After dropping both of their games in straight sets 2 weeks ago, the Eagles suffered another pair of winless games over the weekend. BC went 0-3 in both matches as they travelled to Clemson and Georgia tech. The team continues to face frustration with a number of close losses despite strong play from standouts like Lynn Braakhuis, Cat Balido, Jill Strockis, and Amaka Chukwujekwu. The Eagles have now dropped to winning only a quarter of their games this season.
On Friday, BC fell to Clemson 3-0, despite defeating the Tigers by the same score earlier this month. The Eagles held the earlier lead in the first set, but Clemson tied it up at 17 points and was ultimately able to earn a 25-23 win. Two big point runs from Clemson earned the Tigers a 25-16 victory in the second set, and an early 5-1 run helped them to keep ahead of BC for a 25-22 final score in the last set. Cat Balido led the Eagles with 10 kills and 15.5 points in the match, while Jane DeJarld added a team high 17 assists. Freshman Amaka Chukwujekwu had a strong first set, with a set-high 5 blocks.
On Sunday, BC travelled to Georgia Tech for a rematch with the only other ACC team they’ve defeated this season. Unfortunately, it was another tough day for the Eagles. Lynn Braakhuis continues to be a strong leader for the team, but her first game of the season without an error was not enough to earn the Eagles a win. BC was unable to get much of anything going on offense and lost the first 2 sets 25-16 and the final set 25-15.
BC returns home next weekend for games against Virginia and Virginia Tech.