Volleyball Drops Third Straight Game After 3-0 Loss to NC State
Ryan Bridges | @RyanBridges517
CitrusTV Volleyball Beat Reporter
RALEIGH, N.C. – Syracuse Volleyball has hit a wall since opening conference play 4-0.
They haven’t just lost their last three games. They have been swept three times in a row.
The most recent time the Orange lost in straight sets came on Friday against NC State.
Syracuse was very close to taking a lead in the first set, but couldn’t get over the hump. The two teams were tied four different times, but SU barely led aside from the first few points.
Syracuse led for a couple of points in the beginning of the second set, but lost control after NC State went on a 9-4 run in the middle of the set. The Wolfpack took the second set in convincing fashion, 25-16.
The Orange were plagued by many things all night, but one thing they have been plagued with all season is unforced errors. Friday night was certainly no exception. SU in only three sets amassed 22 turnovers while NC State had 12.
This also hurt Syracuse in the kills column as well. Outside hitter Polina Shemanova tied her season low in kills with nine.
Shemanova was the kills leader for the Orange. Naomi Franco was second with eight, while Viktoriia Lokhmancuk came in third with seven.
On the other side of the net, NC State had a very balanced attack. Six players from the Wolfpack had five kills or more. Freshman Ava Brizard led the way for NC State with 10 kills.
Syracuse will stay in state this weekend to play a match against North Carolina on Sunday. The match is at 3 p.m.