Volleyball Loses in Straight Sets, 3-0, to Virginia Tech
Nov. 9, 2012
Boston College volleyball lost in straight sets, 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-13), to Virginia Tech inside Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va., on Friday night before 778 fans.
The Hokies (15-11, 8-8 ACC) took both meetings this season with the Eagles (10-18, 4-12 ACC) as VT downed BC 3-0 on Sept. 30 inside Power Gym in Chestnut Hill, Mass., earlier this season.
Sophomore Courtney Castle and freshman Kameron McLain paced the Eagle offense with nine kills each while sophomore co-captain Kellie Barnum distributed a match-high 26 assists (her 16th match this year with 20 or more assists), and freshman libero Franny Hock led all players with 15 digs (her 18th match this season with double-figure digs).
Preseason All-ACC selection Cara Baarendse topped head coach Chris Riley's Hokies (No. 50 RPI) with nine kills in the win, and three Virginia Tech players recorded double-digit digs in the match - Kenedy McGrath (13), Allison Munter (11), and Morgan O'Neill (10).
Virginia Tech came out strong in the first set taking an 11-4 lead early en route to a 25-15 victory in set one. The Eagles trailed at 16-8 before the Hokies took the next four points to gain a 12-point cushion at 20-8. BC did manage to outscore VT 7-5 over the last 12 points but fell in the set. McLain and Castle each tallied three kills in the set while Barnum dished out 10 assists in set one.
The Eagles remained competitive with the Hokies for much of the second set, but the hosts prevailed in a 25-21 win in set two. BC knotted the score at 11-11 off a kill from Castle and remained within one point at 18-17 causing VT to use a timeout. The visiting Eagles pulled to within one again at 22-21 forcing Riley to use his second timeout, but Virginia Tech scored on the next three points to win set three. Castle came through with four kills in the set while Barnum added 11 assists to her total, and Hock posted eight digs in the intermediate set.
The Hokies took the match behind a 25-13 victory in set three. Virginia Tech opened the set with an 11-5 lead, but the Eagles pulled within four points at 13-9 before the hosts closed out the set winning 12 of the last 16 points. Hock registered six digs in the set while McLain landed three kills in the final set.
Boston College continues play this weekend with a match at the University of Virginia on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. inside Memorial Gymnasium in Charlottesville, Va.