SU volleyball to face No. 8 Penn State after first NCAA Tournament win over Yale
SU volleyball to play No. 8 Penn State in NCAA Tournament
In their first match in the NCAA Tournament, the Syracuse women’s volleyball team (19-8) overtook Yale (19-5) to advance to the second round of the tournament. This is the first time in the 36-year program that the Orange have qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
Shemanova also led the team in digs and kills with 12 each. Ebangwese also had 10 kills for Syracuse. As a team, the Orange only had 8 errors, opposed to Yale’s 20.
The Orange led much of the first set until a service ace from Yale’s Izzy Simqu tied the teams, 21-21. But Yale only went on to score one more point, while committing three errors to result in a guaranteed Syracuse win after one final kill by Shemanova.
The second set started with a back-and-forth game. Shortly into it, Yale was able to take a 13-8 lead over the Orange. An attack error by Yale’s Frances Arnautou tied the teams with 18 points each, and Syracuse was able to contain Yale to only three more points.
A kill from Syracuse redshirt senior middle blocker Christina Oyawale got the third set off to a hot start, and the Orange didn’t look back from there. Yale struggled to keep up with Syracuse, as the Orange scored 8 kills in a row. Another final kill from Shemanova brought the match to an end, with Syracuse sweeping all three wins.
Syracuse will face No. 8 and 7-time NCAA Tournament winner Penn State tomorrow at 7.p.m. in University Park. The game will be broadcast on Big 10 Network.