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Volleyball Falls to Duke in Final Home Match of Season

Krystle Higgins

Krystle Higgins

Nov. 20, 2011

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Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Strong performances on both ends of the net were not enough to lift the Boston College volleyball team past Duke on Sunday afternoon in Power Gym. Junior Krystle Higgins led the Eagles (7-23, 3-16 ACC) with 18 points, hitting 14-for-25 with four errors for a .400 attack, two aces and team-best four blocks in defeat against the Blue Devils (20-8, 14-5 ACC), 30-32, 25-14, 25-21, 25-18.

Senior libero Brennan Clark recorded a career-high and BC four-set record 33 digs, adding two assists and an ace. The Mililani, Hawaii native finished the day with 1,189 career digs, 10th most in ACC history.

Senior Mollie Kolosky was BC's most efficient attacker with a .417 hitting percentage, going 13-for-24 with three errors. Classmate Tsvetelinva Dureva matched Higgins' team-high 14 kills and made 10 digs for the 17th double-double of her career, sixth most ever by an Eagle.

Freshman setter Kellie Barnum distributed a career-high 55 assists, made eight digs and four blocks, while fellow first-year Courtney Castle put together 11 kills and 10 digs for her eighth double-double, second most ever by a BC freshman.

Following pre-game ceremonies that honored the three seniors, Boston College saw its upperclassmen lead the Eagles in a 62-point first set. BC was down initially, but caught up at fours and built a 9-5 advantage on three of Kolosky's six kills in the first set. The Eagles remained in control to 17-14 as sophomore middle hitter Melissa McTighe put away two of her four kills, but a four point run from the Blue Devils put the Eagles down, 18-17.

A timeout from BC disrupted Duke's rhythm on offense, which committed four errors on the next six plays to give the lead back to the Eagles, 21-19. The Blue Devils regrouped after a timeout of their own, taking a 23-21 lead, but BC responded again with a block by Higgins and Barnum and a kill by the junior. One of Christiana Gray's 13 kills gave Duke set-point, 24-23, on the next play, but Higgins responded with two kills over the next three plays to keep pace, 25-25.

Headed into overtime, Kolosky and senior Tsvetelina Dureva delivered clutch shots as the sides battled back-and-forth to 30-30, before kills by Barnum and Castle closed out the set for BC, 32-20.

The Eagles continued their strong attack into the second, but the Blue Devils went on a 6-1 run at eight all. Boston College surrendered five straight points on errors and Duke utilized a .312 attack to even the match with a 25-14 win in the second.

In the third, five of BC's first eight points came off kills from Dureva, who went 8-for-16 without an error in the game. At 8-8, the Eagles looked to Higgins and Kolosky down the right-side and middle to take a short-lived lead, 15-13, before two errors and Duke kill put the Blue Devils on top, 16-13. The team from Durham stretched its lead to four, 20-16, but kills from Dureva, Higgins and Castle helped pull BC within one, 21-20. One of Amanda Robertson's match-high 16 kills ended the Eagles' run and enabled Duke to take the set, 25-21.

Boston College found steady production again in the fourth as it battled to 18-18, but Duke went on a 7-0 run to close out the match, 25-18.

The Eagles conclude the season on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at Maryland. Live stats will be available through GameTracker.

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