Syracuse heads to Virginia trying to snap losing streak

first_imgWhen players come out to the court with confidence, they usually draw from the success they have had in the past.After five straight losses and a 0-4 start to the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Syracuse players seem to be struggling to play with any confidence.“If you’re not winning,” head coach Leonid Yelin said, “how are you going to have confidence?”Making it that much more disappointing is that all four of these losses came at home. To get its first ACC wins of the year this weekend, the Orange (5-11, 0-4 ACC) will need to win on the road against Virginia (9-7, 2-2) at 7 p.m. on Friday or Virginia Tech (14-2, 2-2) at 1 p.m. on Sunday.After its matchup against undefeated North Carolina on Friday night, it seemed the Orange would be able to draw confidence from being able to compete and almost win sets against one of the top teams in the country.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textInstead, against a solid but weaker North Carolina State team on Sunday, the team seemed to have not gained any confidence. In fact, the Orange lost confidence in a disappointing four-set loss filled with errors across the board.“What we’ve tried to do is build confidence in those games where even when we lost we’ve played well,” middle blocker Lindsay McCabe said. “Like Friday, I think we built our confidence good on that. But then again, we brought it down on Sunday so we got to be a little more consistent with that.”Yelin disagrees that SU’s performance on Friday could give the team confidence going forward. He believes the team needs to actually get the win if the Orange is going to build up any belief in itself.“They lost,” Yelin said. “So you never believe you can do it. You lost. You don’t even remember what is happened before. You remember what’s happened now. On the end you was going shaking hands. You lost.”After the game on Sunday, Yelin mentioned outside hitter Silvi Uattara as an embodiment of the mental toughness he feels SU lacks.After playing so solidly the past weekend and still coming up short, Uattara admits it does get hard to play with confidence when the team doesn’t win, leaving her at a bit of a loss for words.“Of course it’s hard to step up after so many losing like games,” Uattara said.Syracuse might not have any recent wins under its belt, but the Orange is still doing what it can to try to improve its confidence leading up to matches.“I think the best thing that we can do at this point is build confidence in practice so that when we start a game we have it,” McCabe said.Syracuse hasn’t won a game at home since Sept. 14. As the Orange hits the road for its next four games, a change of scenery could be the spark SU needs for a turnaround.“We just know there is so many more conference games ahead of us,” freshman setter Erica Handley said. “We’ve played four games (at home). You never know. We can’t give up now. We just got to keep our heads up and keep pushing.” Comments Published on October 9, 2013 at 11:17 pm Contact Ryan: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Cold case: Authorities looking for limo driver’s killer

first_imgPICO RIVERA – Stephen Isaac Smith was on his way to the office to drop off his earnings as a limousine driver when he was fatally shot July 3, 2006. Shortly after the 2 p.m. shooting in the 5600 block of Rosemead Boulevard, witnesses saw a man in baggy shorts running from the scene. The case remains unsolved. Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding the killer. Smith, 49, lived in Pico Rivera and worked for Exquisite Limousine Transportation in Los Angeles. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.He had fares the night before, said Sgt. Kenneth Clark of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. Detectives believe the night’s take included credit card receipts, which were also taken. “He was walking to his car to drive to the office to drop the money off,” Clark said. He didn’t know how much cash Smith was carrying. “I believe he was confronted by someone and he was shot.” Smith was gunned down in the hallway of his apartment complex. Witnesses saw a man fleeing the scene shortly after the gunshot rang out. The man was spotted climbing a fence and running behind the apartments. Smith was pronounced dead at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, said Capt. Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. He said the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest. Smith’s relatives and employer could not be reached for comment Monday. “We are definitely seeking the public’s help,” Clark said. “The victim was not a gang member. There is no correlation between the suspect and the victim.” The suspect was described as a Latino wearing a white T-shirt and black cut-off shorts. Neighbors had said that Smith was a quiet tenant who paid his rent on time. They heard arguing before the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Kenneth Clark at the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more