RALEIGH – It was another weekend of success for the NC State women’s volleyball team with a sweep of sets against the Boston College Eagles.
The Wolfpack started off alumni weekend with a sweep over Syracuse on Friday and then followed up with their victory over Boston College. With the Pack’s win, it brought their ACC record to 12-2 where they are tied with Pittsburgh for the lead in the conference. The women also boast an overall record of 17-8 this season.
The Wolfpack took the early lead in the first set with Boston College only trailing by a few points. However nearing the end of the first set, BC rallied to bring them only one point behind NC State where the score was 17-16.
The Pack responded with an 8-4 run at the end of the first set to clinch the set with a score of 25-20 from a service error by Boston College. The NC State women were lead by Brie Bailey and Kaitlyn Kearney who both had 5 points in the first set. The Eagles on the other hand gave up 7 points due to errors to the Wolfpack.
NC State kept the momentum going into the second set where they started 3-1, but Boston College scored multiple times and the back and forth continued until the Wolfpack started to extend their lead to 10-5 nearing the middle of the second set.
The official’s timeout stopped the Pack’s run of 5-2 over the Eagles to make the score in the second set 15-7. A rotation violation against Boston College stopped play for several minutes while the officials reviewed the play together. This violation took the point they had previously scored away and gave the serve to NC State.
The NC State women took the second set by a score of 25-13 from a kill by Teni Sopitan that was hit out by a Boston College player. Teni Sopitan accounted for NC State’s last 3 points in the second set to cap off her game. Julia Brown was dominant in the second set for the Pack with 7 points, which helped keep the momentum throughout the set.
Brie Bailey started the third set with a bang connecting for two straight kills set by Becky Porter. The Eagles did not want to go down without a fight however, keeping it close by making the Pack commit errors. The score was tight with NC State up 8-5 when they took complete control over the third set, going on a 7-1 run where the point for Boston College came by way of an attack error by Julia Brown.
Points were then exchanged back and forth between the teams making the score 23-12 NC State, where they were poised to sink Boston College with 2 more points. This is where the Eagles finally found their stride in the game, rallying back with 7 straight points to bring the score to 23-19.
Sarah Konchan scored with a kill with an assist from Becky Porter to bring the Wolfpack one point away from winning the match. Julia Brown secured NC State’s victory over Boston College with a block to make the final score 25-19.
Julia Brown finished the last set with 6 points and lead her team along with Kaitlyn Kearney in kills with 13 in the match. Becky Porter was on fire this afternoon, accounting for 29 of NC States assists and 9 digs throughout the game.
The NC State Women were excited to cap off the weekend of ACC play with two wins to keep their momentum rolling with this being their third win in a row. The Pack will be back in Reynolds Coliseum on Thursday, November 9th at 7 P.M. as they play Clemson to try and better their ACC record.