Volleyball Begins Road Swing with Virginia Tech, Virginia
Nov. 8, 2012
Boston College volleyball begins a four-match road swing this weekend as the Eagles take on ACC foes Virginia Tech and Virginia.
The Eagles (10-17, 4-11 ACC) and head coach Chris Campbell will travel to Blacksburg, Va., to take on the Hokies (14-11, 7-8 ACC) inside Cassell Coliseum on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:00 p.m. before making the trip to Charlottesville, Va., to play the Cavaliers (8-18, 2-13 ACC) inside Memorial Gymnasium on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Earlier this season, BC swept Virginia, 3-0, on Sept. 27 inside Power Gym before 315 fans but fell to Virginia Tech on that same weekend on Sept. 30 in a 3-0 loss also in Chestnut Hill, Mass., with 364 spectators in attendance.
BC vs. Virginia Tech, Virginia
Coming into the weekend, Boston College carries a 6-11 all-time record against Virginia Tech with BC holding a 5-9 mark against the Hokies since entering the ACC in 2005. Under head coach Chris Campbell, the Eagles are 1-4 against VT. The Eagles last defeated Virginia Tech in a 3-0 win on Sept. 29, 2011 in Power Gym, and BC last won in Blacksburg on Nov. 3, 2006 in a 3-2 victory.
In this season's previous matchup, Virginia Tech took a 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-22) victory over the Eagles inside Power Gym in Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Sept. 30. Before 364 fans, freshman Katty Workman posted a match-high 15 kills while sophomore co-captain Kellie Barnum distributed 19 assists in the match.
BC holds a 3-12 all-time record against Virginia coming into the weekend with all 15 of the meetings coming since the Eagles joined the ACC in 2005. Boston College is 2-3 against the Cavaliers under Campbell. The Eagles have never defeated Virginia in Charlottesville.
Earlier in 2012, the Eagles topped UVA, 3-0 (29-27, 25-15, 27-25), in front of 315 fans inside Power Gym in Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Sept. 27. Workman tallied 15 kills and nine digs in the win while senior co-captain Krystle Higgins compiled 10 kills on .714 hitting, and Barnum dished out a match-high 32 assists.
Scouting the Eagles
Freshman Katty Workman leads the team and the ACC in kills per set both on the season (4.06 k/s) and in conference play (4.16 k/s). The Thousand Oaks, Calif. native has connected on 357 total kills this season and needs just two more kills to have recorded more kills in a season than any other freshman in BC history. Julia El-Hag notched 358 kills as a rookie in 1997.
Workman, a La Reina High School product, has tallied 10 double-doubles on the season - more than any other freshman in program history (with records for the stat dating to 2002) - and has posted double-digit kills in each of 21 matches this season including in 11 of the 13 ACC matches she has played in this year.
Sophomore Courtney Castle ranks second on the team in both kills per set (3.01 k/s) and in digs per set (3.36 d/s) on the season while playing in all 96 sets for the Eagles this season. The Orange, Calif., resident also ranks second on the team in both categories in conference play with 2.60 k/s and 3.38 d/s. A 6-0 outside hitter, Castle has registered 12 double-doubles on the year, has achieved double-digit kills 14 times, and has reached double-figure digs on 19 occasions.
At the setter spot, sophomore co-captain Kellie Barnum ranks eighth in the conference with 7.82 assists per set on the season and sits at seventh in the league with 9.14 assists per set in conference matches. Barnum, who has five double-doubles on the year, currently ranks ninth on BC's all-time assists list with 1,255 career assists.
The Harvard-Westlake High School graduate has distributed 20 or more assists in a match 15 times, 30 or more assists in a match eight times, 40 or more assists in a match five times, and 50 or more assists in a match twice.
At the net, senior co-captain Krystle Higgins paces the team on the year with 0.99 blocks per set on 92 total blocks. In ACC play, the native of Inglewood, Calif. leads the team with 0.94 b/s on 49 total blocks. On BC's career blocking lists, Higgins currently ranks third in total blocks (358), first in block assists (295), and sixth in block solos (63).
Junior Melissa McTighe has played in all 96 sets this season for BC and ranks second on the team with 0.73 blocks per set on 70 total blocks for the year. McTighe, a 6-1 middle hitter, ranks second on the team with 0.58 b/s on 30 total blocks in conference play.
Freshman libero Franny Hock leads the Eagles and ranks 10th in the ACC in digs per set both on the season (3.47 d/s) and in conference action (3.91 d/s). The Manhattan Beach, Calif. native has recorded double-digit digs in each of 17 matches (including in nine of the 13 ACC matches she has played in) and has totaled 20 or more digs in each of three matches.
The Marymount High School product has compiled 312 total digs on the season - just 29 digs shy of Lauren Schwer's freshman record for digs in a season (341) - set in 1999.
Boston College competed in its two matches but came up short in a 3-2 home loss to Duke on Nov. 2 before falling to Wake Forest, 3-1, on Nov. 4 in Power Gym.
The Eagles lost 3-2 (21-25, 24-26, 25-19, 25-15, 15-5) to the Blue Devils on Nov. 2 in Power Gym in Chestnut Hill, Mass., falling for just the second time this season when leading 2-0 in sets. Before 303 fans, Katty Workman totaled her 10th double-double of the season on 21 kills and 15 digs while Kellie Barnum matched her season-high with 50 assists for BC in the loss, and Krystle Higgins set a career-high with 15 kills.
BC dropped a 3-1 (28-26, 20-25, 25-13, 25-21) decision to Wake Forest on Nov. 4 inside Power Gym on Senior Day. Courtney Castle (15 kills, 13 digs) and Barnum (45 assists, 12 digs) each recorded double-doubles for the Eagles. Franny Hock notched a team-high 18 digs in the losing effort.
A Look Ahead
The Eagles play two more matches on the road next weekend - at Miami on Nov. 16 at 7:00 p.m. and at Florida State on Nov. 18 at 1:00 p.m. - before concluding their season with a home match against Maryland on Nov. 24 at noon.
In the all-time series, BC is 2-16 against the Hurricanes, 1-14 versus the Seminoles, and 6-8 in matches against the Terrapins. Earlier this year, the Eagles lost to Miami (3-2 on Oct. 14) and Florida State (3-0 on Oct. 12) but defeated Maryland (3-1 on Sept. 7) in the Spring Hill Suites at Arundel Mills Invitational.
Virginia Tech (No. 50 RPI) enters the weekend with an overall record of 14-11, a mark of 7-8 in ACC play, and a 7-4 record at home. Last weekend the Hokies fell to Clemson, 3-2, on Nov. 2 at home before besting Georgia Tech, 3-1, on Nov. 3 in Blacksburg, Va.
Senior Jennifer Wiker leads the team and ranks eighth in the ACC with 3.16 kills per set while sophomore Jordan Fish paces the team and ranks third in the conference with 10.39 assists per set. Senior Morgan O'Neill sits fourth in the league and leads the Hokies with 4.46 digs per set.
Virginia Tech boasts three of the top 10 players in the ACC in hitting percentage in sophomore Kathryn Caine (fourth, .380), senior Preseason All-ACC pick Cara Baarendse (sixth, .366), and junior Victoria Hamsher (seventh, .346). Hamsher leads VT in blocks with 0.84 b/s on 78 total blocks this season.
As a team, the Hokies rank third in the ACC with a hitting percentage of .255 on the season.
After their match with BC, Chris Riley and the Hokies host Maryland on Nov. 10 at 6:00 p.m. before traveling to North Carolina (Nov. 16, 7:00 p.m.) and NC State (Nov. 17, 5:00 p.m.) next weekend.
Scouting the Cavaliers
Virginia (No. 133 RPI) comes into the weekend with an overall record of 8-18, a mark of 2-13 in the ACC, and a 5-8 record at home. In last weekend's action, the Cavaliers outlasted Georgia Tech in a 3-2 home win on Nov. 2 before falling, 3-1, to Clemson on Nov. 3 in Charlottesville, Va.
Freshman Natalie Bausback leads the team with 2.75 kills per set while senior Jessica O'Shoney, a Preseason All-ACC selection, paces the team with a .214 hitting percentage while averaging 2.56 k/s and 0.87 blocks per set.
Sophomore Tori Janowski leads the team and ranks ninth in the ACC with 7.26 assists per set while junior Emily Rottman ranks fifth in the conference and leads UVA with 4.44 digs per set. Sophomore Morgan Blair paces Virginia with 0.97 blocks per set on 90 total blocks.
Head coach Dennis Hohenshelt and the Cavaliers host Maryland (Nov. 9, 7:00 p.m.), prior to their match with the Eagles, before traveling to NC State (Nov. 16, 7:00 p.m.) and North Carolina (Nov. 17, 5:00 p.m.) next weekend.