Volleyball: Eagles Extend Losing Streak With Road Losses
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 09:10
Hoping to end a debilitating nine-game losing streak, the Boston College volleyball team faced Maryland yesterday afternoon in a road conference matchup.
Yet the Eagles found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard despite a competitive effort, falling in three straight sets for the second match in a row and the eighth time over all this season.
With the loss, head coach Chris Campbell’s squad remains winless in eight conference duels so far in 2013.
BC managed to keep each set within a margin of five, as Amanda Yerke recorded a match-high 12 digs while captain Kellie Barnum added a game-best 32 assists on the afternoon.
On the defensive side of the ball, Franny Hock and rookie Madisen Lydon combined for 16 digs against Maryland’s offensive unit.
Although BC’s attack eclipsed the 20-point mark in three straight frames, the Terrapin front line dominated play around the net with a seven-block advantage. The wide margin up front proved to be a difference-maker in an otherwise close ACC contest.
Prior to their 10th loss in a row, the Eagles faced another ACC challenge on the road when they faced Pittsburgh on Friday evening. The game followed a similar script to Sunday’s defeat—and the last several weeks of the season—as BC again fell in three straight frames.
Barnum continued her role as offensive catalyst, contributing another match-high assist mark with 31.
Meanwhile, teammate Barbara Gonzales enjoyed one of the stronger performances of her rookie campaign. The freshman decorated the box score on both sides of the ball with four kills and two blocks.
Yet play around the net once again served as BC’s Achilles’ heel on both sides of the ball against a superior opponent. Even a five-kill advantage fueled by Yerke and Melissa McTighe wasn’t enough to keep the Panthers off-balance.
Pittsburgh enjoyed an advantage of over eight blocks over the Eagles, spurred by impressive showings from Kate Yeazel and Jessica Wynn.
Yeazel inflicted chaos upon BC’s defensive and offensive fronts with 11 kills and four blocks.
Wynn bolstered the Panthers’ dominant presence up front with eight kills of her own, backed by two assists and seven digs.
Looking ahead to a weekend of home matches against Clemson and Georgia Tech, BC will attempt to break through its conference record win column for the first time this year.