Indian Spikers Settle for Silver in U-23 Asian Volleyball Championship

first_imgNay Pyi Taw: India finished runners-up in the Asian men’s U-23 Volleyball Championship after suffering a 1-3 loss at the hands of Chinese Taipei in the final here on Sunday.India was slow to get off the blocks in the first set, allowing the opposition to steer the set in their direction, especially after the 10-point mark.The team did threaten to mount a comeback in the latter part of the set, but the deficit proved too big to overturn as the Amit Gulia-led side ended up conceding the set 25-21.In the second set, powered by the combination of Muthusamy and Shon John, India took a slim lead early on and held on to it for most part of the set. However, some ordinary reception in the ensuing minutes saw them conceded the lead close to the 20-point mark after which Chinese Taipei never looked back and won the set 25-20.The third set saw some improved blocking by Shikhar Singh and Prince but service errors at crucial junctures allowed Chinese Taipei recover midway through the set. With survival at stake, the Indian spikers upped the ante in the closing moments of the set, making the most of the opposition’s errors to it 25-19.In the decisive fourth set, Chinese Taipei maintained pressure from the first minute as Chang Y.S and Sung P.T’s spikes got the better of Indian blockers early on in the set.But Shon John’s quality spikes and some impressive blocking kept bringing India back into the match. Despite trailing by seven points at one stage, they brought the difference down to a single point to make the scoreline read 24-23.But Chinese Taipei didn’t take long to wrap up the set and a powerful spike once again proved too good for the Indians as theor opponents won 25-23 to seal the match. IANSAlso Read: Indian Spikers Sail into U-23 Volleyball Championship SemisAlso Watch: Bipasa Hrangkhawal- the first woman air traffic controller of Tripuralast_img read more

The Latest: WCC postpones conference fall competition

first_imgThe Latest: WCC postpones conference fall competition French golfer Alex Levy has been withdrawn from the Celtic Classic, which started on Thursday.Levy came into contact with a friend who has tested positive for the coronavirus, the European Tour said in a statement.The contact happened while Levy was at home in France last weekend. When he arrived at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales on Tuesday, he tested negative. He is showing no symptoms, the tour said, but he has been withdrawn from the tournament as a precaution and must self-isolate for 14 days.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The conference announced the decision on Thursday, saying the “welfare” of the student-athletes was the “guiding principle.”The league says it is working on plans to ensure a safe environment to conduct the 2020-21 WCC men’s and women’s basketball seasons in the winter.The postponement does not preclude schools from scheduling non-conference competitions in low-risk sports in the fall.___Houston Baptist and Central Arkansas are still planning to play non-conference football games after the FCS-level Southland Conference decided Thursday to postpone league games this fall with the intent to explore playing those in the spring. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The West Coast Conference has postponed all conference fall competition because of the COVID-19 pandemic. August 13, 2020 ___New Mexico State has postponed its football season because of COVID-19 concerns and state restrictions.The Aggies are the third independent FBS program to decide not to play in the fall, joining Connecticut and Massachusetts. They are the 53rd major college football program overall to opt out. New Mexico State noted it had four games left on its schedule, plus the state of New Mexico has a 14-day quarantine for those traveling into and out of the state.New Mexico State says it will explore playing football in the spring. Southland Conference presidents also authorized planning for spring semester championship events for volleyball, soccer and cross country, while allowing schools to participate in limited fall competition if they choose to do so.Houston Baptist plans to honor its existing contracts to play non-conference football games against North Texas, Texas Tech and Louisiana Tech. Central Arkansas intends to play its scheduled opener Aug. 29 against Austin Peay, and a game at Arkansas State.“While not unexpected, it is still a sad day for our fall sport student-athletes,” HBU athletic director Steve Moniaci said. “We are taking measures to ensure they can compete safely in a limited capacity this fall and be prepared should the league resume play and reschedule the championships for the spring.”UCA athletic director Brad Teague said his school was “moving forward with its fall campaign in all sports, playing a reduced schedule.”Tom Burnett, commissioner of the Southland Conference, said the board determined that an entire fall sports season wasn’t likely. ___Five lower-level tennis tournaments in the United States in September have been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.The U.S. Tennis Association — which plans to hold the U.S. Open and another tournament in New York starting Aug. 20 — announced Thursday the cancellations of all ITF World Tennis Tour and ATP Challenger events in other cities around the country next month.Those tournaments are ATP Challengers in Cary, North Carolina, and Columbus, Ohio, and ITF stops in Champaign, Illinois; Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Lubbock, Texas.The USTA says the sort of “controlled environment” that will be used for the Western & Southern Open and U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows “would logistically and financially be difficult to create” at the smaller tournaments that are being scrapped. Associated Press There will be strict measures in place to protect against the coronavirus, and fans will not be allowed to roam around. The circuit has a capacity of around 110,000 including more than 40,000 in the stands and welcomed approximately 160,000 people across the three-day weekend last year.Organizers say in a statement: “It is a decision that makes us emotional because it also represents a green light for the restart of world sport finally in front of the fans.”The first three MotoGP rounds were held without fans and no spectators will be allowed into the upcoming doubleheader in Austria.___ “Rival New Mexico has postponed its season as part of the Mountain West’s decision to attempt to play in the spring.New Mexico State competes in the Western Athletic Conference for other sports, and that conference also announced it would not have fall sports this year.___Fans will be allowed into MotoGP races for the first time this season, at the Misano circuit in Italy next month.The region of Emilia Romagna has given the circuit permission to open to a maximum of 10,000 fans a day for the doubleheader of the San Marino and Emilia Romagna MotoGP rounds.last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 13-5 win over No. 15 Albany

first_img Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on February 16, 2019 at 8:46 pm A week after a historic loss against Colgate, No. 20 Syracuse (1-1) upset No. 15 Albany (0-1), 13-5, in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. The Orange were led by Bradley Voigt, who scored six goals and tripled his previous career high. Drake Porter was efficient in net in his second start, and SU regained momentum in the early portion of its season.Here’s what our beat writers had to say after the contest:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more