COVID-19: Indonesia’s Proliga volleyball season ends early, no champion declared

first_img“We’ve already delivered the message to the teams that made it to the final-four round, both in written and verbal statements,” Hanny said. Proliga, which is one of the few sustained sports leagues in the country, debuted in 2002.Read also: COVID-19: Indonesia records highest death toll in Southeast Asia at 19The men’s division teams that reached the 2020 final four were Jakarta BNI 46, Surabaya Bhayangkara Samator, Jakarta Pertamina Energy and Palembang Bank Sumsel Babel. The women’s teams that advanced were Jakarta Pertamina Energy, Bandung BJB Tandamata, Jakarta PGN Popsivo Polwan and Jakarta BNI 46.  The organizers of Indonesia’s premier volleyball league, Proliga, have decided to end the 2020 season early, scrapping the finals as a precaution against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Proliga will not name a champion this year for the first time in its history. Both the final-four round and the grand final of the 2020 Proliga season have been cancelled due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Indonesia, Proliga director Hanny S. Surkatty said on Wednesday. Previously, following the accelerating spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia, the 2020 Proliga organizers decided to relocate the final-four and grand final venue to the Police Gen. Kunarto Volleyball Training Center in Sentul, Bogor, West Java. The matches were set to be held without spectators. In the original schedule, the first round of final-four matches was to be held at Joyoboyo Kediri sports arena in East Java from April 3 to 5, while the second round was to be held at Sritex Arena in Surakarta, Central Java, from April 10 to 12. The grand final was supposed to be held at Amongrogo sports arena in Yogyakarta from April 18 to 19.“Nevertheless, as the coronavirus has spread quickly, we have decided to cancel the final four and grand final altogether,” Hanny said. Read also: Pressures on for Jokowi to close citiesThe league organizers said the cancellation of the finals was also a response to a letter issued by the International Volleyball Federation (IVB) regarding the spread of the virus. The organization said it had not been approved to hold the events after the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) announced an extension of the COVID-19 state of emergency until May 29. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Syracuse locked in as No. 3 seed in conference tournament after 5-0 loss to No. 9 Robert Morris

first_img Published on February 23, 2018 at 10:59 pm Contact Adam: | @_adamhillman Three minutes into the third period, SU head coach Paul Flanagan looked dejected with his hands on his hips as Syracuse faced a four-goal deficit to No. 9 Robert Morris.With a top-two finish and a first-round bye in next week’s College Hockey America tournament up for grabs entering the weekend, Flanagan had no answer to his team’s performance.“Wish I knew (what went wrong),” Flanagan said.Syracuse (12-19-2, 11-7-1 CHA) has clinched the third seed in next week’s CHA post-season tournament after falling 5-0 to No. 9 Robert Morris (19-7-4, 13-3-3 CHA). After failing to score on 16 first-period shots, SU only tallied 10 more for the rest of the game.In order to reach the top two in the conference, the Orange would have had to defeat the No. 9 team twice in two days. While SU will now have to win three games in three days starting next Thursday in order to win the first CHA title in program history, the Orange remain confident that it can “break the streak.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The team’s faced nothing but adversity so it’s not like we can’t win (the title),” redshirt junior Brooke Avery said. “It’s a little more difficult now; it’s not out of the question. It’s just another battle for us.”With six and a half minutes remaining in the second period, the Orange faced a two-goal deficit. After senior forwards Stephanie Grossi and Alysha Burriss failed to convert on a 2-on-1 breakaway, the Colonials sped back down the ice, trying to ice away any opportunity for an SU comeback.Robert Morris junior defender Kirsten Welsh received the puck at the blue line on a return pass from senior forward Jessica Gazzola. SU senior defender Megan Quinn began to skate towards her, late to recognize the play.Welsh’s shot fake tricked Quinn, opening up a clear chance at net. While senior goaltender Abbey Miller was able to stop the first attempt, the rebound went right to freshman forward Lexi Templeman, who stuffed the puck into the net and propelled Robert Morris to a three-goal lead.“If I was watching this game, just showed up and watched this game, I would label us as a poorly coached team,” Flanagan said. “We didn’t have them ready for that second or third period.”Even though SU ended up with one more shot than the Colonials, it was outscored by five. This is the ninth time that Syracuse has failed to score this season.The “disappointing” effort has now forced the Orange into a predicament where it has to win three games in three days at next week’s CHA tournament. Before the playoffs begin, the team is confident that it can turn its fate around if it approaches tonight’s loss against RMU with the right attitude, Grossi said.With the loss, SU will now face last-place Rochester Institute of Technology on Thursday, March 1. The Orange outscored the Tigers 22-3 in four matchups this season.“Past couple years we’ve had that automatic bye,” Avery said, “but it’s not like it can’t be done.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more