Polina Shemanova’s 30 kills not enough in SU’s 3-2 loss to Florida State

first_imgDown 14-11 in the fifth set, Syracuse needed just one final push to keep the game going. After two SU kill attempts were dug during the rally, freshman Polina Shemanova finally converted one, her 30th kill of the match, a career high.But the next point went to Florida State (11-7, 7-1 Atlantic Coast), giving FSU a 3-2 match win and completing its comeback from being down two sets to zero. Despite the Orange (10-6, 6-2) keeping each set close, never trailing by more than six in four of the five sets, SU couldn’t quite get enough production to finish. While Shemanova racked up her 30 kills, the rest of SU combined for only 36. “[The Seminoles] have two very reliable outside hitters; we don’t have that,” head coach Leonid Yelin said. “We have only one outside hitter: it’s Polina. We’re not keeping somebody fresh in the most important game.”Blessing Emole | Digital Design EditorAdvertisementThis is placeholder textUp front, Santita Ebangwese provided some balance with 16 of those other 36 kills. Several times when SU needed a big point, Ebangwese converted a slide hit to get past Florida State’s strong blockers.The Seminoles came into the game ranked 15th in blocks per set and finished with 11 on Sunday. The SU players weren’t intimidated coming in, though.“I never change my game plan,” Ebangwese said. “I hit like I always hit. They’re a decent blocking team, but I do my job.”But while Ebangwese was able to contribute, Yelin acknowledged there were plays when she didn’t make the best decisions. When FSU went up with two blockers, he saw the Orange sometimes hit straight into them when that could’ve been avoided.A lot of it also comes down to setting, too, Yelin said.“I think our setter on those situations—when it’s possible it’s good and she has options—she should be able to see a middle blocker on that side where she’s moving,” Yelin said. “And she was just going to Santita, she just so trusts her, but you have to see it.”Syracuse tried to create a balance to Shemanova with its other main outside hitters, Yuliia Yastrub and Ella Saada. Yelin frequently subbed the two in and out, but neither provided the answer.“It’s not a game plan,” he said. “It’s not to keep everyone fresh. It’s just about for a whole match, Ella [hit] -.067 and Yuliia [hit] -.143. So between those two, we didn’t find anyone.”That attacking failure reflected a match-long offensive difficulty for the Orange. Syracuse hit just .187, while Florida State finished at .291. Syracuse also had 11 more attack errors than the Seminoles.Yelin expects better going forward, despite not knowing who some of the contributors beyond Shemanova might be.“We don’t have enough players in the starting lineup,” Yelin said. “Unfortunately I have to be saying it’s true, we don’t. We don’t. So it’s our job to find out those players.” Comments Published on October 14, 2018 at 6:02 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Anthony Joshua History Beckons

first_imgThe six-foot-six Joshua used his six-inch reach advantage to outland Parker 93-49 in jabs despite throwing 46 fewer, according to CompuBox statistics.The ringside judges scored it  118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 for Joshua. The fight appeared to be closer than the scoring indicated, though many rounds could have gone either way.With the victory, Joshua added Parker’s WBO belt to his WBA, IBO and IBF belts. It was the first time in his professional career that Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) has gone the distance. Parker fell to 24-1 with 18 KOs.“My strategy was to stick behind the jab,” Joshua said. “It’s one of the most important weapons we have . . . the old saying is a right hand will take you around the block but a good jab will take you around the world.“So I stuck behind the jab and made sure that anything coming back, I was switched on, I was focused and it went 12 rounds baby. . . . Joseph Parker is a world champion so I knew he was going to be determined.“Sometimes it does become a boxing match, not a fight. I said this would be about boxing finesse.”Parker praised his opponent and said he would be back.Joshua said he wanted to fight unbeaten WBC champion Deontay Wilder of the U.S. at some point to see who will become the undisputed champion. “I will knock him the spark out,” Joshua said.At one point he said he would either like to fight Wilder or Tyson Fury, the British former champion who has not fought since defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.Joshua-Wilder is likely to happen within the next year, but unlikely to be next on either fighter’s docket. And Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn said it would have to happen in England. Wilder has said he would have no problem crossing the Atlantic to fight Joshua in what is expected be one of the biggest heavyweight fights of all time.Joshua took the chance to call out WBC title holder Deontay Wilder – who turned down an invitation to be at ringside. The already loud calls for them to meet will grow louder. Can either really turn down the chance to become the first man in history to hold all four titles?Only boxing politics, purse splits and ego can get in the way. Wilder will probably point to the fact that  his rival failed to score a stoppage. But Joshua’s camp might just as well feel going the distance is a positive if such a landmark bout is to come next.The knockout run has ended. But Joshua’s rise to supremacy looks increasingly difficult to stop.Indeed, the performance might have encouraged Wilder to put pen to paper quicker than expected.Speaking to Sky Sports, Joshua said: “This was about boxing finesse – I stuck to my word. I know what it takes to be a champion. Parker said he wanted a war, but it was all about boxing finesse. The main thing we cannot forget is that I am the unified heavyweight champion of the world.”Asked if he would fight in the United States, he said: “I’m not interested in going to America. All these years, we’ve gone to the States, people have spent a lot of money following British boxers over there. But we can do it in London, Cardiff. We are staying right here.“I want Wilder or Fury. Get him (Wilder) in the ring and I’ll knock him spark out.”Former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis posted: “#JoshuaParker wasn’t the scrap I’d hoped it would be but AJ fought well and smart. Kept JP at end of jab. Ref seemed too hurried to break them up at times…but it was a clear win for AJ and he showed maturity and patience.”However, some Nigerians regret the fact that it is United Kingdom and not Nigeria that is celebrating Joshua today had it been his attempt  to compete in the colours of Nigeria at the 2008 Beijing Olympics had not been frustrated.“Joshua really wanted to represent Nigeria at the 2008 Olympics but Obisia Nwankpa and Samson Arashola deprived him of the opportunity. But now Britain is enjoying what Nigeria should be celebrating,” Okorodudu said.Meanwhile,  Obisia Nwankpa debunked Okorodudu’s claim that he frustrated Joshua in his attempt to represent Nigeria at the 2008 Olympics.“His (Joshua) case is not the first. We’ve had similar cases like that before. Most athletes that live or born abroad, anytime they want to represent Nigeria they do not go about it in the right way. Moreover, they believe by virtue of having lived abroad they could just walk into the team without going through the trials. That is not acceptable,” Obisia said.The man who was called golden gloves because of his finesse in the ring said it was impossible for Joshua to make the Nigerian 2008 Olympic team with the presence of Olarewaju Durodola in the team.“As at 2008, we had a boxer that was very strong called Durodola and at that time Joshua was not better than him. Even the fact that he won a world title does not translate to his being better than Durodola. He just happened to have a faster shot at the title by virtue of living in the United Kingdom, where there are opportunities. Durodola only moved to America recently and he is now the World Boxing Association, WBA, number two contender,” the former Commonwealth champion said.Joshua was born in Watford to a Nigerian mother and a father of Nigerian and Irish descent. He grew up for much of his early years in Nigeria and returned to the UK to join Kings Langley Secondary School. Growing up on the Meriden Estate in Garston, Hertfordshire, Joshua was called ‘Femi’ by his friends and former teachers, due to his middle name ‘Oluwafemi’. He excelled at football and athletics.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Since Lennox Lewis unified the heavyweight boxing title in April 2000, after defeating Evander Holyfield, there has not been another undisputed heavyweight boxing champion of the world. However, last Saturday, Nigerian-born Anthony Joshua defeated Joseph Parker to move closer to becoming the first undisputed world champion since 2000. With the four titles in his grip, his attention is now on Deontay Wilder’s WBC title, writes Kunle AdewaleAnthony Joshua predicted a ninth-round knockout against Joseph Parker in the second heavyweight unification bout between unbeaten fighters in boxing history. The Englishman failed to get the KO, but he got the victory, a unanimous decision over New Zealand’s Parker before more than 80,000 partisan fans at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales last Saturday.It was far from an action-packed fight, instead becoming a mostly technical boxing match from the opening bell, with few heavy exchanges, and a referee, Giuseppe Quartarone, who strangely stopped the action at odd times. Even Showtime blow-by-blow announcer, Mauro Ranallo, said at one point, “What the hell is going on with this referee?”Both fighters fought behind their jab effectively, and it was Joshua who looked like the pursuer as Parker spent much of the fight retreating. Joshua rarely led with his right hand, instead saving it for sporadic inside uppercut attempts, only a few of which landed solidly. Neither fighter was able to get much offense going over the 12 rounds, a nod to the effectiveness of the jabbing strategy.last_img read more

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first_imgThere was great scenes on Sunday evening in Donegal Town as Donegal brought back the Anglo Celt cup to the county for the third time in four years.It was an historic day for Donegal, with Declan Bonner’s minor side also winning an Ulster championship for the first time since 2006. It was the first time in the county’s history were both the minors and seniors captured Ulster titles.In the homecoming video above Jim McGuinness speaks candidly about the disappointment of last year and how much the defeat hurt the players.McGuinness said that Sunday’s victory was the sweetest one yet after he and his team had been written off by many pundits after last year’s collapse.Next up for McGuinness and his charges is a meeting against either Meath or Armagh at Croke Park on Saturday the 9th of August. Declan Bonner’s minor side face Roscommon in an All-Ireland quarter final in Sligo on Saturday week.Video courtesy of Jackson Media TV.DDTV: WATCH JIM MCGUINNESS DELIVER ROUSING SPEECH AT HOMECOMING FOR ULSTER CHAMPIONS was last modified: July 23rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more