Cowgirls to Open NCAA Tournament Play Against Sixth Ranked Texas

first_imgLAKE CHARLES – Two days after making school history by becoming the first McNeese women’s tennis team to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, the Cowgirls learned of their destination on Tuesday afternoon when the NCAA released the 64-team tournament field that has them playing No. 6 seed Texas Longhorns.The match will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 11 at the Texas Tennis Center in Austin. Texas A&M will take on Rice at 10 a.m. to kick off the round. The two winners will face each other at noon on Saturday with a berth to the Sweet 16 on the line. “We have a lot of fans and Texas is very close,” said Charoline Erlandsson. “It’s going to be the perfect opportunity for our fans to come and support us as well. We’ve had awesome support throughout the season, which has been amazing and very encouraging.” The Cowgirls (18-3), who won the league’s regular season and tournament title, are looking to become the first program in conference history to win a match in the national tournament.  Texas (22-4) has won 17 straight matches heading into the tournament, including a Big 12 championship.”It’s going to be amazing and I can’t wait honestly,” said Cowgirl Giovanni Fioretti.  “We are from a small school and I can’t wait to go there and represent McNeese and play on those courts.”center_img “This is a great opportunity for us,” said head coach Helena Besovic, this year’s Southland Conference Coach of the Year. “Texas is always tough, but no one is unbeatable. We are going to fight and give our best and see what happens. We are a smaller school but I told the team we aren’t going to act like a small school. I told them we are not going to be small on the court.”last_img read more

Live photosharing app Heygo has roots in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica app attracts Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban’s attention Startup wants to make navigating Costa Rica’s public transportation an easy ride Earthquake app launched for Costa Rica Uber to offer rides in Costa Rica starting under $2 Claudio Umaña always wanted to be an entrepreneur, and last year he got his chance. The 36-year-old electrical engineer got a phone call from an old friend from their time together at Intel in Costa Rica with an idea for a smartphone application. Umaña hopped on an airplane and moved to Barcelona, Spain, soon after to get in on the ground floor.The app that got Umaña excited enough to move across the Atlantic was Heygo, a real-time photo streaming service. Currently available only for Android on the Google Play store, it lets users share photos based on live events or themes called “collective moments.” The app went live three months ago. Heygo’s other founders include Nicolás Espinosa — Umaña’s friend from Intel — and Arià Prat.Umaña said they need to convince people it’s not “just another photo-sharing app.” Heygo stands out, he said, because of how it organizes photos around specific events instead of hashtags. “People look for simplicity,” Umaña said. Heygo lets users upload and see public photos related to an event or share them privately between friends. Unlike SnapChat, the photos stay online and can be reviewed later. Umaña said the app also offers higher resolution photos than Instagram without the need to square them. There’s also a human element to the service with curators who help highlight the best, most relevant photos. who use the app appear to like it. Umaña said that while their user base is relatively small – 2,000 in Spain and another 100 in Costa Rica – they enjoy a strong retention rate of active users. But a strong user base is what drives investor interest, Umaña said. Building a critical user base is the next and hardest step to becoming a “killer app.”Umaña grew up in Tibás, a suburb just north of downtown San José. He studied electrical engineering and went on to work for Intel in Heredia and taught at the University of Costa Rica before starting his new life as a tech entrepreneur. Despite the company’s Costa Rican roots, Umaña said his homeland is a difficult place to launch a smartphone app like Heygo.One of the biggest hurdles for Costa Rica is the size of the market. Costa Rica’s population of 4.8 million is slightly larger than the Boston metro area. Smartphones are increasingly popular here but insecurity keeps many from either carrying their device with them or openly using it in public. For a company with the mission to help people share photos they take with their phone, these are big hurdles to growing users, he said. For now, their target market is Spain and eventually Latin America.Besides users, Umaña said Costa Rica can be a hard place to find angel investors to support an app that doesn’t (yet) generate income. Umaña said that Heygo was set up “backwards” for a startup, relying on personal funds from Espinosa and others to develop the app instead of a tech incubator that would provide technical and marketing assistance in exchange for equity in the new company. Heygo didn’t go through an incubator, but the team was selected to participate in several technology workshops, including Google’s Launchpad event in Madrid for tech startups earlier this year.Despite these hurdles, Umaña said they are waiting on a new round of fundraising from potential investors, including some in Costa Rica. The company is already setting its sights on its next project, but Umaña was tight-lipped about the details. Guess we’ll have to download Heygo to find out how it goes. Facebook Commentslast_img read more