BOSTON – Sophomore Kristin Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.) delivered a 15-kill performance, but Northeastern held off Virginia Commonwealth University Friday night, 3-1 (25-23, 18-25, 25-16, 25-21) at Solomon Court.
VCU fell to 9-17 overall and 7-3 in Colonial Athletic Association action. The Rams came into Friday's match riding a five-match win streak. Northeastern, which needed a victory to remain in the thick of the race for one of four CAA Championship bids, improved to 15-9 overall and 6-4 in league play.
Boyd continued her recent run of excellent play, hitting .250 while matching a season-high in kills. Boyd also recorded four blocks for the Rams. In her last seven matches, Boyd is averaging 2.92 kills, 0.68 blocks and hitting .249. VCU is 5-2 in those contests.
The Black and Gold also received seven blocks and seven kills from senior Kelsie Clegg (Boise, Idaho). Clegg, who set VCU's career blocks record two weeks ago, became the first Ram to collect 400. Senior Mariel Frey (Lititz, Pa.) added eight kills and three blocks, while sophomore Jasmine Waters (Landover, Md.) scored seven points with five kills and four block assists.
Janelle Tucker had 15 kills and 13 digs to spark Northeastern, which swept the season series with VCU. Versatile senior Britney Brown collected 14 kills, 20 assists, eight digs and two blocks for the Huskies.
After dropping a 25-23 decision in the opening set, VCU rallied to tie the match in the second. Boyd was outstanding, providing five kills in six attempts in a wire-to-wire, 25-18 victory.
In the third set, Northeastern raced out to a 14-7 lead and never looked back on the way to a 25-16 win. Tucker and Brown blasted five kills apiece for a Huskies' attack that hit .342.
Trailing, 2-1, VCU jumped out to a 6-4 advantage in the fourth frame, only to watch Northeastern rally. The score was knotted at 17-17 when four straight attacking errors sunk the Rams. The Huskies held on for a 25-21 victory to wrap up the match.
The Rams will head south to Hempstead, N.Y., where they'll take on CAA-foe Hofstra on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Physical Education Building.