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Miami Drops Five-Set Heartbreaker To Boston College

Miami Drops Five-Set Heartbreaker To Boston College

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The University of Miami volleyball team fell in five sets to Boston College on Saturday afternoon.

Miami (17-11, 10-8 ACC) tallied 62 kills, 63 digs, 57 assists and 15 blocks (tied for 10th all-time). Freshman Grace Lopez earned 20 kills and five blocks, while graduate student Janice Leao notched a double-double of nine blocks and 11 kills. Sophomore Flormarie Heredia Colon also collected a double-double with 13 kills and 12 digs.

Set one started close, with kills all around. Lopez then went on a 4-0 serving streak, including an ace to put the Canes up 14-10. Heredia Colon then came up with a solo block, followed by a block assist from Janice Leao and Savannah Vach to lead the Eagles 18-11. Boston College then went on a 5-0 scoring run to cut the deficit within two, 19-17. The Canes forced a 3-0 run to grab the first set, 25-18.

The second set opened with a back-and-forth battle. Heredia Colon knocked one down to try to get the ball rolling for the Canes, but the Eagles kept in there. The rest of the set was neck-and-neck, tied at 19-all. Leao and Grieve notched back-to-back kills to make the Canes down by one, 21-22. Despite the close battle, BC claimed set two, 25-23.

BC took control of set three to open, with a 7-2 start. The Eagles remained in the lead throughout the set despite earning 12 digs and two blocks. With a BC 19-14 lead, Peyman Yardimci and Casiano collected a kill and block to cut the deficit to 20-18. The Eagles hung in there and made their own 3-0 run to lead 23-18, ultimately taking the set 25-19.

Miami led to start first half of the set, with three blocks coming from everyone. The Canes went on a 5-0 run with help from Lopez registering two kills. Miami then went on a 9-1 run to put them at a 19-12 lead, but BC earned three points in a row to put them within four. The teams battled the remaining points, but Miami came out on top with a 25-21 win.

Set five was a back-and-forth fight, tied at seven-all. The Eagles prevailed, taking the set 15-12 and the match.

The Hurricanes will await their name at the NCAA Selection Show, Nov. 26, in hopes of a qualification to the NCAA Tournament.