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Showing posts with label Tennis. Show all posts
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Monday, August 20, 2018

UDC Women’s Tennis Picked 4th in East Coast Conference Preseason Poll

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Head Coach Dickie Mahaffey's Firebirds were picked to finish 4th in the ECC this season.
Head Coach Dickie Mahaffey's Firebirds were picked to finish 4th in the ECC this season.
The Firebirds, coming off a 4-8 overall record last season and a 4-3 mark in the ECC, earned 41 points in this year's poll, five points shy of 3rd place LIU Post. Queens College, last year's ECC regular season champion and ECC Championship Tournament runner-up, tops the poll with 61 points and five first-place votes. New York Institute of Technology, the six-time reigning ECC champions, came in at 2ndplace in the poll with 57 points and three first-place votes.
UDC will try to make it back to the ECC Championship Tournament for what would be its 7thappearance in eight years after a one-year absence last season. Head coach Dickie Mahaffey, entering his 10th season at UDC, will return four starters from last year's team.
Should UDC qualify for the ECC Championship Tournament, the semifinal and final rounds would be played at Flushing, NY on Oct. 26-27.
The Firebirds will open the 2018 fall schedule on the road vs. ECC foe Molloy College on Friday, Sept. 7.

2018 ECC Women's Tennis Preseason Poll
SchoolPts.2017-18 Record
1. Queens (5) 6111-5 (7-0 ECC)
2. NYIT (3)5710-7 (4-3 ECC)
3. LIU Post468-4 (6-1 ECC)
4. Dist. Columbia414-8 (4-3 ECC)
5. St. Thomas Aquinas3210-11 (4-3 ECC)
6. Roberts Wesleyan2710-7 (2-5 ECC)
7. Daemen1510-14 (1-6 ECC)
8. Molloy90-10 (0-7 ECC)
( ) - first place votes

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

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Hit a Drop Shot to Keep Your Opponent Off-Balance

Slices, forehands, backhands, cross-court, down the line, drop shots and so many others. All of the great tennis players have learned to master each of these shots to create a true all-around game. While you can have your own strengths and weaknesses, it is important to always have an extra weapon in your arsenal. For young players, I recommend to avoid becoming overly complacent. One dominant shot may be able to win games at lower levels, but as you get older, the game gets more and more technical.
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Needed at All Levels

Of the shots listed above, one that is about important as any is the drop shot. The reason why it’s so important to master is a result of the efficiency needed to master it. A poorly hit drop shot can easily lose the point in an instant. Likewise, a correctly executed drop shot will likely finish the point in your favor pretty quick. The reason I say this is a shot needed at all levels is because anyone can learn it. Whether you’re a junior just learning the game or an older recreational player, it is a fun shot to practice.
Some shots in tennis require an individual to be of a certain size to effectively hit. By this, I mean they require more forearm strength or power in general to utilize. This is not at all the case with a drop shot. The drop shot is all about tactics. It isn’t something you’ll repeatedly hit, but when you do, you’ll need to make sure everything from the preparation to the grip to the follow through is correct!

Slower Opponent

With any shot in tennis, I recommend you evaluate your opponent first. A player that moves well may require you to add a little power to get a winner past them. Similarly, when opposing someone that’s not as fleet-of-foot, it may be wise to try a drop shot. Slower players are typically going to be ones that rely on power for their game. They want to hit a big serve and end the point quickly. Assuming you’re able to return the initial serve and get in a little bit of a rally, the drop shot then comes into play. As you keep them behind the baseline, you’ll eventually be able to bust out the drop shot. Although I’ll break down the basics of the shot itself, the reason why it is so effective in these situations is because it keeps the opposition off-balance. They are not quick enough to rush in and return it. In the cases where they do manage to get it back over the net, you have all of that court to hit an easy lob for the point.


There are two primary grips capable of being used when hitting a drop shot. Both of these are hit with an open racket face. The first of these is an Eastern Grip. This grip is often most comfortable for beginners, due to the ease of it. Additionally, I encourage players to employ the Eastern Grip for forehand shots. It is not designed to withstand longer rallies, but does allow for a timeless transition to the second grip, Continental, which is an effective backhand tool.
In order to understand the grips, you need to look at the bottom of your racket like an octagon, with 8 bevels. The top is termed “1” and they continue clockwise going up to “8.” The palm side of the index finger’s knuckle will be placed on the “3” for righties or “7” for lefties with an Eastern Grip. It should and will feel like a normal grip. Conversely, with the Continental Grip, you’ll want your hands in a manner that can create enough backspin to get the ball over the net. Hence, you’ll have that base knuckle of the index finger on bevel “2.” In addition to using it for backhand drop shots, it can be utilized for volleys and hits closer to the net as well.

Contact and Follow Through

With hitting the drop shot, you’ll want to make a softer swing than a traditional groundstroke. The point of contact should be at waist level. In total, the swing will start high before coming closer to the waist level. With a small bend of your elbow, this will give the ball enough air to get over the net while preventing a high bounce on the other side. This swing pattern creates backspin that essentially takes velocity off the shot.
Once you’ve hit the ball, the follow through should maintain this open racket face. In actuality, there shouldn’t be much of a follow through at all. The goal of an effective drop shot is take all the speed off the ball. If you put together a strong follow through, this can completely alter the goal. As you could probably tell in this explanation, the drop shot does have many interlocking concepts with a standard volley. With this being the case, it can be helpful to study both. This video from Cosmin Miholca on CoachTube provides some helpful information on the volleying side of it.

Movements Post-Shot

As is the case with any shot, you need to be ready for the return. Although the primary mission of the drop shot is to prevent your opposition from even returning it back over the net, you’ve still got to be prepared. After completely finishing the shot, I recommend taking a step or two back to the baseline. If they do manage to return it, chances are it could be going anywhere. Put yourself in a position where you’re not susceptible to an easy point. If they are successful in a return, you’re in a great position to hit a lob for a winner. This is most likely your best option with them being at the net, but you could always opt to power it through them. It’s your call!


Nearly every sport I’ve ever participated in can be defined as a chess match. You always want to feel like you’ve got a hand up on your opposition. Tennis is no different. There are so many different shots that you can add to your arsenal to ensure you’re well-prepared. The drop shot is yet another possibility. Due to its unique nature, I don’t encourage hitting it too frequently. It should be a tool that you have in your back pocket to pull out when your opponent may be struggling to move around or even if you’re starting to get tired of strong groundstrokes from behind the baseline. The key is to not let them know what’s coming until you actually hit the ball. Don’t reveal your intentions until you’re ready to hit. Otherwise, they’ll cheat up and be given an easy winner.

Returning a Drop Shot

Just as it’s important for you to add a drop shot to your bag of tricks, you also need to be aware that your opponents may pull it out as well. My best advice for returning a drop shot is to give them some of their own medicine. After they hit the drop shot, they may retreat a step or two. Since you’ll be in a rush towards the net to try to get a racket on the ball, I encourage players to simply tap a short shot back over the net. Don’t give them time to think of the point-winning shot. Make an instinctive play and win the point yourself!

Practice, Practice, Practice!

As with every aspect of tennis, it is best for young players to get out there and work on their game. You can read all of the information and watch all the instructional videos you want, but until you actually practice these different shots, you can’t master them. The drop shot isn’t an incredibly difficult shot to learn. However, it does require correct timing and the intelligence required to understand when and where it can be most effective.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Bowie State U Athletics Update Tennis and Softball....

BOWIE, Md. - With little trouble, the No. 1 seeded Shaw University women’s tennis team advanced to the semifinal round of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Championships with a convincing 5-0 win over No. 8 seed Bowie State (3-13) on Thursday afternoon on the campus of Bowie State University.

With the loss, Bowie State’s season ends with an overall record of 3-11 while Shaw improves to 19-2 overall on the season. The Lady Bears wasted no time with a 3-0 lead after doubles competition, earning wins all by the scores of 8-0. Shaw pushed forward, sealing the victory with wins at No. 2 and No. 6 singles, giving Shaw the 5-0 victory.

Sophomore Kionza Allen (Laurel, Md.) dropped her #2 singles match to Shaw’s Carmen Mantecon 6-0, 6-0 while freshman Oladia Menchaca (Landover, Md.) lost 6-0, 6-0 to Helena Fekete at No. 6.

Bulldogs Softball Demolishes Washington Adventist 12-4 and 16-5 in Non-Conference Play

TAKOMA PARK, Md. – On a very cold Spring evening, the Bowie State Bulldog bats were hot, demolishing the Washington Adventist Lady Shock 12-4 and 16-5 in a non-conference doubleheader.

Bowie State (12-15) beat up on Washington Adventist pitching for 25 hits, which included 11 doubles, two doubles and one home run with junior Morgan Powell (Upper Marlboro, Md.) leading the attack with five hits over two games. Seniors Ja’seph Smith and Jacqueline Pickering, both of Bowie, Md. along with junior Jaelyn Belt (Glen Burnie, Md.) tallied four hits each. Senior Nicoleen Ochoa (Madison, Ohio) went the distance in the circle in both games, striking out 19, eight in the nightcap and pulled her season record to 9-9.

Game one started extremely slow for both teams before the Bulldogs plated two in the top of the 3rd inning. Bowie State led 3-0 heading into the bottom of the 4th inning before Washington Adventist scored their first run in the share of the frame.

With the Bulldogs leading 4-2, the Lady Shock tied the game at 4-all in the bottom of the 5th inning to give the home team new life. However, Bowie State exploded for eight runs on five hits in the top of the 6th inning to close out the opening game 12-4.

Bowie State put three on the scoreboard in the top of the 1st inning of game two only to have Washington Adventist (11-6) match that output with a trio of runs of their own in the bottom half of the opening inning.

The Bulldogs added a run in the 2nd inning and another run in the 3rd inning for a 5-3 advantage. The Lady Shock narrowed the deficit to 5-4 but Bowie State doubled up Washington Adventist in the top of the 4th inning to extend the visitors lead 8-4.  It only got worse for the Lady Shock as the Bulldogs scored four runs each in innings five and six.

Bowie State should have finished the game in the 5th inning by way of the mercy rule, but the Washington Adventist Lady Shock plated one run in the bottom of the fifth to send the contest into the decisive 6th inning.  The Bulldogs pounded out a dozen hits in the nightcap.

The Bulldogs make their final long regular season road trip this weekend, traveling to Murfreesboro, N.C. to face the division leading Chowan Hawks on Sunday (April 22nd) in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

Bowie State at Washington Adventist (Game 1)
Apr 19, 2018 at Takoma Park, MD
Bowie State 12 (10-15,8-7)
OCHOA,Nicoleen p 
SMITH,Ja'Seph cf 
PICKERING,Jacqueline ss 
BEARNS,Tiffany 2b 
BELT,Jaelyn rf 
POWELL,Morgan 1b 
   SMITH,A. 1b 
JOHNSON,Morgana c 
   WHITE,Morgan ph/c 
FENNER,Lindsey 3b 
MARGAS,Madison lf 
Washington Adventist 4 (11-5)
Aaliyah P. 2b 
Aaliyah S. p 
Raven W. 3b 
Courtney J. c 
Christine M. ss 
Josslyn C. 1b 
Laura P. lf 
Shirani S. rf 
   Lesly F. rf 
Grace W. cf 
Score by Innings                R  H  E
Bowie State......... 002 118 - 12 13  0
Washington Adventist 000 220 -  4  8  2
E - Christine M.; Grace W.. LOB - Bowie 6; Wash 5. 2B - OCHOA,N.; PICKERING,J.; BELT,J.. 3B - PICKERING,J.; BELT,J.. HR - FENNER,L.. HBP - Aaliyah P.. SB - BELT,J. 2; Laura P.. CS - Josslyn C..
Bowie State  
OCHOA,Nicoleen W,8-9 
Washington Adventist