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BC Volleyball Falls to UVA in Straight Sets

Despite Clare Naughton’s match-best of 12 kills, the Eagles couldn’t hang in for a win

Boston College Athletics, Brian McWalters

The Eagles lost to the Cavaliers in just three sets. The Cavaliers started out the first set in a sprint, taking an early lead, and while BC picked up momentum in the latter half, they were unable to overcome their own errors and catch up to UVA, losing 25-16.

The second set started in a similar fashion, with the Eagles giving up their first few points mostly due to errors, but they quickly recovered and were neck and neck with the Cavaliers for a larger portion of the set, even taking the lead at 12-11. However, Virginia was able to make a six point run to regain the lead, which they kept the remainder of the set, winning 25-19.

The third set was the closest yet, with a point margin of three or more only occurring a few times. The lead switched back and forth a few times, with BC taking a significant one at 20-17 until UVA made their charge, taking the next five of six points. Virginia then took the set 25-22, closing their senior night with a sweep.

The match was largely determined by UVA’s incredible blocking, with 16 total blocks compared to BC’s three. The Eagles were able to close it up a little, but they often left the middle of the court wide open, allowing UVA to make some major kills. Despite Clare Naughton’s match best of 12 kills and head coach Jason Kennedy’s challenges, one of which overturned a call giving BC a point, the Eagles were unable to rally back and win a match. The Eagles will move on to play their last away game at Syracuse University this Sunday, Nov. 25 at 1pm.