No. 25 Miami Volleyball Tops Boston College, 3-1
Oct. 21, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The No. 25 Miami Volleyball team got back on track Friday night with its 3-1 victory at Boston College inside Power Gym in an Atlantic Coast Conference match. The 26-24, 25-16, 16-25, 25-25 victory improved the Hurricanes to 16-3 on the season and 7-3 in ACC action, while the Eagles dropped to 7-14 overall and just 3-7 in ACC play.
Senior middle blocker Ali Becker shined for the Hurricanes, powering down a team-high 16 kills on .583 hitting, while fellow blocker redshirt freshman Emani Sims placed a season-high 13 kills on 24 swings for a .458 clip. Senior All-America outside hitter Lane Carico joined them in double-digits with 12 kills while managing a double-double with 17 digs.
The first set was back-and-forth with momentum as the Canes started the match with a 3-0 advantage behind a kill from Alex Johnson and two Boston College attack errors. However, the Eagles countered with a run midway through the set, using Tsvetelina Dureva to help her team out to a 13-9 lead. With UMiami trailing 17-13, the Hurricanes began a 6-1 run behind the efforts of Carico and setter Katie Gallagher who served up back-to-back aces. That allowed the Hurricanes a brief 19-18 edge.
The Canes ended the set on a 3-0 run sparked by blocks from Becker and redshirt senior outside hitter Christine Williamson, allowing UM the set win, 26-24.
After the Eagles took the third set to bring the match to 2-1 in favor of UM, the Hurricanes used five kills and a block from Becker – aided by four kills from Carico – to take the match on the strength of a 25-15 decision in the fourth frame.
Boston College was led by Dureva with a match-high 20 kills and 12 digs for the double-double. Courtney Castle added nine kills and 21 digs for the Eagles.
Gallagher handed out a match-high 44 assists for the Hurricanes while grabbing seven digs and assisting on two blocks. Sophomore libero Ryan Shaffer led all Hurricanes with 20 digs. Williamson ended the night with six kills.
UMiami gets back to the hardwood Sunday at 2 p.m. when the Hurricanes travel to the University of Maryland for an ACC showdown inside the Comcast Pavilion in College Park, Md. Live stats will be available for the match at HurricaneSports.com.
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