Volleyball Upends George Washington in Four Sets, 3-1
Boston College bounced back from a first set loss to take sets two through four, enduring a late charge from George Washington to take a 3-1 four-set victory.
In their final match at the Spring Hill Suites at Arundel Mills Invitational, BC (6-4, 1-0 ACC) dropped the first set 25-21 to the Colonials (2-8) before taking the next three 25-23, 25-17, and 28-26 at the Comcast Pavilion on the College Park, Md. campus of the University o Maryland.
Sophomore Courtney Castle, an all-tournament selection recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 16 kills and 14 digs, and freshman Katty Workman tallied her fifth double-double of the season with 16 kills and 14 digs.
Freshman libero Franny Hock, BC's other all-tournament selection, registered a match-high 19 digs, and junior setter Cagla Sen posted 29 assists in the match. Senior captain Krystle Higgins had a match-high 10 block assists plus a block solo as the Eagles notched 26 block assists and two block solos as a team in the match.
The Eagles and Colonials were locked in a tight first set with the match tied at 9, 14, and 19 before GW took six of the last eight point to win the set 25-21. GW outhit the Eagles .343 to .128 in the opening set. Workman paced the Eagle offense with five kills and the defense with five digs in the set. Kellie Barnum and Hock added four digs apiece for BC.
BC took a back and forth second set 25-23 - the set was tied at nine different points -- before the Eagles took five of the last eight points to earn the set victory. Castle led the Eagle offense with seven kills on 11 swings with no errors for a hitting percentage of .636. The Orange, Calif. native also posted two aces and three digs in the set. With the score tied at 20-20, Castle had four of BC's last five points with three kills and a service ace in that stretch.
Defensively Hock notched eight digs in the set while Workman added five digs of her own. Sen tallied seven assists, and Higgins had four block assists in set number two.
Boston College earned a 25-17 third set victory taking a lead at 5-4 which they did not relinquish. The Colonials cut the BC lead to one at 11-10 before the Eagles took control in the second half of the set closing the third set on a 14-7 run. BC outhit GW .273 to -.061 in set number three. Sen recorded another eight assists in the set.
The Eagles finished the match with a 28-26 win in the decisive set withstanding a furious late rally from GW. BC led from 1-0 until the Colonials tied the match at 23. GW held set point at 24-23 before the Eagles took the next two points to lead 25-24. The Colonials had set point again at 26-25 before the Eagles rattled off three straight points to win the set and the match.
In the decisive set Workman scored on seven kills while Castle notched four kills and seven digs in the set. Sen tallied 11 assists in set number four while Hock had another five digs in the set.
Boston College returns to action next weekend with the New England Challenge on the campus of Northeastern with matches against the host Huskies (Sept. 14, 7:00 p.m.), Connecticut (Sept. 15, 1:00 p.m.), and Harvard (Sept. 15, 5:00 p.m.).