Volleyball Loses to No. 24 Miami, 3-0
Nov. 16, 2012
Sophomore co-captain Kellie Barnum recorded a team-high 23 assists, but Boston College lost to No. 24 Miami in straight sets, 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-16), in Coral Gables, Fla., at the Knight Sports Complex on Friday night.
The Hurricanes (24-4, 16-2 ACC) swept the season series, having defeated the Eagles (10-20, 4-14 ACC) 3-2 on Oct. 14 inside Power Gym in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Barnum registered her 17th match of the season with 20 or more assists while Franny Hock reached double-digit digs in a match for the 19th time this season on a team-high 12 digs. Courtney Castle posted a team-high seven kills and eight digs in the loss.
Nrithya Sundararaman, the ACC's leader in assists per set, distributed a match-high 34 assists for Miami while Alexis Mourning led all players with 13 kills, and Ryan Shaffer tallied a match-best 17 digs.
The Hurricanes took an early lead on the Eagles in set one holding a 10-3 margin early in the set en route to a 25-15 set victory. BC took four of five points to pull within four at 11-7, but Miami gradually built its lead up throughout the remainder of the set. Kameron McLain landed three kills in the opening set, Lauren Fields connected on five digs, and Barnum dished out eight assists in set one.
Set two followed a similar script to set one as Miami grabbed an early 10-5 lead on their way to another 25-15 set win. The Eagles again pulled with four points at 11-7 but could get no closer for the remainder of the set. Katty Workman tallied three kills in the set while Hock came through with five digs in set two. Barnum added nine assists to her total in the second set.
The Eagles continued to compete in the third set but eventually dropped a 25-16 decision in set three. BC and Miami were tied at 9-9 before the Hurricanes used an 11-3 run to claim a 20-12 advantage, giving the hosts a cushion for the remainder of the set. Castle scored on four kills (on .444 hitting) and a block solo in the set.
Boston College continues play this weekend with a match at No. 11 Florida State on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Tallahassee, Fla.