Volleyball Hosts ACC's Top Two Teams
Oct. 11, 2012
Coming off its first ACC road weekend sweep in school history, the Boston College volleyball team hosts the ACC's top two teams - No. 12 Florida State and Miami - this weekend in Power Gym in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Head coach Chris Campbell and the Eagles (10-9, 4-3 ACC) square off with the Seminoles (14-2, 6-1 ACC) on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7:00 p.m. on "Pack Power" Night and do battle with the Hurricanes (14-3, 6-1 ACC) on Sunday, Oct. 14 at noon in BC's Women's Council match. The last time the Eagles began a season 4-3 in conference play came in 2006 when BC finished the year with a 10-12 mark in ACC action.
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BC vs. Florida State and Miami
The Eagles hold a 1-13 record all-time against Florida State having lost the last seven meetings with the Seminoles in a series that dates back to 1997. BC is 1-12 against FSU since joining the ACC in 2005, and the Eagles hold a 0-3 mark against FSU under head coach Chris Campbell. The Eagles last defeated Florida State in a five-set 3-2 victory on Oct. 13, 2007 in Chestnut Hill.
Last season, the Eagles dropped their lone matchup with the then-No. 19 Seminoles, 3-0 on Oct. 23 in Power Gym. In the loss, then-freshman Kellie Barnum notched a match-high 33 assists, and then-sophomore Melissa McTighe recorded 10 kills for BC.
In 17 meetings with Miami BC trails the Hurricanes in the all-time series 15-2 with the first meeting between the two schools coming in 2002. The Eagles have dropped their last seven matches against UM with BC's last victory over the Canes coming on Oct. 12, 2007 in a 3-0 win in Power Gym. The Eagles are 0-3 against the Canes under Campbell.
Last season the Eagles fell to then-No. 25 Miami 3-1 on Oct. 21 in Power Gym in the only meeting between the two programs in 2011. In the losing effort, then-freshman Courtney Castle registered 21 digs and nine kills, and Barnum totaled a match-high 37 assists for the Eagles.
Scouting the Eagles
Freshman Katty Workman ranks highly among both conference and national leaders in kills per set. The 6-0 outside hitter's 4.22 k/s on the year place her first in the ACC and 32nd nationally in kills per set. Only two other freshmen in the nation carry a higher kills per set average - Melissa Rigo of Stony Brook (4.38 k/s, 20th nationally) and Macey Gardner of Arizona State (4.86 k/s, fifth nationally). In league play, the two-time ACC Freshman of the Week leads the conference with 4.74 k/s.
The Thousand Oaks, Calif. native has compiled eight double-doubles on the season, has posted double-digit kills in 17 of 19 matches this season (including in each of her last 10 matches), and has had double-digit digs in nine different matches.
Sophomore Courtney Castle leads the team with 3.31 digs per set and ranks second on BC with 3.16 kills per set. A 6-0 outside hitter, Castle also ranks fifth in the ACC in service aces per set (0.36 sa/s). In ACC play, she leads sits second on the team in both digs per set (3.26) and kills per set (2.52).
The native of Orange, Calif. has achieved a double-double in 10 matches this season, has had 10 or more kills in each of 10 matches, and has reached double-figure digs in each of 13 matches.
Barnum, who has come through with three double-doubles on the year, currently ranks second in the ACC in conference play with 10.54 assists per set while carrying a 7.36 a/s average on the season - good for 10th in the league. The Harvard-Westlake High School product has tallied 20 or more assists in a match seven times, 30 or more five times, 40 or more twice, and 50 or more once.
The 5-11 Sen leads the team with 7.51 a/s on the season, which ranks eighth in the ACC, and is second on the team with 7.86 a/s in conference matches, good for 10th in the league. The native of Istanbul, Turkey has dished out 20 or more assists in a match nine times, 30 or more five times, and 40 or more once.
At the net senior captain Krystle Higgins leads the Eagles in league games with 1.04 blocks per set on 24 total blocks - placing her eighth in the ACC - and on the season with 1.05 b/s on 67 total blocks. On BC's all-time career blocking lists, the Inglewood, Calif. native ranks third in total blocks (333), third in block assists (274), and sixth in block solos (59).
Junior Melissa McTighe stands second on the team with 0.81 b/s on the year on 54 total blocks and with 0.61 b/s in ACC matches behind 14 total blocks.
Defensively, current ACC Freshman of the Week Franny Hock leads BC with a 3.65 digs per set average in ACC competition and ranks second on the team with 3.18 d/s on the year. The Manhattan Beach, Calif. native has recorded double-digit digs in each of 10 matches. Sophomore Lauren Fields carries a 3.09 d/s average in ACC play and a 1.83 d/s average on the season while contributing double-figure digs in each of five matches.
Boston College took its first ACC road weekend sweep since joining the conference in 2005 behind a 3-1 win at Wake Forest on Friday, Oct. 5 and a straight-set 3-0 win at Duke on Saturday, Oct. 6. The victory over the Blue Devils marked the first time the Eagles defeated Duke in program history. In improving their ACC record to 4-3 the Eagles matched their conference win total from the last two seasons combined.
In Winston-Salem, N.C. on Friday the Eagles bested the Demon Deacons - 25-23, 17-25, 29-27, 25-22 - behind double-doubles from both Katty Workman and Courtney Castle. Workman recorded 18 kills and 17 digs while Castle notched 13 kills and 12 digs in the winning effort.
"It took us a while in the match to get settled down and play consistent volleyball. We made a lot of errors in the first two games," head coach Chris Campbell said on the win. "Then we got a lot better in the third and fourth sets. We hit a lot higher percentage and forced them to score their points."
The next night in Durham, N.C. the Eagles swept Duke - 25-22, 26-24, 25-19 - with Workman tallying another double-double behind 21 kills on .421 hitting (both match highs) and 11 digs. The victory marked the first time BC had defeated a top-50 RPI opponent since 2004.
"We played within ourselves - played well - had everybody contribute. Nobody had a game that was outside what they've done before," Campbell said after the victory. "We had everybody do it at the same time. We maintained our composure through a couple of really tense times."
A Look Ahead
Next weekend the Eagles make their second trip of the season to the state of North Carolina for road matches at NC State (Friday, Oct. 19, 7:00 p.m.) in Raleigh, N.C. and at UNC (Saturday, Oct. 20, 5:00 p.m.) in Chapel Hill, N.C.
BC leads the all-time series with the Wolfpack 8-6 with all 14 meetings coming since the Eagles joined the ACC in 2005. The maroon and gold last defeated NC State (15-3, 5-2 ACC) on Nov. 13, 2009 in a 3-0 victory in Power Gym. The Eagles are winless in 14 meetings with the Tar Heels (13-4, 4-3 ACC) with every matchup between the two schools occurring after BC joined the ACC.
Scouting the Seminoles
No. 12 Florida State comes to Chestnut Hill on an eight-game win streak and with an overall record of 14-2 as well as a mark of 6-1 in the ACC coming off of straight-set home wins over both North Carolina on Oct. 5 and NC State on Oct. 7.
The Seminoles (No. 16 RPI) feature a balanced, efficient attack behind Fatma Yildirim (2.95 k/s, .216 hitting), Olivera Medic (2.56 k/s, .289 hitting), Ashley Neff (2.10 k/s, .457 hitting), and Sareea Freeman (2.10 k/s, .445 hitting). Neff and Freeman (both Preseason All-ACC selections) rank one and two respectively in the ACC in hitting percentage while Neff also leads the league in blocking with 1.55 b/s.
Sophomore Preseason All-ACC honoree Katie Mosher leads the team and is fourth in the conference with 4.32 digs per set while Duygu Duzceler leads the team with 6.24 assists per set.
The Seminoles - picked to win the conference in the Preseason ACC Poll - rank first in the league in hitting percentage (.291) and second in the ACC in kills (14.33 k/s), blocks (2.83 b/s), and assists (13.21 a/s).
Head coach Chris Poole and FSU travel away from Tallahassee again next weekend as the Seminoles take on Georgia Tech (Oct. 19, 8:30 p.m., RSN) and Clemson (Oct. 21, 12:00 p.m., ESPN3).
Scouting the Hurricanes
The Hurricanes (No. 15 RPI) enter the weekend with an overall mark of 14-3 and a record of 6-1 in ACC play including a 3-1 victory over Florida State on Sept. 7. Last weekend Miami won 3-1 over NC State on Oct. 5 and earned a 3-1 win over North Carolina on Oct. 7.
Alexis Mourning is tops on the team with 1.39 blocks per set, good for second in the ACC, while Preseason All-ACC selection Emani Sims ranks fourth in the conference with 1.24 b/s. Mourning is second on the team with 2.77 kills per set, and Sims is third on UM with 2.65 k/s.
Junior Taylor Hollins leads the team with 3.30 kills per set which ranks ninth in the conference, and Preseason All-ACC pick Alex Johnson rounds out the Hurricane attack with 2.59 k/s.
Senior Nrithya Sundararaman ranks second in the ACC and leads the team with 10.73 assists per set while junior Ryan Shaffer leads the squad and is second in the conference with 4.81 digs per set.
As a team Miami leads the ACC in opponent hitting percentage (.153), assists (13.51 a/s), kills (14.44 k/s), blocks (2.95 b/s), and digs (17.14 d/s).
Head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch and the Hurricanes remain on the road next weekend with matches at Clemson (Oct. 19, 7:00 p.m., ESPN3) and Georgia Tech (Oct. 21, 1:00 p.m., RSN).