Better setting boosting Syracuse’s hitting percentages

first_imgLast season, Syracuse ranked 246th in the nation with a hitting percentage of .176. Lack of experience, Kendra Lukacs said, plagued the Orange throughout the year as SU finished 7-23.“Unfortunately our passing was not good last year,” head coach Leonid Yelin said. “Our hitting was not good last year.”While last season may have been one to forget for SU, players learned from it and adapted. This year, the Orange (13-6, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) boast a .238 hitting percentage, ranking 67th in the nation. SU is playing faster, smarter and have a better understanding for one another’s games. A large part of SU’s improvement come from its setters, who have anchored the success of Syracuse’s hitters.“Our setters are much better (this year),” Yelin said. “They’re all growing up.”In practice, the Orange simulate game-like situations. Once the ball is in play, it is up to the setter to determine which side of the net is receiving less attention from opposing blockers. Then, once they decide and the ball is set, the sole task of a hitter is to get the ball over the net while keeping it inbounds. The only way to get better at setting and hitting is repetition, Yelin said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has achieved a higher hitting percentage because setters are identifying how opposing defenses line up, placing the ball toward an area where there is one or zero blockers. On Oct. 6 against Clemson, Jalissa Trotter was the beneficiary of Dana Valelly’s awareness, as she spiked the ball by just one blocker, finishing off a straight-set win. Had two blockers been there, the 5-foot-7 Trotter may not have gotten the ball over the net.“Our service team is 100 percent better than last year,” junior Santita Ebangwese said. “Jalissa (Trotter) has enough foresight to see wherever the blockers are going, to set up the opposite (side).”Trotter, SU’s starting setter, is averaging 7.29 assists a set, up .71 from last season. When Trotter was injured earlier this season, junior Annie Bozzo impressed, recording 286 assists over an eight-game span. Valelly, the third-choice setter, has provided solid minutes and has averaged 1.73 assists per set.“Without them, our hitters wouldn’t have high hitting percentages,” Yelin said.The Orange’s hitters have benefitted greatly thanks to the improved play of Trotter, Bozzo and Valelly. SU’s two main hitters, Anastasiya Gorelina and Lukacs, have seen their hitting percentages increase, hitting .224 and .216, respectivelyThe biggest improvement of all Syracuse’s hitters has been Ebangwese. After posting a .286 hitting percentage last season, the junior middle blocker has elevated her game and now ranks 25th in the nation with a .396 hitting percentage.SU’s setters and hitters have finally developed a chemistry that was absent last season, and it’s translating into wins for the Orange.“We’ve grown a lot now that we’ve had that year under our belt” Lukacs said. Comments Published on October 9, 2017 at 10:40 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Dream11 MUM vs GOA: Vijay Hazare Trophy prediction, squad details

first_img In a crucial game of the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy, reigning champions Mumbai will take on Goa at the Alur Cricket Stadium II in Bangalore. The match is a round IX encounter between two teams and it is scheduled at 09:00 IST on October 8. Mumbai and Goa are currently placed sixth and eighth respectively in the Elite Group A points table.Also Read | Vijay Hazare Trophy: MS Dhoni Puts National Selectors In The Spot After Turning Down Opportunity To Play For JharkhandDream11 MUM vs GOA: Squad details and Dream11 predictionHere are the squads for the two teamsMumbai SquadPraful Devkate, Aquib Kureshi, Ashay Sardesai, Shreyas Gurav, Aditya Rane, Aman Sheoran, Devendra Parida, Jai Kothari, Srujan Athawale, Utkarsh Raut, Akshay Jambhekar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aditya Tare, Shardul, Surya, Rohit Sharma, P H Solanki, Varun Joijode, Agni Chopra, A Herwadkar, Shreyas Iyer, Sufiyan Shaikh, Dhrumil Matkar, Hardik Jitendra Tamore, S D Lad, Jay Bista, Ajinkya Rahane, Karsh M Kothari, Khizar Dafedar, Kruthik Hanagavadi, Minad P Manjrekar, O H Jadhav, S N Khan, Sairaj B Patil, S I Khan, S Z Mulani, Aditya S Dhumal, Akash P, Ankush Jaiswal, Kd Eknath, Aakarshit Gomel, P Y Pawar, R Sharma, Royston H Dias, Bhupen Lalwani, Tushar U Deshpande, Satyalaksh Jain, Tanush Kotian, Aman Hakim Khan, Pranav Kela, Rudra Dhanday, Arjun Tendulkar, Atharva Vinod Ankolekar, Atharva Poojari, Omkar Ghule, Saksham, Yashasvi Bhupendra Jaiswal, Vikrant Vilas Auti, Parikshit S Valsangkar, Shivam Dube, Shubham Ranjane, Anjdeep Lad, Siddharth Akre, Vijay Gohil, Sujit Naik, A Vashishtha, Atharva Chavan, Sylvester Dsouza, Chinmay Sutar, ShashankAlso Read | PUN Vs VID: Vijay Hazare Trophy Potential Line-up, Match PreviewGoa SquadAmulya Pandrekar, Deepraj Gaonkar, Heramb Parab, Lakshay A Garg, Samar Dubhashi, Shubham Dessai, Snehal Kauthankar, Suyash S Prabhudessai, V A Naik, Vijesh Prabhudesai, Kashyap Bakle, Amogh Desai, Darshan Misal, Keenan, Prathamesh Gawas, Rajasekhar Harikant, Sagun Kamat, Sumiran Amonkar, Amit Verma, C M Gautam, Felix Alemao, Aditya Kaushik, Nihal S, Vaibhav Govekar, Manthan Khutkar, Tunish Sawkar, V G KahlonAlso Read | SAU Vs TAS Dream11: Squad Details For Marsh One-Day Cup MatchMumbai vs Goa Dream11 predictionWicketkeepers: Aditya TareBatsmen: Shreyas Iyer (c), Aditya Kaushik, Jay Bista, Amogh Desai, Yashasvi Bhupendra Jaiswal, SuryaBowlers: Darshan Misal, Lakshay A Garg, S Z Mulani, Dhawal KulkarniPlease note that these Dream11 predictions are made according to our own analysis. The selections made in our line-up do not guarantee positive results in your games.Also Read | Maharashtra Vs Uttar Pradesh: Vijay Hazare Trophy Preview, Details First Published: 7th October, 2019 18:28 IST Aakash Saini COMMENT Last Updated: 7th October, 2019 18:28 IST Dream11 MUM Vs GOA: Vijay Hazare Trophy Prediction, Squad Details Mumbai will face Goa in a crucial game of 2019’s Vijay Hazare trophy. Here, we make a Dream11 prediction for their upcoming fixture scheduled in Bengaluru. WATCH US LIVEcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more