October 5, 2008
Winning streak at 11 as Hokies sweep BC
Tech moves to 5-0 in ACC
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass.- The Virginia Tech volleyball squad matched its longest winning streak in program history with a sweep (25-14, 32-30, 25-17) over Boston College on Sunday at Power Gym in Chestnut Hill, Mass., for its 11th win in a row.

“I think we are playing pretty well,” Tech head coach Chris Riley said. “Our offense is running pretty well, we didn’t make a lot of mistakes. We still have a lot of do, but I am happy with where we are right now.”

Tech (14-2, 5-0 ACC) hit .323 as a team and totaled nine service aces, while holding the Eagles (6-11, 0-5 ACC) to a .162 hitting percentage. Sophomore Felicia Willoughby led the Hokies with 11 kills and struck at a .529 clip. Junior Betsy Horowitz recorded six blocks, one of the solo variety, and junior Jill Gergen registered 13 digs in the contest.

Freshman Erin Leaser dished out 31 assists, and added five kills on eight attacks with no errors. The Allentown, Pa., native has had over 30 assists in all five of the ACC matches so far this season.

“She has done a great job, she sets the offense well,” Riley said. “She is consistent. She knows when to dump and when not to dump.”

The Hokies wasted no time grabbing control of the match. In set one Tech jumped out to a 7-3 advantage, and never looked back, using four service aces and three blocks to pace themselves to a 25-14 victory in the opening frame. Leaser tallied seven assists and recorded three kills on three attacks, as did senior Kristen Cunningham, in the first set.

Boston College regrouped in a wild second set though, racing out to a 10-6 lead. The Eagles pushed the advantage to 20-17, but the Hokies rallied to even the match at 20. After knotting the score at 24 apiece, Tech faced five match points, but fended off all of BC’s attacks. The Hokies took a lead at 31-30 with a block by Willoughby and Leaser, and the BC’s Taylor Williams committed an attack error on the next point, allowing Tech to capture set two, 32-30.

Using the momentum, Tech won six straight points on Betsy Horowitz’s serve to leap out to a 7-1 lead. The Eagles would not get within three points again for the rest of the stanza, as the Hokies extended their lead, eventually winning the set 25-17, and the match, 3-0.

Tech has won its last 11 matches, equaling the longest winning streak in school history. The 1982 and 1992 squads both won 11 matches in a row, en route to 36 and 26-win seasons respectively. The Hokies have only lost one set in conference play, against Clemson, and have swept their last three ACC foes.

The Hokies will travel south next on this four-match road swing, heading to Chapel Hill, N.C. for a match-up with North Carolina on Thursday at 7 p.m. After that, Tech will take on North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C. at 6 p.m. on Friday. Results will be posted on hokiesports.com after the match.

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