Volleyball Concludes Home Stand with Duke, Wake Forest
Nov. 1, 2012
Boston College volleyball concludes the team's four-match home stand with weekend tilts against ACC opponents Duke and Wake Forest on Friday and Sunday.
The Eagles (10-15, 4-9 ACC) and head coach Chris Campbell take on the Blue Devils (13-12, 4-9 ACC) on Friday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. before hosting the Demon Deacons (9-16, 3-10 ACC) on Sunday, November 4 at noon on Senior Day. Both matches will take place inside Power Gym in Chestnut Hill, Mass. BC defeated both Duke and Wake Forest in this season's previous matchups to record the first ACC road weekend sweep in program history.
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BC vs. Duke, Wake Forest
Boston College holds a 1-12 all-time record versus Duke, earning their first victory over the Blue Devils earlier this season in a 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-19) win on Oct. 6 inside Cameroon Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. Katty Workman led the way behind a match-high 21 kills and match-high .421 hitting percentage to go with 11 digs. Kellie Barnum also notched a double-double with 36 assists and 13 digs in the match.
With the win, the Eagles improved to 1-12 against the Blue Devils in ACC play and improved to 1-4 in matchups versus Duke under head coach Chris Campbell.
BC enters the weekend with a 4-10 all-time record against Wake Forest with all 14 meetings coming since Boston College joined the ACC in 2005. The Eagles are 2-3 against the Demon Deacons under Campbell.
In this season's earlier matchup, the Eagles took a 3-1 (25-23, 17-25, 29-27, 25-22) victory over Wake Forest inside Reynolds Gym in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Oct. 5. Workman (18 kills, 17 digs) and Courtney Castle (13 kills, 12 digs) each posted double-doubles while Barnum (50 assists) and Franny Hock (19 digs) made significant contributions to the win.
Scouting the Eagles
Freshman Katty Workman leads the team and the ACC in kills per set on the season (4.11 k/s) and in conference matches (4.31 k/s). The La Reina High School product's 4.11 k/s average ranks 45th in the NCAA and ranks fourth among all freshmen in the country.
The three-time ACC Freshman of the Week has posted double-digit kills in 19 of the 23 matches she has played in this season, has recorded double-figure kills in seven of the nine ACC matches she has seen time in, and has achieved nine double-doubles on the year.
Sophomore Courtney Castle ranks first on the team with 3.38 digs per set and second on the squad with 3.07 kills per set. In ACC play, the Orange, Calif. native has averaged 3.42 d/s and 2.63 k/s.
One of only two players to play in all 87 sets this season for BC, Castle has registered 11 double-doubles on the season, has reached double-digit kills in each of 13 matches, and has connected on 10 or more digs in each of 17 matches.
At setter, sophomore captain Kellie Barnum ranks eighth in the ACC in assists per set on the season (7.44 a/s) and ranks seventh in the league in the same category in conference matches (8.76 a/s). The Pacific Palisades, Calif. resident, who has four double-doubles on the year, has distributed 20 or more assists in 12 matches, 30 or more assists in six matches, 40 or more assists in three matches, and 50 or more assists once.
Senior captain Krystle Higgins leads the team on the season with 1.02 blocks per set on 86 total blocks and paces the team in ACC play with 1.00 b/s on 43 total blocks. On BC's all-time career blocking lists, the Inglewood, Calif. resident, ranks third in total blocks (352), first in block assists (291), and sixth in block solos (61).
Junior Melissa McTighe, the only other Eagle besides Castle to play in all 87 sets for BC this year, ranks second on the team with 0.72 blocks per set on 63 total blocks.
Defensively, freshman Franny Hock paces the team in conference matches with 3.76 digs per set - good for 10th in the ACC - while averaging 3.35 d/s in all contests. The Marymount High School graduate has connected on 10 or more digs 15 times (including in seven of 11 ACC matches she has played in), 20 or more digs twice, and 30 or more digs once. Sophomore Lauren Fields, who, in ACC play, has played in all 43 sets for BC, has compiled double-figure digs in each of five contests.
The Eagles dropped consecutive home matches in straight sets to Atlantic Coast Conference foes Clemson and Georgia Tech.
BC fell 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-22) to Clemson on Friday, Oct. 26 as the Tigers defeated the Eagles for the second time this season. Preseason All-ACC selections Sandra Adeleye (14 kills) and Serenat Yaz (13 kills) paced the attack for head coach Jolene Jordan Hoover's Tigers. For the Eagles, Melissa McTighe tallied a team-high eight kills on .318 hitting while Courtney Castle notched 16 digs in the losing effort.
Despite a double-double from Kellie Barnum (23 assists, 10 digs) the Eagles dropped a 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-22) decision to Georgia Tech on Sunday, Oct. 28. The Yellow Jackets swept the season series behind the play of Preseason All-ACC honorees Bailey Hunter (15 kills, .278 hitting) and Monique Mead (13 kills, .333 hitting). Castle and Cassidy Vaughn each registered seven kills for BC while Castle also totaled a team-high 12 digs in the match.
A Look Ahead
The Eagles begin a four-match road swing next weekend after their matches with Duke and Wake Forest as BC travels to Virginia Tech (Friday, Nov. 9, 7:00 p.m.) and Virginia (Saturday, Nov. 10, 7:00 p.m.).
Earlier this season the Eagles defeated the Cavaliers 3-0 (29-27, 25-15, 27-25) on Sept. 27 in Chestnut Hill before absorbing a 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-22) loss at the heads of the Hokies on Sept. 29 also inside Power Gym.
Scouting the Blue Devils
Duke (No. 58 RPI) enters the weekend with an overall record of 13-12, a mark of 4-9 in the ACC, and a record of 1-7 on the road. The Blue Devils are coming off a home loss to UNC (3-1 on Oct. 26) and a five-set home victory over NC State (3-2 on Oct. 27) this past weekend.
Freshman Emily Sklar leads the team and ranks ninth in the ACC with 3.13 kills per set and trails only BC's Katty Workman among freshmen in that category.
Preseason All-ACC honoree Ali McCurdy leads all players in the conference with 5.60 digs per set while Chelsea Cook ranks sixth in the ACC in blocks (1.14 b/s), and Kelsey Williams sits at ninth in the league in assists (6.85 a/s). Preseason All-ACC selection Christiana Gray aids the Blue Devil offense and defense with 2.44 k/s, a .308 hitting percentage, and 1.00 b/s.
As a team, the Blue Devils rank first in the ACC in digs averaging 17.02 digs per set on the season and 17.59 d/s in conference matches.
Next weekend head coach Jolene Nagel and the Blue Devils return home to Durham, N.C. to host No. 11 Florida State (Nov. 8, 7:00 p.m., ESPN3) and No. 23 Miami (Nov. 10, 7:00 p.m.).
Scouting the Demon Deacons
Wake Forest (No. 133 RPI) comes into the weekend with an overall mark of 9-16, a 3-10 record in the ACC, and a 1-8 mark on the road. Last weekend, the Demon Deacons earned a five set, 3-2 victory over NC State on Oct. 26 at home before falling to North Carolina 3-0 on Oct. 28 also in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Preseason All-ACC choice Andrea Beck, a senior middle blocker, leads the team and ranks fourth in the ACC with 3.54 kills per set while also hitting .310 and averaging 0.73 blocks per set.
Sophomore Danae Rosendall paces the squad and stands at fifth in the conference with 10.00 assists per set while freshman Megan Miller ranks sixth in the league with 4.29 digs per set. Kristin Grissom is tops on the team with 0.96 blocks per set on 86 total blocks.
As a team, the Demon Deacons rank fourth in the ACC with 16.06 digs per set in conference matches.
Head coach Heather Kahl Holmes and Wake Forest return home to Reynolds Gym next weekend to square off with No. 23 Miami (Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m.) and No. 11 Florida State (Nov. 10, 3:30 p.m.).