Volleyball Hosts ACC Opponents for the First Time this Season
Sept. 26, 2012
The Boston College volleyball team returns to Power Gym for the first time since Aug. 25 as it hosts Virginia and Virginia Tech this weekend in BC's first two home ACC matches of the season.
The Eagles (7-8, 1-2 ACC) and head coach Chris Campbell take on the Cavaliers (5-8, 0-3 ACC) on Thursday Sept. 27 at 7:00 p.m. before competing against the Hokies (9-4, 2-1 ACC) on Sunday Sept. 30 at noon.
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BC holds a 2-12 all-time record against Virginia with all 14 meetings coming as members of the ACC. The team is 1-3 against UVA under Campbell.
The Eagles last defeated the Cavaliers on Oct. 2, 2011 in a 3-1 victory in Power Gym before the Wahoos returned the favor in a 3-0 win in Charlottesville, Va. in the last meeting between the two schools on Nov. 11, 2011. In BC's win over Virginia, then-junior Krystle Higgins notched 11 kills on .474 hitting while then-freshman Courtney Castle tallied a double-double on a match-high 19 kills in addition to 15 digs.
Boston College's mark against Virginia Tech all-time sits at 6-10 with BC holding a 5-8 record against VT since joining the ACC in 2005 and a 1-3 record against the Hokies under Campbell.
Last season, the Eagles split with the Hokies, topping VT in a 3-0 win on Sept. 9 in Chestnut Hill before falling to the host Hokies in a 3-0 loss in Blacksburg, Va. on Nov. 12. In BC's win Higgins collected nine kills on .533 hitting as the Eagles outhit the Hokies .279 to .150.
Scouting the Eagles
Freshman Katty Workman, the current ACC Freshman of the Week, enters the weekend as the ACC leader in kills with a 4.00 kills per set average on 216 total kills. The two-time ACC Freshman of the Week selection also ranks 50th nationally in kills per set.
The native of Thousand Oaks, Calif. has recorded double-digit kills in 13 different matches this season and has posted six double-doubles on the year. Through three ACC matches the 6-0 outside hitter leads the team with 42 kills and 4.20 kills per set.
Sophomore Courtney Castle ranks among ACC leaders in kills, service aces, and digs. The native of Orange, Calif. sits 10th in kills per set (3.35), ninth in service aces per set (0.35), and 10th in digs (3.39) in the league.
Castle has notched a double-double in each of nine matches on the season, has reached double-digit kills in 11 different matches, and has posted double-digit digs in each of 11 matches. In ACC play the outside hitter is second on the team with 2.70 kills per set and leads the Eagles with 3.60 digs per set.
Cagla Sen, a junior setter, ranks eighth in the ACC with 7.87 assists per set. Out of Istanbul, Turkey, on the season Sen has compiled 20 or more assists in a match nine times, 30 or more assists in a match five times, and 40 or more assists in a match once. Through three ACC matches, Sen leads the squad with a 9.60 assists per set average.
On the blocking front senior captain Krystle Higgins leads the team with 51 total blocks (1.00 b/s) on 43 block assists and eight block solos. The Inglewood, Calif. resident ranks highly in BC's all-time career blocking records - she ranks third in total blocks (317), third in block assists (260), and sixth in block solos (57). Junior Melissa McTighe is second on the team in blocking with 46 total blocks (0.85 b/s), 39 block assists, and 7 block solos.
Freshman libero Franny Hock holds a 2.98 digs per set average on the season and has achieved double-digit digs in each of eight matches this year while sophomore libero Lauren Fields has registered a 3.00 digs per set average in ACC play and has had double-figure dig totals in each of three matches this season.
The Eagles lost two tough road decisions in straight sets at Georgia Tech and at Clemson despite challenging their opponents in the first set of each match.
On Friday Sept. 21, BC fell 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-14) to Georgia Tech in O'Keefe Gymnasium in Atlanta, Ga. Katty Workman posted a match-high 13 kills (her 12th match this season with 10 or more kills) in addition to four digs and an ace in the loss while Cagla Sen chipped in with 23 assists.
The next night the Eagles dropped a 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-17) decision at Clemson in Jervey Gymnasium. Workman again led all players in the match with 17 kills (her 13th match this season with double-digit kills) on a team-best .351 hitting. Sen compiled 32 assists, Courtney Castle had eight kills and 10 digs, and Lauren Fields added a team-high 13 digs to the effort.
A Look Ahead
The Eagles head back on the road next weekend as they take on Wake Forest (Oct. 5, 7:00 p.m.) in Winston-Salem, N.C. and Duke (Oct. 6, 8:00 p.m.) in Durham, N.C.
BC holds a record of 3-10 all-time against Wake Forest, and the team is winless in 12 matches versus Duke. The maroon and gold had not met either school prior to joining the ACC in 2005.
Scouting the Cavaliers
Virginia enters the weekend with an overall record of 5-8 and a mark of 0-3 in the ACC, coming off home losses to Miami (3-0 on Sept. 21) and Florida State (3-1 on Sept. 22) this past weekend.
Sophomore Tori Janowski leads the Cavaliers with 3.27 kills per set on .244 hitting on the season, and preseason All-ACC selection Jessica O'Shoney leads the team with a .263 hitting percentage.
Junior defensive specialist Emily Rottman leads UVA and is sixth in the ACC with 4.13 digs per set while senior setter Rachel Gray is tops on the team with 5.30 assists per set. Sophomore Morgan Blair leads the squad with 0.86 blocks per set.
As a team the Wahoos are fourth in the ACC in service aces per set (1.31 sa/s) with Janowski leading the way with 0.31 sa/s.
First-year head coach Dennis Hohenshelt and UVA travel to Maryland (9-5, 1-2 ACC) on Sunday for a 2:00 p.m. match and stay on the road next weekend with matches at Clemson (Oct. 5, 8:30 p.m., RSN) and at Georgia Tech (Oct. 6, 7:00 p.m.).
Scouting the Hokies
Virginia Tech comes into the weekend with a 9-4 overall mark and a 2-1 record in the ACC having split matches at home with Florida State (L, 3-2 on Sept. 21) and Miami (W, 3-0 on Sept. 22) this past weekend.
As a team the Hokies lead the ACC in hitting percentage (.291) while ranking third in the league in both assists (13.10 a/s) and kills (14.00 k/s).
Head coach Chris Riley's team boasts three players in the top five in the conference in hitting - senior Cara Baarendse, a preseason All-ACC honoree, (second, .431), junior Victoria Hamsher (third, .413), and sophomore Kathryn Caine (fifth, .389).
Junior Samantha Gostling leads the team and sits eighth in the league with 3.41 kills per set while senior Morgan O'Neill ranks seventh in the conference with 4.10 digs per set.
Sophomore Jordan Fish leads the ACC with 11.59 assists per set.
Prior to the match with Boston College, VT plays in a match at Maryland on Friday. After their match with the Eagles the Hokies head on the road for matches at Georgia Tech (Oct. 5, 7:00 p.m.) and at Clemson (Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.).