Santita Ebangwese has made the slide hit her ‘special move’

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on October 9, 2018 at 10:16 pm Contact Adam: | @_adamhillmancenter_img In the third set against Georgia Tech on Sept. 21, Syracuse led by two points, 21-19. Santita Ebangwese stood a few feet away from the net, staring through the tiny gaps between the polyester string that hold it together. Georgia Tech returned from its timeout conversation, and Ebangwese moved into her natural position, about five feet to the left of fellow senior Jalissa Trotter.The ball flew over the net and junior Kendra Lukacs put two hands under it, thrusting the ball into the air toward Trotter. As Trotter readied herself for a set, Ebangwese stepped back once and then exploded into a sprint. She ran in a straight line, left to right, across the middle of the court and leaped into the air. She lifted her arm over her head and smacked the ball into the feet of a Georgia Tech player for a kill.“No matter how fast, slow, high, low, Santita is going up to hit,” redshirt senior Amber Witherspoon said.Ebangwese is now in the final stretch of her collegiate career for Syracuse (9-5, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) and has almost perfected her form of that hit, the “slide.” She is second on the Orange this season with 127 kills and averages 1.96 kills per set in her career.Ebangwese has worked on the slide hit since her junior year of high school. It’s used to confuse opposing blockers. It begins with a long-strided run-up that starts slow and quickens as the hitter approaches the ball. According to, “the hitter should drift forward and horizontally to the ball. This makes it very difficult for the block to know where the point of attack will be.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“That’s definitely her special move,” said associate head coach Erin Little of Ebangwese.Ebangwese has known “for as long as she can remember” how to “hit on the slide,” but in her second to last year of high school, she said she learned “the actual mechanics” of it.At first, she worked on the elevation and speed of her jump. The Rochester native spent hours in the gym to increase her lower-body strength, mostly through conditioning drills. Soon, she was jumping higher and floating through the air longer, she said.“Once I got that down, I started to speed up my approach,” Ebangwese said. “I would do faster sets and see how fast I can go.”By the time she stepped on campus for her freshman year, Ebangwese was already advanced at slide hitting, Little said.During her first year, Ebangwese utilized the slide hit in games, learning where blockers like to position themselves. Continuously, she started on the left side, used two long strides and rose up in front of her setter. While practice is valuable, she needed countless repetition in games to push it to where it is today, Ebangwese said.“I’ve gotten faster. I’ve also gotten smarter in the way hit,” she said. “Before I go up, I know where the blocker is, so I kind of have a feeling of where they’re going to be.”last_img read more

Team Ghana poised to shine at Commonwealth Games

first_imgThe Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Hon. Pious Hadzide has come up with a slogan for Team Ghana at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.According to him, Ghana was formerly known as Gold Coast and some people still refer to Ghana as the land of gold, hence adopting the catchphrase “From Gold Coast To Gold Coast For Gold”.He noted that with this inspiration from where the 72 athletes are coming from and where they are going, it is motivating to adopt a slogan that can lead them to their targets.Hon. Hadzide who is the chairman of the International Games Committee (IGC) said at the departure media encounter that he expects an improvement upon the last Commonwealth Games at Glasgow 2014, where Ghana had two bronze medals.He said with the early preparations which saw the sportsmen and women enjoying non-residential and residential camping and improved training, he is very optimistic that the target of at least five medals would be achieved.He said history has been made with the early preparation and the funds have been cut down though Australia is far compared to Glasgow.  He hinted that the team is moving to the third phase of preparations in Australia to acclimatise with the weather and have a feel of what they are expected at the Games.Hon. Hadzide said 72 sportsmen and women would represent Ghana in 12 disciplines, with 35 technical men aiding them, with support from four medical doctors and 12 officials.He commended the National Sports Authority (NSA), Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), Federation heads, coaches, players and the media who have all contributed in building the solid team for the Games.“You have sacrificed a lot for our nation and we are proud of you, go out there and perform your best, your patriotism and nationalism would be rewarded, I am fully confident in you” he expressed.Umaru Nafitsa, captain of the female hockey team on behalf of Team Ghana thanked the sports authorities and hoped to do well to win laurels for the nation. Boxing coach Ofori Asare, on behalf of the coaches and trainers, also thanked the government for the preparations and motivation. He promised that they would be returning with medals.Others who gave inspiring messages were the Director General of the NSA, Hon. Robert Sarfo Mensah, Nana Adu Mankatta of the GOC, Fredrika Mensah PRO of the NSA and Steve Ashie, President of GBSU.last_img read more