Jewel Strawberry led the Eagles with 10 kills, but BC volleyball couldn’t complete a perfect weekend, falling to North Carolina in straight sets to suffer its third conference loss of the season.
More adversity was faced by Boston College volleyball in the first weekend of the 2019…
BC bookended a win over UC Irvine with losses to Pac-12 foes in Oregon State and No. 11 Oregon, but the weekend provided a glimpse at the team’s ability to play at a higher level than years past.
BC volleyball’s never made the NCAA Tournament—it’s Jason Kennedy’s job to get the Eagles there, and he’s already well on his way, having changed the culture in the Power Gym and led BC to its highest win total in 15 years during his first season at the helm.
BC was just three points away from winning its third-straight game to end its season on a high note, but coughed up a two-point lead and went on to fall to the Tigers in five sets.
Behind a double-double from Jewel Strawberry and a balanced offensive attack, BC avenged a loss earlier in the season to Virginia and won its final home match of 2018.
McKenna Goss led the Eagles with 19 kills, and the Eagles managed to scrape out a 16-14 fifth set victory after blowing a 2-0 match lead.
With 12 losses in their last 13 games—most recently a four-set setback against Louisville on Friday night—the Eagles are at risk of failing to replicate last year’s conference win total of four.
The Eagles struggled mightily last time out, losing in straight sets to Virginia Tech, but have had five days to prepare for a Cardinals team that they played tough just two weeks ago. Last time the two teams met, BC was just two points from forcing a fifth set.