Hokies rally to defeat Boston College
Willoughby collects nine blocks
October 6, 2007

Box Score VT 3, BC 1
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Despite dropping game one, the Virginia Tech volleyball team rallied to come back and beat Boston College, 3-1 (28-30, 30-27, 30-24, 30-15), Saturday afternoon in Cassell Coliseum. The win marks the first time this season that the Hokies have dropped the first game, but have come back to win the match regardless.

Behind junior Kristen Cunningham's career-high .800 clip, the Hokies hit a season-best .278. Sophomore Taylor Parrish led the way, tying a season-high 17 kills, while freshman Felicia Willoughby and junior Sarah Muñoz also tied season-bests, with 13 and 11 kills, respectively.

Sophomore Michelle Lang collected her 11th career double-double, dishing out a match-high 51 assists with 10 digs. She also blocked seven Eagle attacks.

Defensively, senior Amanda Cloyd led all players with 22 digs, while Willoughby led the Hokies to a season-high 18.5 blocks, stopping nine of Boston College's attacks. Sophomore Betsy Horowitz chipped in a career-high five blocks.

For Boston College, Kelsey Johnson led all players with 18 kills. Cathy Quilico led the defense with 19 digs and Brittany Pierpont handed out 33 assists.

The Hokies used a 7-2 run midway through the first game to come back from a five-point deficit at 24-19 to even the score at 26 all. A block and then back-to-back kills from Abigail Hasebroock for Boston College gave the Eagles a game-point opportunity, but a service error gave the Hokies the ball. An Eagle attack error gave Tech an opportunity to force extra points at 29-28, but Tori Thompson landed a kill, putting Boston College on top 30-28.

In a game that featured 10 tie scores and three lead changes, a kill from Lang pushed the Hokies ahead by one, before a kill from Willoughby put Tech up 28-26. Boston College called a timeout and earned the point out of the break, but Willoughby landed another kill, before Gergen landed an ace to secure the 30-27 win for the Hokies.

Tech used a 9-3 run to break open an even 12-12 game three, before capitalizing on three Boston College service errors late in the game to push past the Eagles, 30-24, to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

The Hokies dominated game four, hitting .550 as a team and posting 10.5 blocks to hold Boston College to a -.147 clip. Horowitz opened the match on fire for the Hokies, stopping four of the Eagles' first five attacks to put Tech up 4-1 early in the game. Tech then strung together five straight points to go up 10-3 in the game, and another late seven point run allowed Tech to cruise to a 30-15 match win.

The Hokies (9-8, 3-4 ACC) will host their third straight home contest on Tues., Oct. 9, playing host to instate rival Virginia. Match time is slated for 7 p.m., in Cassell Coliseum.