Volleyball Falls in Straight Sets, 3-0, to NC State
Oct. 19, 2012
Boston College volleyball fell 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-18) in straight sets to NC State inside Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C. on Friday night.
The Wolfpack (18-3, 8-2 ACC) improved to 13-1 at home this season including a 6-0 home record in ACC play. NCSU's victory over the Eagles (10-12, 4-6 ACC) brought their ACC win total to eight wins on the season, tying the school record for ACC wins in a season with 10 conference matches still to play.
Current ACC Player of the Week Alesha Wilson recorded a match-high 11 kills to go with four total blocks for the Wolfpack (No. 31 RPI). Preseason All-ACC selection Megan Cyr registered a match-high 33 assists for NC State head coach Bryan Bunn's side.
For BC, sophomore Courtney Castle posted eight digs and six kills while sophomore captain Kellie Barnum distributed 13 assists. Senior captain Krystle Higgins tallied five kills and four block assists in the match, and Franny Hock totaled eight digs for the Eagles.
NC State came out strong in the first set behind a home crowd of 896 fans taking set one 25-13, leading from end to end. The Wolfpack jumped out to a 13-2 lead causing the Eagles to use both of their timeouts in the first 12 points. Over the next 17 points BC outscored NCSU 10-7 to get within eight points at 20-12, but the Wolfpack claimed five of the last six points to earn the set victory. Barnum notched four assists, three digs, and an ace in set number one for BC.
In the second set, the Eagles came out more competitive before the host Wolfpack earned a 25-17 victory in set two, outhitting BC .483 to .125. The Eagles played NC State point-for-point in the beginning of set two with the two sides knotted at 11-11. From there NCSU used a 7-0 run to create an 18-11 cushion. BC pulled within five points at 22-17 before the Wolfpack took the last three points to win the set. Barnum compiled seven assists in the set while Hock connected on five digs. Higgins, Castle, and Katty Workman each had three kills in set two.
The Wolfpack closed out the match with a 25-18 win in set three. NC State again staked an early edge leading BC 9-2 out of the gate in the third set. The Eagles gradually worked their way back into the set pulling to within five points at 23-18 causing NCSU to use a timeout before the Wolfpack took the last two points to win the set. Castle connected on five digs and two kills in the set while Cagla Sen had five assists for BC in set three.
Boston College continues play this weekend with a matchup at the University of North Carolina (No. 23 RPI) on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. inside Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C.