CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia volleyball (8-15, 1-12 ACC) senior outside hitter Grace Turner earned her first double-double of the season after posting a team-high 15 kills and 12 digs in the Cavaliers’ four-set loss (25-17, 24-26, 17-25, 28-30) to Boston College (14-13, 4-9 ACC) inside Memorial Gymnasium Friday evening. Turner posted eight of her 15 kills in a tightly-contested fourth set, which required extra points to determine the result of the match.
Virginia also received a strong performance from middle blocker Alana Walker, who notched a season-high 13 kills, hit .462 and posted a match-high eight blocks. The Cavaliers out-blocked Boston College 13.0 to 5.0, marking the 15th match this season UVA has led an opponent in blocks.
Boston College outside hitter Clare Naughton was instrumental in the Eagles’ victory as she posted a match-high 21 kills on 48 swings, while hitting .327.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Virginia scored the first five points of the match and did not look back in the opening set. The Cavaliers orchestrated one more 5-0 run in the middle of the set before scoring the final three points of the first, which they won, 25-17. Walker and Turner posted four kills each and Walker added four of her eight total blocks in game No. 1. The Cavaliers’ front row was disruptive at the net, holding the Eagles to just a .139 hitting percentage in the first.
- Boston College evened the match, 1-1, after winning a close set No. 2, 26-24, which saw 14 tied scores and five lead changes. After a BC service error tied the set, 24-24, the Eagles registered back-to-back kills from Naughton to close out the set.
- Coming out of the intermission, the Eagles carried their momentum into the third, jumping out a 15-4 lead. Virginia fought its way back into the set after cutting the BC lead to four, 19-15, but the Eagles won six of the last eight points to claim game No. 3, 25-17. Walker had four kills in the third, while Turner added two block solos.
- After trailing 15-20 in the fourth, Turner registered three straight kills to ignite a 6-0 Cavalier run, which ultimately gave UVA a one-point advantage (21-20) late in the set. The Cavaliers showed their determination as the Eagles had match point three times, but eventually scored back-to-back points to win the set (30-28) and match (3-1).
- Outside hitter Grace Turner earned her first double-double of the season after posting a team-high 15 kills and 12 digs … Eight of Turner’s 15 kills came in the fourth set, which required extra plays.
- Middle blocker Alana Walker hit .462 and posted a season-high 13 kills and a match-high eight blocks.
- Setter Ashley Le also registered a double-double – her second of the season – with a team-high 27 assists and 12 digs.
- The Cavaliers out-blocked Boston College 13.0 to 5.0, marking the 15th match this season UVA has led an opponent in blocks.
- Virginia hosts Syracuse (15-9, 4-8 ACC) on Sunday at noon, which is set to broadcast on RSN.
- Sunday’s match will serve as the Cavaliers’ Senior Day and will honor its senior class prior to first serve.