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Volleyball Tops Virginia 3-0 in Straight Sets

Sept. 27, 2012

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Boston College took two overtime sets from Virginia en route to a straight set 3-0 (29-27, 25-15, 27-25) win over the Cavaliers on Thursday night in Power Gym.

The Eagles (8-8, 2-2 ACC) won in their first home game since Aug. 25 - a span that saw BC play 11 games on the road - and improved their mark to 3-12 all-time against UVA (5-9, 0-4 ACC) and 2-3 under head coach Chris Campbell.

"As a team they didn't let not having one hundred percent of their game affect their attitude and their desire to play," Campbell said. "We were able to stay concentrated on what we were able to do well, and it was enough to win."

"For us, the biggest part was - this was a week to get back concentrated on what we need to do, what's our game," Campbell said. "Let's make sure that we execute the stuff that we do well. Let's make sure we execute it well so that other teams have to prepare for us."

BC received contributions from a number of players in the win. Current ACC Freshman of the Week Katty Workman led the offense with a match-high 15 kills (her 14th match this season with 10 or more kills) in addition to nine digs. Senior captain Krystle Higgins anchored a strong performance from BC's middles with 10 kills on .714 hitting. Junior middle Melissa McTighe had seven kills on .333 hitting.

"Lots of different contributions," Campbell said. "The middles did a great job. We got more offense out of them than we have the last couple of weeks so that was really nice to see them come back in."

Defensively, sophomore Lauren Fields posted a match-high 14 digs while classmate Courtney Castle chipped in with 10 digs of her own.

Sophomore captain Kellie Barnum led all players with 32 assists.

The Eagles took a wild, overtime first set 29-27 over the Cavaliers with meaningful contributions coming from several players. Workman led the attack for BC in the first set with five kills while McTighe added three kills of her own. Barnum notched six assists, and Cagla Sen followed closely with five assists in the set. Defensively Fields recorded six digs in the set, and Franny Hock had four digs.

"We've been on the reverse side of that - where we've had game serve -- up big -- and lost," Campbell said. "Every time you go through one of those experiences it's painful, but it does teach you that it can happen to anybody. Every team in the country is susceptible to nerves."

In the opening set, BC trailed Virginia at 17-13 causing Campbell to use his second timeout. From there the Eagles took the next three points to trail at 17-16 forcing UVA head coach Dennis Hohenshelt to use a timeout of his own. The Cavaliers matched BC's run with a 3-0 run of their own to take a 20-16 lead in the opening set. BC again cut the score to one at 20-19 off consecutive kills from Workman before the Wahoos took four of the next five points for set point at 24-20.

BC staved off set point four times to knot the set up at 24-24. The Eagles received a key kill from McTighe and a timely combo block from Higgins and Barnum during that stretch to stay alive. BC then took set point at 25-24 before UVA again tied it at 25-25. A kill from Castle gave BC another one point lead at 26-25 with UVA tying the set once more at 26-26. Kameron McLain scored the next point for the Eagles on a kill to give BC a 27-26 edge prior to Virginia tying the set for the last time at 27-27. The Eagles finished set number one behind kills from Workman and McTighe in order.

"We got on a little streak there," Campbell said. "We forced them to have to execute, and we were able to make some defensive plays and come back. That's just being steady. I was proud of them for that. That was a situation where we would not have been able to take advantage of last year."

The host Eagles rode their momentum from the first set into the second set taking set number two from Virginia at 25-15 as BC outhit the visitors .379 to .094 in the set. BC took a lead at 4-3 which they did not look back from going on an 11-4 run from there to stake a 15-7 edge in the set. BC's lead got as large as 11 at 24-13. Workman added five kills to her total in the second set on .455 hitting with Higgins chipping in with three kills on four swings. Barnum tallied all 13 assists for BC in the set, and Fields had a set-high five digs.

The Cavaliers continued to compete in the third set, but BC came out on top for the third consecutive set winning the third set 27-25. The Eagles trailed Virginia at 20-17 before BC went on a 7-3 to take a 24-23 lead -- their first lead since 12-11. UVA tied the set at 24 before BC took a one point lead at 25-24. The Wahoos tied the set for the last time at 25-25 before BC received a kill from Workman to take a 26-25 lead. A pivotal combo block from Higgins and McLain earned the Eagles the set and match.

Higgins and Workman each had five kills in the set with Higgins hitting .714 and Workman hitting .300. Barnum posted 13 assists in the set while Workman added six digs to the effort, and Castle had five digs.

Boston College plays in Power Gym again on Sunday at noon against Virginia Tech (9-4, 2-1 ACC).

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