Yuliia Yastrub gives Syracuse’s offense even more depth

first_img Published on October 10, 2018 at 11:05 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img When Syracuse trotted out for its opening game against New Hampshire on Aug. 31, it marked the collegiate debut not only for SU’s freshman kills-leader Polina Shemanova but also sophomore Yuliia Yastrub. An international transfer from Nikolaev, Ukraine, Yastrub was not eligible to play last season. In limited action in her first SU game, she had two kills and three digs.Since then, Yastrub has stepped up, tallying Syracuse’s (9-5, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) fifth-most kills. Of her 52 kills, 24 have come in the Orange’s last three games, adding another dimension to SU’s offensive attack. Yastrub has established herself as an outside hitter for SU.“She did really well,” associate head coach Erin Little said. “She’s always been a great defender for us in the back row. Her serve is very strong, and she’s a solid serve receiver so offensively we saw good numbers from her, and she’s been more and more effective.”Yastrub’s first big performance came against Iowa State on Sept. 16 in a 3-2 win, where she collected 11 kills and added 19 digs. On Sept. 30 in a 3-1 win against Duke, she racked up a career-high 14 kills.The Iowa State performance stuck out to senior Jalissa Trotter as Yastrub showed she belonged.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“She is very scrappy, she hustles all the time, she’s always talking,” Trotter said. “Especially on defense, she gives us a lot on defense for sure. She’s constantly keeping us energized. I mean making great saves, making great digs, that feeds into our energy.”Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorYastrub said she’s constantly offering support to her teammates on the court, even if it’s just saying “good job, good job” when the team huddles between points.“She’s a ball of energy,” senior Santita Ebangwese said. “She helps keep us going, and her spirit and the way she fights is something we need on the court, and that’s why I love her on the court.”Head coach Leonid Yelin said it was “an easy decision” to recruit Yastrub, citing how her skills fit well with the team, as well as her positive personality.For Yastrub, Syracuse presented an option she did not have back in her home country. In Ukraine, Yastrub couldn’t play volleyball and study in school, she said. At SU, she can do both.Yelin believes her freshman year was valuable as an opportunity to adjust to school and get familiar with college volleyball before being allowed to play. Yastrub had help from her teammates in adjusting, especially from international teammates Mariia Levanova (Russia) and Anastasiya Gorelina (Uzbekistan).Yastrub said language is the No. 1 difference between Ukraine and the U.S., but the way people interact differs as well.“Here it’s nice people, they’re always smiling to you,” she said. “In Ukraine, we have nice people but not like in America.”With Syracuse off to a 5-1 start in conference, the players acknowledged a need to continue improving and have more confidence going forward. Yelin specifically mentioned last Friday’s game against now-No. 8 Pitt, where SU came just two points away from tying up the match 1-1, a critical set that could’ve changed the outcome of the match if SU had won the set instead.Yastrub has grown comfortable with collegiate volleyball. Now, for SU to make its first NCAA tournament, she’ll need to keep maximizing her time on the court.“Everyone who increases their presence on the team is helping us,” Yelin said. “Getting deep in the season, we need a lot of people who can step on the floor and help, and she’s one of them.”last_img read more

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic names star-studded Dream XI

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has enjoyed a hugely successful career playing at some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Barcelona, Inter Milan, PSG and AC Milan.As such, he has taken to the pitch with a number of the game’s biggest names.Picking a starting eleven from the large list of top talents he has taken to the field with, is no mean feat.However, Zlatan eventually managed it, picking a star-studded first team and bench as well.Zlatan, of course, leads the line for his side and is supported on either side of a three-man attack by Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho.He played with the Argentine during his time at Barcelona, and after featuring against Ronaldinho several times, he finally shared a dressing room with the Brazilian at AC Milan.PASADENA, CA – JULY 20: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) striker of Inter Milan trains with teammate, Patrick Vieira during practice at the Rose Bowl stadium on July 20, 2009 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)In midfield, Zlatan names Patrick Viera and Pavel Nedved, players he featured alongside at Juventus. He also played with Viera at Inter MilanThe final name in his three-man midfield is Barcelona legend Xavi.His defence is packed with stars as well with French World Cup-winner, Lillian Thuram; PSG captain, Thiago Silva; former AC Milan and Italy centre-back,  Alessandro Nesta; and PSG left-back Maxwell filling out the back four.In goal is Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.Ibrahimovic also named five substitutes, and definitely had a difficult time picking a replacement goalkeeper.He has Man Utd goalkeeper, David De Gea’s name crossed out and has former Brazil and Inter Milan shotstopper, Julio Caesar on the list.Former Ballon d’Or winner, Fabio Cannavaro, is the only defender on Zlatan’s subs list which is completed by former AC Milan midfielders, Clarence Seedorf, Genaro Gattuso and Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta.No players were selected from Ibrahimovic’s time at Man Utd and Ajax.Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Dream TeamGoalkeeper: Gigi BuffonDefenders: Lillian Thuram, Thiago Silva, Alessandro Nesta, MaxwellMidfielders: Patrick Viera, Pavel Nedved, XaviForwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Lionel Messi, RonaldinhoSubstitutesGoalkeeper: Julio CaesarDefenders: Fabio CannavaroMidfielders: Clarence Seedorf, Genaro Gattuso, Andres Iniestalast_img read more

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