Sports SUmmary: SU volleyball hangs onto national ranking despite two losses over weekend

Sports SUmmary: SU volleyball remains nationally ranked after two losses to Notre Dame

The Orange come in at No. 8 after last weekend's losses to Notre Dame.
Published: October 8, 2020
Syracuse Outside hitter Marina Markova jumps to spike the ball during the Sept. 25, 2020, home game against Pittsburgh.
Syracuse Outside hitter Marina Markova jumps to spike the ball during the Sept. 25, 2020, home game against Pittsburgh.

Syracuse volleyball found themselves ranked eighth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll after losing both matches to Notre Dame this past weekend.

Sophomore Viktoriia Lokhmanchuk set a career-high with nine kills in the Orange’s first battle with the Fighting Irish on Friday, while freshman Lauren Hogan added a career-high 25 digs.

This comes a week after the team was ranked fifth in the nation for the first time in program history following back-to-back wins against Pitt on Sept. 25 and 26.

The team is currently 2-2 on the season and will be traveling to face off against No. 9 ranked Louisville on Oct. 9 and 10.

Former SU football running back and social activist dies at 56

Roland Grimes, who played for the Orange from 1983-85, died early last week after battling various health issues within recent months.

Known for his social activism for Black and other underserved communities both here in Syracuse and in Washington, D.C., Grimes made a lasting impact on those who knew him.

Averaging 3.3 rushing yards over the course of his three years at SU, Grimes made an even bigger impact off the field, working with another former Syracuse athlete to form “Terminating Apathy on the Syracuse Campus,” a group that worked toward combatting racial tensions on campus.

Grimes is survived by his wife, Patricia, who ran track during her time at Syracuse, and their three children, Jasmin, Taylor, and Darius.

SU women’s basketball in ESPN Top-15 recruiting classes for fourth time in five years

The Syracuse women’s basketball team lands at No. 11 in ESPN’s 2021 Top-15 recruiting classes after signing five prospects, three of them international.

This comes as no surprise for the Orange, as they have been a part of the Top-15 four times in the last five years – ranking No. 4 in 2020, No. 8 in 2018, and sliding in at No. 14 in 2017.

Late last month, the team was also recognized as No. 23 on ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top-25 list for the upcoming season.

SU Orange Women's Basketball defeat Clemson Tigers
Redshirt junior Kiara Lewis maneuvers towards the basketball, leading the Syracuse University Women's Basketball team in points in their Feb. 20 win against Clemson University.