Summit Auto Group Best of the Week: When the SU women’s volleyball team started with back-to-back victories over Pittsburgh on September 25 and 26, the first of these matches went the full five sets. Ultimately winning the final set 15-9 after an exchange of close third and fourth sets, the Orange was led up front by Polina Shemanova, whose power was responsible for more than a full set’s worth of points as Shemanova ultimately produced 20 kills and five blocks.
SOS Rewind and Archive: In this 30-year anniversary of Dick MacPherson’s final season on the SU sideline, it’s important to note where it all turned around. When the Orange faced Vanderbilt on October 6 of that year, it had tied its previous two games against Michigan State and Vanderbilt and still didn’t know what it had with Marvin Graves at quarterback – but after the Orange defeated the Commodores 49-14, it would win five out of seven games to lock up a bowl bid.
AFLAC Trivia Tidbit: It was Sean Tucker’s 112 receiving yards and two touchdowns that helped key SU’s 37-20 win over Georgia Tech on September 26. Who is the all-time leading receiver in program history? Not Art Monk or Marvin Harrison, but Ervin Phillips, who caught a total of 223 passes over his career from 2014 to 2017, which included a school-record 17 catches in a single game, achieved in his senior year when the Orange faced North Carolina State.
Atlas Fence Community Corner: It’s here that we can acknowledge the continued gifts of Tim Green, one of SU’s all-time greats before he went on to a prolific career as an author, TV commentator and coach. Of course, Green is waging a very public battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, but with the full support and help from his wife and children, Green continues to author books and make count every day of his life with obstacles few of us have to face.
U.S. Army Weekly Recap: While SU football had the week off, other teams on campus sprang to life. The women’s volleyball Orange already had a couple of matches (both wins) in the books when it traveled to no. 6-ranked Notre Dame for a pair of matches where it only managed to get a single set from the Fighting Irish. Also there was men’s soccer, which began with an epic battle against Pittsburgh on October 6 that went to overtime before SU lost 3-2 to the Panthers.