BOSTON COLLEGE 3, DRAKE 1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 29-27)
DES MOINES, IA – Boston College used early leads to help secure two sets, then worked overtime to get the clinching result in Set 4, topping host Drake to win the 2022 National Invitational Volleyball Championship match on Wednesday.
The Eagles (24-13), who were 4-9 in road matches this season, got a career-high 19 kills from Alayna Crabtree to go with 16 digs. Crabtree pounded home the final two kills of the match, pushing BC ahead after the set was knotted at 27-all. Silvia Ianeselli came through with 14 kills and 14 digs, and Kate Brennan finished with 12 kills.
Grace Penn had 34 assists for BC, Sophia Lambros added 25 assists and Anna Murphy closed with 24 digs.
The first set saw Boston College race ahead to a 17-6 lead before Drake found some footing; the Bulldogs rallied impressively and drew within 24-22 on a kill from Taylor Oberpriller before the Eagles secured the set. Set 2 was much closer throughout – Drake fell behind 6-1 but moved ahead 23-18 on a kill from Kacie Rewerts. A Crabtree kill drew BC within 23-21 before a Mariana Rodrigues kill and Eagles error tied the match at 1-all.
Set 3 saw Boston College again spring ahead by as much as 19-11; Drake drew a bit closer but kills from Crabtree and Brennan closed the set for the Eagles.
The Bulldogs (30-8) were paced by the 22 kills from Rodrigues; Haley Bush had 19 kills and 13 digs, while Oberpriller added 11 kills. Addison Beagle came through with 51 assists, Jada Wills had 37 digs and Addie Schmierer closed with 13 digs.
The 2022 NIVC all-tournament team was announced, with Silvia Ianeselli of Boston College earning MVP honors. Also on the team were:
Boston College – Kate Brennan
Boston College – Anna Murphy
Drake – Haley Bush
Drake – Mariana Rodrigues
Davidson – Bella Brady
Southern Miss – Mia Wesley
NOTE: Kate Brennan played for UNLV in 2021, with the Rebels making the run to the NIVC title, making her a two-time NIVC champion.