Volleyball Hosts Clemson, Georgia Tech in ACC Play
Oct. 25, 2012
Boston College volleyball opens a four-match home stand this weekend with matches against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents Clemson and Georgia Tech.
The Eagles (10-13, 4-7 ACC) and head coach Chris Campbell host the Tigers (14-8, 5-6 ACC) on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7:00 p.m. on "Dig Pink" night before taking on the Yellow Jackets (15-7, 6-5 ACC) on Sunday, Oct. 28 at noon with both matches occurring inside Power Gym in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
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Power Gym Attendance
The Eagles return to the friendly confines of Power Gym this weekend where they have averaged 267 fans per match over their first eight home contests. Prior to this year, BC has never averaged over 210 fans per match in Power Gym in a single season. The maroon and gold have played before two of the top-10 largest crowds in Power Gym history already this season with five home matches remaining.
Power Gym Attendance Records
BC vs. Clemson, Georgia Tech
Boston College holds a 2-14 all-time record against Clemson with the Tigers having taken the last 11 meetings in a series that dates back to 1991 in NCAA competition. The Eagles are 2-12 against the Tigers since joining the ACC in 2005 and 0-4 versus CU under head coach Chris Campbell. BC last defeated the Tigers in a 3-1 win at Clemson on Nov. 18, 2006.
In this season's earlier matchup, the Eagles dropped a 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-17) decision at Clemson in Jervey Gym on Sept. 22. Katty Workman notched a math-high 17 kills, Courtney Castle posted eight kills and 10 digs, and Cagla Sen accumulated 32 assists, but the host Tigers prevailed in front of 744 spectators, outhitting BC .296 to .162.
The Eagles carry a 2-15 all-time mark against Georgia Tech into the weekend with the Yellow Jackets having earned victories in each of the last 11 matchups in a series that began in 1995. BC stands at 2-11 in matches against the Ramblin' Wreck since joining the ACC and is 0-4 against GT under Campbell. BC last won against the Yellow Jackets in a 3-1 victory on Oct. 8, 2006 in Power Gym.
Earlier this season, Georgia Tech swept the Eagles, 3-0, (25-23, 25-19, 25-14) inside O'Keefe Gymnasium in Atlanta, Ga., on Sept. 21. In BC's first ACC road match of 2012, Workman posted 13 kills and Sen distributed 23 assists in the losing effort. The Yellow Jackets recorded nine service aces in the match before 1,123 fans.
Scouting the Eagles
Freshman Katty Workman leads the Atlantic Coast Conference with 4.11 kills per set on the season and 4.31 k/s in ACC matches. The 6-0 outside hitter also ranks 43rd in the NCAA in kills per set and fourth among freshmen. The native of Thousand Oaks, Calif. has recorded nine double-doubles on the season and has tallied double-digit kills in 19 different matches this season including in nine ACC matches.
Sophomore Courtney Castle ranks second on the team with 3.15 kills per set and 3.28 digs per set while averaging 2.73 k/s and 3.22 d/s in ACC play. A 6-0 outside hitter, Castle ranks seventh in the ACC with 0.32 service aces per set. The Orange, Calif. resident has registered 11 double-doubles on the season, has posted double-digit kills in each of 13 matches, and has reached double-figures in digs in each of 15 contests.
At the setter spot sophomore captain Kellie Barnum leads the team and ranks eighth in the ACC with 7.43 assists per set on the season and sits at seventh in the conference in ACC matches with 9.04 a/s. The Harvard-Westlake High School product has notched 20 or more assists 10 times, 30 or more assists six times, 40 or more assists three times, and 50 or more assists once.
Junior Cagla Sen ranks 10th in the league with 7.09 assists per set on the year. On the season, Sen, out of Istanbul, Turkey, has distributed 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 paces the team and ranks ninth in the ACC with 1.06 blocks per set on 83 total blocks this season while ranking eighth in the league with 1.08 b/s in conference matches. Higgins, who hails from Inglewood, Calif., has become BC's all-time leader in career block assists (289) while also ranking highly in career total blocks (third, 349) and career block solos (sixth, 60).
Freshman Franny Hock leads the Eagles and ranks 10th in the ACC with 3.36 digs per set on the season while also averaging 3.87 d/s in ACC competition. The Marymount High School graduate has posted double-digit digs in each of 13 matches on the season with 20 or more digs in each of two contests including a 30-dig performance against Miami on Oct. 14.
Sophomore Lauren Fields has averaged 2.49 digs per set in ACC play and has achieved double-digit digs in each of five matches.
The Eagles dropped two road matches to two opponents that both rank in the top 30 in this week's RPI - No. 28 NC State and No. 24 North Carolina.
BC fell 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-18) at NC State inside Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C. on Oct. 19. The Wolfpack (19-3, 9-2 ACC), who currently sit at third in the ACC standings, improved to 13-1 at home and 6-0 at home in ACC play with the victory in front of 896 fans. Courtney Castle registered eight digs and six kills while Krystle Higgins tallied five kills and four block assists for BC in the loss.
The maroon and gold absorbed their second loss of the weekend in a 3-0 (25-19, 25-10, 25-17) defeat at the University of North Carolina inside Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Oct. 20. UNC (17-4, 8-3 ACC), currently fourth in the ACC standings, remained undefeated at home on the season with a 10-0 record. Kellie Barnum dished out a match-high 21 assists for the Eagles, and Franny Hock led all players with 10 digs in the match before a crowd of 803 spectators.
A Look Ahead
The Eagles conclude their four-match home stand next weekend with matchups against Duke (Friday, Nov. 2, 7:00 p.m.) and Wake Forest (Sunday, Nov. 4, noon). The Eagles will celebrate Senior Day, honoring Krystle Higgins and Val Mattaliano, prior to the start of the match with the Demon Deacons.
Earlier this season, BC defeated both Wake Forest and Duke to complete the program's first ACC road weekend sweep since joining the conference in 2005. BC downed the Demon Deacons 3-1 on Oct. 5 and earned a victory for the first time in school history over the Blue Devils with a 3-0 triumph on Oct. 6.
Scouting the Tigers
Clemson (No. 67 RPI) enters the weekend with an overall record of 14-8 and a mark of 5-6 in the ACC coming off two losses to the top two teams in the ACC standings. The Tigers fell to No. 24 Miami, 3-2, on Oct. 19 before dropping a 3-0 straight-set decision to No. 12 Florida State on Oct. 21.
Preseason All-ACC selection Sandra Adeleye leads the Tigers and ranks fifth in the ACC with 3.47 kills per set while fellow Preseason All-ACC pick Alexa Rand is tops on the team and fourth in the league with 1.22 blocks per set.
Senior Natalie Patzin ranks third in the conference with 4.51 digs per set while junior Hannah Brenner comes in at sixth in the ACC with 9.42 assists per set for the Tigers who were predicted to finish third in the ACC preseason poll.
As a team, Clemson ranks second in the ACC in digs (17.28 d/s), third in the league in blocks (2.64 b/s), and third in the conference in service aces (1.31 sa/s).
After their match with the Eagles, head coach Jolene Jordan Hoover and the Tigers square off with Maryland on Oct. 28 at noon before remaining on the road for conference matches at Virginia Tech (Nov. 2, 7:00 p.m.) and at Virginia (Nov. 3, 7:00 p.m.).
Scouting the Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech (No. 49 RPI) comes into the weekend with an overall mark of 15-7 and a record of 6-5 in the ACC after absorbing losses at the hands of No. 12 Florida State (3-2 on Oct. 19) and No. 24 Miami (3-0 on Oct. 21) - the only two ACC teams ranked in this week's AVCA poll.
Preseason All-ACC honoree Monique Mead leads the Yellow Jackets and ranks second in the ACC with 3.86 kills per set. The senior right-side hitter also ranks fourth in the NCAA and leads the conference with 0.54 service aces per set part of a Georgia Tech team that ranks third in the country with 1.85 aces per set.
Senior Bailey Hunter, who also garnered Preseason All-ACC accolades, ranks sixth in the league with 3.38 kills per set while junior Kaleigh Colson ranks third in the ACC with 10.29 assists per set and is second in the conference with 0.41 aces per set.
Senior Annie Czarnecki leads the team and ranks sixth in the ACC with 1.21 blocks per set while Nicki Meyer paces the squad with 3.26 digs per set.
Head coach Tonya Johnson and the Yellow Jackets square off with Maryland in College Park, Md. on Oct. 26 at 7:00 p.m. prior to their matchup with the Eagles and stay on the road with ACC tilts at Virginia (Nov. 2, 7:00 p.m.) and at Virginia Tech (Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m.) next weekend.