Oct. 21, 2011
Chestnut Hill, Mass. –The Boston College volleyball team was topped by No. 25 Miami on Friday night in Power Gym. The Eagles (7-14, 3-7 ACC) looked strong at certain times, but the Hurricanes (14-6, 7-3 ACC) emerged on the positive side of several long rallies to earn a four-set victory, 26-24, 25-16, 16-25, 25-16.
Senior outside hitter Tsvetelina Dureva led all players with 20 kills, adding 12 digs for her sixth double-double of the season. The Sofia, Bulgaria, native ranks sixth on BC’s all-time list with 13 career double-digit performances in multiple categories.
Senior Brennan Clark and freshman Courtney Castle each posted a match-high 21 digs. Clark also burned Miami for two aces, while Castle contributed nine kills, an ace and one block.
Freshman Kellie Barnum distributed a team-best 37 assists, her fifth match with at least 30.
The Canes took the first three points of the match, but a string of attacking errors enabled BC to pull even at four. Barnum began to connect with senior Mollie Kolosky and Castle, who both put a pair of kills in the books in the first set, to help the Eagles keep pace at nines. When the first of sophomore Melissa McTighe’s six kills gave BC a one point lead, Clark followed with an ace and Dureva dealt out two kills to force a timeout from the Miami bench, 13-9.
Out of the break, Dureva added four kills to help keep Miami at bay, 18-14, but two aces, a kill and error allowed the “U” to tie up the set, 18-18. The sides then went back-and-forth until Dureva’s seventh kill of the set forced another stoppage, 23-22.
The Hurricanes drew even on a kill after the timeout, but an error gave BC set-point, 24-23. The Canes answered with a block and two kills from Lane Carico to take the set, 26-24.
Boston College took the first point of the next set, but Miami found production down the middle for a .231 hitting percentage and relied on four team blocks to control the second stanza, 26-16.
Although the third set began as closely as the first, Boston College had found its rhythm. At 9-9, freshman Lauren Fields posted two aces to give the Eagles a lead they did not relinquish. Behind Dureva’s six kills on 12 swings and sophomore Alex Fitzmorris’ three kills on seven attempts, each without an error, BC put together a .364 attack to take down the Canes, 25-16, in the third.
Boston College continued its momentum into the fourth on the arms of McTighe and Dureva, but 10-5 run gave Miami the distance it needed to escape from Power Gym with the win, 25-15.
The Eagles host No. 19 Florida State on Sunday, Oct. 23, at noon.