Volleyball Takes to the Road for First Full ACC Weekend
Sept. 20, 2012
Boston College volleyball opens its first full weekend of Atlantic Coast Conference play with road matches at Georgia Tech and Clemson this weekend.
Head coach Chris Campbell and the Eagles (7-6, 1-0 ACC) square off with the Yellow Jackets (9-2, 1-0 ACC) on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7:00 p.m. at O'Keefe Gymnasium in Atlanta, Ga before BC then makes the trip to Clemson, S.C. to take on the Tigers (9-3, 0-1 ACC) in Jervey Gym on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 6:00 p.m.
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BC vs. This Weekend's Opponents
The Eagles hold a 2-14 all-time record against Georgia Tech with a record of 2-11 versus the Yellow Jackets since 2005 -- the season BC joined the ACC. Under Campbell, BC is 0-3 in matches with the Ramblin' Wreck. The maroon and gold have never won at Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech took the last meeting between the two sides 3-1 on Nov. 4, 2011 at Power Gym. Then-freshman Courtney Castle notched a double-double in the match with 11 kills and 12 digs. The maroon and gold last defeated GT in a 3-1 win on Oct. 8, 2006 in Chestnut Hill. When the Eagles last traveled to Atlanta, they fell to the Yellow Jackets 3-0 on Oct. 9, 2011.
BC carries a 2-13 all-time mark against Clemson heading into the weekend. The Eagles are 2-11 versus Clemson since joining the ACC in 2005 and are 0-3 against the Tigers under Campbell.
Clemson won the last matchup between the two squads 3-1 on Nov. 6, 2011 at BC's Power Gym. In that match, then-sophomore Melissa McTighe registered seven total blocks (on four block solos and three block assists) and five kills. BC last defeated the Tigers on Nov. 18, 2006 in a 3-1 victory at Clemson. The last time the Eagles played at Clemson, BC lost 3-1 on Oct. 7, 2011.
Scouting the Eagles
Freshman Katty Workman ranks fourth in the ACC and first on the team with 3.88 k/s. The Thousand Oaks, Calif. native has a conference-best 186 total kills on the season. The 6-0 outside hitter is the only freshman to rank in the top 10 in the league in kills per set. Workman has recorded six double-doubles on the season and has registered double-digit kill totals in each of 11 matches this year.
Courtney Castle ranks among ACC leaders in three different categories. The sophomore is seventh in the league in kills per set (3.56 k/s), seventh in service aces per set (0.40 sa/s), and 10th in digs per set (3.48 d/s). Her 3.56 k/s rank as the highest kills per set average for any sophomore in the league. Castle is tops for the Eagles with 3.48 d/s.
The Orange, Calif. native has tallied nine double-doubles on the season raising her career total to 17 double-doubles (seventh most all-time in career double-doubles at BC). The 6-0 outside hitter has posted double-digit kill totals in each of 11 matches on the season and has had double-digit digs in nine of her last 10 outings.
At the net, senior captain Krystle Higgins leads the team with 1.02 blocks per set (46 total blocks on 38 block assists and 8 block solos). In the BC record books, the Inglewood, Calif. resident ranks third in career total blocks (312), third in career block assists (255), and sixth in career block solos (57). Junior Melissa McTighe is second on the team with 0.88 blocks per set (42 total blocks on 35 block assists and seven block solos).
At the setter spot, junior Cagla Sen sits eighth in the ACC with 7.67 assists per set. Sen, out of Istanbul, Turkey, has compiled 20 or more assists in each of seven matches on the season.
Freshman libero Franny Hock ranks second on the team with 2.98 digs per set. The Manhattan Beach, Calif. native has posted double-digit dig totals in each of eight matches on the year.
The Eagles dropped their first two matches of the New England Challenge to Northeastern and Connecticut at Northeastern's Solomon Court before salvaging the weekend with a 3-0 straight set victory over Harvard.
On Friday Sept. 14, BC fell to tournament-host Northeastern 3-1 -- 25-18, 25-20, 20-25, and 25-21. Castle tallied a double-double in the loss on a career-high 22 kills to go with 16 digs as well as three service aces. Hock had 15 digs in the match.
In their first match of the day on Saturday Sept. 15, the Eagles lost to Connecticut in straight sets - 25-22, 25-21, and 27-25. Workman (16 kills, 12 digs) and Castle (12 kills, 11 digs) each had double-doubles in the match. Sen had 34 assists for BC in defeat.
BC rebounded in their second match on Saturday handling Harvard in straight sets - 25-18, 25-19, and 25-17 - earning their sixth consecutive victory over the Crimson. Castle achieved her third double-double of the weekend on 14 kills and 11 digs while Workman delivered 16 kills on .682 hitting in the match.
A Look Ahead
After their match at Clemson, the Eagles return home for the first time since Aug. 25 with matches against Virginia (Sept. 27, 7:00 p.m., "Student Night") in the team's ACC home-opener and versus Virginia Tech (Sept. 30, noon).
BC is 2-12 all-time against the Cavaliers (5-6, 0-1 ACC) and holds a 6-10 all-time mark against the Hokies (8-3, 1-0 ACC).
Scouting the Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech, picked to finish sixth in the 2012 ACC Preseason Poll, enters the weekend with a record of 9-2 overall and 1-0 in the ACC coming off a weekend in which the Yellow Jackets defeated both Clemson and Georgia State in straight sets in the Georgia Tech Courtyard Classic. The Ramblin' Wreck defeated Clemson in straights sets for the first time since 2005.
For her efforts over the weekend, redshirt senior Bailey Hunter, who took home Courtyard Classic MVP honors, earned Co-ACC Player of the Week honors for the week of Sept. 10-16. The Hendersonville, N.C. native ranks fifth in the ACC with 3.85 kills per set on the season while teammate Monique Mead sits third in the league with 3.90 kills per set. Both Hunter and Mead were 2012 Preseason All-ACC selections.
Junior Kaleigh Colson ranks fourth in the ACC with 10.49 assists per set while senior Annie Czarnecki is ninth in the conference with 1.08 blocks per set.
As a team Georgia Tech is second in the ACC in hitting percentage (.291) and leads the league in service aces per set (2.03 sa/s).
After their match with BC, head coach Tonya Johnson and the Yellow Jackets must prepare to take on Maryland at 1:00 p.m. on Sept. 23 before playing at NC State (Sept. 28, 7:00 p.m.) and at North Carolina (Sept. 30, 1:00 p.m.) next weekend.
Scouting the Tigers
Clemson, predicted to finish third in the 2012 ACC Preseason Poll, comes into the weekend with a 9-3 overall record and a mark of 0-1 in the ACC after defeating Georgia State 3-0 and dropping a 3-0 decision to Georgia Tech last weekend. Head coach Jolene Jordan Hoover and the Tigers will square off with Maryland on Friday at 7:00 p.m. before doing battle with the Eagles.
Junior Moneshia Simmons leads CU and is second in the conference with 3.92 kills per set while teammate Sandra Adeleye, a preseason All-ACC selection, is 10th in the ACC with 3.45 kills per set on .379 hitting -- good for eighth in the league in that category.
Senior Natalie Patzin ranks third in the conference with 4.42 digs per set. Hannah Brenner, a junior, paces the squad and stands seventh in the ACC with 9.03 assists per set while senior Serenat Yaz, another preseason All-ACC pick for CU, is eighth in the league in service aces per set (0.39 sa/s).
As a team, Clemson is second in the ACC in kills per set (14.37 k/s), second in service aces per set (1.76 sa/s), third in assists per set (13.26 a/s), and third in digs per set (15.82 d/s).
After their match with the Eagles, the Tigers head north for road matches at North Carolina (Sept. 26, 6:00 p.m., ESPNU) and at NC State (Sept. 29, 5:00 p.m.) next week.