Volleyball Sweeps Duke in Straight Sets, 3-0
Oct. 6, 2012
Boston College swept Duke in straight sets 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-19) in Cameroon Indoor Stadium on Saturday night marking the first time in school history that the Eagles (10-9, 4-3 ACC) have defeated the Blue Devils (10-8, 1-5 ACC).
"Duke is a great program. They've had huge success for over a decade. I can't remember the last time they did not make the NCAA Tournament," head coach Chris Campbell said. "Any time you come into Cameron Indoor Stadium and play well you're happy. You come here and win, and you're ecstatic."
"We played within ourselves - played well - had everybody contribute. Nobody had a game that was outside what they've done before," Campbell said. "We had everybody do it at the same time. We maintained our composure through a couple of really tense times."
The Eagles entered the match 0-12 all-time against Duke. The loss was the first defeat at home in Durham, N.C. for Duke (No. 37 RPI) this season. BC has now matched their ACC win total from the last two years combined. The maroon and gold also completed their first ACC road weekend sweep in school history with tonight's win and last night's victory over Wake Forest.
Freshman Katty Workman registered her eighth double-double of the season behind a match-high 21 kills on a match-high .421 hitting to go with 11 digs.
"She brought everything that we ask her to do. She made good decisions on when to really hammer the ball and when to make smart shots," Campbell said. "It resulted in a great hitting percentage and bailed us out a couple of times."
Kellie Barnum notched a double-double of her own - her third of the season - on a match-high 36 assists and 13 digs.
Freshman Franny Hock recorded a tied for match-high 17 digs (her tenth match this year with double-digit digs) for BC, and sophomore Courtney Castle chipped in with eight kills, nine digs, and two aces.
"I was really impressed with Franny Hock - for the weekend I think she had 36 digs in seven sets," Campbell said. "That's really impressive for a freshman. Her service she was rock solid. She played a great match."
"I was really pleased with Courtney Castle - just making courageous decisions. We dumped the ball out to her when we were really trapped a couple of times," Campbell said. "She just made great decisions, made smart shots, kept the ball in play, and forced Duke to make difficult digs. That's just Courtney maturing as a player."
The Eagles took a highly competitive first set from the Blue Devils 25-22. Neither team held a lead larger than two points until BC gained a three-point edge at 24-21. The visiting Eagles trailed at 21-20 but used a 5-1 run to close out the set with Workman connecting on three kills during that stretch. Workman tallied six kills in the set, and Castle posted four kills and an ace. Barnum totaled 11 assists in the opening set while Lauren Fields had six digs.
BC won an equally tight second set with a 26-24 victory in set number two. Neither team held a lead larger than three throughout the set nor could either side gain a lead larger than two from the time Duke led at 9-7. The Eagles took a timeout trailing the Blue Devils at 22-20, and from there the visitors used a 6-2 run to pull out the set win. The Eagles received kills from Workman, Castle, and Kameron McLain during the decisive stretch in addition to an ace from Barnum.
"We said earlier in the year, you only get experience by going out and playing," Campbell said. "It was nice to see that experience pay off a little bit tonight."
Workman charted seven kills in the set on .500 hitting to go with five digs while Barnum had 11 assists, and Franny Hock compiled nine digs in set number two.
The visiting Eagles closed out the match with a 25-19 victory over the Blue Devils in the third set. BC trailed Duke at 8-6 before capitalizing on a 6-0 run to take a 12-8 lead that they would hold for the remainder of the set. BC's lead got as large as seven at 21-14. Workman scored on another eight kills on .429 hitting in the set, and Barnum had 14 assists in the decisive set.
"Every win is a good win - being able to get two wins on the road with a really young team in a tough conference is always difficult," Campbell said. "For us to be able to do that is a reinforcement for our players of the work that they've put in."
"This is a great win," Campbell said. "We're going to enjoy it tonight until we're back in Boston tomorrow at noon thinking about the following week."
Boston College returns to Power Gym next weekend for home matches against No. 13 Florida State (Oct. 12, 7:00 p.m., "Pack Power" Night) and Miami (Oct. 14, noon, Women's Council Match).