Volleyball Comes up Short against Virginia Tech, Losing 3-0
Sept. 30, 2012
Boston College came up short against Virginia Tech losing 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-22) on Sunday afternoon in Power Gym.
"We played well enough to put them in trouble a couple of times, but then let them out of trouble on relatively easy plays," head coach Chris Campbell said. "Where if we're a little bit more experienced, a little more veteran, we can keep the pressure on them, and that's our challenge this season."
"I thought the girls played hard throughout the match, and that was good to see - a sustained level of effort by this group," Campbell said. "We are still a young team so for them to be able to do that. That's the first building block of every team."
Freshman Katty Workman posted a match-high 13 kills - her 15th match this year with double-digit kills -- for BC (8-9, 2-3 ACC) to go with eight digs, and sophomore Courtney Castle chipped in with six kills and eight digs.
"Katty had a nice weekend. Other teams key on her - they know she's one of our main offensive weapons so she made good decisions, elevated well, and hit for a good percentage," Campbell said. "She does well offensively -- we're still working on other parts of her game."
The Hokies (11-4, 4-1 ACC) received double-digit kills from Jennifer Wiker (12), Samantha Gostling (11), and Kathryn Caine (10). Jordan Fish, who entered the weekend as the ACC leader in assists per set, recorded a match-high 38 assists, and Morgan O'Neill had a match-high 22 digs for Virginia Tech.
"I think they'll be one of the top three or four teams in the conference this year," Campbell said of the Hokies. "That doesn't mean that you roll over to them, but it does mean, you're going to get fewer opportunities against them so when you do get an opportunity it's a bit more valuable."
BC dropped the first set to the Hokies 25-18. Virginia Tech staked a seven point lead at 15-8 before the Eagles worked their way back into the set. The hosts used an 8-2 run to pull within one at 17-16 before the visitors took eight of the last 10 points to secure the set victory. Workman led the offense with a set-high five kills on .250 hitting in the first set. Cagla Sen notched nine assists and four digs in the opening set while Fields had a set-high seven digs.
The Eagles pushed Virginia Tech in the second set but fell just short, dropping set number two 25-22. BC took an early 9-4 lead, but Virginia Tech gradually came back in the set knotting it up at 12-12. With the score tied at 15-15, VT used a 5-1 run to take a 20-16 lead. BC took three consecutive points to tie it at 20-20 before the Hokies took five of the last seven points to win set number two.
Workman added another five kills on .333 hitting to her total in the second set, reaching 10 kills through two sets. Barnum registered a team-high seven assists in the set.
"We played well enough to create some situations that gave us opportunities. We put a little pressure on Tech to force them out of their primary options offensively," Campbell said. "Our challenge then is when they go to their secondary options - to be skilled enough to take advantage of those, and that's where we broke down."
The Hokies earned a 25-22 third set victory over BC despite a valiant effort from the Eagles. Neither side could gain a lead larger than two points through the first half of the set with the score tied up at 13-13. From there, Virginia Tech took the next six points to gain a 19-13 edge. The Eagles continued to battle pulling to within two at 24-22 before VT's Gostling scored on a kill to end the set and the match.
Castle and Workman each had three kills and four digs in the set while Barnum tallied 11 assists in the third set. Hock had five digs in the decisive set.
"What we've got to take out of this is learning to recognize what are the key points, what are the key moments and being able to execute in those," Campbell said. "You've got to play great teams to learn how to do that. We didn't get a win, but we got more experience."
Boston College is back in action next weekend with road matches at Wake Forest (Oct. 5, 7:00 p.m.) in Winston-Salem, N.C. and at Duke (Oct. 6, 8:00 p.m.) in Durham, N.C.