Volleyball Challenges No. 5 Southern California but Falls 3-1
Sept. 1, 2012
Boston College challenged No. 5 Southern California forcing a fourth set before falling to the host Trojans 3-1 in their final match at USC's Luxe City Center Trojan Invitational.
BC (4-3) lost the first two sets 25-13 and 28-26 to USC (5-0) before taking the third set 26-24 and dropping the fourth set 25-10 at the Galen Center on the campus of USC.
Freshman Katty Workman, an all-tournament selection, totaled a double-double with 16 kills and 12 digs, and junior setter Cagla Sen contributed a double-double of her own with 21 assists and 12 digs. Sophomore Courtney Castle had 11 digs and eight kills.
The Eagles fell in the first set 25-13 to the Women of Troy. BC kept it close early in the set knotting up the set at 6-6 before the tournament hosts began to take control. Senior Val Mattaliano notched four kills in the opening set with BC hitting .292 as a team.
BC dropped a hard-fought second set to the Trojans 28-26. After back and forth action through much of the set, USC took a 24-21 match-point lead before the Eagles took the next three points to force overtime. Workman recorded seven kills in the set with Castle adding three kills of her own.
The visitors did not give up on the match battling to a 26-24 victory in the third set over USC. Neither team held an advantage greater than two points throughout the set. Workman tallied six kills and two assists while Sen chipped in with seven assists and three kills in the winning-set effort.
USC pulled away from the Eagles in the fourth set winning the final set 25-10.
The Eagles return to play next weekend on Sept. 7 and 8 with the Spring Hill Suites at Arundel Mills Invitational on the campus of the University of Maryland. While at College Park BC will take on Maryland (Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m.), Tennessee (Sept. 8, 11:00 a.m.), and George Washington (Sept. 8, 5:00 p.m.).