Volleyball Makes Second Trip of Season to State of North Carolina
Oct. 18, 2012
Boston College volleyball makes its second trip this season to the state of North Carolina as the Eagles square off with North Carolina State and the University of North Carolina this weekend.
Head coach Chris Campbell and BC (10-11, 4-5 ACC) head to Raleigh, N.C. on Friday, Oct. 19 to take on the Wolfpack (17-3, 7-2 ACC) at 7:00 p.m. before making the trip to Chapel Hill, N.C. on Saturday, Oct. 20 to compete with the Tar Heels (15-4, 6-3 ACC) at 5:00 p.m.
For the second consecutive weekend, the Eagles face two top-50 RPI teams as NC State comes in at No. 31 and UNC sits at No. 23 in this week's rankings. The Wolfpack hold a 12-1 record at home this year inside Reynolds Coliseum while the Tar Heels remain unbeaten at home this season, entering the weekend with an 8-0 record inside Carmichael Arena.
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BC vs. NC State and North Carolina
Boston College holds an 8-6 advantage in the all-time series with NC State, with all of the meetings between the two schools coming after the Eagles joined the ACC in 2005. The Wolfpack have earned victories in each of the last four meetings, and BC is 0-4 against State under head coach Chris Campbell. The Eagles last defeated NC State in a 3-0 win in Chestnut Hill, Mass. on Nov. 13, 2009.
Last season BC dropped both matchups with the Wolfpack falling 3-1 on Oct. 29 at Reynolds Coliseum and losing 3-0 to NC State on Sept. 23 in Power Gym. In BC's 3-1 loss in Raleigh then-freshman Courtney Castle registered a double-double behind 14 kills and 18 digs while then-freshman Kellie Barnum distributed 45 assists.
The Eagles have never beaten UNC, with the Tar Heels taking victories in all 14 meetings since the two schools first met in 2005. BC is 0-4 against North Carolina under Campbell. In 2011's two matchups the Tar Heels earned straight-set victories on Sept. 25 in Power Gym and on Oct. 28 in Carmichael Arena.
Scouting the Eagles
Freshman Katty Workman leads the ACC with 4.24 kills per set on the season and also ranks first in the league with 4.65 k/s in ACC matches on the year. Nationally, the Thousand Oaks, Calif. native ranks 29th in the NCAA in kills per set and holds the third highest kills per set average for any freshman in the country trailing only Macey Gardner (4.74 k/s, fifth nationally) of Arizona State and Melissa Rigo (4.30 k/s, 24th nationally) of Stony Brook.
A three-time ACC Freshman of the Week honoree, Workman has tallied double-digit kills in 19 of 21 matches this season including in each of her last 12 contests and in all nine ACC matches she has played in. The La Reina High School product has notched nine double-doubles in her rookie campaign.
Sophomore Courtney Castle ranks ninth in the ACC and sits second on the team with 3.23 kills per set on the season. The 6-0 outside hitter ranks second on the team with 3.36 digs per set. Castle also ranks sixth in the ACC in service aces per set (0.35 sa/a). In ACC play, the Orange Lutheran High School product ranks 10th in the league with 2.84 k/s and has averaged 3.39 d/s.
A resident of Orange, Calif., Castle has recorded 11 double-doubles on the season upping her career total to 19 double-doubles, has achieved double-digit kills in 13 different matches, and has reached double-digit digs in each of 15 matches this season.
At the setter position, sophomore captain Kellie Barnum is tops on the team and stands eighth in the ACC with 7.63 assists per set on the season. Barnum, who has three double-doubles on the season, ranks third in the ACC with 10.00 a/s in conference matches. On the season, the Harvard-Westlake High School product has distributed 20 or more assists nine times, 30 or more assists six times, 40 or more assists three times, and 50 or more assists once.
Also at setter junior Cagla Sen ranks ninth in the ACC and is second on the team with 7.50 assists per set. In ACC play, Sen has averaged 7.80 a/s in 15 sets. On the season, the Istanbul, Turkey native has dished out 20 or more assists nine times, 30 or more assists five times, and 40 or more assists once.
At the net, senior captain Krystle Higgins leads the team and ranks ninth in the ACC with 1.04 blocks per set on the year with 75 total blocks. In conference play, the Harvard-Westlake High School graduate sits eighth in the ACC with 1.03 b/s on 32 total blocks. In the BC record books, the Inglewood, Calif. resident ranks third in career total blocks (341), third in career block assists (282), and sixth in career block solos (59).
Junior Melissa McTighe ranks second on the team with 0.77 blocks per set on 58 total blocks on the season, and in ACC play the Los Altos, Calif. native has 18 total blocks for 0.58 b/s.
Defensively, Franny Hock places 10th in the conference with 3.39 digs per set in all matches while ranking eighth in the league with 4.08 d/s in conference matches. The ACC Freshman of the Week for the week of Oct. 1-7, Hock has posted double-digit digs in each of 12 matches, achieving 20 or more digs in a match twice and 30 or more digs in a match once.
The Eagles challenged the top two teams in the ACC standings - No. 12 Florida State and now-No. 24 Miami - this past weekend but dropped both matches.
BC fell 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-19) to the Seminoles on Friday, Oct. 12 despite a match-high 17 kills from Katty Workman. A crowd of 582 fans - the second highest attendance total in Power Gym history - helped buoy the Eagles throughout the match, but the preseason picks to repeat as ACC champions prevailed in the match. Courtney Castle posted 14 digs and eight kills while Kellie Barnum dished out a match-high 25 assists for BC in the loss.
The maroon and gold pushed Miami to the limit on Sunday, Oct. 14 but eventually dropped a 3-2 (26-28, 25-16, 18-25, 25-11, 10-15) decision to the Hurricanes. Castle (tied for career-high 22 kills, 16 digs) and Workman (18 kills, career-high 19 digs) tallied double-doubles for the Eagles, and Franny Hock connected on a career-high 30 digs for BC in the losing effort.
A Look Ahead
The Eagles open a four-match home stand next weekend with ACC matches against Clemson (Oct. 26, 7:00 p.m.) and Georgia Tech (Oct. 28, noon) in Power Gym.
BC holds a 2-14 all-time record against the Tigers with their last win over CU coming in a 3-1 win on Nov. 18, 2006 in Clemson, S.C. Clemson defeated BC earlier this season in a 3-0 win on Sept. 22 in Jervey Gymnasium. Against the Yellow Jackets, the Eagles are 2-15 all-time with their last victory over GT occurring on Oct. 8, 2006 in a 3-1 win in Chestnut Hill. Georgia Tech took this season's earlier matchup, 3-0, on Sept. 21 in O'Keefe Gymnasium.
Scouting the Wolfpack
NC State (No. 31 RPI) enters the weekend with an overall record of 17-3, a mark of 7-2 in the ACC, and a 12-1 record at home this season.
Last weekend the Wolfpack won two ACC matches on the road - 3-1 over Virginia Tech on Oct. 12 and 3-1 over Virginia on Oct. 13. State was predicted to finish eighth in the preseason ACC poll but currently sit third in the ACC standings.
The Wolfpack feature a balanced offense with Dariyan Hopper (2.81 k/s), Brie Merriwether (2.60 k/s), Nikki Glass (2.44 k/s), Meredith Richardson (2.28 k/s), and Alesha Wilson (2.26 k/s) all averaging greater than 2.00 kills per set. Glass also ranks third in the conference with 0.41 service aces per set on the year.
Preseason All-ACC selection Megan Cyr leads NC State and ranks fourth in the league with 10.17 assists per set on the season. The senior setter sits fifth in the conference with 9.97 a/s in ACC play.
As a team, NC State ranks second in the ACC in opponent hitting percentage (.161).
Head coach Bryan Bunn and the Wolfpack take on Maryland on Oct. 20 at 5:00 p.m. after their match with Boston College before returning to the road next weekend with matchups at Wake Forest (Oct. 26, 7:00 p.m., ESPN3) and at Duke (Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.).
Scouting the Tar Heels
North Carolina (No. 23 RPI) comes into the weekend with an overall record of 15-4, a mark of 6-3 in the ACC, and a perfect 8-0 record at home this season.
In last weekend's action the Tar Heels won at Virginia 3-2 on Oct. 12 and earned a 3-0 victory over Virginia Tech on Oct. 14.
Similar to NC State, UNC features a number of offensive weapons including preseason All-ACC picks Emily McGee (2.83 k/s) and Chaniel Nelson (2.41 k/s) as well as Kayla Berringer (2.58 k/s) and Tia Gaffen (2.02 k/s).
Senior Cora Harms ranks seventh in the ACC with 8.49 assists per set, freshman Paige Neuenfeldt sits sixth in the conference with 1.16 blocks per set, and sophomore Ece Taner stands eighth in the league with 3.92 digs per set.
As a team the Tar Heels - picked to finish second in the preseason ACC poll - are third in the league in both kills (13.69 k/s) and assists (12.92 a/s).
Head coach Joe Sagula and the Heels square off with Maryland on Oct. 19 at 7:00 p.m. before taking on the Eagles and next weekend head on the road for meetings with Duke (Oct. 26, 7:00 p.m.) and Wake Forest (Oct. 28, 1:00 p.m., RSN).