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

Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s season-ending loss to Akron

first_img Published on November 18, 2018 at 4:18 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Too little, too lateAfter a header goal by Morgan Hackworth doubled Akron’s lead in the second half, Syracuse stared at a two-goal deficit in the waning moments of its season. Julio Fulcar and Kamal Miller picked the ball out of twine immediately after the score and pressed the team forward. “Maybe that’s your wake up call!” one fan hollered at SU after Akron’s third goal. SU sent as many as eight players in its offensive-third at one point. As time bled off the clock, more Orange passes intended for covered strikers bounced weakly out of any danger areas. A late shot by Raposo flew over the bar, and the crowd groaned. The Zips dropped back in as the defense absorbed pressure and Lundt paused before each goal kick or restart. Two door-step saves by Hilpert did little but keep the score respectable.It was Syracuse’s third multi-goal deficit in its last four games and again, it couldn’t overcome the widening-gap on the scoreboard. Full-on sprints by Syracuse players turned into jogs in the game’s final seconds. When the final buzzer sounded, Hagman dropped to the turf. The clock had run out. HAMILTON, N.Y. — 16th-seeded Syracuse (7-7-4, 1-4-3 Atlantic Coast) fell short against Akron (11-6-2, 1-2-1 Mid-American) 3-1 in the second round of the NCAA tournament underneath a snow flurry at Beyer-Small ‘76 Field on Sunday afternoon. A win would’ve marked the fourth tournament appearance in a row for Syracuse in which it made the third round. Instead, the Zips won their sixth-straight. In a season where Syracuse struggled to win close matches, Akron took advantage. Here are three takeaways from the season-ending loss. Transfer MarketBoth goal-scorers in the opening frame were transfers in their first year with a new program. In the 37th minute, Akron’s Abdi Mohamed capitalized on the Zips’ mounting offense. A Sondre Norheim yellow-card kept the ball in Akron’s offensive-third. Moments later, Akron’s leading-scorer David Egbo slid a pass to Mohamed, an Ohio State-transfer, who smashed the ball into the open net. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFour minutes later, Massimo Ferrin settled a pass from Jonathan Hagman down Syracuse’s left wing. A defender on his back, Ferrin sped into the box and slotted a shot past Akron keeper Ben Lundt. Ferrin, a transfer from Alabama-Birmingham, recorded 10 points in the regular season. He developed his role within the offense — he’s an alternative to playmakers Hugo Delhommelle or Ryan Raposo — and maximized his opportunity off the bench in SU’s biggest game of the year. Rust-lessPlaying in its first game in 18 days, Syracuse didn’t show signs of rust against Akron. SU tallied 12 shots in the first half, one more than the Zips, and utilized a crafty midfield and dominated possession. The attempts were a sign of an executed Orange gameplan. In the team’s earlier contest this season — a 3-1 victory on Oct. 1 — pressure on the offensive end allowed Hagman to record the lone hat-trick of his career. Multiple SU players said they planned to follow a similar plan of attack on Sunday. For the most part, they did. Forwards Tajon Buchanan and Raposo spent most of the first half darting forward and behind the Zips’ backline. SU’s midfield skied through balls and even the Orange backline got involved on the offensive end. Syracuse’s first goal sequence started as Hagman dispossessed an Akron defender who corralled a goal kick. Immediately after, Hagman found Ferrin down the wing who notched an equalizer. The tactic continued in the second-half. It nearly resulted in a goal early in the half as Raposo whipped a cross in front of Akron’s box to a streaking Buchanan and defender Jan Breitenmoser. While the pass rolled to the sidelines, an SU fan motioned his arms forward as if to will more orange-and-blue checkered jerseys across midfield. last_img read more

ICC should give us more chances: Afghan captain Stanikzai

first_imgKolkata, Mar 16 (PTI) Growing in confidence with every opportunity that has come their way, Afghanistan cricket captain Asghar Stanikzai today said his team knows how to bea the big guns of the game but the ICC has to give it enough chances. “You can make a comparison between Afghanistan and other associates. Many associates have been playing for last 30-40 years. They have been participating in World Cup tournaments. If you see our history, at the elite level were playing only recently. We have really done well something other nations could not do it in 30-40 years,” Stanikzai said. “It shows how much talent we have to play at the elite level. Definitely we need big games with full members to increase our experience level. If you play within the Associates we will get experience from each other. But if we take on Full Members it will help us more,” he added referring to their 3-2 win in ODIs and 2-0 win in the T20Is in October last year. Afghanistan won the ODI series against Zimbabwe 3?2 and became the first Associate side to beat a Full Member nation in a multi-game ODI series and followed it up with a 2-0 win in T20Is. “We know how to beat Full Members at the Elite level. We have got that experience. As long as we play more games with Full Members, we will get that experience and the distance between the associates and full members will definitely go away,” he said on the eve of their World Twenty20 opener against Sri Lanka in the Super 10s. Sri Lanka survived a scare in the 2015 World Cup before winning narrowly by four wickets and the Afghanistan skipper said they have it in them to upset the defending champions. “We have players who can perform and change the game at the end of the day. We are not only participating but looking forward to beat some big teams,” he said. In the Asia Cup, they failed to make the main round after losing to UAE in a qualifier but the skipper said theyve sorted out the mistakes. “We fielded poorly in the Asia Cup, dropped six seven catches against UAE. any team can beat you if you drop six seven catches…We have had good preparation in the last two months. We went to Gujarat and had a two-week camp. We played five T20 games then we were in the Asia Cup. We won three in qualifying ground.” The newly-built Greater Noida cricket stadium is the home ground for Afghanistan cricketers after the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in December last year. “We appreciate BCCI and the Greater Noida to give us the home ground. Its so useful. It is not only helping infrastructure also helping in other sport. They proved the friendship.” PTI TAP PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more