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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-After a four-match road swing, the Virginia volleyball team opened a five-match homestand with a 28-26, 25-18, 29-27 win over Boston College Friday evening at Memorial Gymnasium.

With the win, the Cavaliers improved to 9-17 overall and 3-13 in ACC action, while the Eagles fell to a 7-20 mark and 3-13 in conference action.

“It was good to come home to this atmosphere and it was a great crowd tonight.” head coach Lee Maes said. “We responded the way we wanted to after the setbacks we’ve been going through and we made a lot of positive plays to put ourselves in a position to win.”

Three ‘Hoos, senior Simone Asque (Chicago, Ill.), sophomore Emily Rottman (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and freshman Tori Janowski (Sterling, Va.) all tallied double-digit kills.

Junior Jessica O’Shoney (Austin, Texas) earned a game-high six blocks, while junior Beth Wildermuth (San Clemente, Calif.) posted a double-double with 36 assists and 12 digs.

Down 17-12 in the first set, the Cavaliers stormed back with a 11-4 run to take a 23-21 lead and force an Eagles timeout. Out of the timeout, BC tied the set at 23 and the two teams traded the next six points.

Tied at 26, kills from O’Shoney and Asque gave the Cavs the set, 28-26. The Cavaliers hit .390 in the first with 18 kills against only two errors.

In the second frame, the ‘Hoos limited Boston College to a .033 hitting percentage and Janowski hit five kills to win the set, 25-18.

With the third set tied at nine, the Eagles earned three straight points to force a Virginia timeout at 12-9. BC extended their lead to 18-12 before the ‘Hoos gained six of seven to pull within one, 19-18.

The Cavaliers fought off four set points before a BC attack error and a Rottman kill gave the Cavaliers a 29-27 win.

Melissa McTighe hit .476 with 10 kills to lead Boston College.

The Cavaliers return to action Saturday (Nov. 12) when they host Maryland at 7 p.m. Fans who attend Saturday’s UVa football game against Duke can bring their ticket stubs and receive free admission to the volleyball match (based on availability).

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