Oct. 11, 2004
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The visiting Wildcats battled host Boston College (14-7, 2-0 BIG EAST) for nearly two-and-a-half hours on Sunday afternoon, but the Eagles came away with a 3-2 win from Power Gymnasium. Villanova (4-11, 0-2 BE) fell by scores of 30-25, 27-30, 30-23, 24-30, 15-10.
In the decisive fifth game, the Wildcats took their only lead at 3-2, but the Eagles scored six of the next seven points and led 8-4 at the midway point. Villanova, as it had all afternoon, rallied their way back into the game, but got no closer than three points after the Boston College rally. The Eagles won their seventh straight match, while Villanova lost for the fifth straight outing.
The Wildcats trailed the match 2-1, but rallied in the fourth game with a 12-1 rally to force the deciding game. Villanova trailed 14-11 in the fourth game before surging to a 23-15 lead. Senior defensive specialist Sam Hartwell (San Anselmo, Calif.) served nine consecutive points and freshman middle hitter Kacy Sellers (Battle Creek, Mich.) had six kills and a block during the run.
Sellers notched her first collegiate double-double with season-highs of 22 kills and 11 digs, while sophomore outside hitter Adrain Semrau (Grafton, Ohio) tallied 19 kills. The Wildcats had four different players reach double figures in kills. Junior outside hitter Celine Nguyen (Palos Verdes, Calif.) had 11 kills along the way to recording her fourth straight double-double and eighth in 13 matches this season. Senior middle hitter Kerri Sullivan (Downers Grove, Ill.) added 10 kills, and sophomore setter Jen Lalli (Media, Pa.) posted her second straight double-double with a career-high 49 assists and 14 digs.
The teams traded the first two games of the match, but Boston College went ahead 2-1 behind a long run during the third game. The Eagles used a 14-4 run to build a 22-13 lead, and allowed Villanova to get no closer than five points after that. Earlier in the match, Boston College took the first game 30-25 by using an 11-1 midway through the frame. The Eagles built a 19-9 lead and never looked back.
The Wildcats then took the second game to even the match at one game apiece. Villanova led for much of the game, but saw their hosts score five straight points to tie the game at 25-25. The Wildcats were undeterred, however, as Semrau had a pair of kills and Sellers a crucial service ace to help Villanova score five of the final seven points.
Alison Shepp led four Boston College players in double figures with 18 kills, while Dorota Niemczewska contributed 16 kills. Verena Rost passed out 63 assists.
Villanova returns to action on Thursday night when it travels to Brooklyn to play a non-conference match against Long Island University at 7 p.m. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools in volleyball.