Syracuse volleyball tops Clemson in 4 sets

first_img Published on October 14, 2016 at 10:07 pm Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.edu Syracuse (5-12, 4-3 Atlantic Coast) beat Clemson (5-13, 0-7) in four close sets, 3-1, on Friday, kicking off its longest road trip of the season.Santita Ebangwese and Leah Levert led the Orange in kills, scoring 14 and 13 respectively. Levert led the team in blocks with nine.Syracuse fell to Clemson in the first set, 25-22. Clemson scored the first four points of the set and was leading 7-4 when the Orange came back with a four-point run, overtaking the Tigers 8-7. The two teams were knotted at 15 points apiece but then Clemson charged ahead to take a 19-16 lead and eventually take the set.The Orange came back, winning the next three sets, though. Each of the three were relatively back and forth. A big moment for Syracuse came in the second set when it was down 11-16. SU scored 11 of the next 14 points to go up 22-19. It kept the lead until the 25-23 final.The third and fourth sets went very similar to the second, ending 27-25 and 25-23 respectively. The lead switched often between the two teams.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThrough four sets, the score was tied 43 times.The win was SU’s third straight against Clemson.The orange will continue its road trip on Sunday against Georgia Tech (14-5, 5-2). Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Aubameyang Gives Arsenal Winning Start at Newcastle

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired Arsenal to a 1-0 win at Newcastle in their Premier League opener on Sunday, providing hope of an improved run this season for Unai Emery’s side.The Gunners finished last season in turmoil after blowing their bid for a top-four place with a disastrous spell in the final weeks. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Adding to Emery’s woes, Arsenal were crushed by Chelsea in the Europa League final to shatter their dreams of Champions League qualification.But Arsenal have enjoyed a profitable close-season, with a host of new signings raising morale around the Emirates Stadium.And Aubameyang gave Arsenal fans renewed belief they can get back in the top four this term with a typically predatory second-half finish to give the north Londoners a winning start.Arsenal had a wretched away record last season, keeping just one clean sheet on their travels, so taking three points without conceding was the perfect way to turn over a new leaf.Their often-criticised defence held firm, with centre-backs Calum Chambers and Sokratis keeping Newcastle at bay.Aubameyang’s strike ruined Newcastle manager Steve Bruce’s first match in charge of the club he supported as a boy.Bruce left second-tier Sheffield Wednesday to join Newcastle in the close-season following the departure of fan favourite Rafael Benitez, who had grown tired of a lack of backing from controversial owner Mike Ashley.Bruce’s appointment was hardly greeted with widespread joy on Tyneside and the season started with Newcastle fans staging a protest against Ashley in the streets and then boycotting the match in large enough numbers to leave numerous empty seats around St James’ Park.Emery’s decision to leave new signings David Luiz, Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe on the bench was rewarded by a determined, if only sporadically cohesive, display from his team.There were starts for 19-year-old academy graduates Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock, but Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were absent after two men were arrested following a fresh incident after the pair were the victims of an attempted car-jacking in July.Joelinton made his first Newcastle start after his club-record £40 million switch from Hoffenheim and the Brazilian striker needed to impress to lift the gloomy mood on a rainy day in the north-east.He had his first sights of goal when he flicked a header just wide from Matt Ritchie’s cross and then blasted straight at Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno.Jonjo Shelvey went even closer for Newcastle as the midfielder hit the outside of a post with a stinging strike.Henrikh Mkhitaryan squandered a golden chance to give Arsenal the lead, the unmarked midfielder firing wildly over the bar from 10 yards.After a quiet start, Arsenal star Aubameyang, the joint top-scorer in the Premier League last season, sprang to life when he tested Martin Dubravka with a powerful strike after superbly controlling Mkhitaryan’s long pass.It was a warning that Newcastle failed to heed as Aubameyang put Arsenal ahead in the 58th minute.Ainsley Maitland-Niles was the provider, making a timely interception of Paul Dummett’s under-hit pass to Jetro Willems and surging away from inside his own half.Unfurling a pin-point pass that curled over the back-tracking Newcastle defence, Maitland-Niles found Aubameyang in space and the Gabon striker took a touch before clipping his cool finish past Dubravka.Ivory Coast winger Pepe, Arsenal’s £72 million club-record signing, and Spanish midfielder Ceballos, on loan from Real Madrid, came off the bench for the last 20 minutes.The new boys didn’t make much of an impact as Arsenal’s much-maligned defence took the plaudits.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more