Volleyball Loses 3-2 Five-Set Match to Miami
Oct. 14, 2012
Despite double-doubles from Courtney Castle and Katty Workman, the Boston College volleyball team lost 3-2 (26-28, 25-16, 18-25, 25-11, 10-15) in five sets to the University of Miami on Sunday afternoon in Power Gym in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
The Eagles (10-11, 4-5 ACC) outhit the Hurricanes .184 to .161 and finished the match with more kills (63-56), assists (57-53), and digs (88-82) than the Canes (16-3, 8-1 ACC) who entered the weekend as the ACC's leaders in opponent hitting percentage, kills, assists, and digs.
"Any time you play a team that good to five sets it's a positive, but it still hurts," head coach Chris Campbell said. "It's tough any time you lose to a team in five sets but win by nine total points."
Head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch and Miami (No. 15 RPI) extended their winning streak to six games as preseason All-ACC selection Alex Johnson notched 16 kills in the match for UM.
Castle, a sophomore outside hitter, matched a career high with a match-high 22 kills to complement 16 digs for her 11th double-double of the season. Workman, a two-time ACC Freshman of the Week honoree, tallied 18 kills and a career-high 19 digs for her ninth double-double of the year. Workman has achieved double-figure kills in each of her last 12 matches and in 19 of 21 matches overall.
Sophomore captain Kellie Barnum posted a match-high 48 assists - her third match this year with 40 or more assists - in addition to a career-high seven kills from the setter spot. Libero Franny Hock, the current ACC Freshman of the Week, established a career high with 30 digs to mark her 12th match this year with double-digit digs.
For the first time this season the Eagles fell in an overtime set in ACC play as Miami took a 28-26 victory in set one. Competitive play marked the set as neither side gained a lead larger than four points. Miami gained its first lead of the set at 19-18, but BC used a 6-2 run to stake a 24-21 advantage. The Hurricanes then staved off set point three times to tie the set at 24-24. The Eagles gained set point again at 25-24 and 26-25, but UM prevailed in the set.
Workman led the BC offense in the first set with seven kills while Castle contributed a balanced performance in set one behind five kills and five digs. Barnum notched a set-high 16 assists, and Hock paced the BC defense with nine digs in set one.
BC countered in the second set earning a 25-16 victory over the Hurricanes. The Eagles gained an early lead at 5-4 which they held for the remainder of the set. Behind the strength of a 12-3 run, the Eagles gained a ten-point edge at 18-8 with BC's largest leads coming later in the set at 21-10 and 22-11. Castle registered four kills in the set for BC while Barnum had six assists. Defensively, Workman compiled seven digs, and Hock connected on six digs in set two.
The Eagles hung tight with Miami throughout much of the third set but lost 25-18 in set three. Trailing in the set at 16-15, the Hurricanes used a 10-2 run to close out the set. From the time the Canes led the set at 7-5 to the time UM led at 19-17 neither team held a lead larger than two. Castle paced the Eagle offense in set three with seven kills, and Barnum added another seven assists to her total in the set. On the defensive side, Workman and Hock each had five digs.
Boston College again responded after dropping a set, taking set four 25-11 as BC outhit the Canes .364 to .000. The Eagles jumped out to a 14-5 lead in the set taking six straight points to gain that advantage. Miami closed BC's lead to six at 16-10, but the Eagles utilized a 9-1 run to claim the win in set four. Workman came through with seven kills and three digs, and Castle put up four kills and six digs. Hock charted eight digs while Barnum distributed 13 assists in set four.
Miami edged BC in the fifth set 15-10 to take the set and the match. When the two teams switched sides, Miami led 8-4, and the Canes used a 7-2 run from there to close out the decisive set.
Boston College makes its second trip of the season to the state of North Carolina next weekend when the Eagles take on NC State (Oct. 19, 7:00 p.m.) in Raleigh, N.C. and UNC (Oct. 20, 5:00 p.m.) in Chapel Hill, N.C.