Syracuse’s seniors instrumental in program’s 1st-ever NCAA tournament win

first_img Comments Published on November 30, 2018 at 8:21 pm Contact Eric: STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — As “The Twist” by Chubby Checker blasted through the Rec Hall at Penn State between Friday’s second and third set, Syracuse players couldn’t help but dance along and smile. SU head coach Leonid Yelin didn’t seem to have anything to tell them. At that point, the Orange were already up two sets in the match, on their way to their first ever NCAA tournament win in their first ever attempt, powering past Yale (19-5, 13-1 Ivy League) in straight sets, 3-0. It was clear the moment on Friday night was not too big for the Orange (19-8, 4-4 Atlantic Coast). And SU’s seniors were a big reason why.Seniors Santita Ebangwese and Amber Witherspoon each had a team-leading seven kills after the second set. Ebangwese finished with 10 kills and five blocks while Witherspoon came away with nine and six, respectively. Senior Jalissa Trotter accounted for assists on 36 of the team’s 41 kills.“They brought experience,” Yelin said. “That’s what seniors have to do. You don’t have to explain to them it’s the last opportunity. Just have fun and just play.”The Orange got rolling early in the first set on a 7-2 run to take a 10-5 lead. Yale would then never trail by more than four but was never able to tie it. A return error on a Polina Shemanova hit ended the set 25-22 in favor of Syracuse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe second set is where Ebangwese believed the Orange really started clicking. When Yale went up 18-14, the Orange responded with an Ebangwese slide hit after a long rally. Then, one more. The next play resulted in yet another Ebangwese kill. Syracuse went on an 8-0 run to take a 22-14 lead. The Orange won the set, 25-21.“I could hear [Ebangwese] with blocking through the net and she knew the scouting report really well,” Yale junior Frances Arnautou said. “She made some great plays also defensively blocking.”Santita Ebangwese (left) and Christina Oyawale go up for a block against Yale. Courtesy of Syracuse Athletics | Matthew SniegowskiIn the third set, not much changed. Syracuse never trailed and won the set handily by a score of 25-16. Yale head coach Erin Appleman believed “a mismatch” upfront with Syracuse’s seniors was part of the Bulldogs’ undoing. “I think [Ebangwese] is one of the hardest workers I’ve seen,” Appleman said. “All the film I’ve watched on her, she even defensively gets after it… And then [Witherspoon] is just so enormous and has such a high reach. There were definitely some mis-connections between them, and she was still able to come down and hit the ball and get a kill.”The mismatch showed in the boxscore. Syracuse out-blocked Yale, 12-3. Going into the match, the Orange ranked second in the nation in blocks per set with 3.08, only behind No. 1 Stanford.“We talk to each other on the block,” Ebangwese said. “We work on timing. We work on positioning. Maybe one person makes a mistake, but the other person corrects it so we can stay on top of our blocking game.”The Orange will remain in State College, Pennsylvania, to next face the winner of Howard and Penn State on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Penn State is the second best seed in SU’s region and the No. 8 overall seed in the tournament.Yelin did not believe the 3-0 fashion in which SU won will have an impact on Saturday’s game and said that his attitude is “one game at a time.”Despite the anxious anticipation and excitement some Syracuse players have felt all week leading up to the program’s first ever tournament game, the feeling ultimately disappeared once on the court.“It’s another game,” Ebangwese said of how she felt before the game started. “We have to get that dub. We have to do what we’re supposed to do, what we talked about for game plan. I didn’t think of it as, ‘Oh my god it’s our first NCAA debut game.’ No. I think of it as another game, another opponent that we can take. So we have to give it all we got.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Yahoo Fantasy Football Picks Week 14: NFL DFS lineup advice for cash games

first_imgMORE WEEK 14:Waiver pickups | FAAB planning | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSFLEX: Kareem Hunt, Browns vs. Bengals ($17). Hunt has seen at least six carries in each of the past three games, which could yield 40 yards against a Bengals defense allowing 4.7 yars per carry to RBs. But where he really earns his salary is in the receiving game, where he’s had at least five catches in three of four games. Hunt’s ceiling isn’t particularly high, but with at least 8.8 Yahoo points in all four games this season (average of 11.6), he’s a fine cash play at an affordable price. D/ST: Falcons vs. Panthers ($11). We picked on Kyle Allen last week with the Redskins defense, and we’re picking on him again with a defense that recorded five sacks and four INTs against him in Week 11. We originally wanted the Texans (vs. Broncos) here, but they were $1 too expensive, and it didn’t seem worth it to start picking at our lineup just to fit them in. We’ve managed to find some nice values, particularly at WR, as well as an obvious matchup-play at TE. Our QB and RBs will have to carry us, as we’re once again paying top dollar at two of those three spots, so let’s hope things go better than last week with those players, as the rest of our lineup surely won’t hit at the same rate. WEEK 14 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWeek 14 Yahoo NFL DFS Lineup: Picks, Advice for cash gamesQB: Russell Wilson, Seahawks @ Rams ($35). Wilson dominated against the Rams earlier this year (268 passing yards, four TDs, 32 rushing yards), and he posted six touchdowns in two games against them last year. In a week where a lot of the top QBs have tough matchups and unreliable QBs have the best matchups, we’re happy to split the difference and pay up for Wilson despite some recent down games. WEEK 14 DFS LINEUPS:DK Cash | DK GPP | FD Cash | FD GPP | Y! GPPRB: Dalvin Cook, Vikings vs. Lions ($37). We briefly flipped this spot to Derrick Henry after Cook’s injury scare on Monday, but he’ll be good to go against a Lions defense allowing the third-most fantasy points to RBs. To get someone almost as automatic as Christian McCaffrey in a better matchup for $7 cheaper is a steal.WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endRB: Devonta Freeman, Falcons vs. Panthers ($20). The Panthers allow the most fantasy points to RBs, and they were just gashed for over 200 yards on the ground by Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice despite the duo receiving just 23 carries. Freeman hasn’t been great this year, but he dominates carries and is averaging over four receptions per game. He should be chalky at RB15 pricing, but that’s fine. He’s perfect for a cash game, as he allows you to afford studs like Wilson and Henry. WR: Davante Adams, Packers vs. Redskins ($27). Adams’ price is only this low because of the games he missed due to a toe injury. In the four games since returning, he’s caught 27-of-43 targets (at least 10 in every game) for 266 yards and three scores. The yards have been disappointing, but with tough matchups against the Chargers and 49ers in that span — plus a snow game last week — he’s still performing like a WR1. He’s only priced as the No. 10 WR, and given the matchup against a porous Redskins secondary, we’ll gladly join the masses and add him to our lineup. MORE WEEK 14 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderWR: Courtland Sutton, Broncos @ Texans ($21). Sutton’s price seems like a typo. He eased all concerns about jelling with new QB Drew Lock last week, catching four-of-five targets for 74 yards and two scores. This almost feels like a trap, as Houston’s secondary has been playing better and we don’t have a ton of confidence in Lock in his first road start, but Sutton has been solid in virtually every game this year (save for a matchup against Tre’Davious White a few weeks ago). Even if it’s in garbage time, Sutton should be able to pay off his WR23 price.WR: Deebo Samuel, 49ers @ Saints ($16). Samuel’s salary has barely risen despite the fact he’s had double-digit points in five of his past six games. That includes a pair of 100-yard games and a pair of touchdowns over the past four. We’re hoping we’re not cashing in too late, but New Orleans has struggled against WRs all year, allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to the position. Samuel can score in a variety of ways, so even if he sees a lot of Marshon Lattimore in coverage, the 49ers will find creative ways to get him involved. At $16, he doesn’t need to do a ton to at least meet value. TE: Vance McDonald, Steelers @ Cardinals ($16). McDonald has done very little this year outside of a few random TDs, so it’s a bit disappointing his salary isn’t closer to $13 than $16, but everyone knows how bad the Cardinals defense is against TEs. The only worry here is that Nick Vannett catches the inevitable touchdown instead of McDonald, so in GPPs you can make an argument for paying the minimum for Vannett, but McDonald plays more and should have more opportunities. Originally, we were planning on paying $4 more for Jack Doyle against the second-worst team vs. TEs (Tampa), but the extra $4 helped us fit in Wilson, Henry, Adams, and Sutton.  Last week’s Yahoo daily fantasy football cash lineup hit on almost every player, though we had a big whiff on Terry McLaurin (if only we had stuck with D.J. Moore) and also paid top dollar for disappointing performances from Patrick Mahomes and  Christian McCaffrey. Neither were total flops, but they definitely were not worth their prices. Still, Miles Sanders, Alshon Jeffery, Julian Edelman, DeVante Parker, Tyler Higbee, and the Redskins D/ST more than worked out, so we were ultimately in the money. We’ll look to keep it going with our Week 14 NFL DFS lineup picks.Matchups and injuries will have a bigger-than-usual effect on cash-game lineups this week. Several top offensive teams, including the Ravens (@ Bills), Saints (vs. 49ers), Chiefs (@ Patriots), and Texans (vs. Broncos) face tough opponents, making their players at least slightly less appealing in cash games. Throw in big-time injuries to the likes of Julio Jones (shoulder), T.Y. Hilton (calf), James Conner (shoulder), and many more, and you’re left with some tough choices.last_img read more