Volleyball Concedes Five-Set Match to Duke
Nov. 2, 2012
Although the Boston College volleyball team received a double-double from Katty Workman and a tied for season-high 50 assists from Kellie Barnum, the Eagles conceded a 3-2 (21-25, 24-26, 25-19, 25-15, 15-5) five-set match to Duke inside Power Gym in Chestnut Hill, Mass. on Friday night.
The Eagles (10-16, 4-10 ACC) fell to 0-3 on the year in five-set contests and lost for only the second time this season when winning the first two sets in a match. The Blue Devils (14-12, 5-9 ACC) split the season-series with BC having fallen 3-0 to the Eagles on Oct. 6 inside Cameroon Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. earlier this year.
Workman tallied 21 kills and 15 digs for her 10th double-double of the year in her first match back after missing the better part of three matches with an ankle injury. Fellow freshman Franny Hock posted a tied for match-high 23 digs to mark the third time this season she has accumulated 20 or more digs.
Senior captain Krystle Higgins registered a career-high 15 kills - her second match this year with 10 or more kills - on .357 hitting while sophomore Courtney Castle recorded 16 digs, seven kills, and three aces for head coach Chris Campbell's Eagles.
For Duke (No. 58 RPI), Elizabeth Campbell totaled a double-double behind 16 kills and 20 digs while Preseason All-ACC selection Christiana Gray also came through with 16 kills. Kelsey Williams paced head coach Jolene Nagel's side with 44 assists, and Preseason All-ACC honoree Ali McCurdy notched 23 digs.
The Eagles opened the match with a 25-21 win in set one despite a late charge from the Blue Devils. BC used a 7-1 run early in the set to take an 11-5 lead and held an eight-point edge at 17-9. Duke pulled within one at 22-21 late in the set, but the Eagles took the last three points to win set one. Higgins connected on six kills in the set while Workman followed closely with five kills to go with six digs. Barnum dished out 16 assists in the opening set.
In set two, both sides battled back and forth, but the Eagles again emerged victorious with a 26-24 overtime win in the second set. BC's lead got no larger than four as Duke kept the set tight throughout. The maroon and gold held a late lead at 23-21 before the Blue Devils knotted the set at 23-23, but the Eagles won the set, taking three of the last four points. Higgins came through with another five kills (on six swings), and Workman compiled four kills and three digs in the set. Barnum distributed 13 assists in set two.
Duke countered in the third set, staving off elimination with a 25-19 victory in set three. With the two sides tied at 8-8, the Blue Devils used an 8-2 run to create a 16-10 lead. The Eagles pulled within three points late in the set at 21-18, but Duke claimed four of the last five points for the set win. Freshman Kameron McLain scored on four kills in the set, Castle and Hock each had four digs, and Barnum completed 10 assists in the set for BC.
The Blue Devils carried their momentum from set three into set four as the visitors tied the set at 2-2 behind a 25-15 win in the fourth set. Duke took the lead at 7-6 and did not relinquish it using a 10-3 run to earn a 16-9 edge before finishing off the set. Workman notched five kills in the set while Hock charted nine digs in set four, and Barnum added eight assists to her total in the set.
The visiting Blue Devils took the set and the match with a 15-5 victory in set five. Duke held a slim lead at 5-4 early in the set before closing out the fifth set with a 10-1 run. Workman accounted for four of BC's five points in the set with four kills in set five.
Boston College continues play this weekend with a matchup against Wake Forest on Sunday, Nov. 4, at noon when the Eagles will celebrate Senior Day.