Nov. 6, 2011
Chestnut Hill, Mass. –The Boston College volleyball team nearly overcame a two-set deficit against Clemson on Sunday afternoon in Power Gym, but the Eagles (7-19, 3-12 ACC) fell to the Tigers (18-8, 10-5 ACC) in four sets, 25-20, 25-15, 18-25, 25-23.
Senior Mollie Kolosky was a force down the right-side, turning in a .400 hitting percentage with nine kills and two blocks, and sophomore middle Melissa McTighe was a big presence at the net for BC, registering a career-high four block solos to match her career-best seven total blocks.
Senior Brennan Clark became just the second Eagle to ever surpass 1,700 career digs, setting a four-set, season-high of 25 digs to bring her career sum to 1,721.
Boston College freshmen Kellie Barnum and Courtney Castle led all players with 39 assists and 13 kills, respectively. Castle added 13 digs and three block assists for her seventh double-double of the season, while Barnum had a career-best nine digs and two blocks.
Senior Tsvetelina Dureva opened the match with the first of her 10 kills, as the Tigers kept pace with the Eagles to sixes. The righty put four shots away in the initial frame and the Eagles relied on seven kills from Castle to erased four point deficits on two occasions as the score advanced to 20-19. However, Clemson went on a 5-1 run to close out the set, 25-20.
The Tigers continued the momentum into the second, where six blocks and a .351 hitting percentage helped earn a two set lead, 25-15.
Boston College turned the tables on Clemson in the third, as McTighe and Castle led BC’s blocking effort with three stops each. Stuffs from junior Krystle Higgins, Kolosky and Barnum enabled BC to keep pace to 11 all. The sides went back-and-forth to 15, as Kolosky rattled off three kills. An ace by freshman Lauren Fields gave the Eagles a lead, 17-16, they did not relinquish. The score was forwarded to 21-18 on errors, before an ace, kill and block followed by a final Clemson mishap ended the game, 25-18.
In the fourth, BC took the first four points, but the Tigers fought back to tie, 6-6. Tight play erupted as seven lead changes took place as the sides battled to 20-19, BC. Dureva found the hard wood on the next play, but Clemson was able to even things, 21-21, on the following two services. An attack error and block by Barnum and Higgins gave the Eagles a two-point lead, 23-21, but a four point run ended the match, 25-23.
Boston College returns to action against Virginia on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.