Chris McCullough to reportedly return for sophomore season

first_img Published on March 4, 2015 at 5:08 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Forward Chris McCullough will return to Syracuse for his sophomore season, Syracuse.com reported on Wednesday afternoon.Earlier in the Orange’s season, McCullough had been projected as a first-round pick in the NBA Draft. He tore his right ACL on Jan. 11 against Florida State in the Carrier Dome and was ruled out for the rest of the season. He underwent surgery on Feb. 12.“In my opinion, he made a wise decision to return to Syracuse,” said Jason Smith, McCullough’s former coach at Brewster Academy, in a text.When he does return, McCullough will join what will likely be a crowded Syracuse frontcourt. Tyler Roberson and DaJuan Coleman are expected to return and contribute, and incoming big men Moustapha Diagne and Tyler Lydon could be in the mix as well.In 16 games played this year, McCullough averaged 9.3 points and 6.9 rebounds in just over 28 minutes. The Orange is 18-12 and heading into its last game of the season at North Carolina State. On Wednesday, SU head coach Jim Boeheim emphasized how different the season may have been if Syracuse had McCullough, calling his injury a “devastating loss.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“By the summertime, I’ll be able to run,” McCullough told Syracuse.com. “I won’t be able to play until probably late October, November. But in a game, I probably won’t play a game until December. I don’t want to rush it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Miranda Ramirez’s 12-match win streak snapped as SU falls, 5-2, to No. 27 North Carolina State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 7, 2017 at 8:16 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham It had been 75 days since Miranda Ramirez hadn’t scored the final point in her singles match. The freshman entered Friday rolling on a 12-match win streak — two shy of tying the Syracuse single-season record —  dating back to Jan. 22. But against No. 27 North Carolina State, Ramirez’s near-historic roll terminated.Since the last time Ramirez lost, she even became ranked, checking in at No. 79 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings.“In tennis, sometimes one point here and there makes the difference,” SU head coach Younes Limam said, “and I think that’s what happened today.”The loss in three sets in No. 1 singles for Ramirez, 3-6, 6-4, 5-7, was a major stumble for Syracuse (6-10, 3-6 Atlantic Coast) as it fell, 5-2, to No. 27 N.C. State (17-7, 6-5) at Drumlins Country Club on Friday. After getting dismantled by the No. 15 doubles pairing of Martina Frantova and Anna Rogers, Ramirez faced No. 59 Frantova again. An emotional and mistake-filled match ensued, with Frantova edging a victory.A stagnant 6-2 loss in No. 1 doubles quickly turned into a dreary No. 1 singles first set for Ramirez. Straying into the unfamiliar territory of trailing, she dropped her first set, 6-3. The normally even-keeled Ramirez knew she needed to change something to get going, and that’s when she let her emotions bleed.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEarly in the second set it was frustration. When Frantova won a game to tie the second set, 1-1, Ramirez thwacked her racket onto the court as she looked down in disgust. A missed shot or poorly placed volley had Ramirez running her free hand over her brow, muttering to herself.“I can’t believe I missed that,” Ramirez said on the court.Even Frantova let emotions fly. Down 4-3 in the second set, she dropped a point that tied the game, 30-all. Frantova had originally called it out, but the umpire overruled her. Frantova retorted with a few choice words and was assessed a penalty, giving Ramirez a 40-30 lead.But the fracas only fueled Frantova, who went on and won the game anyways, tying the set, 4-4.“I think it’s just because it was a much tougher match,” Ramirez said. “… I was trying to get myself into it.”Codie Yan | Staff PhotographerRamirez looked off from the opening serve. A few nagging injuries — including some skin ripped off by athletic tape on her right foot — hindered her from feeling fully comfortable. As a result, shots went long, first serves carried wide and drop shots were smothered by the net. The spike in unforced errors took a visible toll on Ramirez, as she began to look more dejected with every miscue.Even with the uncharacteristic errors and emotions, Ramirez strung important games together in the third set, taking a 5-2 lead. But Frantova chipped away at Ramirez’s lead, eventually taking the lead, 6-5.Facing match point, Ramirez fired a return into the net, and the streak was over.“We all lose and win,” Ramirez’s doubles partner, sophomore Gabriela Knutson, said. “We all accept our losses.”In the aftermath of Ramirez’s most crucial miscue, the freshman slammed a ball into the green tarp behind the court as Frantova screamed on the other side of the net. All of the emotion had finally boiled over.“Ultimately,” Ramirez said, “I’m just going to go back to the practice court and forget about this the best I can.” Commentslast_img read more