A DAY’S WORK Once lanky and awkward, Briana Day has emerged as the centerpiece of Syracuse’s frontcourt

first_img Comments Video by Kiran Ramsey and Amanda Caffey | The Daily OrangeWith a 6-foot-4 frame and some of the most untapped potential the Raleigh, North Carolina, basketball community had ever seen, Day’s high school head coach Chris East insisted that she had the potential to be a top player.“(The Day twins) were a little raw when they first came in as freshmen, but they just worked,” East said. “The best part is, both of them wanted to get better. I’ve never seen kids that have a motor like they do, these kids took it to another level.”After spending nearly two years lifting, shooting and drilling in the school’s gymnasium, the Day twins led Millbrook to a state championship appearance in 2011. The following season, surrounded by six sophomores, they led the Wildcats to a state title — a new height for the program, East said.In the spring of 2016, weeks after the Orange lost to Connecticut in the national championship game, and seven years after East had said something similar, SU head coach Quentin Hillsman told Day that he wanted to see her tap deeper into her potential. He said he especially wanted to see her improve her mid-range game in the offseason in order to be an asset to the 2016-2017 squad.“She needs to be able to step out a little bit and shoot the ball from 17 feet,” Hillsman said at the Orange’s preseason media day. “Her game has to evolve some for us to be successful this season.”She stayed in Syracuse for both academic sessions of the summer, preparing for her final go-around as a senior. Most of Hillsman’s players go home for the first session and return for the second.,It was a six-week period that Day spent almost solely playing basketball, and extra time in the Carmelo K. Anthony Center that helped her in almost every facet of their game. Bria Day said the twins were able to go back to North Carolina for a short visit, but otherwise, it was a full summer of basketball.“You could stay here all summer, and do nothing, and it wouldn’t really matter,” Hillsman said, explaining it was the time in the gym that mattered. “That’s just the way it is.”When the rest of the team returned for the second session of summer classes to begin preseason practices, there was a noticeable buzz around the program regarding the new and improved Day, teammates and coaches said at media day.Graduate assistant coach Maggie Morrison, a former Orange guard who’s spent the last three seasons with Day at Syracuse, said she immediately noticed Day was more aggressive, much more vocal on and off the court and performing as “a better all around player.”Morrison sees Day in more of a leadership role this year, and expects her final season at SU to be her best. She thinks that with the time Day spent in the weight room and gym this summer, she’s in the best shape she’s been in since arriving at SU, and poised to be one of the team’s strongest assets.With just one season remaining in her SU career, Day’s opportunity to take her game to the next level is limited. But as was the case in high school, she’s lived in the gym and made basketball her top priority. If she’s able to fully piece her game together, the Orange will thrive because of it.“Everything (with Day) is about toughness,” Hillsman said. “She’s really gotten herself to the level where she plays hard, and that’s what’s really important for her is staying aggressive. I’m hoping she’s able to do that all season and make us a better team.”To read the rest of the stories in Basketball Guide 2016, click here.,Banner photo by Jessica Sheldon | Photo Editor In eighth grade, when Briana Day decided to hang up her track spikes and join her middle school basketball team, the tall center said she was “awful” compared to where she’s at now. She was too big for her body, and her coordination wasn’t nearly where it is today.Day had a lot to improve on in her first years of playing, but since she didn’t start until eighth grade, the improvement would have to come much quicker than it did for her peers if she wanted to become a target for collegiate programs.“(My sister Bria and I) weren’t always good. I’m glad nobody has footage of (us playing in eighth grade),” Day said. “It was just so bad, we wore glasses, we didn’t have contacts yet we just looked so ugly, it was bad.”But Day knew that with time in the gym, she could change that.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDay has built on what she learned as a young player, living by her credo of dedicating herself to her craft even now as one of the top centers in college basketball. The starting senior center for the No. 14 Orange, Day has learned that when something doesn’t come easy, the remedy is almost always the same. It’s how she took her Millbrook (North Carolina) High School squad to back-to-back state championship appearances, and how she plans on helping to bring SU back to the national championship game.center_img Published on November 10, 2016 at 1:07 am Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edu,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.last_img read more

History on the line for volleyball

first_imgAfter tying a University of Wisconsin school record of 16 straight wins, No. 2 Wisconsin volleyball heads to Columbus to take on No. 20 Ohio State this Friday night.Wisconsin’s home sweep over Ohio State Sept. 28 started the school record winning streak, which came after a 3-0 home match loss against then-No. 3 Penn State four days before.After the first match against OSU, Wisconsin head coach Kelly Sheffield commented on what it can be like playing defense against one of the now top 20 teams in the country.“It’s a really hard team to play well against,” Sheffield said. “They have so many different lineups with 5-1 and a 6-2 offense and people playing a lot of different positions, a lot of subbing that goes on. It’s a really tough team to get in a rhythm.”During the post-match news conference Wednesday after a 3-1 win, Sheffield discussed how the Illinois match was a response from the Badgers through those times of adversity.Positive and effective responses to adversity are something the Badgers will have to carry over to Friday night to be successful against the Buckeyes. With players like senior setter Taylor Sherwin and senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger, Wisconsin has their work cut out for them.Junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell ended up being the star hitter for OSU in their first match against the Badgers with nine kills, but since then, Sekinger has become the dominant hitter for the Buckeyes, averaging 3.22 kills per set with 351 kills so far this season.Similarly, Ohio State’s setter Taylor Sherwin has been averaging almost 10 assists per set, and has tallied a total of 1,104 assists throughout the course of their difficult schedule.Teams stacked with talent such as Ohio State have the luxury of being able to substitute many players and run many complex plays, which has the potential to create chaos for their opponents.Sheffield considered how to prepare and plan out his strategy and plan of attack against the Buckeyes earlier this season.“Without getting into too many specifics, it’s a little bit different going against this team,” Sheffield said. “You can either load your team and give them a lot of information that they can try to regurgitate, or you can simplify things as much as possible and help them throughout the match, and that was the approach we decided to do.”The last time Wisconsin played Ohio State, the Badgers served at a collective 95 percent with four total aces. Sophomore setter Lauren Carlini was responsible for two of those. But the key to the Badgers sweep of the Buckeyes was their blocking. With help from a variety of players across the roster, the Badgers totaled seven team blocks while OSU had only four.This time, however, Wisconsin will be playing on the Buckeyes’ home court, a match that will take place less than 48 hours after the Badgers’ clutch win against Illinois at home.“We play in about 45 hours from now, a really fast turnaround on the road,” Sheffield said. “We better get over this pretty quick.”The first serve of the Wisconsin-OSU match-up will take place Friday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. central time under the lights of the St. John Arena.last_img read more

Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis appointed inaugural Bishop of Brisbane

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis has been appointed by Australia’s Greek Orthodox Archbishop Makarios, as the inaugural Bishop of Brisbane.It is the second time he has made history in Australia; Bishop Iakovos was the first ever Australian-born to be ordained as an Orthodox Bishop.Writer Dean Kalimniou took to Facebook to pay tribute to the Bishop, in honour of his new appointment.“His Grace is a humble, softly spoken, self contained man with a keen sense of humour and a rare appreciation of the original Star Wars trilogy. Our loss here in Melbourne is Brisbane’s gain, where spreading his wings, undoubtedly he will accomplish amazing things. Άξιος!!” Mr Kalimniou wrote.Bishop Iakovos will begin his service in the Fourth District of the Australian Archdiocese as of 1 November, 2019.READ MORE: ‘The best Greeks of today are the Greeks of Australia,’ says Archbishop Makarioslast_img read more