuse the point.This season, the Orange (15-8, 7-3 Atlantic Coast) has used the tip shot to throw off opposing defenses, offering a change to its usual high-powered hitting. In order to play a successful tip shot, players rely on vision and feeling of the game, head coach Leonid Yelin said. A well-played tip shot often yields a point and catches the opponent off guard. It has become a popular move among SU’s hitters.“Lately, I’ve been telling them to go ahead,” Yelin said.Gorelina converted two tip shots in as many attempts against the Panthers and Christina Oyawale did the same against Clemson on Oct. 6. Ella Saada and Santita Ebangwese each went one-for-one against Georgia Tech two days later. The Orange doesn’t rely on the tip shot, but when it does go that route, the efficiency has been there.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen going up for a tip shot, split-second decision making and accuracy is required, Gorelina said. If a hitter notices a big enough gap for the ball to land in, they will tip it. This realization comes when the hitter is already in the air, giving them a split-second to decide what to do. If the ball is not tipped high enough, opposing blockers will deflect it with ease. And if it is hit too long, the back row will be able to control it.“Sometimes (you have to decide) in the air,” Gorelina said. “It’s just one second, and you need to find a spot.”In order to hit an effective tip shot, hitters have to convince the defenders they’re going to crush the ball, Yelin said. The hitter has to imitate all of their typical movements — a big run-up, winding up and even swinging the arm forward — before hesitating at the last second and providing a deft touch to the ball. If a tip shot is apparent, defenses will have time to set up and control the ball once it’s over the net.“It’s has to be so believable,” Yelin said. “In the last second you have to believe you’re going to hit the ball. Then you tip it.”Defending the tip shot is a difficult thing to master, Kendra Lukacs said. There are some signs that a tip shot is coming, like a hitter dropping their hitting-arm elbow in mid-air. But a good sell makes for a hard defensive play. Because at least five Syracuse players have a tip shot in their repertoire, SU knows it can come at any time from the opponent.“I think how well you’ve mastered it translates to the defensive side,” Lukacs said.Despite only winning one or two points each game from tip shots, it is one of Syracuse’s most effective moves. One tip shot early on can make the opposing defense hesitant to commit for the rest of the match, opening up the offense for SU’s hitters.“If I get a clever shot,” Lukacs said, “and I know I’m outsmarting the other team, that gets me really pumped.” Comments Published on October 23, 2017 at 11:59 pm Contact David: [email protected]last_img read more