Volleyball Continues ACC Play with NC State and No. 11 North Carolina
Oct. 3, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. -
Boston College volleyball continues ACC play this weekend as it hosts NC State and No. 11 North Carolina in Power Gym.
The Eagles (8-6, 0-2 ACC) will matchup against NC State (10-4, 1-1 ACC) on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. and resume play on Sunday, Oct. 6 against No. 11 North Carolina (13-0, 2-0 ACC) at noon.
Boston College vs. NC State
The series began between the Eagles and the Wolfpack in 2005 when Boston College joined the Atlantic Coast Conference. BC holds an 8-7 advantage in the all-time series between the two squads. The Wolfpack have secured wins in the past five meetings and the Eagles are 0-5 against NC State under Coach Campbell.
The Eagles last defeated NC State in a 3-0 decision in Chestnut Hill, Mass. on Nov. 13, 2009.
In the last meeting between the two schools on Oct. 19, 2012 the Eagles fell to the Wolfpack in straight sets, 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-18) in Raleigh, N.C.
Boston College vs. North Carolina
The Eagles have never beaten the Tar Heels, with UNC taking victories in all 15 meetings since the two schools first met in 2005. BC is 0-5 against North Carolina under coach Campbell.
In 2012’s match-up on Oct. 20, the Eagles fell to the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, N.C. UNC swept all three sets, 25-19, 25-10, and 25-17.
For the first time in decades, Boston College is bringing back the tradition of homecoming weekend at The Heights. Homecoming kicks off Friday, Oct. 4 and continues Saturday morning before the BC football team hosts Army at Alumni Stadium at 1 p.m.
To honor the renewed tradition, Boston College volleyball will host a volleyball alumni tailgate on Saturday, Oct. 5. The tailgate will be located in the grass area in front of the Comm. Ave parking garage.
In addition to the tailgate, the BC volleyball alumni will be recognize during the match on Sunday, Oct. 6 as the Eagles host North Carolina at noon in Power Gym.
Volleyball alumni will be welcomed onto the court during halftime of the match. A short bio will be read on their individual playing career and each alumnus will be given a red sport court tile in which they will sign with their name, grad year, and old uniform number. The tiles will then be placed on the floor in front of the Eagles bench to honor the former volleyball players.
Outside hitter Katty Workman leads the team in kills and ranks second in the ACC and 33rd in the NCAA with 217, averaging 4.09 kills per set. Workman has charted six double-doubles throughout the 2013 season, with her most recent against Miami where she notched 22 kills and 13 digs. Workman additionally ranks second on the team in digs with 165, averaging 3.11 digs per set.
Senior middle blocker Melissa McTighe ranks second on the team with 115 kills averaging 2.17 kills per set. The California native has an average hitting percentage of .281 and leads the Eagles in blocks with 49 throughout the season.
At the setter position, Captain Kellie Barnum leads the team in assists and ranks eighth in the ACC with 483, averaging 8.94 assists per set.
Scouting the Wolfpack
NC State enters the weekend with an overall record of 10-4 and a mark of 1-1 in the ACC and 5-2 on the road. The Wolfpack are coming off of a home loss against No. 11 North Carolina and a four set home victory against Notre Dame.
Sophomore setter Tanna Aljoe leads the team and ranks fourth in the ACC in assists with 534, averaging 10.68 assists per set. Aljoe ranks first in this category in conference matches. Junior Alston Kearns leads NCSU in digs with 240 and ranks third in this category in the ACC.
As a team, State leads the ACC in digs with 796, averaging 15.92 digs per set. The Wolfpack rank seventh in the conference in assists and blocks averaging 12.38 assists per set and 2.47 blocks per set. They sit sixth in the conference in kills with 13.38 per set.
Next weekend head coach Bryan Bunn and the Wolfpack return home to Raleigh, N.C. to host Wake Forest (Oct. 11, 7:00 p.m.) and Duke (Oct. 13, 2:00 p.m.).
Scouting the Tar Heels
The Tar Heels enter the weekend undefeated. UNC is off to a program-best 13-0 start with a mark of 2-0 in the conference and 2-0 on the road. They are ranked 11th overall in the NCAA. The Heels are fresh off of two wins against conference opponents NC State and Notre Dame. They head to Syracuse to match-up against the Orange on Oct. 4 before making their way to Chestnut Hill on Sunday.
North Carolina swept weekly ACC volleyball honors with outside hitter Jovana Bjelica earning Player of the Week honors and setter Abigail Curry receiving Freshman of the Week accolades.
In wins against NC State and Notre Dame, Bjelica averaged 4.00 kills per set, 1.83 digs per set, and 0.38 service aces per set. Freshman Abigail Curry averaged 5.33 assists per set and 1.17 digs per set last weekend.
As a team, North Carolina ranks first in the ACC in opponent hitting percentage, only allowing an average percentage of .122. The Tar Heels rank second in hitting percentage, assists, kills, and service aces. Additionally, they lead the conference in blocks with 122 total, averaging 2.85 blocks per set.
Head coach Joe Sagula and the Tar Heels return to Chapel Hill next weekend to matchup against conference rival Duke (Oct. 11, 7:00 p.m., ESPN3) and Wake Forest (Oct. 12, 5:00 p.m., ESPN3).