Volleyball Tops Boston College in Straight Sets
Box Score Oct. 16, 2015
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Junior Haley Kole (Tallahassee, Fla.) earned a double-double to help lead the Virginia volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-19, 27-25, 27-25) win over Boston College in Power Gym on Friday.
“We were not pretty by any measure tonight but we grinded and got a win on the road,” head coach Dennis Hohenshelt said. “I think Haley Kole has had two superb matches in a row and that is the performance I expect from her.”
Virginia improved to 13-5 on the season and 5-2 in ACC play in its 600th win in program history. The Cavaliers led the match with 52 kills on a .236 hitting percentage, along with 52 digs and six service aces. Boston College (9-11, 1-7 ACC) had just 39 kills on .216 hitting, but finished with 12 blocks to UVA’s six.
Kole and senior Natalie Bausback (Carlsbad, Calif.) each recorded a match-high 13 kills. Kole tallied 10 digs to record her second double-double of the season and added three service aces. Freshman Anna Walsh (Grapevine, Texas) also notched double-digit kills with 10.
Bausback and Walsh finished with three blocks apiece, while junior Lexi Riccolo (Wheaton, Ill.) picked up 15 digs to lead the team.
The Cavaliers used a 4-0 run in the first set, including two aces from junior Karlie Suber (Mechanicsville, Va.), to take their first lead, 7-5. The teams saw two ties before back-to-back kills by Bausback and Kole put UVA ahead 11-9. Virginia had several more runs to remain in control of the set and win 25-19.
UVA carried its momentum over into the second set with a 4-0 run that included back-to-back aces from Kole to take an 8-4 lead. The Cavaliers stretched the advantage to 19-15, but BC came back to tie it up at 20-20. The teams saw five more ties before UVA recorded two-straight points to win 27-25 and lead the match 2-0.
The teams battled to begin the third set. Boston College went ahead 15-11, but Virginia rallied with a 4-0 run after a timeout to tie the set at 15-15. The set saw 14 ties and came down to extra points once again. UVA capped off the 27-25 win with kills by senior Kayla Sears (Moorpark, Calif.) and Bausback.
“We have a big challenge ahead of us Sunday against Syracuse,” Hohenshelt stated. “We know we are going to have to be great in every phase of the game.”
Virginia closes out its road trip at Syracuse on Sunday (Oct. 18). The Cavaliers and Orange are slated to being at 1 p.m. in the Women’s Building.