Volleyball’s Polina Shemanova on Verge of Making History

Thursday, Oct 06, 2022 at 12:45 pm by Sports Editor

Ryan Bridges | @RyanBridges517
CitrusTV Volleyball Beat Reporter

Syracuse, N.Y. – Volleyball should have an exciting and memorable week ahead of them.

To start off the weekend, Syracuse will share the court with Notre Dame on Friday. However, the biggest story of the weekend for SU will be an individual milestone.

Syracuse outside hitter and captain, Polina Shemanova, is getting closer and closer to becoming the all-time kills leader in Syracuse Volleyball history. Shemanova is 26 kills away from breaking the record that was set by Diana Fiume back in 2000.

Shemanova is in her fifth season at SU, which some might say gives her an advantage to break the record. However, Shemanova is also the all time leader in kills per set (min. 1,000 kills) in program history.

“It’s a great accomplishment. We are really happy for her… I don’t think I was close to these numbers in my career…” SU Head Coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam said with a chuckle. “She works for it on a daily basis. She’s a true team player.”

When will Shemanova break it? Well, that’s tough to know. In her last two games,
Shemanova has 52 kills which averages out to exactly 26 kills per game. However,
that’s a lot of kills for any player, especially Shemanova.

If she does break the record, there will be an announcement made on the loudspeakers in the Women’s Building. There are no other arrangements that have been made yet.

If Shemanova is unable to break the record on Friday against Notre Dame, she will have to do it against #2 Louisville on Sunday. The Cardinals are 13-1 with a 4-0 record in the ACC. They will also be the first ranked team the Orange have faced this season.

The match against Notre Dame is on Friday at 7 p.m. while the match against Louisville is on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both games will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra.