Volleyball to Partake in USC's Luxe City Center Trojan Invitational
Aug. 30, 2012
BC volleyball heads on the road over Labor Day weekend to partake in USC's Luxe City Center Trojan Invitational in Los Angeles on Friday Aug. 31 and Saturday Sept. 1 squaring off with No. 23 Northern Iowa (2-1), Mississippi State (2-1), and tournament host, No. 5 Southern California (3-0).
The Eagles (3-1) arrived in Los Angeles on Sunday Aug. 26 to practice and bond as a team prior to the start of tournament action. The trip represents a homecoming of sorts for BC's nine California natives (listed below). All games will take place in the Galen Center on the campus of USC.
Of the three teams, Boston College has only faced Mississippi State previously, having lost the only prior matchup against the Bulldogs. The lone meeting came at the Mississippi State Classic in Starkville, Miss. on September 7, 2002 with the hosts taking a 3-1 four-set victory.
The tournament features six games over two days with four different conferences represented - the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Missouri Valley Conference, the Pacific-12 Conference, and the Southeastern Conference.
Distances from USC's Galen Center for BC's California Natives
Scouting the Eagles
Boston College opened its season with a record of 3-1 in four matches at the Boston College Invitational with wins over Binghamton, Siena, and Fordham as well as a hard-luck, five-set loss to Texas Tech.
Freshman Katty Workman led the way for BC with 15 kills and a .345 hitting percentage in her collegiate debut as the team posted a 3-0 straight-set win over Binghamton. Sophomore Courtney Castle notched a double-double against the Bearcats with 13 kills and 12 digs, and sophomore Lauren Fields recorded a career-high 18 digs in the match.
BC downed Siena 3-1 in the team's second game of the tournament behind 12 kills from Workman, who was selected to the all-tournament team, and 11 kills from Castle, who was also an all-tournament honoree. Sophomore captain Kellie Barnum tallied a double-double with a match-high 38 assists and 10 digs while freshman Franny Hock contributed a team-high 13 digs in the win over the Saints.
In their first game of the second day of the tournament BC defeated Fordham 3-0 in straight sets. Castle led the way with a match-high 14 kills and eight digs followed closely by Workman who added nine kills and a match-high 10 digs to the winning effort.
In their last game of the tournament the Eagles fell to Texas Tech in a high-energy, five-set match. Three Boston College players recorded double-doubles in the match - Workman (22 kills, 10 digs), Castle (10 kills, 16 digs), and Barnum (44 assists, 13 digs).
Through four matches, Workman leads the Eagles with 58 kills and 3.87 kills per set, good for second in the ACC. The native of Thousand Oaks, Calif. also holds a .276 hitting percentage to go with 2.13 digs per set, early in the season. Castle ranks second on the team with 3.20 kills per set and leads the squad with 2.93 digs per set.
At the setter position, Barnum currently leads the team with 8.46 assists per set, ranking seventh in the ACC in that category while junior Cagla Sen comes into the weekend averaging 6.00 assists per set, putting her ninth in the ACC.
Junior Melissa McTighe leads Boston College with 17 total blocks (five block solos, 12 block assists) and 1.13 blocks per set.
After the tournament the Eagles remain on the road, competing at the University of Maryland in the Spring Hill Suites at Arundel Mills Invitational on Sept. 7 and Sept. 8.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Mississippi State hosted a tournament of its own last weekend and played their way to a 2-1 record in the Mississippi State Maroon Classic. The Bulldogs defeated both Jackson State and Louisiana-Monroe 3-0 in straight sets before falling to Kennesaw State 3-2 in five sets.
Through the Bulldogs first three games, freshman Taylor Scott leads the team with 46 kills and 3.83 kills per set. Fellow freshman Sarah Nielsen ranks second on the team with 35 kills and 2.92 kills per set. Junior Paris Perret leads the squad in setting with 9.92 assists per set while Roxanne McVey, who earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors, has a team-best 7.33 digs per set. Yet another freshman, Alex Warren, is currently tops on the team with 1.25 blocks per set.
Up next for the Bulldogs after the tournament at USC is the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic in New Orleans on Sept. 7 and Sept. 8.
Scouting the Panthers
Northern Iowa opened its season with two wins and a loss at the Purdue Tournament, losing to now No. 7 Purdue 3-0 in the team's season opener before defeating both Pittsburgh and George Washington 3-0 in straight sets.
Senior Amy Braun led UNI with 12 kills in the loss to Purdue while senior libero Candice Burke had a team-high 12 digs. In Northern Iowa's win over Pittsburgh, Braun once again led the squad with 17 kills with junior setter Molly Turk recording 42 assists in the winning effort. Senior Megan Lehman recorded a team-high 10 kills in UNI's victory over George Washington with Turk producing a match-high 32 assists.
Once the USC Tournament is completed the Panthers head to Ames, Iowa to take on Iowa State on Sept. 5.
Scouting the Trojans
The Trojans got their season off to a fast start going 3-0 at the Texas A&M Invitational with wins over North Dakota (three sets to none), the host Aggies (three sets to one), and Texas State (three sets to none).
After three matches, Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honoree Samantha Bricio leads the Women of Troy with 37 kills and 3.70 kills per set. Senior Katie Fuller ranks second on the team with 29 kills and 3.22 kills per set. Sophomore setter Hayley Crone currently holds a team-best 12.60 assists per set average while junior libero Natalie Hagglund is tops on the team with 4.80 digs per set. Senior Natasa Siljkovic leads USC with a 1.67 blocks per set average.
After the Luxe City Center Trojan Invitational, Southern California hosts another tournament, the USC Classic Tournament, on Sept. 7 and Sept. 8.