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Syracuse volleyball’s Jalissa Trotter follows in mother’s footsteps on collegiate stage

first_img Published on October 4, 2016 at 1:22 am Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez While in college, Melissa Trotter-Hardy needed help raising her daughter. In between attending volleyball practice and night classes, Trotter-Hardy’s coach at Henderson State University, Rhonda Thigpen, would look after her daughter. Thigpen would take the newborn girl to volleyball practices and church, and even became her godmother.“She became the little sister of the program,” Thigpen said. “Her mother worked around campus, and you would see Jalissa (Trotter) in the gym with a ball.”In these early days, Trotter developed a love for volleyball that would stick with her throughout her life. Nineteen years later, Trotter still finds herself on collegiate volleyball courts, playing as the starting setter for Syracuse.Both Trotter’s current head coach, Leonid Yelin, and Thigpen believe her competitive edge comes from her mother. Thigpen remembers picking Trotter up from school and seeing her goddaughter challenge other kids in races.Trotter brings that mindset every time she steps on the court for the Orange (3-11, 2-2 Atlantic Coast). She’s become a versatile force for SU, filling in the team’s need for a setter, even though it’s not her natural position. She leads the team with 266 assists and averages 6.19 assists per set.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“That’s all I ever was around … her playing volleyball, her coach and her teammates,” Trotter said. “I’d just sit on the side and play around with the ball. I kind of became addicted to it then.”As a child, Trotter attended several volleyball camps offered by her godmother. At the camps, she learned a mindset that she believes allows her to succeed on and off the court: M.T.X.E., Mental Toughness Xtra Effort.This philosophy that Thigpen teaches all of her players centers on working hard and becoming a role model for others.In high school, Trotter-Hardy would drive her daughter over two and a half hours every day from their home in Texarkana, Texas to Dallas for volleyball practice.Last year, Trotter’s freshman year at Syracuse, she wrote Thigpen a letter. In it, she thanked Thigpen and Trotter-Hardy for everything they had done to help get her to Syracuse. If not for them, Trotter said she would not have made it to SU.Now that she’s at Syracuse, Trotter has demonstrated her growth as a player. In the third set against Boston College on Sept. 23, Trotter rose up and struck a ball with a force that elicited an audible gasp from the Orange crowd.In that match for Syracuse, Trotter made an impact as she led the team with 19 assists.Trotter-Hardy and Thigpen are what got Trotter into volleyball. They ushered her every step of the way through the sport. Every time Trotter steps on the court for SU, she strives to make an impact akin to the mark that Trotter-Hardy and Thigpen left on her. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Whicker: To find the party at Dodger Stadium, just follow Red Sox manager Alex Cora

Mitch Poole owns pieces of thoroughbreds, has an all-world bobblehead collection, and runs a visiting clubhouse at Dodger Stadium that, twice in the past 361 days, has become its own pool.The Houston Astros made it rain champagne after they won the 2017 World Series in Los Angeles, and the Boston Red Sox followed it up this year. Maybe Poole should get the Dodgers to install a Sub Air system, like Augusta National has, to suck down the moisture.The only other person who shared both floods was, in retrospect, the subject of last winter’s best transaction.Alex Cora was Houston’s bench coach then and he is Boston’s manager now. He also grew up, professionally, in the Dodgers organization, as a smooth-handed shortstop with an occasionally mischievous bat and a mind that is never in power-saving mode. The world gasped when the Red Sox fired John Farrell last fall after they won 93 games and the American League East. A lot went into that, but the opportunity to hire Cora would have been enough. Boston won 108 games, then went 11-3 in the playoffs, and thus won its fourth World Series in the past 15 years.Boston also signed J.D. Martinez, at Cora’s urging, and Martinez gave the Sox the power they lacked.Money? Yes, the Red Sox spent a lot, $234 million in fact, way past the luxury tax limit. You can do that when you’ve turned Fenway Park into a gold mine, and you work in a market where championship parades are part of the exercise routine.The Red Sox paid David Price $30 million this year, so they let him pitch seven innings in Game 5. They have an offensive nucleus and they turn it loose, unworried about driving up pitch counts. They also believe in action and not just the Three True Outcomes (home run, walk, strikeout).“We live in an era when hitting .210 with 30 home runs and 70 RBIs is acceptable, and we don’t believe that,” Cora said. “There are certain situations where a strikeout is not just an out. We put the ball in play.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Red Sox struck out only 28 times in 185 postseason at-bats with two outs. The Dodgers fanned 64 times in 175 at-bats.The Red Sox also hit a ludicrous .364 with men in scoring position in playoff games. The Dodgers hit .192 and struck out 44 times.This isn’t genius, it’s common sense. Cora knows the perils of trying to outsmart himself. Before the Series, it was assumed Mookie Betts would move to second, his minor league position, to allow the outfielders to play together in Dodger Stadium.Cora considered it but went with Brock Holt, a high-voltage second baseman who got his chance when Dustin Pedroia was hurt and jacked up his OPS from .548 to .774. Holt was all over the place in the World Series.Scott Boras, Cora’s agent, calls this the art of “Coralytics,” or dovetailing the endless numbers and tendencies with Cora’s natural feel for players as people.“I remember when he was 12 or 13 and he was wandering around the park in Puerto Rico, couldn’t sit still,” Boras said. “He never could get enough of the game.”Turtle Thomas was the recruiter at the University of Miami who signed Cora and watched him play himself into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame.“Two things about him,” Thomas said. “He absolutely ran the show on the field and did it from Day 1, and his infield practice was like watching the Harlem Globetrotters. And he was also the best clutch hitter I ever saw on the college level.”All you hear is how grueling the season is, although they’re playing the same 162 games that Cal Ripken did. The Red Sox didn’t buy it. They never lost four consecutive games and, until September, were at least seven games over .500 in every month. It’s hard to argue that they’re not the best team since at least the 1998 Yankees.But when Cora was asked about Boston’s celebration, his mind went south toward home.“I’m thinking about what they’re doing in Puerto Rico,” he said. He recalled the boxing nights, when Felix Trinidad or Miguel Cotto would step into the ring, and his hometown of Caguas would shut down to watch.“They’re telling me that’s what’s happening on the nights we’re playing in the postseason,” Cora said. “And that’s just unbelievable.”The Red Sox, and their chances of doing it again, are very believable. Ask Mitch Poole and his carpet cleaner. read more