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Volleyball Begins ACC Play with Miami and No. 17 Florida State

Freshman Madisen Lydon

Freshman Madisen Lydon

Sept. 26, 2013

Chestnut Hill, Mass. -

Boston College volleyball begins ACC play as it hosts Miami and No. 17 Florida State this weekend at Power Gym.

The Eagles (8-4) will matchup against Miami (7-3) on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. and Florida State (7-4) on Sunday, Sept. 29 at noon.

"It's a great way to kick off ACC play here at home," head coach Chris Campbell said. "Both of these teams are at the top half of the ACC and Florida State is a national contender this year. Physically they are the tallest team in the conference, so that will present a challenge for us. Miami is a totally different style than Florida State. They are a lot faster, a little bit more dynamic, and they don't rely as much on size as they do speed. So our challenge for the weekend is to prepare ourselves for both styles and take care of things on our side of the net."

Boston College vs. Miami

The series began between the Eagles and the Hurricanes in 2002. The Eagles are 2-17 against Miami entering the weekend. The Hurricanes have taken the last nine matches in the series with BC's last victory in a 3-0 win in Power Gym on Oct. 12, 2007. Under head coach Chris Campbell, the Eagles are 0-6 against Miami.

The Eagles faced the Hurricanes two times last season. In the first meeting at Power Gym, Boston College fell to Miami in five sets, 3-2. Outside hitters Courtney Castle and Katty Workman both recorded doubles-doubles in the match. Castle matched a career high with a match-high 22 kills along with 16 digs while Workman posted 18 kills and 19 digs in the match.

The Hurricanes swept the second meeting of last season, 3-0 in Coral Gables, Fla. Captain Kellie Barnum registered a team-high 23 assists while defensive specialist Franny Hock tallied a team-high 12 digs. Courtney Castle posted a team-high seven kills along with eight digs in the loss.

Parking Information for Miami Match

Boston College volleyball will match-up against Miami Sept. 28 -- the same day as the BC vs. Florida State football game.

Due to football tailgating, volleyball fans are instructed to park at one of the satellite lots in Needham or Brighton or fans can pay $40 for single-game parking on BC's Brighton Campus.

Additionally, all volleyball fans attending Saturday's match must enter through Gate C (gate closest to Power Gym).

Fans may use the following link to find parking information including the option to purchase single game parking.

Boston College vs. No. 17 Florida State

BC carries a 1-15 all-time record against Florida State entering the weekend. The Seminoles hold a nine game winning streak against the Eagles. Boston College captured its only victory in a 3-2 win on Oct. 13, 2007 in Chestnut Hill. The Eagles are 0-6 against FSU under Coach Campbell.

The Eagles faced the Hurricanes two times last season. In the first meeting, the Eagles dropped a 3-0 decision to Florida State on Oct. 12 in Power Gym. Katty Workman notched a match-high 17 kills in addition to nine digs while Kellie Barnum charted a match-high 25 assists.

In their last competition on Nov. 18, Boston College came up short in another 3-0 loss. Katty Workman achieved double-digit kills, recording a match-high 15. Melissa McTighe had five kills and five blocks for the Eagles while Courtney Castle tallied a team-high 13 digs.

BC-Florida State Ties

The meeting between Boston College and Florida State will be a very familiar one for BC freshman Madisen Lydon. The libero has various ties to players on Florida State's team, including her best friend, sophomore outside hitter Nicole Walch.

Lydon and Walch have been friends for over eight years. The two played together on the same club team and three years together on Martin County High School's varsity team. In 2009, the tandem won the AAU National Championship 16's division. At Martin County, the two made three state championship appearances together and won two state titles. Lydon is also friends with Nicole's older sister Elise, who also plays for Florida State.

Additionally, the Stuart, Fla. product played against FSU's setter Sarah Wickstrom, who attended Martin County's rival high school, Jenson Beach.

A Look Ahead

The Eagles will continue ACC play next weekend as they host NC State on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. and North Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 6 at noon. 

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