Syracuse’s 11-2 second-set run keys straight-set victory over Georgia Tech

first_img Comments The ball struck SU’s Mariia Levanova and sailed out of bounds. It looked like Friday’s match would soon be even at one set apiece.Late in the second set, that deflection gave Georgia Tech (11-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) a 23-16 lead as GT looked to even the match after Syracuse (5-4, 1-0) had taken the first set, 25-14. But the Orange would not be undone. SU ended on an 11-2 run to take the set 27-25 and went on to win the match 3-0 in straight sets.The play following the ball out of bounds was a Georgia Tech service error. Then came an ace by SU’s Santita Ebangwese. Then a save by freshman Polina Shemanova to keep the play alive, ending with a crushing cross-court kill by Yuliia Yastrub. Soon the game was tied 24-24 and the Orange from there took a 26-25 lead. Some of the crowd in the Women’s Building got to their feet.Amber Witherspoon went up for a block, hitting two Georgia Tech players, and an attempted dig made the ball sail behind them. The crowd went wild as the Orange celebrated.“The crowd was beautiful,” Ebangwese said. “The crowd never hurts, especially at home. I know personally I’m a person with a lot of energy and being able to feed off the crowd just made it a lot easier to be energetic.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGeorgia Tech was not able to recover. Although the Yellow Jackets tied it at 10 in the third set, they never got a hold of the lead from there. Shemanova, who led the game with 15 kills, fired the ball into the hands of a Georgia Tech player and the dig flew backward into the wall, ending the third set 25-21 and putting the match to rest.Despite the chaotic second set sequence, SU head coach Leonid Yelin said his timeout speeches never took a different tone.“We’re always talking about what we have to do,” Yelin said. “Regardless, if we are ahead or we’re behind, we’re just talking about what we have to do.”A key to the Orange’s success throughout the match, including the second set, was being the better blocking team, something that has become a trend for Yelin’s teams. Syracuse out-blocked Georgia Tech, 15-4. Witherspoon was the biggest contributor in this area registering 10 herself.Syracuse also minimized attack errors, committing 10 to Georgia Tech’s 25. The Orange also registered a .248 hitting percentage on the game, and hit at .400 after the first set. All the while Georgia Tech struggled, finishing at .120.“I think it is important but we don’t stand on the court thinking, ‘don’t mess up,’” senior Jalissa Trotter said. “We’re on the court thinking, ‘make this a point, get this point’ or ‘be ready for this ball.’”Following a weekend of three five-set games, SU was happy to have a game end in under an hour and forty-five minutes. Back in the conference room, as Ebangwese waited for her teammates and media interviews to start, she smiled when the final game runtime was mentioned, crediting it all to the second set win.“When we notched it up at 24-25, I was like ‘Bro, come on, come on,” she said. “We made it this way. We made it all this way from 16-22, we might as well take it.” Published on September 21, 2018 at 11:16 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Clippers end Grammy trip, rout Bucks 114-86

first_img“The defense is what gave us those 114 points. There in the second quarter, middle of the second quarter, we got stops,” Griffin said. At one point in the run, Griffin got into a brief shoving match with Khris Middleton (14 points) in a scramble for a loose ball. Each player was assessed a technical fouls.The fray only seemed to rile up the Clippers’ big man, who finished 8 of 13 from the field.“I don’t think (Blake) needs the anger to do it. He just does it,” coach Doc Rivers said. “He has been our go-to guy down the stretch.”Later, Bucks guard Luke Ridnour lost the ball on a drive into the lane and Los Angeles went on the break. Griffin in transition hit a layup around two defenders and got fouled for the three-point play to cap the big run.By that time it was 57-36 with 1:33 in the second quarter. At least the dedicated fans that stuck around were treated to free hot chocolate on the concourse, a team promotion to fill the arena while arctic cold gripped the region.The Clippers then led by as much as 39, and the lead fell below 20 just once in the second half.Milwaukee did play with more energy two nights after Drew closed the locker room and challenged players’ lackadaisical style in a 25-point loss to the Hawks.The Bucks just couldn’t keep up with the faster and more athletic Clippers. Drew said his team simply missed shots during the decisive run — including some good looks — and couldn’t answer the opponent’s momentum plays.“You just have to stay the course. When things happen, sometimes you have plays that are rather deflating,” Caron Butler (11 points) said. “Take the ball out, continue to get out in transition, keep the momentum and try to play our style of basketball.” Ilyasova was 6 of 22 from the field, and the Bucks shot just 38 percent on the evening.Things looked promising early for Milwaukee, in desperate need of a spark to make something out of this wayward season. Middleton’s jumper with 9:58 in the second got the Bucks within 34-32.But as often has been the case this season, a spurt of turnovers and sloppy play spelled big trouble for Milwaukee.Notes: Rivers said guard Chris Paul (separated shoulder) was running and starting to shoot again, but there was otherwise no change in his timetable to return around the All-Star break next month. Asked if he played a role in deciding when Paul was ready, Rivers answered “I never have anything to do with that. I’m not a real doctor, as you know. I thought you knew that.” … Bucks starting center Larry Sanders and veteran guard O.J. Mayo each sat out a second game in a week due to flu-like symptoms. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “When we were flying yesterday, flying here, I remember guys saying they can’t wait to get home, stuff like that,” Griffin said. “But we knew we still had a game to play, some business to take care of.”Los Angeles finished its trip 5-2, a franchise best for their annual Grammy sojourn. Darren Collison added 15 points and seven assists.Ersan Ilyasova had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Bucks, an NBA-worst 8-36.“Against a team like the Clippers, you have to be clicking on all cylinders,” coach Larry Drew said. “They’re playing extremely, extremely well. The low-post game has been really good.”The 6-foot-10 Griffin alone was a handful in the second quarter. He backed down Ilyasova in the post, and then followed with a steal and breakaway dunk for a 49-36 lead with 3:32 left after Ilyasova mishandled a pass on the other end. center_img MILWAUKEE — These days, there’s no place like this Midwest outpost for NBA teams to end a long road trip on a high note.Blake Griffin dominated the paint with 20 points, Jamal Crawford scored 25 and the Clippers ended their nearly two-week journey away from Los Angeles with a 114-86 win Monday night over the Milwaukee Bucks. Forced to travel more than 11,000 miles through the air during the trip because the Staples Center was occupied by the Grammy Awards, Griffin looked right at home in Milwaukee. After Griffin capped off a decisive 21-2 run in the second quarter with a three-point play, about the only drama left was to count up how many dunks Lob City’s stars would throw down the rest of the night.last_img read more