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Volleyball Slowed by Georgia Tech

Tsvetelina Dureva

Tsvetelina Dureva

Nov. 4, 2011

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Chestnut Hill, Mass. – A fast start by outside hitter Tsvetelina Dureva and the Boston College volleyball was withstood by Georgia Tech, who rebounded after a first set loss to pick up a four-set victory on Friday night in Power Gym. The senior led the Eagles (7-18, 3-11 ACC) with 20 points off of 17 kills, five blocks and 12 digs, recording her 16th career double-double, in defeat against the Yellow Jackets (14-11, 7-7 ACC).

Freshman Courtney Castle also produced double digits in multiple categories, 11 kills and 12 digs, to notch her sixth career double-double, third most ever by an Eagles rookie. The product of Orange, Calif., added three blocks for a total of 13 points on the night.

Tech relied heavily on outside hitter Monique Mead in tight situations, as the Newnan, Ga., native delivered 22 kills on .292 hitting and 12 digs, three blocks and an ace.

Senior libero Brennan Clark recorded a match-high 19 digs and dished up an ace. The captain is just 14 digs shy of 1,700 in her career.

Freshman setter Kellie Barnum accumulated 38 assists, six digs and two blocks. The rookie from Pacific Palisades, Calif., moved into a tie for fourth place with Dani Moskitis ’10 for single-season assists by a BC freshman (493).

Sophomore Melissa McTighe and junior Krystle Higgins lead all players with six total blocks. Higgins climbed past Morgan Woodcock ‘06 into sixth place on BC’s all-time blocking list with her 249th stop.

The Eagles came out to play, earning the first three points of match. Boston College never allowed Georgia Tech the opportunity to equalize as the Jackets closed the gaps to two many times, but Dureva answered with kills to keep the Eagles in control. In the opening stanza, the Sofia, Bulgaria native hit .538, eight kills on 13 swings with one error. The senior concluded the match with 765 career kills, 10th most all-time at BC.

In thanks to Dureva, Higgins and sophomores Alex Fitzmorris and McTighe, Boston College out blocked Tech, 5-1, as the sides battled point-for-point well into the second set. When Barnum found Dureva for two kills and the senior denied a Jackets’ shot, the Eagles took a 16-14 lead. However, Tech answered with a 5-0 run and held on to take the second game, 25-18.

The Yellow Jackets continued the momentum into the third, using a .393 attack percentage to distanced themselves early and win in the third, 25-14.

Blocking was the story in the fourth set as well. The Eagles were down early in a see-saw battle, before McTighe combined with Castle and Fitzmorris to give BC its first lead of the game, 9-8. The foes traded errors prior to three straight Tech kills, two by Mead, put the Jackets back on top, 12-11. A BC attack error initiated a 6-3 run by Tech that put the Maroon and Gold in a four point hole, 18-14.

After a timeout, kills from Dureva and Castle and a run of Georgia Tech attack errors helped keep the Eagles alive and when Fitzmorris and McTighe blocked mead twice to pull BC within two, 23-21, the match seemed headed to a fifth-set. However, the nation’s second most productive hitter broke through the blocking on the next two swings to secure the match for Georgia Tech, 25-21.

The Eagles resume ACC play on Sunday, Nov. 6 at noon against Clemson. Fans unable to attend are invited to follow along with live stats courtesy of GameTracker.

(Please be advised that daylight savings time concludes this Sunday and all clocks should be set back one hour.)

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