NEW YORK – The Columbia volleyball team nearly made a comeback in its home opener against Boston College on Friday night in Levien Gym, rallying from a 0-2 deficit to force a deciding set. The Lions fell by scores of 23-25, 20-25, 25-22, 25-23, 11-15 in their fifth annual Columbia Invitational.

Columbia (0-4) was led by first-year Jennifer Petrovich, who recorded her first career double-double with 43 assists and 26 digs, while Atlanta Moye-McLaren recorded a 17-kill, 16-dig performance to lead the offensive unit.

Boston College improved to 7-2 on the season after easily handing Fordham a 3-0 loss in the first game of the tournament earlier today.

Katty Workman led the way for the Eagles with a game-high 32 kills, making it a double-double with 17 digs.

The Lions jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first set and stayed in control until Boston College tied it up with three consecutive points to takeover in route to the first set win.

Momentum carried over for the Eagles in the second set, helping them grab a quick 4-0 advantage to lead the entire way. Trailing 8-2, the Lions called a timeout, and came back fighting with three consecutive points.   

Two straight kills by the Lions and an attacking error by Melissa McTighe of Boston College reduced their deficit to four, 18-14. The Lions continued to trim their deficit, bringing it within one point after a 4-0 run, including a huge kill by Bailey Springer, but that was as close as they would come in the second set.

Columbia came out on fire in the third set with a lofty 8-1 lead and did not trail throughout.

A 5-1 run with four consecutive kills by BC’s Workman cut the Lions’ lead to 12-10, but Columbia stayed strong and led by at least three points or more the rest of the way to make it a 2-1 match.

It was a close beginning to the third set, with the Lions in front early on.

Three straight kills by the Eagles sparked a 6-0 run, giving BC its first lead of the set, 13-11. The Eagles eventually built up a four-point advantage, but the Lions responded with three kills of their own, including two-in-a-row by Moye-McLaren to make it a one-point set. Petrovich set the ball in just the right spots for Moye-McLaren and Bailey Springer to help knot the score at 20-all, keeping Columbia in the game.

With the score tied at 23-23, Petrovich delivered a service ace to recapture the Columbia lead once and for all, forcing the deciding set.

In the fifth set, Boston College took a 5-2 lead, but the Lions rallied with a 6-0 run, highlighted by a trio of Moye-McLaren kills, to takeover 9-6. However, the Eagles tied things up and eventually regained the lead to win the deciding set.

The Lions are back in action tomorrow for day two of the Columbia Invitational vs. Fordham at 12 p.m. in Levien Gym.