Syracuse falls to No. 8 Florida State in 3 sets

first_imgSyracuse (8-20, 1-15 Atlantic Coast) lost in three sets to No. 8 Florida State (26-2, 15-2 ACC) in Tallahassee, Florida on Sunday. SU hit .286, its second-best mark of ACC play, but the Seminoles overmatched the Orange, 25-19, 25-15 and 25-17.In the first set, SU played point-for-point with FSU, but the Seminoles pulled away midway through the set. With SU up 13-12 in the first, a Gosia Wlaszczuk service error sparked a four-point run by FSU. The Seminoles took the lead and ran with it, taking the set, 25-19.FSU kept its momentum going, using an early five-point run to beat SU in the second set. Two Nicole Walch service aces for FSU and an attack error by SU’s Silvi Uattara boosted the Seminoles’ second-set run, helping them take the set, 25-15.Up two sets, FSU buried the Orange on its first try. Down 4-3 early in the third set, FSU used a six-point run to break SU, never surrendering the lead again. Up 22-14 later in the set, FSU traded points with SU, finishing the set, 25-17.SU ended its Florida road trip 0-2 after falling to Miami in three sets Friday night. The Orange will head back to the Women’s Building for a Wednesday game against Virginia Tech and a Friday night matchup with Virginia to end the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCompiled by Chris Libonati, staff writer, [email protected] Comments Published on November 23, 2014 at 4:05 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Football: For Wisconsin secondary, motto has been “next man up”

first_imgThe Wisconsin defensive backfield has been decimated by injuries so far this season, but that has not been a concern for backup safeties Eric Burrell and Evan Bondoc. The motto for this season in the Wisconsin football secondary has been about brotherhood, sophomore Burrell said.“Next man up is the key,” Burrell said. “Look to my left and right and see [my teammates] out there, that’s okay. Whoever it is.”With injuries to starting safeties freshman Scott Nelson and senior D’Cota Dixon, who have both been out since the Oct. 13 game against Michigan, the secondary has had no choice but to step up in their absence.Two of the players that have managed to make the leap have been Burrell and Bondoc.Men’s Basketball: Conditioning, defense keys to success this season for BadgersDefense and physicality are two things that often go hand in hand on a basketball court. And judging by the Read…Burrell, in particular, has been very impressed with the way Bondoc has handled his increased responsibility in his senior season. “Bondoc is one of the leaders in the room,” Burrell said. “He’s been here the longest. [Bondoc] has proved the doubters wrong. I’m proud of him. He’s waited his turn and he’s made the absolute most of it.”Bondoc has now had interceptions in two straight games against Illinois and Northwestern, after receiving no playing time prior to the Michigan game. He has stepped up to every bit of the task that defensive coach Jim Leonhard has had for him.Bondoc has felt that the secondary being such a tight-knit group has been key in their ability to pick up each other’s slack. “Being on the same page is something that we do a good job of as a group,” Bondoc said. “All cohesive and working together to have everyone prepared and ready to play. We are learning from each other. Plays that we see before, we correct them. We try not to make the same mistakes.”Former commissioner Bud Selig on history of baseball, his own legacyOne of University of Wisconsin’s most notable alumni is the former commissioner of Major League Baseball and current commissioner emeritus Read…One thing that Bondoc and Burrell could easily agree on was how important Dixon is to the team, both as an on-field player and a leader. “D’Cota is the leader of our room and sets a high standard. We wanted to make him proud out there,” Bondoc said.“I learned everything from D’Cota. He talks to me every day, everywhere. We learn from each other,” Burrell said.Evidently, Dixon is an essential piece to this secondary, even when he’s not on the field. Younger and less experienced players have been learning from him and the results have proven that. Though Dixon will be graduated next season, it’s comforting to know that his wisdom will still be felt by the younger members of the secondary like Burrell.It’s unclear when Nelson or Dixon will return, but fortunately, it feels like the secondary is in good hands in their absence. In the last two games, the secondary has held the Illinois passing offense to 90 yards and three interceptions and Northwestern to 167 yards and three more interceptions.Women’s hockey: Mark Johnson becomes winningest coach in NCAA historyWith a 3-1 home victory over Minnesota-Duluth on Oct. 14, head coach Mark Johnson officially entered the record books as Read…This is an encouraging development for a group that two weeks ago gave up 38 points to Michigan and forced no turnovers.It does feel like the unit is hitting their stride, which is good news considering the team has a very important stretch coming up. They are now one game behind Northwestern in the Big Ten West standings having lost the tiebreaker matchup. They will need a strong finish to have any chance at winning the Big Ten West and playing in a third consecutive Big Ten Championship game. Time will tell if Burrell, Bondoc and the rest of the secondary are up to the task.last_img read more