Syracuse adds cornerback Davis to Class of 2015

first_img Published on May 6, 2014 at 1:07 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Cornerback Davante Davis verbally committed to Syracuse on Tuesday afternoon, becoming the fourth player to join the Orange’s Class of 2015.Davis is finishing his junior year at Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, Fla., and is listed at 6 feet, 2 inches and 180 pounds by Scout.com.Davis is the second defensive back from Florida that Syracuse has picked up in this class. He joins Champagnat Catholic of Hialeah High School cornerback Gerald Robinson (three stars), who committed on April 25.Davis and Robinson are continuing a reliable pipeline to the Sunshine State that SU offensive coordinator George McDonald is fostering. Six members of the Orange’s Class of 2014 hail from Florida.Along with Robinson, Davis also joins running backs Tyrone Perkins and Jordan Fredericks in the Class of 2015.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Trojans’ woes continue in loss to Gauchos

first_imgThe USC men’s volleyball team might be out of the playoff picture, but it certainly is not backing down as the season comes to a close.Down and out · 2013 has been a disastrous season for the USC men’s volleyball team, as Wednesday’s loss to UC Santa Barbara brings the team’s record to 6-16, a far cry from 2012’s national runner-up campaign. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe young players were hungry for a taste of the postseason experience as they headed out on the road for their final two games, both against playoff-bound teams. Their first stop was in Santa Barbara on Wednesday, where they took on No. 7 UCSB.But despite their enthusiasm, the Trojans (6-17) were defeated by a more experienced squad by a score of 25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 25-17.The Gauchos (15-14, 11-12 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) recently clinched a spot in the MPSF playoffs, but a recent stretch of losses had them clamoring for momentum as they entered Wednesday’s match against USC. Despite being one of the top defensive teams in the nation, UCSB had dropped consecutive matches to BYU and Cal Baptist, but the team was able to regain its stride against USC.The Trojans had a number of opportunities to take control of Wednesday’s match early on, but they tapered off near the end of the first two sets. Both teams hit poorly at the start of the match, but six crucial aces from the Gauchos gave them the advantage they needed in sets one and two.“Our hitting percentage wasn’t very good but we were making stops and we held them to a pretty low percentage as well,” USC head coach Bill Ferguson said. “Defensively, we did a nice job, but we made too many service errors and just dug ourselves too big of a hole.”Though the Trojans were able to contain the Gaucho’s best player, Dylan Davis, they had a difficult time overcoming the duo of outside hitter Austin Kingi and middle blocker Evan Licht. The two combined for seven aces and 18 digs and gave UCSB a significant advantage in the match.“Their team usually goes as Dylan Davis goes,” Ferguson said. “And we held Davis to .200 [hitting percentage], which is great, but we couldn’t stop their other outside hitters.”But the USC squad showed some signs of life in third set. Despite falling behind early, the Trojans surged, riding a wave of strong hitting to an 11-5 run and a sizable lead. The Gauchos put up a strong fight and evened the score four times, but the Trojans pulled through and were able to take the set.It looked as though the Trojans success would continue into the fourth set when they jumped out to an early lead, but this time the Gauchos responded. The combination of strong serving by UCSB and atrocious hitting from USC gave the Gauchos all they needed to win the set and the match.“In the third set, we did a great job of bouncing back,” Ferguson said. “It was the best execution I saw throughout the match, but in the fourth we just fell behind and made too many attack errors.”Once again, the Trojans were victims of their own poor night at the net. They hit a dismal .135 and were overpowered by the Gauchos strong defense. Though the Trojans were able to keep pace on digs, they were out-blocked by ten and out-served by six aces. UCSB simply outplayed the Trojans en route to their 15th win of the season.Though the rest of the team appeared somber after another loss, Ferguson was happy to see some of his younger players step up to the challenge. Freshman middle blocker Josh Kirchner put forth an especially encouraging showing, along with some other Trojan youngsters.“Josh Kirchner had a fantastic night tonight, he hit great and he served really well,” Ferguson said. “[Robert] Feathers was okay, [Austin] Rysyk came in and sparked us pretty good off the bench and J.B. Green had some good digs for us. So I was happy with those performances.”The Trojans might not be headed to the playoffs, the younger players’ performances against the Gauchos provide some hope for the future. As one of the youngest teams in the NCAA, the USC men’s volleyball team seems to be poised for a few impressive seasons down the road.The Trojans close out the season tomorrow with a rivalry matchup against UCLA. The match will be played at the Bruins’ newly refurbished Pauley Pavilion starting at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Yggdrasil announces UK expansion with Rank Group

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 Related Articles CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Submit Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Yggdrasil Gaming’s expansion strategy continues further still, after a new agreement with Rank Group was announced.Under the terms of the deal, the Malta headquartered online and mobile casino games supplier is to provide its full portfolio of titles to the British gaming company.Rank Group, who operate the Mecca and Grosvenor Casinos brands, will enjoy access to slots such as the popular Jungle Books and Valley of the Gods.In addition, Yggdrasil is to also provide Boost, its collection of in game promotional tools with a focus on player engagement and retention, and Brag, a tool which allows the promotion of games via social channels, to aid marketing of the titles.Yggdrasil CEO Fredrik Elmqvist said: “Rank Group is one of the most recognised gaming operators in the UK, and is another important addition for Yggdrasil as we further expand in this highly competitive market.“We are certain our games will sit well on the Mecca and Grosvenor brands, and look forward to building a long and mutually beneficial partnership with Rank.” Bhotesh Maheshwari, Rank Group Head of Casino, added: “Yggdrasil is a relatively new entrant in the space but have already delivered some extraordinary titles and superior bonusing tools. We are very pleased to serve their content to our Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor Casino players, and look forward to utilising the Boost promotional tools.”As part of its expansion strategy, Yggdrasil has recently announced a duo of deals concerning European markets, in addition to taking its first steps into the multiplayer bingo world.Deals with Danske Spil and Eurobet.it have expanded the firm’s reach in Denmark and Italy respectively.last_img read more