Syracuse volleyball falters at end of sets in loss to Colgate

first_img Related Stories Syracuse volleyball falls to Colgate for 2nd straight loss Published on August 28, 2016 at 9:13 pm Contact Jake: Colgate fans erupted as the ball rushed passed a stagnant Syracuse team. It appeared as if the Raiders had a 3-1 win with a serve that landed inside the line.The ball was ruled out of bounds even though it appeared to land in bounds and Syracuse gained yet another chance to comeback in a game that had quickly slipped out of its control.Colgate won two plays later.Twice the Orange had chances to tie sets at 24 points apiece. But each time, Syracuse squandered the opportunity and lost the set. Even when it tied the game at 22 points, it fell that set too. SU (0-2) overcame early-set struggles three times, but could never get an edge late in those sets and ultimately lost to Colgate (1-1), 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.“That’s what changed the momentum …,” Syracuse head coach Leonid Yelin said. “(More experienced teams) can respond much faster back. We are responding to (changes in momentum) a little bit late. It put us deep in a hole.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse came out hot with a flurry of blocks from Mackenzie Weaver, Jalissa Trotter and Santita Ebangwese. That and crisp passing from Belle Sand put the team on a 7-0 run early in the game to make it 8-1.The Orange won the set 25-18.Everything that went well in the first set flipped in the second. The crisp passing, timed blocks and well-placed spikes turned into double touches, long kills and miscommunications at the net.“Stunned them right there,” a Colgate fan yelled from the bleachers as Syracuse’s momentum began to wane following a drop shot that caught the Orange off guard.Despite the struggles, SU clawed within a point of tying Colgate at 24, but couldn’t complete the comeback and lost the second set 25-22.The Orange switched its defensive strategy by focusing on protecting the back of the court. Middle blocker Leah Levert was subbed in for Ebangwese at the net to change the momentum of the game.With Levert in, SU came within a point of tying Colgate at 24, but couldn’t complete the comeback and lost the third set 25-23 on a block by the Raiders.“We have to stay mentally in and we have to remain confident, but calm,” Levert said. “We have to be aggressive, but smart.”As the late-set struggles continued for the Orange, Yelin constantly looked up at the scoreboard after lost points and slumped in his chair.Syracuse’s struggles came to a tipping point in the final set after the Orange again fought through momentum changes and defensive switches.With Syracuse leading 15-14, the team lost the lead for good as it continued to fall apart at the net. SU was unable to use its greatest strength of the short season, blocking, and continued to hit shots too long, too wide and into the net.Colgate stunned Syracuse again with another drop shot to win 25-22 just as it had in the second.“We (are) painfully learning …” Yelin said. “We lose and are ready to play (the next game).” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Eight Hong Kong tourists shot dead in hostage nightmare on Manila bus

first_imgA vengeful ex-police captain has been shot dead by Philippine police after he killed eight Hong Kong tourists held hostage on a bus in Manila.The bus was stormed on Monday night, Manila time, after 11-hour negotiations with the 55-year-old Rolando Mendoza came to a standstill, Al Jazeera reported. The other tourist hostages were hospitalised, with two of them in critical condition, said officials.”The hostage-taker was killed. He chose to shoot it out with our men,” Senior Superintendent Nelson Yabut said. “On our first assault, Captain Mendoza was sprawled in the middle of the aisle and shot one of our operatives. On our second assault we killed him.”Mr Mendoza had seized the bus in an effort to regain his job, after being dismissed from the police force in 2008 over corruption allegations. Dressed in camouflage and armed with an M16 rifle and a jungle knife, he had hitched a ride with the busload of tourists – a total of 22 Hong Kong tourists and three Filipinos – as it visited Manila’s historic sites, before declaring that he was taking the group hostage.During police negotiations, nine people had been released, including three children and two Filipinos. The remaining Filipino, the bus driver, managed to escape when Mr Mendoza began shooting at the hostages by nightfall. During the standoff, negotiators had been given a list of demands by Mr Mendoza, which included food for the remaining passengers on the bus and fuel to continue the air-conditioning.Later, police encircled the bus, smashed its windows, and fired at it after hearing shots from within, but were held at bay by Mr Mendoza’s gunfire. The crisis came to an end when tear gas was lobbed into the bus and a police sniper fired a fatalistic headshot. Some of the surviving hostages have criticised the slow response of authorities. One woman, who identified herself as Mrs Leung, said, “There were so many people on the bus – no one came to our rescue. Why? … We were in fear for so many hours. I find it really cruel.”However, the response from authorities was defended by the Philippine president, Benigno Aquino III, who said they had initially believed Mr Mendoza would surrender. “How can I be satisfied when there were people who died?” he said, before noting the situation deteriorated rapidly from the time the hostage-taker initially showed willingness to release his hostages. Gregory Mendoza, the brother of the hostage-taker, explained Rolando’s actions as an effort to regain the pension that had been disallowed when he was dismissed from the police force.”He is not in the state of his mind, he is not the same Captain Mendoza as before … According to him, he lost his life because of the dismissal,” he said.Gregory Mendoza, himself a policeman, was arrested later on Monday for alleged obstruction of justice, which included approaching the bus to speak with his brother whilst carrying a weapon.”They were the ones who failed in the negotiations, then they blame the outcome on me,” he said.Hong Kong blacklists travel to the PhilippinesIn response to the massacre in Manila, in which 22 Hong Kong tourists had been taken prisoner and eight of them murdered, the Hong Kong government has issued a black travel alert to the Philippines, urging local residents to avoid all travel to the country. The alert means all outbound tour groups to the Philippines will be cancelled from tomorrow, said Executive Director of the Travel Industry Council, Joseph Tung. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Clast_img read more