Although Boston College volleyball lost the final game of the regular season today in a back-and-forth 5 set match against Clemson, the Eagles have a lot to be proud of this year. In his first year with BC, head coach Jason Kennedy led the Eagles to a 15-15 record, the team’s best since 2004 when they went 20-12. Compared to last season alone, when BC had a 7-23 record and lost every single away game, this is a huge improvement. The .500 winning percentage this season become even more impressive when you consider that from 2005-2017, the Eagles had an average winning percentage of .315
The team’s improvement is clear from their record alone, but by digging into the stats it becomes apparent just how much of an impact Coach Kennedy and his staff have made. Between last season and this season the Eagles improved their hitting percentage from .180 to .208 and cut their opponents’ hitting percentage from .234 down to .199 (jumping from 11th in the ACC in opponent hitting percentage to 6th). Other stats saw smaller statistical differences, but still saw BC jump up the ACC ladder - the Eagles went from 8th to 5th in digs, 10th to 5th in services aces, 8th to 2nd in opponent service aces, 13th to 8th in kills, and 13th to 9th in assists.
While some of this success has certainly come from the players getting older and from new talent on the team (freshman Jewel Strawberry in particular has been a factor in a number of wins), it is clearly that something fundamental has improved this season after the Eagles dealt with 13straight losing seasons. We can’t wait to watch this team break .500 in 2019.