SU volleyball’s season over after two weekend losses

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Syracuse headed into its final weekend against Cincinnati and Louisville aware of the challenge that was in store. Two of the best teams in the conference stood as the final two opponents for the Orange’s season. And both lived up to the challenge. SU (23-9, 5-9 Big East) lost both matches in a weekend that put an end to the Orange’s roller coaster season. It’s ended a year during which the Orange went from the best start in program history to playing itself out of the playoffs. Still, Syracuse didn’t go down without a fight. ‘We knew this was going to be the toughest weekend,’ assistant coach Carol LaMarche said. ‘They’ve been one and two in the conference all the way up to this weekend.’ Syracuse battled No. 19 Cincinnati to take the first two sets. Everything was in SU’s favor. The Orange had all the momentum and seemed to be cruising to a victory. There was an unmistakable feeling that there was potential for something special to happen.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The match had everything it needed to be a monumental victory for the Orange. The underdog was on its way to taking down the conference powerhouse, which stood on its side of the court, shocked at what was happening. ‘We were just working out butts off,’ SU outside hitter Hayley Todd said. ‘We were just fighting together. We gave it everything we had.’ The feelings of the two teams going into the break after the first two sets could not have been more different. Syracuse was rolling and didn’t want to have to stop playing. Cincinnati needed the 10 minutes to create a new game plan. And it worked. Syracuse was one set away from sending Cincinnati home with just its second conference loss. The Bearcats just wouldn’t have it. Cincinnati woke up and regained the momentum and control to win the next three sets. New plan. New adjustments. That’s all it needed. ‘They started tipping a lot more, they had been hitting a lot of deep balls that we were picking up and blocking,’ Todd said. ‘They definitely adjusted their attacking.’ Cincinnati started to attack like the nationally ranked team it is. The Orange caught the Bearcats off guard in the first two sets. That was all Cincinnati needed to see. They figured everything out to send SU to a heartbreaking loss. Syracuse was so close but couldn’t prevail. Against Louisville, there was once again the feeling that Syracuse could pull out a huge win. The Orange came out strong, taking the first set 25-15. But just like against the Bearcats, the Cardinals didn’t let the Orange get too far. This time, SU only won one set before going on to lose the next three. ‘They’re definitely just a strong, high-blocking team,’ outside hitter Mindy Stanislovaitis said. ‘We don’t see that a lot in the Big East, they’re probably the biggest team we’ve seen all season.’ From that point on, Louisville completely took Syracuse out of the match. Against the Bearcats, the Orange battled for the whole match. Against the Cardinals, it didn’t have much of a chance after the first set. Louisville went on a 9-0 run in the second set to take it 25-12. The Syracuse team that dominated the first set looked nothing like the team on the court for the final three sets. Digs were missed. Errors were made. But the biggest problem of all was that it couldn’t get anything past Louisville. ‘They’re a good team, they always peak at the end of the year,’ LaMarche said. ‘They were reading what we were doing. You have to give them credit.’ The loss wrapped up Syracuse’s weekend and its season. It was a season of highs and lows, with the program-record start and the tumble in Big East play. And it all culminated with the highs and lows in these two matches. Said LaMarche: ‘It’s unfortunate we put ourselves in this situation, but we tried to step up to the challenge.’ cjiseman@syr.educenter_img Published on November 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

Doug Wilson, 56, Wellington: July 4, 1957 – Dec. 27, 2013

first_imgDoug WilsonDouglas “Doug” E. Wilson, of Wellington, died Friday, December 27, 2013 at his home at the age of 56.Doug was born the son of Dale and Katherine Jane (Lightcap) Wilson on Thursday, July 4, 1957 in Wellington.On May 16, 1997, Doug and Rebecca Rios were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated 16 years of marriage.He has been an employee of Groendyke Transportation for the past 21 years where he worked as a Chemical Driver.Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Wilson of Wellington, children: Michael Wilson of Wichita, Christopher Wilson of Wichita, Thomas Wilson and his wife Audrey of Wichita, Amber Jackson and her husband Mark of Wichita, Rebecca Faith Wilson of Wellington, Evan Wilson of Wellington, step-daughters: Mercedes Ybarra of Wellington and Sandra Ybarra of Wellington, brother, Craig Wilson and his wife Susan of Wellington, sister, Cindy Pollock and her husband Robin of Wichita, grandchildren: Tristan Wilson of Wichita, Kristen Wilson of Haysville, Teryn Wilson of Wellington, Chloe Wilson of Wellington, Chance Wilson of Wellington, Kayleigh Wilson of Towanda, Christopher Wilson, Jr. of Towanda, Katherine Wilson of Wichita, Isadora Wilson of Wichita, Brooklynn Wilson of Wichita, Broc Wilson of Wichita, Kyler Osborne of Towanda, great-granddaughter, Jordyn Wilson of Wellington.He was preceded in death by his parents and second wife, Joyce Wilson.Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, December 30, 2013 with the family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Funeral services for Doug will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church, Wellington.Interment will follow at the Sumner Memorial Gardens, Wellington.Memorials have been established in his loving memory with the Wellington Humane Society, P.O. Box 494, Wellington 67152. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

Dropping out kills

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThat’s theoretical, of course, but it’s all the more reason to embrace school reform. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A newly study released quantifies the problem of school dropouts in terms of stark social costs, particularly with respect to public safety. The study, “School or the Streets: Crime and California’s Dropout Crisis,” concludes that there is a direct correlation between the dropout rate and violent crimes such as homicide and aggravated assault. Among the study’s conclusions are that high-school dropouts are 31/2 times more likely than graduates to be arrested. Dropouts are also more than eight times as likely to be in jail or prison. The study pegs the dropout rate in the Los Angeles Unified School District at about 55 percent. According to the study’s authors, if the graduation rate rose by 10 percentage points, 214 murders and 7,200 aggravated assaults could be prevented in Los Angeles County each year. last_img read more