April 28, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Early enrollee Cassidy Vaughn and rising senior Krystle Higgins led the Boston College volleyball team with 13 and 12 points, respectively, in a five-set sweep of Dartmouth in Power Gym on Saturday.
The Eagles claimed the win 25-17, 25-21, 25-17, 25-6, 25-21. Vaughn paced the squad with a .440 attack percentage. Higgins hit .250, leading BC with eight blocks.
Melissa McTighe delivered six blocks, while Lauren Fields, Alexandra Trobbe and Courtney Seitz each served up three aces.
"The spring season was the definition of improvement for our team," Trobbe said. "We saw things during the fall that we wanted to work on, so we took this spring season as a time for us to focus on our weaknesses. We tried to improve on those as much as we could and enhance our strengths at the same time."
The Eagles were victorious in all four of their spring season matches. The squad won a staggering 19 of 20 sets played against teams that finished with higher in the ratings percentage index (RPI) last season. Boston College ended the 2011 season with the No. 204 RPI, while Northeastern finished No. 76, Yale was 88 and Dartmouth was 160.
"The team has trained extremely hard this spring and everyone has improved their game," setter Kellie Barnum said. "It's amazing to be a part of such progress. We shut out every team we played this spring and did not let up. If we continue this hard training through the summer, should make for a very exciting fall. Although we have lost three immensely important seniors (all starters), if we continue to work hard and have positive attitudes I believe we are going to do better than last year. We have set many specific goals for ourselves and are determined to reach them. We have some very strong freshmen players coming in and it will be exciting to get them on board with our goals as well."