Oct. 19, 2008
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Allie Niekamp posted her third double-double of the season and second of the weekend to lead Georgia Tech (14-5, 6-3 ACC) to a 3-0 sweep of Boston College (6-15, 0-9 ACC) Sunday afternoon at Power Gym.
Niekamp tallied 35 assists and a match-best 11 digs to go along with four block assists and a career-high six service aces against the Eagles. Talisa Kellogg hit .318 and led all players with 10 kills on the afternoon while Callie Miller, Brittany Roderick and Chrissy DeMichelis added eight kills apiece for the Yellow Jackets.
Miller led the Jackets with eight total blocks on the afternoon while Kellogg tallied three block assists against the Eagles. Michelle Kandell led Tech’s defensive efforts on the back row with 10 digs on the afternoon.
Niekamp recorded 12 assists and ran an offense that hit .296 in the opening frame. The Yellow Jacket setter also tallied five digs and a service ace in Tech’s 25-22 set win, while Kellogg led Tech with four kills in the frame.
A 7-0 run, which included a pair of service aces from Niekamp and two kills by DeMichelis, put the second set out of reach as the Yellow Jackets ran away with a 25-16 win to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Tech notched 5.5 total blocks in the frame, including four block assists by Miller, to help hold the Eagles to a .037 hitting percentage. The Jackets hit at a .321 clip in the frame, with Asia Stawicka, DeMichelis and Roderick all posting three kills in the set.
The Jackets had to come from behind to win the third set after Boston College took a 17-14 lead with a 6-1 run halfway through the frame. Tech still trailed by three at 22-19, but scored four consecutive points with a service ace by Roderick and a pair of blocks by Miller to take a 23-22 lead. A 3-1 run by Boston College gave the Eagles back the lead at 25-24, but a kill by Miller, an attacking error by the Eagles’ Taylor Williams, and a kill from Alison Campbell helped the Jackets finish off the sweep.
The Yellow Jackets will hit the road again next week when they travel to North Carolina and NC State before returning to Atlanta to host Virginia Tech and Virginia on Halloween weekend. The Yellow Jackets will meet the Tar Heels and Wolfpack just once this season as part of the 20-match ACC schedule, with those matches coming next weekend on the road.