VOLLEYBALL: Eagles Remain Winless In ACC Play
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 23:10
Hoping to bounce back from a rough start against ACC opponents, the Boston College volleyball team hosted conference foe North Carolina yesterday in Power Gym.
Yet any hopes for redemption quickly evaporated, as the No. 11 Tar Heels downed BC in three straight sets.
UNC and its perfect 15-0 overall record came storming out of the gates with a commanding 25-17 victory in set one. Following a sluggish start, the Eagles clawed back in the next two sets with competitive efforts to keep pace with the ACC’s elite. By match’s end, however, head coach Chris Campbell’s Eagle squad walked away from its home court with two more set losses by a combined six points, 27-25 and 25-21.
Graduate student Amanda Yerke stood out thanks to an impressive individual performance, as she led BC with nine kills to go along with a trio of digs and blocks.
Captain Kellie Barnum teamed up with Yerke to bolster BC’s offensive attack, catalyzing plays aimed at penetrating UNC’s defensive wall. The junior’s 27 assists were a team best.
Yerke and Barnum dominated the stat sheet but their squad was dominated by UNC around the net. The Tarheels out-blocked the Eagles by a margin of 12-6, propelled by the presence of reigning ACC Player of the Week Jovana Bjelica and her three stops up front.
The loss brought the Eagles’ conference record to an anemic 0-4, putting a damper on the team’s strong start prior to conference play.
Before falling on Sunday, BC squared off with Tar Heel regional rival NC State in a home matchup on Friday night. Yet the Eagles suffered the same fate they’d experience two days later, as they lost three straight sets to the Wolfpack.
Enjoying a 4-0 run to start the match, BC looked poised to put its opponent away early by putting the game out of reach. Freshman Barbara Gonzales sparked the rally with consecutive kills.
By the middle of the set, BC was standing atop a 13-5 advantage, but they were not able to close it out.
Despite solid play from the rookie Gonzales and 22 more assists from Barnum, Campbell’s squad squandered its fast start and a chance at breaking into the conference win column. NC State rattled off 15 straight points to take the lead and steal the match’s momentum. BC fought back to close the gap, but it was to no avail in a 26-24 set loss.
The narrow defeat in set one was the closest the Eagles would come to upsetting the Wolfpack. They lost the final two sets by a combined 13 points, 25-17 and 25-20 .