Volleyball Returns Home This Weekend to Host Clemson, Georgia Tech
Oct. 24, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass- The Boston College volleyball team returns to the friendly confines of Power Gym this weekend with matches against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents Clemson and Georgia Tech.
The Eagles (8-12, 0-8 ACC) and head coach Chris Campbell look for their first ACC win of the season as they host the Clemson Tigers on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. before squaring off against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-13, 1-7 ACC ) on Sunday, Oct. 27 at noon.
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The Eagles will be holding "Dig Pink" night in honor of breast cancer awareness month on Friday night against Clemson. The girls will sport pink uniforms to support the cause.
Boston College vs. Clemson
The Eagles hold a 2-16 all-time mark against the Tigers entering the weekend in a series that dates back to 1988. Boston College is 2-12 against Clemson since joining the ACC in 2005 and 0-6 under head coach Chris Campbell. The Eagles last stole a victory against the Tigers in a four set, 3-1 win in Clemson, S.C. on Nov. 18, 2006.
The two teams met twice last season, with Clemson sweeping both matches in the series, 3-0. In the first meeting at Jervey Gymnasium on Sept. 22, outside hitter Katty Workman secured a match-high 17 kills on .351 hitting. Courtney Castle notched eight kills to go with 10 digs while teammate Lauren Fields came through with a team-high 13 digs.
In the second meeting in Power Gym on Oct. 26, Melissa McTighe tallied a team-high eight kills on .318 hitting while Kameron Mclain charted six kills and captain Kellie Barnum distributed a team-high 22 assists.
Boston College vs. Georgia Tech
Boston College is 2-16 all-time against Georgia Tech with the Jackets clinching the last 12 meetings. BC is 2-12 in matches against the Ramblin' Wreck since joining the ACC and is 0-5 against GT under Campbell. The Eagles last won against the Jackets in a 3-1 decision on Oct. 8 in Power Gym.
BC and GT matched up twice last season with Georgia Tech taking both meetings. In the first meeting inside O'Keefe Gymnasium in Atlanta, Ga., on Sept. 21 the Jackets clinched a 3-0 victory. Katty Workman posted 13 kills, four digs, and an ace while libero Lauren Fields recorded seven digs in the loss.
In the second meeting inside Power Gym on Oct. 28, captain Kellie Barnum notched a double-double totaling 23 assists and 10 digs. Courtney Castle and Cassidy Vaughn each came through with seven kills each while Castle also registered 12 digs in the match.
Outside hitter Katty Workman leads the team in kills and ranks third in the ACC with 282. Workman has secured seven double-doubles throughout the 2013 season with her most recent against Virginia where she tallied 26 kills and 21 digs. The California native additionally ranks second on the team in digs with 212.
Senior middle blocker Melissa McTighe sits second on the team in kills with 154. McTighe holds an average hitting percentage of .289 and leads the squad in total blocks with 63.
At the setter spot, team captain Kellie Barnum leads the team in assists with 649 and ranks ninth in the ACC averaging 8.77 assists per set.
Defensively, freshman libero Madisen Lydon paces the squad in digs with 271, averaging 3.87 digs per set.
By the Numbers
Boston College is 8-12 on the season with a mark of 0-8 in the ACC and 3-5 in Chestnut, Hill. The Eagles are 15th in the conference in hitting percentage (.180) and ninth in opponent hitting percentage (.185). BC ranks 12th in assists (852) and kills (915) and ranks eighth in service aces with 97.
Clemson is 10-9 on the season with a mark of 4-4 in the conference and 1-3 on the road. They rank 11th in hitting percentage (.211) and 12th in opponent hitting percentage (.209) The Tigers sit ninth in the ACC in assists (902) and 10th in kills (962). CU is ranked sixth in blocks (192) and ninth in service aces (91).
The Jackets are 7-13 and hold a 1-7 mark in the ACC and 1-4 on the road. GT sits 14th in the conference in hitting percentage (.191) and 11th in opponent hitting percentage (.201). They rank 15th in the ACC in assists (757), 14th in kills (837), 13th in blocks (142) and fourth in service aces (93).
A Look Ahead
Chris Campbell and the Eagles are back on the road next weekend as they travel south to North Carolina to take on Wake Forest and Duke. The Eagles are in Winston-Salem on Friday, Nov. 1 to square off against the Demon Deacons at 6:30 p.m. and then head to Durham to face the Blue Devils on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m.