This weekend, Boston College will host opening round games of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship for the second year in a row. The Eagles will open the tournament facing off against University of Buffalo this Friday at 4 PM. Fans can watch the game online here.
Last season, BC went 17-17 overall and 6-12 in ACC play. The Eagles opened the 2021 NIVC by shutting out Delaware in straight sets (28-26, 25-16, 25-21) before falling to UConn in a hard fought 3-2 match.
This year, BC enters tournament play at 19-13 overall (the same record that Buffalo has) and 7-11 in the ACC. The Eagles ended the regular season with a 3-0 loss to #7 Pittsburgh, but ahead of they defeated both Virginia and Syracuse at home. The Eagles have generally fared better at BC this year than on the road, going 8-3 at the Margot Connell Recreation Center while winning just 4 road games. However, the Eagles are also 7-1 on neutral ground this season after starting the year on a 10-0 run that included a number of early season tournament games.
Tomorrow’s game will be the third meeting between Buffalo and BC, with the series currently tied at 1 win each. The Bulls won when the teams last met (in 2009), and BC took home a victory way back in 2003.
The winner of tomorrow afternoon’s game will play on Saturday at 4 PM against the winner of Binghamton and St. John’s. The victor of that matchup earns a spot in the NIVC quarterfinals.