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Syracuse’s 5-game winning streak snapped in road loss to Louisville

first_img Published on November 15, 2019 at 10:34 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse’s (10-12, 7-8 Atlantic Coast) longest winning streak of the season was snapped on Friday in a straight-set road loss against Louisville (17-8, 10-5 ACC). In the previous meeting, Syracuse defeated the Cardinals in a come-from-behind, five-set win in the Women’s Building. Three-time ACC Player of the Week Polina Shemanova struggled in Louisville, as the ACC leader in points per set only recorded 10 kills on 40 attacking chances. The St. Petersburg, Russia native also committed 10 attacking errors. In the first set, Syracuse and Louisville played tight, as the score was tied at 18 late in the first set. But a kill from Louisville freshmen outside hitter Amber Stivrins sparked a rally for Louisville. The Stivrins kill was followed by back-to-back attacking errors from middle blocker Dana Gardner and Yuliia Yastrub.While a kill from Ella Saada brought the Orange back within two, four straight points from the Cardinals ended the first set, 25-19. Syracuse committed a total of 10 errors in the first set.The second set was defined by sloppy play from Syracuse and dominant play from Louisville’s outside hitters. Louisville jumped out to a 15 to 9 lead in the second set, as the Cardinals capitalized on poor attacks from the Orange to sustain their scoring rallys. Lousiville would take a 10 point lead over the Orange with a block from Anna Stevenson and Tori Dilfer. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLouisville ended the second set with a poor attacking play from freshman middle blocker Abby Casiano, 25-15. The Orange committed double-digit error numbers in the second set as well. The third and final set was similar to the second, as Louisville benefitted from the Orange’s attacking errors to open the set with a 19-9 lead. Syracuse committed seven errors in that span. The set ended with Shemanova attacking error, 25-15. The Orange committed 37 total errors in the straight-set loss at Louisville. Those errors accounted for 77% of Louisville’s points on the night. Syracuse continues its road trip with a rematch against 17-win Notre Dame in South Bend on Sunday. Syracuse beat the Irish in four sets in the team’s first meeting in the Women’s Building.   Commentslast_img read more

Ghana to discover its 2022 World Cup path on Monday

first_imgGhana’s path to the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be made clearer when the draw for the qualifiers are held on Monday, 29 July, 2019.The Confederation of African Football will conduct the draw for the eliminators in Cairo.The Black Stars and 25 other top-ranked teams on the continent will not take part in a preliminary qualifying stage but they will know their opponents for the second round of the qualifiers which is the group stage.The Format:The first round will see 28 of the continent’s lowest-ranked sides being drawn against each other for a two-leg home and away tie.The 28 teams for the first round will be made up of:Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Seychelles, Sao Tome, Chad, South Sudan, Gambia, Mauritius, Liberia, Ethiopia, Comoros, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Equatorial Guinea, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, Togo, Malawi, Angola, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Namibia, Central African Republic and Tanzania.The winners will then progress to the next stage to join the top ranked teams on the continent, 26 of them, including Ghana’s Black Stars currently ranked  and complete the list of 40 teams, and who have been drawn into 10 groups of four each.Some of the top-ranked teams are runners up at the recently held Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), Senegal who maintained their first place in Africa and ranked 20th in the world, Tunisia who finished fourth at the AFCON and ranked 29th in the world.Nigeria (33rd), newly-crowned African champions, Algeria (40th), Morocco (41st), Egypt (49th), Cameroun (53rd), DR Congo (56th) and Cote d’Ivoire (57th), Mali (59th) in that order, complete the top 10.The winners of the second round will advance to the third and final round where they will again be drawn to face each other in a home and away tie with the winners eventually picking the five slots alloted to Africa for the 2022 Games set be hosted in the Arab world for the first time. Source: Ghana Soccernetlast_img read more