Volleyball Loses 3-1 in Four Sets to Wake Forest
Nov. 4, 2012
Despite double-doubles from Courtney Castle and Kellie Barnum, the Boston College volleyball team lost to Wake Forest, 3-1 (28-26, 20-25, 25-13, 25-21), inside Power Gym in Chestnut Hill, Mass. on Sunday afternoon on Senior Day.
The Eagles (10-17, 4-11 ACC) and Demon Deacons (10-17, 4-11 ACC) split the season series with BC having taken a 3-1 victory earlier this season on Oct. 5 inside Reynolds Gym in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Castle, a sophomore outside hitter, recorded her 12th double-double of the season behind a team-high 15 kills in addition to 13 digs while Barnum, a co-captain for the Eagles, registered her fifth double-double in 2012 with a team-high 45 assists (her fifth match with 40 or more assists this season) and 12 digs.
Freshman Franny Hock notched a team-best 18 digs, classmate Katty Workman posted 11 kills and seven digs, and sophomore Lauren Fields connected on eight digs for head coach Chris Campbell's Eagles. Senior co-captain Krystle Higgins came through with five kills and four blocks for BC while junior middle hitter Melissa McTighe connected on eight kills and four block assists, and freshman Kameron McLain had nine kills.
For Wake Forest (No. 133 RPI) Jazmen Russell scored on a match-high 20 kills, and Preseason All-ACC honoree Andrea Beck compiled 13 kills in the win. Danae Rosendall distributed a match-best 48 assists, and Megan Miller had a match-high 29 digs for head coach Heather Kahl Holmes's Demon Deacons.
The Demon Deacons struck first, withstanding a late BC charge to take the first set in overtime 28-26. Wake jumped out to an early 9-3 lead in set one forcing BC to use a timeout. The visiting Demon Deacons continued to control the set carrying an 18-11 lead when Campbell called his second timeout. From there the Eagles used an 11-4 run to tie the set at 22-22 and held set point at 25-24 but could not close out the set. Castle totaled five kills and three digs in the set while McLain landed four kills. Hock compiled seven digs, and Barnum dished out 13 assists in the opening set.
The Eagles responded in the second set, leading from start to finish in a 25-20 victory in set two. BC claimed a 9-3 edge of their own early in the set before Wake Forest worked their way to within three points at 12-9 before BC used a 7-3 run to earn a 19-12 advantage. The Demon Deacons cut BC's lead to four at 22-18 late in the set, but the Eagles held on, winning three of the last five points in set two. The hosts used a balanced offensive attack in the set with Workman (five kills), Higgins (four kills), McTighe (three kills), and McLain (three kills) all contributing. Defensively, Hock (nine digs) and Castle (seven digs) led the way in set two while Barnum added 14 assists to her total in the set.
Wake Forest recaptured the momentum in the third set leading from 8-7 to the final set score of 25-13. The Eagles pulled within one at 11-10 before Wake took the next seven points to claim an 18-10 lead. The Demon Deacons then closed the set on a 7-3 run. Barnum connected on seven assists, and Castle tallied three kills in the set for BC.
Neither side held a lead larger than three in the fourth set until the Demon Deacons took a 24-20 lead late in the set on their way to a 25-21 win in set four. Wake took the lead for good at 10-9 although the Eagles twice pulled within one point late in the set at 19-18 and 21-20 but could get no closer. Castle notched five kills, Fields posted four digs, and Barnum totaled 11 assists and five digs in the match's final set.
Boston College begins a four-match road swing next weekend with matchups at Virginia Tech (Nov. 9, 7:00 p.m.) and at Virginia (Nov. 10, 7:00 p.m.).