Formulating a Digital Rescue Plan

first_imgThe Fourth Industrial Revolution is here. Think of this as the data era; a time of deep connectivity driven by technology and powered by unprecedented amounts of data.  We are at a pivotal point in human history where the possibilities are endless, and the implications are huge.The first three industrial revolutions were also pivotal points in human history. Each unique, but all common in their impact on life as we knew it at the time. Each period introduced new ways to harness energy to drive improvements. These improvements fundamentally changed and created new industries and economic models with the introduction of factories over agriculture, in the first revolution; mass production, communication, and transportation in the second; and automation and the rise of electronics in the third. With each industrial revolution, we created more efficient ways to work, in-turn improving productivity and driving growth rates.The Fourth Industrial Revolution, however, is about data and the digitalization of everything from cities and factories to homes and cars. This interconnectedness, together with emerging technologies such as 5G, AI, AR/VR, and IoT, are blurring the lines between our physical and digital worlds and driving new emphasis on the customer experience.Many businesses today are already feeling the impact of this digitalization and the challenges associated with storing, analyzing, activating, and securing the resulting data.  And as many businesses are just beginning to formulate a plan to realize the benefits of their data, the amount of information they are managing is continuing to grow at a rate that is only now starting to be realized.From the Dell Technologies Global Data Protection Index Study, we learned that on average organizations managed 9.7PB of data in 2018, compared to the 1.45PB managed in 2016. That’s an explosive growth of 569%! In a recent whitepaper, IDC predicts that the Global Datasphere will grow from 33 Zettabytes of data to 175 Zettabytes by 2025.The Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Index Study states ‘information overload’ is rapidly climbing the top 10 list of barriers businesses are facing when trying to digitally transform.This explosion of data is causing rippling effects in every industry. From the cloud to the edge, business leaders are being challenged to push the boundaries of status quo.The Digital Rescue PlanIf you are finding yourself on the wrong side of this growth rate, then you’re not alone. From the Digital Transformation Index Study, we also learned that despite the undeniable move towards a digital world, 91% of businesses’ digital transformation programs are still in their infancy. But our study also shows these businesses are beginning to formulate a digital rescue plan to increase productivity, profitability, revenue growth, customer retention, and ROI.  And, within 5 years 77% of business leaders believe they will be able to harness emerging technologies to predict customer demands and manage resources, while 68% intend to use emerging technologies to improve supply chain efficiency.What I find interesting about this study is the shift in technology investments businesses are making in the next 1-3 years, as compared to the initial study in 2016.  For example, in 2016, cybersecurity, quantum computing, VR/AR, and cognitive systems investments weren’t even on the top 10 list. In 2018, cybersecurity, IoT technology, multi-cloud environment and AI top the list, with cybersecurity jumping to the number one spot.  This shift in technology investments indicates that businesses are thinking more about securing their data and emerging technologies than just two years ago.Digital Transformation Index Study Top Technology Investments 2016 vs 2018And while data security is critical, businesses must also consider data creation. More applications are running at the edge than ever before. With IoT, smart cars, and smart cities, data generation at the edge is on the verge of exploding. In a recent Gartner article titled What Edge Computing Means for Infrastructure and Operations Leaders “around 10% of enterprise-generated data is created and processed outside a traditional centralized data center or cloud. By 2025, Gartner predicts this figure will reach 75%”.  Bottom line, the edge is going to play a critical role in the future of data creation.In the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a comprehensive digital rescue plan must include modern infrastructure to support emerging technologies and the growth in data businesses must manage, an edge-to-cloud data strategy, and the tools and education your workforce will need to help your business succeed.Transformation in ActionIf the first three industrial revolutions have taught us anything, it’s that life as we know it will change, jobs will be replaced by technology, new jobs will be born, and we will be able to work faster and more effortlessly. But the road to get there is not simple. Digital transformation is a complex process that takes time.I encourage you to read the full Digital Transformation Index Study.  Also, be on the lookout for my upcoming blogs where I will feature customers who have gone through their own digital transformation journey, leveraging emerging technologies. They’ll share valuable insights and advice for you to leverage in your own transformation journey.There’s no question, the data era is here. The question is, will you be ready?last_img read more

Design students showcase work on personal websites

first_imgIn a competitive job market, students strive to distinguish themselves from other job applicants. At Notre Dame, taking a web design courses can help undergraduate designers stand apart from the rest by creating personal websites to showcase their work, according to senior Marykate Green.Green said she used her web design class last semester as an opportunity to develop and show off a new set of skills.“At this time, I was drowning in digital design agency job applications, searching for a way to diversify myself amongst all of the other competitive applicants,” she said. “As a marketing and graphic design double major, I was especially having a difficult time illustrating to potential employers how I could use my diverse background and skills to help create immense value for their brand. I saw this class as the perfect opportunity and platform to design a meaningful experience for my hopeful employers.”Green said she wanted her website, nomiddlename.me, to show her personality as well as her marketable skills.“Every aspect of nomiddlename.me is carefully constructed to exhibit all my design and marketing skills as well as to give insight into my personality,” she said. “My biggest strength lies in finding a harmonious balance between responsive web design, storytelling, sensory marketing and marketing analytics.“The goal is that the interaction of all of these disparate elements is so seamless that it is invisible, creating a wildly entertaining and positive experience for my audience.”The website generated a positive response during her career search, Green said.“A few hiring managers and other business people have told me that it’s refreshing — that I have separated myself from the pack by doing something creative with passion,” she said.She said she received encouraging feedback about the site’s integration of multiple design elements, from the overall style to the specific computer code.“[It] is helpful to employers because they can tell how I can help their company,” she said. “I have also gotten feedback that the code is clean and precise, which is crucial for web design. I am constantly updated and editing my code so that it stays up to date with the most efficient techniques.”Design professor Andre Murnieks said students in web design have a great advantage in cultivating an online portfolio to show potential employers.“Design students who interview with employers can bring portfolios that show their work, but a personal website can be viewed at any time,” he said. “Now it’s become that if you don’t have an online presence, why would I [an employer] call you?”Murnieks said the introductory web design course is open to non-design majors as well.“We have people from all corners of the University,” he said. “For non-design students, their websites can include other information. For example, an English major could display writing samples.”Although the course is open to non-majors, Murnieks said the course is in-depth.“We try to do serious design,” he said. “We meet twice a week for two hours and 45 minutes in the design studio. It can be intimidating.”In addition to creating personal websites, Murnieks said students also learn how to build mobile versions of their websites for touch-screen interfaces, such as those on iPads and iPhones.“It’s been somewhat of a revolution,” he said. “And part of my mission is to boost what we do in the interactive realm.”Tags: career, design, Notre Dame, web designlast_img read more

Uruguayan Army and Plan Ceibal Team Up to Boost Modern Education in the Military

first_img“The secondary education classes are given from the first year of high school to the second year of a diversified bachelor’s in humanities,” Col. Echevarría stated. “Efforts have been made with the Board of Secondary Education to expand the program, with the hope that our junior personnel will receive more cultural training.” The high school provides education that helps students pursue military careers. To rise through the ranks, service members much attain specific minimum thresholds in their secondary education to meet the levels established by the Board of Secondary Education. “We are constantly amazed at the difference between how my students arrive and how they finish their studies,” IMAE teacher Amalia Lolo exclaimed. The initiative has provided laptops with WiFi connectivity to students throughout much of the country. One of the program’s long-term objectives is to promote social justice by providing information and communication tools for the entire population. In addition to providing laptops, authorities with Plan Ceibal are working to improve Internet connectivity, ensuring all IMAE computers can access the Internet simultaneously. Plan Ceibal officials are also responsible for maintaining and repairing the computer equipment it provides to IMAE, as well as training instructors on how to use it. “Since its inception, this school has sought to provide cultural training to the junior staff, who must take courses to be promoted but do not have the required education level,” Uruguayan Army Lieutenant Colonel Alejandro Echevarría, director of the Sergeant Francisco de los Santos Non-Commissioned Officer School within IMAE, told Diálogo. “As the school has become consolidated over the years, its educational offerings, reach, and goals have expanded.” Uruguay’s Educational Connectivity and Basic Computing for Online Learning Plan, which is also known as Plan Ceibal, delivered 100 new laptop computers to the above-age high school that is part of the Uruguayan Military Arms and Specialties Institute (IMAE). The above-age high school serves students trying to complete their high school education. Education bolsters Military careers All of 113 high school students are in the Army, Navy, or Air Force. The Armed Forces runs the institute within the Uruguayan Army’s Sergeant Francisco de los Santos Non-Commissioned Officer School, which provides professional, cultural, and physical training to the Army’s junior personnel. The school, which accepts civilian employees from the Ministry of Defense as students, provides basic and advanced level courses that are certified by the National Public Education Administration (ANEP). center_img The government created Plan Ceibal in 2007, with the goal of providing a laptop computer to every child and all public school teachers. It also aims to train the teachers how to use the laptops to develop modern educational approaches. The Military created the IMAE’s above-age high school in 2001 to provide junior staff members the opportunity to finish their secondary education. Since its inauguration, more than 1,250 students have attended the school, out of which less than 1 percent have dropped out. In 2015, IMAE’s instructors received training on how to use a new technological platform, which Troops will be using in 2016. The new platform will allow students to achieve the levels of education expected by the Board of Secondary Education. Plan Ceibal in Uruguay By Dialogo December 22, 2015 “In the spirit of innovation and motivation, we began to think about different options for the above-age school and decided to join forces with Plan Ceibal,” Colonel Gustavo Fajardo, IMAE’s director, explained on an official government website. “Using the platforms they have in our school could be fruitful.” The initiative has improved the technological capabilities of Uruguayans nationwide. For example, when it comes to technical preparedness, Uruguay rose in the World Economic Forum’s Network Readiness Index (NRI) from 3.67 points in 2006-2007 to 4.28 points in 2011-2012.last_img read more

Woman found dead in Enfield house fire

first_imgState police say the first trooper who arrived at the scene tried to enter the home but could not enter safely. First responders that arrived at the scene say they witnessed heavy flames and smoke coming from the residence. Officials say the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Troopers say Freelove was taken to the hospital where an autopsy will be performed. Police say the Enfield Fire Department quickly arrived to battle the flames and later located the body of 72-year-old Helen Freelove inside.center_img ENFIELD (WBNG) – New York State Police say a woman was found dead inside a burning home in the town of Enfield Saturday afternoon. Troopers responded to a house fire at 244 North Applegate Road around 12:40 p.m. after a neighbor called 911 not knowing if anyone was inside at the time. Investigators from the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and the New York State Police Forensic Identification Unit were on scene. Troopers were assisted by New York State Park Police, Trumansburg Village Police and New York State Environmental Conservation Police.last_img read more

Bidders battle it out for renovated Queenslander

first_imgInside 17 Paris Avenue, Morningside.The property was eventually declared “sold” to a very happy buyer for $745,000, said Mr Bool.“The buyer had been looking to purchase a home for a few months and had just missed out on a property I had listed not that long ago, so it was great to see her secure this property,” Mr Bool said.The home’s features included polished timber floors, high ceilings and VJ walls, combined with a contemporary renovation and colour scheme that gave it broad appeal.According to CoreLogic, the median house price in Morningside is $780,500. The home at 17 Paris Avenue, Morningside.A RENOVATED Queenslander has sold under the hammer in Morningside to a keen homebuyer.The updated three-bedroom cottage at 17 Paris Ave attracted five registered bidders keen to make it theirs, according to Place Bulimba marketing agent, Glenn Bool.The property also brought in a solid crowd of about 30 people who watched proceedings get under way.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The opening offer of $610,000 didn’t stand for long as three bidders competed to come out on top.last_img read more

Magistrate chastises shopkeeper for paying for paint with groceries

first_img 67 Views   one comment Court gavel. Photo credit: kirtok.comChief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste has chastised a local shopkeeper for knowingly handling stolen goods and paying so little in kind for it.Francis Baron of Belfast, Mahaut who owns and operates a retail shop there pleaded guilty to the charge of handling stolen goods when he appeared before Magistrate Baptiste on Monday.The forty year old shopkeeper allegedly bought two gallons of pearl white paint from a villager and paid him with one pound of back and necks, one pound of rice, one cube, four cigarettes and $20.00.According to the facts presented in Court by Police Prosecutor Inspector Claude Weekes; Peter Lander who resides in the United States owns a home in Mahaut which was at the time under repairs. He bought materials for the purposes of renovating his house and left Ronald Moreau in charge of the project in his absence.On 21st December, 2011 Moreau secured the home of Lander and left after his day of work but returned the following day to find that 2 gallons of pearl white paint was missing. He made a report which was investigated by Constable Boyd B. During Constable Boyd B’s investigation he noticed that the Defendant’s shop was painted in similar color to what was reported stolen and confronted the shopkeeper.Baron told the officer, “I dunno about that, I bought my paint in June by Harris Paints last year”.Constable Boyd B visited Harris Paints armed with a copy of the alleged receipt and found out that there was no record of the Defendant having bout pearl while paint from them.He further cautioned the Defendant who then admitted; “Officer, Dennison that give that to me and I gave him $20.00, one pound of rice, one pound of back and neck, one cube and four cigarettes”.Magistrate Baptiste asked the Defendant to make a plea for himself as he was not represented by an attorney and he said, “Your honour, I’m deeply sorry and humbled. I am asking for your leniency and seeing that I do not have any previous offenses I am asking for your mercy.”Magistrate Baptiste scolded the Defendant, telling him that “you should be ashamed of yourself, you are supposed to be a role model and this is what you are doing? You are a shopkeeper and you are encouraging that kind of behavior? You are behaving in an unethical manner. You paid him with rice, back and neck, cube and cigarette. You know that the paint cost more than that, you should be ashamed you have proven yourself to be no example.”The Defendant was ordered to pay $6000.00 by the 30th of April, 2012 or in default spend 9 months imprisonment and also ordered to pay $328.00 by way of compensation or in default spend 3 weeks imprisonment.The compensation award is the cost of the 2 gallons of paint valued at $164.00 eachDominica Vibes News Share Share LocalNews Magistrate chastises shopkeeper for paying for paint with groceries by: – January 24, 2012center_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Coronavirus: Could the Tokyo Olympics be postponed or cancelled?

first_img Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them28 Awesome Shower Curtains To Make Your Bathroom Less Boring20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutTraditional Wedding Outfits In Different CountriesThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes10 Legendary Historical Movies You Should SeeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Loading… IOC president Thomas Bach has repeatedly said that starting on schedule on July 24 remained the organisation’s goal. “Neither the word cancellation nor postponement was mentioned,” he said earlier this month. The IOC reiterated to AFP on Thursday that its position was based on “daily exchanges” with a taskforce consisting of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Japanese authorities and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. “Our medical and scientific director, Richard Budgett, is in touch several times a day with the WHO and reports to those concerned, including the president,” said a spokesperson. US President Donald Trump has suggested postponing the Olympics for 12 months, although Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded by pledging his country would host the Games as planned. Read Also: Willian vows to remain ‘loyal’ to Chelsea during coronavirus crisis Dick Pound, the former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, who is an IOC member, is one of the few to have popped his head above the parapet. “At some point, whether it’s two months out or one month out, somebody is going to have to decide ‘Yes’ or ‘No’,” Pound said last month. The IOC added any decision it takes on the staging of the Games “will not be determined by financial interests, because thanks to its risk management policies and insurance it will in any case be able to continue its operations and accomplish its mission to organise the Olympic Games”. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Bach has insisted the IOC will follow WHO recommendations. Q: Could the 2020 Olympics be postponed? A: In theory yes. The IOC entrusts the organising committee with the mission of organising the Olympic Games in a specific year. A decision to postpone could lead to Japan losing the Games altogether. However, this can be modified with two-thirds of the votes of the IOC members who could thus decide to postpone them. In practice, it would be more difficult to fit a rescheduled Olympics into a hectic sporting calendar. Smaller federations may be able to accommodate at short notice but bigger sports such as football, basketball and tennis may struggle with any shift in dates. Broadcasters such as NBC, who have paid a substantial amount of money for the rights and have already sold over $1.25 billion of advertising, will also be distinctly unhappy about a postponement that forces them to put the Games up against other high-profile and profitable leagues such as the NBA. World athletics chief Sebastian Coe admitted Thursday the Olympics could be moved to later in the year – although he said it was too early to make a definitive decision. “Anything is possible at the moment,” Coe, a member of the Tokyo Olympics Games Coordination Commission, told the BBC when asked whether the Games could be postponed to September or October. “Nobody is saying we will be going to the Games come what may,” he added. Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi also said athletes were being forced to take health risks. “The IOC wants us to keep risking our health, our family’s health and public health to train every day?” Stefanidi tweeted. “You are putting us in danger right now, today, not in 4 months.” Q: Could the Games be held behind closed doors? So far 4.5 million tickets have been sold in Japan, with around 7.8 million expected to be sold overall, 20 to 30 percent of them internationally. Japan’s tourism ministry in 2018 projected around 600,000 foreign spectators would come for the Olympics, a significant economic windfall. “Organising an Olympics behind closed doors is an ‘impossible and unrealistic’ option,” said Patrick Nally, the Briton who founded the IOC’s ‘TOP’ sponsorship programme. Q: When will a decision be taken? A: The IOC has not said anything on this matter, only repeating that it has confidence in the “success” of the event. It is not surprising given that any prevarication or uncertainty might lead to a dip in ticket sales and could also affect athlete preparation. IOC president Thomas Bach said postponing the Games is ‘not on the table’ The 2020 Olympics are due to open in Tokyo on July 24 but with coronavirus sweeping the world, there is growing concern that the Games will be either postponed or even cancelled. As coronavirus continues to spread, concerns are gowing over whether the 2020 Olympics can go ahead as scheduled Following the postponement of Euro 2020 and a multitude of other sports events worldwide, there is increasing scrutiny on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which has been accused of shying away from making a decision. So will the Games go ahead? And when will a decision be made? AFP looks at the options. Q: Have the Olympics ever been cancelled before? A: Since the first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896, the only reason that a Games has been cancelled is because of the world wars. The outbreak of World War I saw the cancellation of the 1916 Games which were slated for Berlin while World War II accounted for Sapporo (winter) and Tokyo (summer) in 1940, and Cortina d’Ampezzo (winter) and London (summer) in 1944. Since then there have been three major boycotts, in 1976 (Montreal), 1980 (Moscow) and Los Angeles (1984) but none was cancelled. The 2004 Games in Athens was unaffected by the SARS virus of 2002-03 while the mosquito-bound Zika virus raised concerns ahead of Rio 2016 before fading in the run-up to the Games. Q: Could the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo be cancelled? A: In theory, the IOC has the power to cancel the Games or to relocate them away from Tokyo. The organisation does not yet appear to be considering either option, but on Wednesday acknowledged there was no “ideal” solution. “This is an exceptional situation which requires exceptional solutions,” an IOC spokesperson said after criticism from top athletes that they would be forced to take health risks should the Games go ahead. The response came a mere 24 hours after the IOC said it remained “fully committed” to the Tokyo Olympics, stressing with more than four months to go there was “no need for any drastic decisions at this stage”. Latest figures on Thursday indicated Japan has had 914 cases of coronavirus including 31 deaths. Q: Who will make the decision on whether to cancel the Games or not? A: The power to cancel the Olympic Games formally rests with the IOC. The contract signed between the IOC and Tokyo provides that the IOC can withdraw the organisation of the Games from the host city “if the safety of the participants is seriously threatened”.last_img read more

Smith, Warner guide Aussies to T20 series win over Sri Lanka

first_imgMELBOURNE (Reuters) – Steve Smith and David Warner’s first batting partnership on home soil since their ball-tampering suspensions helped Australia to a series-sealing nine-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in Brisbane on Wednesday.Former captain Smith joined Warner at the crease after the third ball of the innings and the pair’s unbeaten 117-run stand mowed down Sri Lanka’s total of 117 in 13 overs under the lights at the Gabba.The win gave Aaron Finch’s team an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, having thrashed the south Asians by 134 runs in Sunday’s opener at Adelaide Oval.Warner, who scored an unbeaten 100 to be man-of-the-match in Adelaide on his 33rd birthday, was 60 not out from 41 balls, with Smith finishing unbeaten on 53.Dominant performances back-to-back from Australia’s bowlers ensured the series win, with the pacemen snaring four wickets to match the spinners as Sri Lanka’s batsmen struggled with the pace and bounce of the Gabba pitch.Smith was denied a bat in Adelaide due to Warner and Finch’s dominant opening stand but there was no rust at the Gabba as he savoured his first T20 knock in three-and-a-half years.“Yeah, we played well tonight, I thought the bowlers did a terrific job early on,” said Smith.“It’s good to be back now, obviously (there is) a T20 World Cup next year that I’d love to be a part of. It was nice to contribute with a few runs tonight.”Australia rested regular left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc and his towering replacement Billy Stanlake grabbed two wickets, including bowling Danushka Gunathilaka for 21 after the opener threatened to get Sri Lanka off to a solid start.Fellow quick Pat Cummins, and spinners Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa grabbed two wickets apiece.Sri Lanka got lucky to dismiss Finch for a duck with a leg-side catch but their bowlers had no answers for Smith and Warner.Lasith Malinga’s team now have little time to work things out before they head to Melbourne for the final dead rubber on Friday.“We didn’t expect that score, we were expecting 150,” said Malinga, who pinned the loss squarely on his batsmen.“I think for this game, the positives were only the preparation for the T20 World Cup in these conditions.”last_img read more

Intermediate boxing champion Bess loses in first round clash at National Open

first_imgINTERMEDIATE Bantamweight champion Andre Bess lost his first round battle against GDF’s Clinton Clarke when action in the Terrence Alli, National Elites/Youth and Female Open Championships got underway at the National Gymnasium on Friday night. Clarke, who survived an opening round standing eight-count from a crushing right to the mid-section, was able to weather the storm against the Berbician, who was initially aggressive and focused.That aggression worked against the Rose Hall Town Jammers’ boxer, who slowed down in the second round, which allowed Clarke, who boxed with a level head, to capitalise with some big punches of his own.   Bess recuperated in the third, but he did not do enough to convince the ringside judges.The  Terrence Alli National Open, which will be used to select a national team for next month’s Caribbean Boxing Championships in T&T, started with three exhibition bouts between GDF boxers.Jermain Grant and Anthony Lustal matched gloves, before Anzeemul Lewis battled Lincoln Murray and Lyndon Bennett faced Neil Warden.After those bouts, the juniors battled in the welterweight semi-finals. In both clashes, the referee stopped the fight in the second round.  Winston Pompey Warriors Boxing Gym fighter Alex Butcher defeated Rose Hall Jammers’ Nicholas Deheart, while Butcher’s gym-mate Sherlon Stephen went down to the best junior boxer in last month’s Intermediate competition, Mark Crawford (Forgotten Youth Foundation).The final bout of the night was a close encounter between FYF’s Kareem Boyce and GDF’s Clairmont Gibson in a lightweight battle.The GDF boxer was more aggressive in his approach. Although the boxers had a relatively even first round, Gibson was able to impose himself with his antics in the subsequent rounds. He dropped his gloves at times almost to tempt the more reserved Boyce to throw punches.  Although the FYF boxer kept his ground, Gibson was able to gain points with his aggression, which resulted in him winning the close bout.The three-day competition, which will have the best amateur boxers battling, was expected to continue last night before it concludes tonight.last_img read more

Valeria Salazar, Gabriela Knutson ride 6-game doubles winning streak into NCAA tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Valeria Salazar and Gabriela Knutson met up at the baseline, high-fived and settled back into position.Salazar has just served the ball toward Wake Forest’s Anna Ulyashchenko, whose racket barely made contact with the ball on the return. Ulyashchenko’s hit lobbed in the air toward Knutson, who then took a few steps forward, wound up and spiked the ball.Knutson and Salazar are slotted at No.1 doubles for Syracuse and are on a six-game winning streak together. Currently ranked No. 27 in the nation, the duo was selected to the NCAA doubles tournament, which runs May 25-30 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.“I think we play off each other pretty well,” Salazar said. “I set her up, she sets me up. We’re both aggressive, so it makes it easier for us to win points.”Prior to the doubles tournament, No. 25 Syracuse (14-8, 7-7 Atlantic Coast) will play in the NCAA tournament against No. 46 Georgia State (15-5, 4-0 Sun Belt). Knutson and Salazar will be relied on heavily in singles, but it’s together that they make their largest impact.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCourtesy of The ACCAfter four games, head coach Younes Limam decided to go in a separate path, and teamed up Salazar and Knutson. On occasion, they had played together in tournaments during the fall, but still had to transition mid-season. Knutson’s first college tournament came at Cornell with Salazar and the pair won.Since being paired up, Knutson and Salazar have dominated, having lost just three of 15 games.“I think we have a great balance,” Knutson said. “Like usually in doubles, one person is dominant and one person does what the other wants. We’re on the same (talent) level and really respect each other as players.”Their similar playing style makes them compatible partners, Salazar said. Setting up Knutson is not difficult when the two are on the court, she added. Since both rely on powering through their opponent, they use backhands and serves as an advantage to poach the ball and earn the point.If one notices the other is getting frustrated after a point, the two will talk it out as they walk around the baseline.As Syracuse gears up for Georgia State, earning the first point could drive the momentum towards SU. Salazar and Knutson winning at No. 1 doubles will be the first step towards SU’s first ever NCAA tournament win in program history.“With V it always felt right,” Knutson said. “We played a little bit last semester and already had a ranking. She makes me a better player and really helps getting me motivated.” Comments Published on May 12, 2016 at 10:46 am Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturcolast_img read more