Eagles Falter Against ACC Competition, Drop Two Matches

This past weekend was a busy one for Boston College as parents flocked to see their children. BC volleyball also stayed active, opening up conference play against Syracuse and Georgia Tech on Friday and Sunday, respectively. The girls looked to come out with a spark in the ACC.

The weekend kicked off at Syracuse University on Friday. A strong Orange team awaited the Eagles when things finally got underway at 7:45 p.m. The night opened up with a nail-biter of a set, which saw the score tied 17 times. The set went down to the wire, as the teams were tied 23-23. Syracuse struck on a service ace and looked ready to take the game, but Anna Skold and Julia Topor didn’t quit. The two provided clutch kills before a Syracuse error gave the Eagles a victory in the first set.

This would be the highlight of the girls’ evening. Syracuse recoiled from the close first set loss and came back firing, winning the next three sets and taking the game. Although the ACC opener did not open how the girls had hoped for, they looked to Sunday’s matchup with Georgia Tech for redemption.

Two days and about 1,000 miles later, the Eagles found themselves at Georgia Tech in their second ACC matchup of the season. Like in the Syracuse game, the first set of the day was a close one. A back-and-forth bout saw great play from both sides, as Mallori Moffat recorded a kill and Kam McLain coordinated with Sol Calvete for a crucial block. The team effort brought forth a 25-23 victory.

Set two saw a continuation of the trend started in set one, as 17 kills and 17 digs propelled the Eagles to another hard-fought 25-23 victory. Providing a few of those kills was Katty Workman, who broke Kelsey Johnson’s record of 1,449 kills. A set victory and milestone crossed by the team’s star had the Eagles feeling confident entering set three.

The Eagles could not close, however. Set three and four were intense battles, with set three requiring extra points. The girls could not stop GT, losing the final three sets 29-27, 25-23, and 15-9 respectively. Although a tough defeat left the Eagles flying low, a record-setting performance by Workman and positive signs from the team are redeeming aspects of the weekend.

Featured Image by Jordan Pentaleri / Heights Graphic

September 27, 2015