Orange drop 3-1 decision to No. 8 Pittsburgh

first_img Published on October 5, 2018 at 9:46 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew Syracuse’s historic undefeated start in ACC play came to an end on Friday night, as the Orange dropped a 3-1 decision to No. 8 Pittsburgh.Wearing their royal blue and gold retro uniforms, the Panthers (16-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast) outscored Syracuse (8-5, 4-1)  98-68 over the four sets. Pittsburgh’s hitting percentage of .319 more than doubled Syracuse’s .157.The loss extended SU’s losing streaks against both the Panthers and ranked opponents, each dating back to 2015.In the first set, senior setter Jalissa Trotter opened with a service error, sending the ball out of bounds. From there, the Panthers would go on to hold leads of 8-3, 13-4, and 22-6. The 25-9 final marked the first time the Orange were held to single-digit points in one of the first four sets since Sept. 1 of last season against No. 6 Wisconsin.The Orange held their own in the second set and found themselves in a 22-22 tie with a chance to turn the page. SU was unable to finish, however, losing 25-23, with back-to-back kills from sophomore Kayla Lund breaking the tie.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the third set, the Orange were able to finish, unlike the previous set. Up 24-22, a Lund kill brought the Panthers to within one. After calling a timeout to regroup and regain focus, a kill from Polina Shemanova won the Orange its first set.Playing out similar to the first set, Pittsburgh held leads of 10-3 and 20-10 in the fourth set, punctuated by a kill by Layne van Buskirk for the final point.Shemanova’s 10 kills led the Orange, however that total was her second lowest of the season and first time under 14 in conference play. Senior Santita Ebangwese had 10 blocks, while junior Kendra Lukacs contributed 12 digs.SU was unable to get its offense into a rhythm the entire match. They could not contain Pitt’s potent front line which was paced by Lund and Markovic with 21 and 18 kills, respectively.The Orange look to get back on track Sunday in their last of four consecutive road matches, taking on Virginia at 1 p.m. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

MLB hot stove: Khris Davis eyeing long-term deal with Athletics

first_imgAthletics slugger Khris Davis is eligible for free agency after this season, but he would be happy to work out a long-term deal with Oakland.Davis told the AP Sunday he’d like to play in Oakland at least three more seasons after this one. MLB hot stove: Phillies reportedly in lead for Bryce Harper, Nationals a distant second “Whatever works best for the organization. … Whatever comes long-term is going to come,” Davis said. “If they want me here long-term they’re going to get something done.” “I’d like to be here. I hope something gets done,” Davis said. “It’s not a good thing being a free agent right now. For my security, it’s going to impact a lot. That’s the way the business is. I’m already 31 so I don’t know if I’m too old. There’s a lot of things that run through my head. Who knows. If it [long-term contract] happens, it happens.”Shoot, I want to stay here at least three more years, but that’s a long time to be an Oakland A. But if anybody can do it, I guess it’s me, hopefully. I don’t think they’ll trade me as long as we’re doing good. So we better do good so I don’t get traded.” Related News Davis certainly did his part for the surprising Athletics last season, leading the majors with 48 home runs and collecting 123 RBIs. He finished eighth in the AL MVP voting. The outfielder has averaged 44 home runs and 112 RBIs in three seasons in Oakland.Athletics manager Bob Melvin told the AP he really admires Davis’ attitude. “He’s been as good a fit here as some of the great players in the past here,” Melvin said. “I kind of alluded since the day he got here he seems like the perfect fit for our city, for our team, the attitude he has as a superstar that has an everyday workmanlike mentality, doesn’t want the spotlight, so that’s kind of what I was implying. I mean what I said, he’s been absolutely terrific for us.”Davis said he’s focusing on this season, and is not worried about his contract situation.last_img read more