October 23, 2009
Record tallies 23 kills as Hokies down Eagles
Tech pushes winning streak to five matches
Virginia Tech (16-5) 24252515153
Boston College (11-20) 2616232572
  • Power Gymnasium - 152

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. The Virginia Tech volleyball squad pushed their winning streak to five matches on Friday night, defeating Boston College, 3-2 (24-26, 25-16, 25-23, 15-25, 15-7), in Power Gym in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

The opening frame set the tone of the match, as the two squads tied each other 14 times. After pulling ahead 21-16, the Hokies (16-5, 6-4 ACC) allowed the Eagles (11-10, 1-9 ACC) to battle back and even the match at 24 apiece. Boston College took its first lead of the period on the next point off a blocking error by senior Betsy Horowitz, and followed that with a block of freshman Cara Baarendse’s attack on set point to capture the stanza, 26-24.

Tech raced out to another five-point advantage at 10-5 in the second period, and continued to maintain the breathing room for much of the rest of the stanza. Leading 16-13, the Hokies embarked on an 8-1 run to secure control of the frame, and eventually won set two, 25-16.

Set three proved to be another close contest as the two squads battled each other to nine ties. It appeared Boston College would pull away, extending out to a 19-15 lead, when the Hokies got revenge from the first set, rallying to equal the Eagles at 19 all with a 4-0 streak. After the teams exchanged the next four points, Tech grabbed a 23-21 advantage, forcing Boston College to call timeout. The Eagles tried to muster one more comeback, but a Baarendse kill sealed the set for the Hokies, 25-23.

The Hokies could not put the Eagles away in set four though. For the first time in the match, Boston College pulled out to a significant lead at 15-9, and the Hokies could not put together a run to close the gap, as the Eagles forced a fifth period with a 25-15 victory in set four.

For the second straight match the Hokies played a fifth set, and for the second straight match Tech dominated the deciding period. Tech built an 11-3 lead to in the frame to extinguish the Eagles’ momentum from the previous period. Boston College could not recover, as the Hokies carried the margin to a 15-7 win in set five, and a 3-2 victory in the match.

Reigning ACC player of the week sophomore Justine Record, who recorded a career-high 26 kills in a five-set victory over Clemson on Oct. 17, earned her second straight 20-kill match, tallying 23 kills on a .385 hitting percentage against the Eagles. Record also dug a team-high 12 attacks to register her fifth double-double of the year. Junior Felicia Willoughby and Baarendse added 12 and 11 kills, respectively, in the affair.

Sophomore Erin Leaser, who dished out a career-high 62 assists against the Tigers a week ago, bettered her personal-best with 65 kills against Boston College on Friday night. Freshman Morgan O’Neill and senior Jill Gergen totaled 11 and 10 digs, respectively, while Horowitz blocked four attacks on the night.

As a team, the Hokies managed eight blocks, but allowed Boston College 15 stuffs on the night. Tech hit .270 in the match, and held the Eagles to a .184 hitting percentage. The Hokies committed 16 service errors in the match, but won nevertheless.

The Hokies will take a day off before heading to College Park, Md., on Sunday to take on Maryland at 1 p.m. Results will be available on hokiesports.com.

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