November 16, 2007
Boston College escapes with a 20-18 game five decision over Tech
Cloyd sets Tech's single season dig record
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CHESNUT HILL, Mass. - The Virginia Tech volleyball team, despite holding a 2-0 advantage in the match, saw Boston College come from behind and pick up a 20-18 fifth game win Friday night in Chestnut Hill, handing the Hokies a 2-3 (30-25, 31-29, 25-30, 27-30, 18-20) loss.

Sophomore Taylor Parrish led four Hokies in double-digit kills, collecting her 17th double-double of the season with 18 kills and 16 digs. Freshman Felicia Willoughby tied a career-high, landing 16 kills and collected a personal-best eight digs. Junior Sarah Muñoz contributed 11 kills and sophomore Betsy Horowitz chipped in 10.

Defensively, senior Amanda Cloyd dug a match-high 25 attacks to push her season total to 576, breaking Tech's single-season record for a third straight season. Sophomore Michelle Lang collected 12 digs and dished out 54 assists, for her 14th career double-double, while sophomore Jill Gergen had 11 digs and landed a personal-best four aces.

At the net, junior Kristen Cunningham blocked seven attacks and Lang contributed six blocks.

For Boston College, Kelsey Johnson had a game-high 24 kills, with Tori Thompson adding 13. Defensively, Brittany Pierpont had 18 digs, while Kelsey Johnson and Kristin Whalley contributed 14 and 11, respectively. Abigail Hasebroock collected eight blocks.

Tech used a three-point run to pull ahead 27-22 in the opening game, allowing the Hokies to cruise to a 30-25 win.

The two squads traded leads late in game two, bringing the frame to an even 29-29 score. An Eagles' error put Tech up one, forcing Boston College to call a timeout. But out of the break, the Eagles committed another attack error, putting Tech on top 31-29.

The Hokies, despite being down nine-points midway through game three, used an 8-0 run to cut the Eagles' lead to one, at 26-25. A Boston College kill ended Tech's run, and the Eagles responded with a 4-0 run of their own to close out the third frame with a 30-25 victory.

A late 9-1 run in favor of the Eagles saw Boston College come from behind 19-23 and knot the score at 24 before pulling ahead 26-24. Another run of three straight points for Boston College then evened the match at 2-2, seeing the Eagles escape with a 30-27 game four win, forcing a fifth deciding game.

Tech rallied from being down 3-7 early in the fifth game to even the score at 9 all, forcing a Boston College timeout. The two squads traded serves throughout the remainder of the game, with the Hokies fighting off five game-point opportunities of the Eagles', but the ninth one saw Boston College block a Hokie attack before Pierpont landed an ace to put Boston College on top for the 20-18 match win.

The Hokies (13-16, 7-12) will close out the away portion of their schedule tomorrow, Sat., Nov. 17 at Maryland. Match time is scheduled for 5 p.m.

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