Volleyball Downs Maryland in Four Sets 3-1 in ACC Opener
Boston College took a four set 3-1 victory over the University of Maryland in their first match in the Spring Hill Suites at Arundel Mills Invitational in College Park, Md.
The Eagles (5-3, 1-0 ACC) downed the Terrapins (4-3, 0-1 ACC) in the first (25-23), second (25-14), and fourth (25-22) sets with Maryland taking the third (25-16) set in the conference opener for both teams.
"It's one of the growth steps of a young team," head coach Chris Campbell said on the win. "This team is showing character. This team is showing that they have some fight in them. After losing pretty badly in game three, they came back in game four. It takes courage to make great plays when you're behind in the score, and we showed a lot of that today."
"For us to win the first conference match on the road this early in the year is a really good step forward for us," Campbell said. "We're excited for it. Now our next step is to learn how to handle success."
Sophomore Courtney Castle recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 17 kills and 20 digs while freshman Katty Workman tallied her fourth double-double of the season with 12 kills (her fifth match in a row with double-digit kills) and 11 digs. Castle has notched double-digit kill totals in seven of the season's first eight matches.
"Courtney made some great decisions throughout the match--deciding when to really go for the swing and go for the kill, when to make a smart shot and put them in trouble," Campbell said. "That's what we're asking our players to do."
The Eagles rallied to take the first set over Maryland, 25-23. Late in the set BC trailed the host Terrapins, 22-18 before earning seven of the opening set's last eight points to earn the victory in the set. During BC's decisive run the Eagles received kills from Workman--who served on five of BC's winning points in the stretch--Higgins, and Castle.
In set number one BC attacked with a balance offense with Kameron McLain notching six kills, Castle scoring on five kills, and Workman registering four kills in the set. Sen recorded all 18 of BC's assists in the opening set. Defensively, Castle added eight digs to the winning effort with Fields contributing five digs of her own.
BC carried momentum over into the second set taking set number two 25-14 over the Terps. The Eagles--who outhit the hosts .423 to .000 in the set--took a lead at 3-2 which they did not relinquish in the set. Workman paced the offense in the set with four kills while Sen with eight assists again recorded every assist in the set for the Eagles. Fields chipped in with three digs in the set.
Maryland countered in the third set taking a 25-16 victory in set number three. The Terps took a lead at 4-3 which they did not look back from. Castle led the way for the Eagles in the set with four kills and seven digs reaching double-digits in both categories (11 kills, 16 digs) with one more set to play. Sen put up another seven assists in the set.
The visiting Eagles persevered in the fourth set taking a 25-22 set victory over the Terrapins. Maryland took an early lead at 4-3 which they held until BC tied the score at 15-15. Castle scored on four kills during a stretch that saw the Eagles go from trailing 15-12 to leading 18-16. In the decisive set, Castle had six kills and four digs while Workman came up with eight digs in the set. Sen tallied eight assists in the set.
Boston College continues tournament play tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. with a matchup against No. 16 Tennessee (5-2), the winners of today's earlier tournament match over George Washington.