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Comeback Falls Short for Volleyball in Raleigh

Oct. 29, 2011

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Raleigh, N.C. - The Boston College volleyball team had its comeback against NC State cut short on Saturday evening in Reynolds Coliseum. The Eagles (7-17, 3-10 ACC) fell to the Wolf Pack (17-8, 5-8 ACC) looked as if they would force a fifth set, but fell in four games, 25-16, 25-19, 17-25, 27-25.

Freshman Courtney Castle registered her fifth double-double of the season on 14 kills and 18 digs. The Orange, Calif., native also produced a season-high four aces and two total blocks.

Freshman Kellie Barnum distributed match-high 45 assists, made eight digs, three kills and a block.

Junior Krystle Higgins posted 10 kills on 23 swings for a .261 percentage and made a team-best five blocks.

Sophomore Alex Fitzmorris delivered a .353 hitting percentage behind seven attempts on 17 attempts, adding two blocks and two digs.

Boston College raced out to an 8-3 lead to start the match, but NC State put together a 9-4 run to even the match at 12. The sides traded the next points, before a pair of kills and a block gave the Wolf Pack the momentum to carry on towards a 25-16 win in the first set.

The Eagles started strong again in the second on the arms of senior Mollie Kolosky and Higgins, but the Wolf Pack responded again to catch up at 11. Again the sides exchanged points, until a block error award NC State the lead at 14-13. Fitzmorris delivered a pair of kills and Higgins added two points, but the Wolf Pack took the second set, 25-19.

BC started at a disadvantage in the third, but caught up at fives and traded points until overtaking the Wolf Pack on a kill by Castle, 11-10. The Eagles rallied behind a kills and block assists from McTighe and Fitzmorris on an 8-4 run to take command of the third, 20-14. NC State managed a few points, but a kill from Castle and block by McTighe advanced the score to 22-17, before three straight attack errors end the third in favor of the Eagles, 25-17.

Boston College led the way as the two sides battled in the start of the fourth, when an attack error and kill by Higgins put BC up, 14-12. The Eagles utilized a varied attack to build a 21-16 lead, before the Wolf Pack began to make a move. After an ace put BC in position to force a fifth set, 24-10, NC State put up four straight points on two kills and error and a controversial call on the Eagles at the net. A service error gave BC a chance to win the game, but a kill and two blocks ended the match, 27-25.

The Eagles resumed conference play when they host Georgia Tech on Friday, November 4, at 7 p.m.

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