PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Delaware volleyball team won the opening set but dropped the following three as the Blue Hens suffered a 3-1 defeat to Boston College Saturday afternoon at the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia Cherry & White Challenge hosted by Temple.

The Eagles, who improved to 3-5, took the match by set scores of 20-25, 26-24, 25-9, 25-12. Delaware fell to 0-7 on the campaign.

UD outside hitter Maria Bellinger led the Blue Hens in kills for the seventh consecutive match with 14 on the day, while she ranked second on the squad with eight digs. Daria Robinson added six kills against Boston College, while Brooke Robertson and Bailey Pearlman added five apiece. Abby Skryd handed out 16 assists for Delaware, while Courtnie Roberts contributed a season-high 12 of her own.

Freshman libero Maddie Judge enjoyed an outstanding match for the Blue Hens, leading all players with a career-high 29 digs while also dishing out six assists and serving an ace. Judge and Bellinger represented Delaware on the All-Tournament Team.

Cat Balido slammed 20 kills and Lynn Braakhuis added 15 for the Eagles, while Jane Dejarld and Camille Oemcke combined for 43 assists.

Delaware controlled the first set, jumping out to a 7-1 lead and never trailing during the stanza. The Blue Hens led by at least four points from there, before a Bellinger kill put the set away for UD. The Hens exploded to an 11-5 advantage in the second frame, but the Eagles stormed back with nine straight points to take the lead. Delaware bounced back and had a set point at 24-23, but Boston College captured the next three points to pull even at a set apiece.

After the Eagles dominated the third set, Boston College jumped in front 11-5 in the fourth and never looked back from there.

“We are learning what it means as a group to go hard for every point and every set. We made some progress defensively, gave a lot more effort and had some great outcomes with that. I thought Maddie (Judge) was sensational today - having 29 digs in four sets is big-time. We are looking to carry some of that defensive momentum into practice this week as we prepare for a big weekend.”

• Judge’s 29 digs are the most in a four-set match since Taylor Hollingsworth also had 29 vs. Penn on Sept. 20, 2016
• Her 29 digs are also the most by a Blue Hen freshman since Ariel Shonk in 2012
• Bellinger reached double figure kills for the fifth consecutive match
• Boston College hit .246 for the match while the Blue Hens hit .082
• Delaware held an 8-5 edge in blocks
• Boston College defeated Delaware for the first time in four all-time meetings
• The Blue Hens faced an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent for the second straight weekend

• Delaware
vs. UMBC (George Washington Tournament) - Friday, September 15 (12 noon)
• Delaware at George Washington (George Washington Tournament) - Friday, September 15 (7 p.m.)
• Delaware vs. Holy Cross (George Washington Tournament) - Saturday, September 16 (12 noon)

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