Volleyball Drops 3-2 Five-Set Decision to Virginia
Nov. 10, 2012
Katty Workman, Courtney Castle, and Kellie Barnum each recorded double-doubles for BC, but the Eagles dropped a 3-2 (25-13, 16-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-10) five-set decision to the University of Virginia inside Memorial Gymnasium in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday night.
The Eagles (10-19, 4-13 ACC) fell to 0-4 in five-set matches this season as the Cavaliers (9-19, 3-12 ACC) avenged their 3-0 loss to BC on Sept. 27 earlier this season inside Power Gym in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Workman registered her 11th double-double of the season behind 19 kills and 15 digs. The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native now has 376 kills on the season giving her the freshman record for kills in a season. Julia El-Hag previously held the record with 358 total kills as a rookie in 1997.
Castle achieved her 13th double-double of the year on 12 kills and 15 digs while Barnum posted her sixth double-double of 2012 with 50 assists - her third match this season with 50 assists - and 13 digs. Junior Melissa McTighe landed 10 kills on .474 hitting in the match.
Freshman libero Franny Hock led the Eagles with 18 digs giving her 345 total digs on the season. The Manhattan Beach, Calif., resident now has more digs in a season for a freshman than any other first-year player in BC history. Lauren Schwer previously held the record with 341 digs as a freshman in 1999.
Senior co-captain Krystle Higgins totaled eight kills and five block assists in the match. With the five blocks, Higgins now has 366 total blocks in her career moving her into second place on BC's career total blocks list behind only Kristen Roberts who totaled 451 blocks from 1992-1995.
Virginia won the first set over BC, 25-13, taking the lead for good at 6-5. With the set tied at 5-5, the Cavaliers used a 9-1 run to claim a 14-6 lead midway through the set. Late in the set, UVA led at 20-12 and earned five of the last six points to claim the victory in the opening set. Barnum notched seven digs and five assists in set one while Workman had four digs and two kills in the set.
The Eagles countered in the second set, capturing control of the second half of the set to win set two, 25-16. BC held a slight lead at 12-11 before the visiting Eagles strung together a 7-0 run to earn an eight-point lead at 19-11, gaining a commanding lead in the set. Barnum dished out 14 assists in set two while McTighe, Higgins, and Workman each tallied four kills in the set.
BC carried its momentum from set two into set three as the Eagles claimed a 25-21 victory in set three. The visiting Eagles gained the lead at 5-4 and held onto a leading margin until the Cavaliers knotted the set at 18-18. From there, the maroon and gold took seven of the last 10 points to pull out the win in the set. Workman landed eight kills in the set on .533 hitting. Barnum distributed 15 assists in set three, and Hock connected on 10 digs in the set.
The Cavaliers staved off elimination with a 25-21 victory over the Eagles in set four. UVA held the lead from 2-1 until the end of the set. The Eagles pulled within one point midway through the set at 10-9 and got within three late in the set at 20-17, but UVA held on to win the set. Castle and Workman each posted five kills in the set while Barnum added 12 assists to her total in set four.
Virginia took the match behind a 15-10 win in set number five. UVA jumped out to an early 7-1 lead and held a seven-point lead at 9-2. The Eagles pulled within three points at 12-9 on the strength of a 7-3 run, but the Cavaliers earned three of the last four points to win the set. McTighe came through with three kills on five swings in the decisive set.
Boston College continues play on the road next weekend when the Eagles take on the University of Miami on Nov. 16 at 7:00 p.m. before squaring off with Florida State on Nov. 18 at 1:00 p.m.