Syracuse’s 3-2 loss to Morehead State cements worst start since 2016

first_imgAfter dropping its first two matches of the season in Madison against Baylor and Marquette, Syracuse (0-3) started its second neutral site stint in Kansas with a 3-2 loss against Morehead State (6-2). Despite the solid play of sophomore Polina Shemanova, who tallied 24 kills, Syracuse lost its third-straight game of the 2019 season, cementing its worst start since 2016. Morehead State, who lost its last match to Kansas in straight sets, started out slow against SU. With the scored knotted at 15, the Orange rattled off 10 unanswered points. A series of MSU attacking errors and stellar attacking play from SU juniors Ella Saada and Yuliia Yastrub allowed the Orange to win the first set, 25-15. The second set was played tighter, as neither team led by more than three points. But that’s when Shemanova started to heat up, as her timely kills kept Syracuse in it. But four service errors and several attack miscues crippled the Orange, pushing Morehead State to a 27 -25 point second set win. A lack of sharpness hurt the Orange in the third set as well. An Elena Karakasi service error, followed by an attacking error put Syracuse in an early 3-0 hole. But the Orange would come back with great execution from Shemanova, an outside hitter, and setter Karakasi. But late service errors from Yuliia Yastrub and Lauren Woodford would put Morehead State ahead, as the Eagles would win the third set by three points. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse would take the fourth set in convincing fashion, as some adjustments from the Syracuse coaching staff would spur the Orange to a 25-13 set win. The fifth and final set was played much like the second set, as neither team was able to pull away in the tie-breaking set.With the score tied at ten, a service error from Saada gave Morehead State up by 1 point. After a kill from Morehead State’s Mia Swearingen, Shemanova committed an attacking error, providing Morehead State with a three point advantage. The Eagles would eventually win the match with a kill from Olivia Lohmeier. The Orange, who posted 16 errors on the night, remain in Lawrence, Kansas to play Arizona (5-2).          Comments Published on September 13, 2019 at 10:04 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Racela, TNT still holding out hope for q’finals berth

first_imgUK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES TNT started out flat, falling behind, 3-21, and saw the lead extend to as high as 30, 37-67, before playing catch-up all game long.Racela felt that one factor which played a part in that early hole was the distraction brought upon by the trade which shipped Sidney Onwubere, Kris Rosales, and its 2018 first round pick to Rain or Shine in exchange for Jericho Cruz.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I think it had an effect in our game because when I entered the dugout, the players’ faces were different. It was really a surprise to them. I talked to them right before the game and told them that the best way to deal with it is just be professionals. It’s part of the business,” he said.The trade was only approved on Thursday. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEvery game matters, and that statement couldn’t be more true for TNT at this stage in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.With TNT on the outside looking in at ninth place with their 4-6 card, coach Nash Racela rued the KaTropa’s missed chance to boost their campaign after falling to GlobalPort, 84-99 on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Russian fans proudly flying flag at Olympics despite ban Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Though Jayson Castro tried to bring the KaTropa back in the game and cut the deficit to just 10, 84-94 with 2:33 remaining, Racela understood why his side was unable to complete the comeback bid.“GlobalPort’s lead was just too big. They really played well. They made their shots from the outside at the start, and they even made tough shots when we were making our run. It’s hard to make a comeback if that’s the case.Racela knows there’s no more point in crying over spilled milk as he shifts his focus on TNT’s final game against NLEX on February 28 to give his side one last chance to make an argument in entering the quarterfinals.“We still hold our fate because for us to be able to give ourselves a chance, we still need to win that last game,” he said. “If we lose that, we won’t be talking about anything. But if we still correct things and get one win, maybe that gives us some smallest of chances.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View commentslast_img read more