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Volleyball Falls to Northeastern 3-1 in Four Sets

Sept. 14, 2012

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Boston College fell to Northeastern 3-1 in four sets in their first match at the New England Challenge at NU's Solomon Court.

The Eagles (6-5, 1-0 ACC) dropped the first (25-18), second (25-20), and fourth (25-21) sets to the host Huskies (9-3, 0-0 CAA) while taking the third set 25-20 at the Cabot Physical Education Center in Boston.

Courtney Castle tallied her seventh double-double of the season on a career-high 22 kills to go along with 16 digs and three service aces. The sophomore out of Orange, Calif. now has recorded double-digit kill totals in nine of the season's first 11 matches and has had 10 or more digs in each of five of her last six matches. Freshman Katty Workman chipped in with 11 kills and 6 digs - her ninth match this season with double-digit kills.

Freshman Franny Hock came through with 15 digs on the night to mark the sixth time this season the 5-7 libero has posted 10 or more digs in a match. In setting, sophomore captain Kellie Barnum had a team-high 25 assists, and junior Cagla Sen added 12 assists in the match.

With five block assists in the match, Krystle Higgins moved into third place on the career total blocks list at BC. The senior captain now has 303 total blocks - she is only the fourth Eagle to amass 300 or more total blocks in a career. Rachel Bach is second on the list with 363 career total blocks.

The Eagles dropped the first set to the Huskies, 25-18. The opening set was tight for its first half as the score was tied six times including at 14-14. NU took the next four points to lead 18-14 and scored seven of the last 11 points to take the set. Castle notched eight digs and three kills in the set while Sen tallied eight assists, and Hock had four digs.

BC fell in the second set to the hosts, 25-20. NU used a 7-2 run to take a one point 7-6 lead to a six point 14-8 margin. The Eagles could get the score no closer than three, cutting the lead to that margin for the last time at 22-19. Castle led the Eagle attack in the set with eight kills on .294 hitting and chipped in with four digs. Through two sets the 6-0 outside hitter achieved a double-double on 11 kills and 12 digs with two sets still to play. Hock registered six digs in the set for BC.

The visiting Eagles countered in the third set taking a 25-20 victory from the Huskies. NU held a lead until BC tied the score at 12-12. Even play ensued as the set was tied at 14, 15, 16, and 17 before the Eagles took eight of the last 11 points to win set number three. Castle (six kills) and Workman (four kills) spearheaded the BC offense in the set while Barnum contributed 11 assists to the set win. The Eagles outhit Northeastern .400 to .185 in the set.

Northeastern won the fourth set 25-21 to take the match victory. The Huskies took an early lead at 5-0 in the set that provided a cushion the rest of the way. After NU's initial outburst, the Eagles outscored the hosts 21-20 in the remainder of the set. Workman notched seven kills in the set while Castle added six kills of her own.

Boston College is back in action at the New England Challenge tomorrow with a match against Connecticut at 1:00 p.m.

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