November 14, 2008
Willoughby hits .778 as Hokies sweep Eagles
The sophomore racked up 14 kills in the match
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Boston College (7-21) 917160
Virginia Tech (19-8) 2525253
  • Cassell Coliseum - 347

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Sophomore Felicia Willoughby tallied 14 kills on a .778 hitting percentage, while the Virginia Tech volleyball squad as a whole struck at a .352 clip to sweep Boston College (25-9, 25-17, 25-16) Friday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum.

Along with her 14 kills, Willoughby recorded six block assists. Freshman Erin Leaser dished out 31 assists and served three aces, while senior Sarah Munoz and junior Jill Gergen registered nine and eight digs, respectively.

Tech (19-8, 10-6 ACC) established its control of the match early, leaping out to a 10-2 lead in the first set. The Hokies would not allow the Eagles (7-21, 1-14) to muster a comeback, consistently racking up long rallies. Boston College never put together back-to-back points in the set, and Tech cruised to a 25-9 win in set one.

The second frame proved more competitive. The Eagles grabbed their only lead of the match early, racing out to a 4-1 lead, but a service error, followed by three straight kills from Willoughby, gave Tech the advantage. Boston College stayed within striking distance until the Hokies went on an 8-2 run to close out the set 25-17 in Tech’s favor.

Coming out of the locker room for set three, the Hokies were intent on a sweep. Tech again took an early lead of 10-3, and extended it out to 16-4. Down 21-9, the Eagles exchanged points with Tech, but the advantage was too great, and the Hokies won the set 25-16, and the match 3-0.

“I think we had a total team effort tonight and we all played well,” Tech head coach Chris Riley said. “I thought we controlled the ball on our side, and our serving took them out of the entire match. I thought we put a lot of pressure on them. I was real happy with the way we played as a team.”

The Hokies will return to Cassell Coliseum for senior day on Saturday night against Maryland at 6 p.m., where Munoz and senior Kristen Cunningham will bid farewell to the arena and the Hokie faithful. Results will be posted on hokiesports.com following the match.

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