Syracuse bounces back with win against Kansas State in 4 sets

first_imgUPDATED: Sept. 2, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. ESTSyracuse (3-3) defeated Kansas State (2-3) in four sets on Friday night in the Kansas State tournament in Manhattan, Kansas. After falling in the first set, 17-25, the Orange swept the next three, 25-18, 25-22, 25-18, to earn its third win of the season.A balanced attack led by Santita Ebangwese (14 kills), Ella Saada (11 kills), Kendra Lukacs (six kills) and Amber Witherspoon (six kills) powered Syracuse on the offensive front. Five players tallied assists, including Jalissa Trotter (24) and Annie Bozzo (13).The two teams, each coming off losses earlier in the day, started the game trading points, until the score was even at 14. From then on, Kansas State took over. Three attack errors by Syracuse and three kills by junior outside hitter Alyssa Schultejans helped the tournament hosts take nine of the next ten points. The Wildcats bested the Orange in hitting percentage, .243 to .059, and took the first set, 25-17.After conceding the first point of the second set, SU did not trail again en route to a 25-18 victory. The Orange went up 5-2 and from then on the Wildcats failed to cut the lead closer than three points. The Orange posted 16 kills, along with a hitting percentage of .333, while Kansas State tallied just eight kills with a hitting percentage of .069. Balanced attack was the theme of the set, with five different Syracuse players recording a kill before the team reached 10 points.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange carried its strong play from the second set into the third, jumping out to a 6-1 advantage. The Wildcats battled back to gain a 13-11 lead, but a 9-2 run by Syracuse propelled by two aces and five Kansas State errors helped the SU regain a five point lead. Despite a hitting percentage of .062, Syracuse used 25 digs and three aces to win the third set, 25-22.In the fourth set, the teams traded points until the score was knotted at eight. Syracuse used several different weapons on offense to create separation with kills coming from Ebangwese, Lukacs, Witherspoon, and Mariia Levanova in the second half of the set. While Kansas State recorded more kills (13 to 12), Syracuse made just three errors compared to the Wildcats’ 11. The Orange finished the fourth set on a 17-10 run, winning 25-18.The story has been updated for appropriate style.  Comments Published on September 1, 2017 at 11:51 pm Contact David: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

In weekend of Badger victories, women’s basketball wins season opener

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s basketball team kicked off its 2014-2015 season with a 71-60 victory over Illinois State Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center.In a weekend filled with Badger victories, it was time for the women’s basketball team to step up, head coach Bobbie Kelsey said.“We’re very happy with the win, it’s a nice way to start our season with the ‘W’,” Kelsey said. “After the football team did what they did, and [women’s] soccer won their [NCAA opening-round] game, everybody’s doing well, and we gotta carry our weight.”The win saw the Badgers lead by as much as 30 early in the second half, but the Redbirds wouldn’t go away.“I was really happy with our team’s fight,” Illinois State’s head coach Barb Smith said. “I was obviously not so happy we were down by 30, but the fight back, it showed a lot of character.”The Badgers carried a 34-21 lead into the locker room at halftime, behind junior guard Nicole Bauman’s seven points and five assists at the break.At the half, both teams struggled shooting the ball, with the Redbirds shooting at 26.5 percent, including 1-10 from three-point range. Wisconsin shot the ball at 34.4 percent, but made three out of their nine attempted threes.Redshirt senior Michala Johnson dropped in two buckets from the post to open the second-half scoring for the Badgers, which would mark the beginning of a 20-3 run to open the half.“Once my guards set screens for me and I come off the screens and finish strong, then I feel more comfortable finishing around the basket,” Johnson said.Johnson finished with a team-high 16 points and added seven rebounds.With the score at 42-24, Bauman took over. She drove hard to the lane and hit a layup to increase UW’s lead to 20. On the ensuing defensive position, she blocked a driving redbird, then streaked up court to find freshman Cayla McMorris on the block for an easy basket.The next possession for Wisconsin, Bauman, who finished with 14 points, drilled a three to make it 49-24. She then stole the ball and found McMorris for a three on the right wing for one of her nine assists, a career-high.McMorris drove to the paint and converted a weak-handed layup on the following possession put the Badgers up 54-24, which would be their largest lead of the game.In McMorris’ first regular-season collegiate game, she finished with 12 points and four rebounds in 23 minutes.“To start the game I had a lot of jitters, nervousness,” McMorris said. “But once I started playing, it goes away.”The young guard impressed her coach by being aggressive and taking the ball to the hoop, Kelsey said.Down by 30, Illinois State battled back. Senior Katy Winge put the Redbirds on her back, scoring 25 points on 8-18 shooting, including 20 second-half points.There wasn’t nearly enough time to mount any sort of comeback, although the last 12 minutes of play didn’t sit well with Kelsey.“I knew they weren’t gonna just be down by 30 and let us just steamroll them,” Kelsey said. “Sometimes the kids don’t really understand that they gotta keep their foot on their necks so to speak and close the game out the way we know we can.”Although Wisconsin had a significant height advantage — three of their starting five stands at over 6-foot compared to Illinois State’s tallest starter listed at 6-foot — the Badgers only out-rebounded the Redbirds by two (43-41).The game saw the return of Wisconsin redshirt senior Cassie Rochel, who sat out last season with a back injury and grabbed a medical redshirt. In her first regular-season game back, she had eight points and five rebounds in five minutes.Although the stat sheet looked similar at the final buzzer, the results were disproportional.Each team had 29 defensive rebounds, and while it seemed only a small advantage in the offensive rebounding column for UW (14-12), Wisconsin had 15 second-chance points while ISU had seven.Each team turned the ball over eight times, but Wisconsin was able to push the ball and get 15 points off of turnovers, including 12 fast break points. The Redbirds only had four points off of both turnovers and fast breaks.“It’s just a matter of being more intentional about running both ends of the floor,” Kelsey said. “So that’s what we were doing. And hitting shots.”Both teams took 66 shots, with UW making 27 (40.9 percent) and ISU sinking 23 (34.8 percent).In a tough non-conference schedule, Kelsey knows what kind of competition awaits the Badgers, and knows her team must take advantage of victories against lesser opponents.“If that wasn’t a 30-point lead game we would’ve been in trouble. We know what’s coming,” Kelsey said.“We’re playing for what’s coming, not necessarily what’s in front of us. We’re not looking ahead, but we have to shore up some areas to make sure we give ourselves the best chance to win those games as well.”last_img read more

Boxer Carl Frampton reportedly breaks hand in freak accident, withdraws from Dominguez fight

first_imgBut the Irish boxer signed a multi-fight deal with Top Rank in March. The fight with Dominguez was expected to set up a title fight with WBO champion Oscar Valdez later this year.On Monday, Frampton tweeted video of him working out, saying, “Last hard session completed. 4×4 Minute treadmill intervals. It’s fight week now, training done, time to focus on the fight!”Last hard session completed. 4×4 Minute treadmill intervals. It’s fight week now, training done, time to focus on the fight! #FramptonDominguez— Carl Frampton MBE (@RealCFrampton) August 5, 2019 The strange incident caused Frampton’s injury.MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe 32-year-old has not fought since losing to Josh Warrington in December, only his second career defeat in 28 bouts. Frampton, the former super-bantamweight and featherweight world champion, had considered retirement after that defeat. Boxer Carl Frampton is reportedly withdrawing from Saturday’s featherweight bout against Emmanuel Dominguez in Philadelphia after suffering a broken hand in a freak accident.According to multiple reports, Frampton suffered two broken bones in his left hand. reported “Frampton was sitting in the lobby of his Philadelphia hotel” when “someone accidentally bumped into some sort of concrete structure and knocked it over.”last_img read more