BOSTON COLLEGE 3, SOUTHERN MISS 1 (25-21, 16-25, 29-27, 25-16)
NEWTON, Mass. -- Boston College rode the momentum of winning a difficult third set, grabbing the lead in the deciding fourth frame to slip past Southern Miss in Saturday’s semifinal of the 2022 NIVC.
The Eagles (23-13) will face either Drake or Davidson early next week in the championship match.
Boston College and Southern Miss were tied 4-all in the fourth set before the host Eagles went on a 12-4 run to grab control.
Silvia Ianeselli had 14 kills and 17 digs to pace Boston College. Kate Brennan added 11 kills and Julia Haggerty closed with nine kills. Grace Penn had 30 assists, with Sophia Lambros adding 13 assists. Anna Murphy finished with 20 digs, and Alayna Crabtree came through with nine kills and 19 digs.
The Golden Eagles (21-12) had won three straight road matches before Saturday. Mia Wesley had a huge day with 19 kills and 19 digs; Cailin Demps had 12 kills and Cara Atkinson closed with 10 kills. Kenzie Smith had 45 assists; Megan Harris had 12 digs and Lindsey Legg added 10 digs.
In Set 1, an 8-1 run for Boston College pushed ahead the hosts 12-5, with their big lead coming at 20-11 — Southern Miss made a late push to 24-21 before BC closed out the set. In Set 2, USM had just three attack errors and cruised on the way to tying the match, 1-all. Both teams’ defenses were the focal point of Set 3, with BC eking out the win on kills by Brennan and Crabtree.