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Eagles Volleyball Defeated by Syracuse in Five Sets

Despite the loss, Clare Naughton was able to earn her second double-double of the season

Boston College Athletics, Brian McWalters

The Eagles fall 2-3 to Syracuse for the second time this season. After trading set wins for the first four, Boston College is unable to hold on in the fifth to take home the win. The first set saw Syracuse start with the lead, then remain neck and neck, trading the lead throughout. The Eagles were then able to regain the lead after a three point run at 23-21. Amaka Chukwujekwu secured BC’s lead with a solo block, earning the match win at 25-23.

The second set was also a tight one, but with the Orange to maintain their lead for the entire set. Syracuse finished with a three point run, winning with a score of 25-20. They were able to keep up this momentum in the third, starting with a lead of 7-3 until the Eagles rallied for a nine point run, with Clare Naughton serving for eight of the points. The teams traded rallies for the rest of the set, but BC took the win of 25-21 with a final kill from Jill Strockis.

The Orange came back with a vengeance in set four, opening with five straight points. Plagued by errors, BC had their sloppiest set here, and first allowed a lead of 16-6 with Syracuse’s eight-point run, then took the loss with a score of 25-16. The fifth set was a much closer one, tied and trading points until 5-5. Then Syracuse was able to pull together a run and win the match with a fifth set score of 15-9.

The Eagles still need to work on preventing some of their errors, particularly attacking errors. They had 43 this afternoon, compared to Syracuse’s 24. However, Clare Naughton was able to get her second double-double of the season with 10 kills and 10 digs, and Jill Strockis had almost the same, with 10 kills and nine digs. Overall, BC had more digs throughout the match, and far fewer service errors. The Eagles are back on the Heights this weekend for Senior Day on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 12pm.