Nov. 11, 2011
Charlottesville, Va. - Sophomore middle hitter Melissa McTighe registered a career-high 10 kills on 21 attempts with no errors for an astounding .476 attack percentage, but the Boston College volleyball team fell to Virginia, 28-26, 25-18, 29-27, on Friday night in Memorial Gymnasium. McTighe added a team-high three total blocks for to lead the Eagles (7-20, 3-13 ACC) with 12 points in the loss to the Cavaliers (9-17, 3-13 ACC).
Senior Brennan Clark led all players with 21 digs, adding two aces and four assists for Boston College.
Freshman Kellie Barnum distributed 24 assists, hit 2-for-3 without an error, made six digs and produced one of the Eagles' eight aces.
The Eagles took the first two points of the night on a kill from freshman outside hitter Courtney Castle and the first of four BC aces by Barnum. The Cavs stole the next pair of points and the side battled to nines, before a kill by McTighe ignited a 6-1 run by the Eagles. Virginia responded with a 8-3 run to even the score, 18-18. Kills by McTighe and junior captain Krystle Higgins followed by an UVA error kept things square, 21-21, before Virginia took two points on an attacking error and an ace, 23-21.
Senior outside hitter Tsvetelina Dureva put away a shot on the next play and senior middle hitter Mollie Kolosky delivered her fourth kill of the set, going 4-for-6 with no errors, to tie the game at 23. BC went down on the next point, but kept pace on a ball handling error. The ACC foes found themselves even at 25 and again at 26, before two Virginia kills ended the first set, 26-24.
Virginia took the first three points of the second set and although BC closed the gap to one, a 6-1 run gave the Cavaliers the advantage they needed to claim the second set, 25-18.
The Eagles opened the third with a battle to 9-9, until an ace from Higgins and two Virginia errors jump started a 9-3 run by Boston College. The Cavs responded with a run of their own to even things at 20. The sides were equal at 21 and again at 22, when UVA moved to match-point, 24-22, with a block and a kill.
Two kills from Castle and an attacking error by the Cavaliers gave BC a chance to force a fourth set, 25-24, but BC and UVA fought back-and-forth until Virginia claimed the match, 29-27, behind an attack error and kill.
The Eagles resume ACC play tomorrow at Virginia Tech. The match at 6 p.m. will be streamed live.