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Volleyball Drops 3-0 Decision to North Carolina

Oct. 20, 2012

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Boston College volleyball dropped a 3-0 (25-19, 25-10, 25-17) decision to the University of North Carolina inside Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Saturday night.

Before 803 fans, the Tar Heels (17-4, 8-3 ACC) improved to 10-0 at home on the season and remained undefeated in the all-time series against the Eagles (10-13, 4-7 ACC).

UNC (No. 23 RPI) received a match-high 13 kills from Paige Neuenfeldt, the ACC Freshman of the Week on Oct. 1, and head coach Joe Sagula's Tar Heels outhit BC .333 to .087 in the match

For head coach Chris Campbell's Eagles, sophomore captain Kellie Barnum posted a match-high 21 assists - her 10th match this year with 20 or more assists - while freshman Franny Hock led all players with 10 digs - her 13th match this year with double-digit digs. Sophomore Courtney Castle totaled seven kills and six digs in the match for the Eagles.

Senior captain Krystle Higgins tallied seven kills and three block assists in the match to take sole possession of first place on BC's all-time block assists list with 289 block assists in her career. Rachel Bach (1999-2002) previously held the record with 288 career block assists.

The Eagles fell in set one to the Tar Heels 25-19 despite pulling within two points late in the set. BC and UNC were tied at 7-7 before North Carolina used a 12-5 run to open up a 19-12 lead causing Campbell to use his second timeout. Out of the timeout, the Eagles rattled off five straight points to pull within two at 19-17. The Tar Heels closed out the set taking six of the last eight points. Barnum dished out eight assists in the set for BC while Higgins recorded three kills and two block assists. Hock connected on four digs in the set.

North Carolina built on their momentum from the first set dropping BC 25-10 in the second set. The Tar Heels jumped out to a 10-3 lead and led from start to finish in the set. Barnum distributed seven assists in the set while Castle had three digs and two kills in set two.

BC dropped the third set 25-17 as UNC emerged victorious in the match. The Eagles challenged the Tar Heels early in the set with BC holding a slight edge at 11-10. From there, North Carolina used a 6-0 run to take a 16-11 lead. BC got within three points at 16-13 but could get no closer for the remainder of the set. Barnum added another six assists to her total in the set while Hock registered four digs and an ace in the final set.

Boston College begins a four-match home stand next weekend with ACC matchups against Clemson (Oct. 26, 7:00 p.m.) and Georgia Tech (Oct. 28, noon) inside Power Gym in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

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