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Volleyball Begins Road Swing at Virginia Tech, Virginia

Oct. 10, 2013

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The Boston College volleyball team begins a four-match road swing this weekend as the Eagles take on ACC opponents Virginia Tech and Virginia.  

The Eagles (8-8, 0-4 ACC) and Chris Campbell will be making the trip to Blacksburg, Va., to take on the Hokies (14-4, 2-2 ACC) on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. before heading to Charlottesville, Va., to play at Virginia (9-7, 2-2 ACC) on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.

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Boston College vs. Virginia Tech

The Eagles are 6-12 all-time against the Hokies. The Eagles last had a victory over Virginia Tech in a 3-0 win on Sept. 29, 2011 in Power Gym. The last time BC won in Blacksburg was on Nov. 3, 2006 in a 3-2 result.

In the first meeting between the two teams last season, Virginia Tech swept a, 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-22), victory in Power Gym on Sept. 30. Outside hitter Katty Workman notched a match-high 13 kills to go with eight digs while Courtney Castle chipped in with six kills and eight digs in the match. 

The Hokies took the second meeting in a, 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-13), decision over the Eagles in Blacksburg on Nov. 9. Courtney Castle and Kameron Mclain led the offense for BC with nine kills each while Kellie Barnum distributed a match-high 26 assists. Defensively, Franny Hock led all players with 15 digs in the match.

Boston College vs. Virginia

Boston College holds a 3-13 mark against Virginia with all 15 meetings coming since the Eagles joined the ACC in 2005. Under head coach Chris Campbell the Eagles are 2-3 against the Cavaliers and have never won a match in Charlottesville, Va.

In the teams' first meeting last season, BC earned a, 3-0 (29-27, 25-15, 27-25), straight set victory over Virginia in Power Gym on Sept. 27.

Katty Workman paced the offense with a match-high 15 kills to go with nine digs. Melissa McTighe posted seven kills while Kellie Barnum led all players with 32 assists.

Defensively, Lauren Fields charted a match-high 14 digs while Courtney Castle chipped in 10 digs of her own for the Eagles.

In the second meeting on Nov. 10, BC dropped a, 3-2 (25-13, 16-25, 21-25, 25-21,15-10), decision to the Cavaliers in Charlottesville.

Kellie Barnum, Courtney Castle, and Katty Workman all recorded double-doubles in the loss. Workman charted 19 kills and 15 digs while Castle posted 12 kills and 15 digs. Kellie Barnum registered a match-high 50 assists to go with 13 digs for BC.

Team Leaders

Outside hitter Katty Workman leads the team in kills and ranks fourth in the ACC with 229. Workman has charted six double-doubles throughout the 2013 season with her most recent against Miami where she posted 22 kills and 13 digs. The California native additionally ranks second on the team in digs with 178, averaging 3.02 digs per set.

Senior middle blocker Melissa McTighe ranks second on the team in kills with 131. McTighe has an average hitting percentage of .291 and leads the Eagles in blocks with 54.

At the setter position, team captain Kellie Barnum leads the squad in assists with 532.

Defensively, freshman Madisen Lydon paces the team in digs with 218, averaging 3.89 digs per set.

Scouting the Hokies

Virginia Tech is 14-4 and 2-2 in the ACC. The Hokies are tough at home with a 6-1 record. Last weekend, the Hokies split on the road with a straight set loss at Pittsburgh and a five set win against Maryland.

The Hokies are ranked first in the ACC in hitting percentage with a team average of .277. They rank fourth in the conference in kills with 878 and fifth in assists with 817, averaging 12.77 per set.

Scouting the Cavaliers

Virginia embarks on the weekend with an overall record of 9-7 and a mark of 2-2 in the conference. The Cavaliers are undefeated at home this season, 6-0. Virginia competed in two ACC contests on the road last weekend suffering a four set loss at Maryland on Oct. 4 and earning a five set victory at Pittsburgh on Oct. 5.

The Cavaliers rank seventh in the conference in hitting percentage (.230). They sit fourth in assists (810), sixth in kills (858) and fifth in service aces (89).

A Look Ahead

The Eagles travel to Pittsburgh for a 7 p.m. bout on Friday, Oct. 18 and then head to Maryland to face the Terrapins on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m.  

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