Volleyball Returns to the Road to Continue ACC Play
Oct. 4, 2012
The Boston College volleyball team takes a road trip to the state of North Carolina this weekend as BC continues ACC play against Wake Forest and Duke.
Head coach Chris Campbell and the Eagles (8-9, 2-3 ACC) fly south to take on the Demon Deacons (6-10, 0-4 ACC) on Friday Oct. 5 at 7:00 p.m. in Reynolds Gym in Winston-Salem, N.C. before squaring off with the Blue Devils (9-7, 0-4 ACC) on Saturday Oct. 6 at 8:00 p.m. in fabled Cameroon Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.
BC vs. Wake Forest and Duke
The Eagles hold a 3-10 all-time record against Wake Forest with all 13 meetings coming since BC joined the ACC in 2005. The Eagles are 1-3 against the Demon Deacons under head coach Chris Campbell.
Last season, BC split with Wake taking a 3-0 win on Oct. 15 in Winston-Salem and suffering a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Demon Deacons on Nov. 18 in Power Gym. In BC's win, then-freshman Courtney Castle set a new career high with 18 kills on .441 hitting while then-sophomore Melissa McTighe recorded 10 kills on .409 hitting.
BC comes into the weekend winless in 12 meetings against Duke with every matchup occurring after the Eagles joined the ACC in 2005. BC is 0-4 against the Blue Devils under Campbell.
Last season, the Eagles fell to the Blue Devils twice - 3-0 on Oct. 14 at Duke and 3-1 on Nov. 20 in Chestnut Hill. In BC's 3-1 loss last season, then-junior Krystle Higgins notched 14 kills on .400 hitting, then-freshman Kellie Barnum posted a new career high with 55 assists, and then-freshman Courtney Castle posted a double-double on 11 kills and 10 digs.
Scouting the Eagles
Freshman Katty Workman leads the team and the ACC on the season with 244 total kills and 4.07 kills per set. The 6-0 outside hitter ranks 46th in the nation in kills per set. In conference play, the two-time ACC Freshman of the Week honoree has recorded an ACC-leading 4.38 k/s on 70 total kills.
A native of Thousand Oaks, Calif. Workman has notched double-digit kills in 15 different matches this season (with two matches of 20 or more kills) and has posted six double-doubles on the year.
Sophomore Courtney Castle leads the team and is 10th in the league in digs per set (3.35 d/s) and sits second on the squad in kills per set (3.18 k/s). The 6-0 outside hitter also paces the Eagles and ranks fifth in the conference in service aces per set (0.35 sa/s). In ACC play, Castle is tops on the team with 3.38 d/s and second on BC with 2.31 k/s.
The native of Orange, Calif. has compiled nine double-doubles on the season, has reached double-digit kills in each of 11 matches, and has achieved double-figure dig totals in each of 12 matches.
Sen leads the team and is eighth in the ACC with 7.51 assists per set. In ACC play, the native of Istanbul, Turkey holds a 7.86 a/s average, good for ninth in the league. On the season, Sen has registered 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. She ranks 10th in career assists at BC with 1,131 helpers.
Barnum ranks second on the team and 10th in the league with 6.43 assists per set on the year and has registered an 8.50 assists per set average in six sets in ACC action. On the season, the Harvard-Westlake High School product has dished out 20 or more assists in a match five times, 30 or more assists in a match three times, and 40 or more assists in a match once.
At the net, senior captain Krystle Higgins leads the Eagles with 56 total blocks and 0.98 blocks per set on the season. In ACC play, the Inglewood, Calif. resident has come up with 13 total blocks for a 0.81 b/s average. Higgins ranks highly in BC's all-time career blocking lists as she ranks third in total blocks (265), third in block assists (265), and sixth in block solos (57).
Junior Melissa McTighe stands second on the team with 50 total blocks and 0.83 b/s on the season and also ranks second on BC with 10 total blocks and 0.62 b/s in conference play.
At the libero spot, freshman Franny Hock ranks second on the team with 2.93 digs per set on the year and has recorded 2.60 digs per set in ACC play. Hock, out of Manhattan Beach, Calif., has tallied double-figure dig totals in each of eight matches. Sophomore Lauren Fields sits second on the team in league play with 3.31 digs per set while maintaining a 1.73 digs per set average on the year. The defensive specialist who hails from Orange, Calif. has charted double-digit digs in each of four matches on the season.
Boston College went 1-1 in two home matches last weekend claiming a 3-0 win over Virginia on Sept. 27 before coming up short against Virginia Tech in a 3-0 loss on Sept. 30.
The Eagles topped the Cavaliers behind a match-high 15 kills from Katty Workman in the team's first home match since Aug. 25. In the sweep (29-27, 25-15, 27-25), BC got strong contributions from its middles as Krystle Higgins had 10 kills on .714 hitting while Melissa McTighe added seven kills on .333 hitting in the winning effort.
"As a team they didn't let not having one hundred percent of their game affect their attitude and desire to play," head coach Chris Campbell said after the win. "We were able to stay concentrated on what we were able to do well, and it was enough to win."
BC fell to Virginia Tech 3-0 in straight sets (25-18, 25-22, 25-22) in their second match of the weekend. Workman again led all players with 15 kills while Courtney Castle totaled six kills and eight digs in the match.
"What we've got to take out of this is learning to recognize what are the key points, what are the key moments and being able to execute in those," Campbell said after the loss. "You've got to play great teams to learn how to do that. We didn't get a win, but we got more experience."
A Look Ahead
The Eagles return to the friendly confines of Power Gym next weekend for home matches against No. 13 Florida State (Oct. 12, 7:00 p.m., "Pack Power" Night) and Miami (Oct. 14, noon, Women's Council Match).
BC holds a 1-13 record all-time against the Seminoles with FSU having taken the last seven meetings in a series that dates back to 1997. The Eagles lone victory against Florida State came in a 3-2 win on Oct. 13, 2007 in Chestnut Hill. The maroon and gold are 2-15 all-time against Miami with the Hurricanes having won the last seven meetings in a series that began in 2002. BC last defeated Miami in a 3-0 win in Power Gym on Oct. 12, 2007.
Scouting the Demon Deacons
Wake Forest (No. 138 RPI) enters the weekend with an overall record of 6-10 and a mark of 0-4 in the ACC, coming off of two road losses -- a 3-1 loss at Florida State on Sept. 28 and a 3-0 defeat at Miami on Sept. 30.
Preseason All-ACC selection Andrea Beck leads Wake and is fifth in the ACC with 3.57 kills per set while sophomore Danae Rosendall ranks fifth in the conference in assists per set (9.89 a/s).
Freshman Megan Miller is tops on the team and ninth in the league with 3.77 digs per set while junior Kristin Grissom paces the squad with 1.00 blocks per set.
Head coach Heather Kahl Holmes and the Demon Deacons continue their home stand after their match with BC with ACC matches against Maryland (Oct. 6, 5:00 p.m.), Georgia Tech (Oct. 12, 7:00 p.m.), and Clemson (Oct. 13, 5:00 p.m.) in Reynolds Gym.
Scouting the Blue Devils
Duke (No. 37 RPI) comes into the weekend with an overall mark of 9-7 and a record of 0-4 in the ACC after falling at Miami (3-1 on Sept. 28) and at then-No. 14 Florida State (3-1 on Sept. 30) this past weekend.
Two-time ACC Freshman of the Week Emily Sklar leads the team and ranks ninth in the conference with 3.35 kills per set while Preseason All-ACC honoree Ali McCurdy leads the league with 5.76 digs per set on the season.
Junior Chelsea Cook leads the team and is fifth in the ACC in blocks per set (1.17 b/s), and sophomore Kelsey Williams paces the squad and sits ninth in the league in assists per set (7.43 d/s).
As a team, Duke - picked to finish fourth in the 2012 ACC Preseason Poll -- leads the ACC with 16.86 digs per set on the season and 18.29 digs per set in ACC play.
Head coach Jolene Nagel and the Blue Devils face off with Maryland (Oct. 5, 7:00 p.m.) in Durham before playing Boston College and continue play at home next weekend with matches against Clemson (Oct. 12, 7:00 p.m.) and Georgia Tech (Oct. 13, 7:00 p.m.).