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

Official: Bayern Munich to sign Benatia

first_imgBayern Munich have announced they have reached an agreement with Roma for the signing of centre-back Mehdi Benatia.The 27-year-old has been linked with a possible switch to the Allianz Arena for several weeks, with reports over a potential move gathering pace following the injury suffered by Javi Martinez.Bayern have now confirmed that a deal has been agreed to sign the player for an undisclosed fee from the Serie A giants, with Benatia set to travel to Munich later this week to complete a medical and finalise personal terms.The Morocco international is poised to sign a five-year contract with the Bundesliga champions.Benatia had attracted the interest of several European giants following his impressive performances for Roma last season after his move from Udinese. Premier League duo Arsenal and Manchester United were linked with €35 million bids for the player but concrete interest from England failed to materialise, allowing Bayern to steal a march in the race for his signature.The Bavarians were forced to redouble their efforts to bolster their defensive options after Spain international Martinez suffered a cruciate ligament tear in the DFL-Supercup loss to Borussia Dortmund, and head coach Pep Guardiola has opted to bring in the experienced Serie A-stopper.last_img read more