Volleyball Falls to No. 23 Northern Iowa 3-1 in Four Sets
Aug. 31, 2012
Freshman Katty Workman continued her impressive start to the season with a team-high 14 kills, but Boston College fell to No. 23 Northern Iowa 3-1 in the first match of the Luxe City Center Trojan Invitational hosted by the University of Southern California.
BC (3-2) took the second set 25-22 after dropping the first set to UNI (3-1) 25-17 before falling 25-22 in the third set and 25-7 in the fourth set at USC's Galen Center.
Sophomore Courtney Castle recorded her third double-double of the young season with 10 kills and 11 digs. Junior Cagla Sen had a team-high 18 assists, and fellow setter Kellie Barnum followed closely with 17 assists of her own. Freshman Franny Hock tallied a team-high 16 digs while senior captain Krystle Higgins registered six total blocks (two block solos and four block assists).
The Eagles fell in the first set 25-17 to the Panthers despite four kills and two aces from Castle. BC cut Northern Iowa's lead to one at 11-10 before UNI went on an eight-to-two run to take a 19-12 lead later in the set.
BC earned a 25-22 second set victory behind a set-ending 14-5 run. The Panthers held a one-point 11-10 lead over the Eagles in the set before UNI rattled off the next six points for a 17-11 lead. From there the Eagles took 14 of the next 19 points en route to the set win. Castle led the way offensively again with four kills in the set while Sen chipped in with five assists in set number two.
Northern Iowa beat BC in the third set, 25-22. The Eagles took a 9-8 lead in set number three, and held it until the Panthers tied the score at 21. UNI took four of the last five points to earn the win in the set. Workman added seven kills to her total in the set.
The Panthers seized the match victory with a 25-7 fourth set win.
Boston College continues play at USC with a match against the Mississippi State Bulldogs tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET.