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Volleyball Hosts Wake Forest, Duke in Final Home Matches of Season

Nov. 16, 2011

Chestnut Hill, Mass. – The final home matches of the 2011 season will pit the Boston College volleyball team versus Wake Forest and Duke. The Eagles (7-21, 3-14 ACC) host the Demon Deacons (7-20, 4-13 ACC) on Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. and the Blue Devils (18-8, 12-5 ACC) on Sunday at noon. Fans are invited to follow both matches live via GameTracker.

Sunday’s match is Senior Day for the Eagles. Seniors Tsvetelina Dureva and Brennan Clark will be honored prior to the national anthem. Both student-athletes will go down as two of the best volleyball players to have ever worn Maroon and Gold. Their collegiate careers will conclude Wednesday, Nov. 23 at Maryland.

The Stage
The Eagles look defeat the Demon Deacons for the second time this year and snap an eight match skid in the process. BC swept Wake Forest in the first meeting this year, but the Deacs have won two of their last four matches. A win on Senior Day would mark the first victory over the Blue Devils in the last twelve meetings. Duke is currently fourth in the ACC and is looking to secure a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Last Weekend
Both Boston College and Wake Forest fell in both of their matches. The Eagles were taken down in straight sets at Virginia and Virginia, while the Deacs were topped by Florida State, 3-2, and Miami, 1-3. After being swept by Miami, Duke ended No. 17 Florida State’s run at perfection in conference play with a 3-2 win in Tallahassee.

The Last Time
Oct. 14, 2011 - Durham, N.C. – The Boston College volleyball team was defeated by Duke, 25-19, 25-22, 25-17, on Friday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Freshman Courtney Castle led the Eagles (6-13, 2-6 ACC) with nine points off seven kills, an ace and a block against the Blue Devils (11-6, 5-3 ACC). The Eagles out blocked Duke, 8-6, to hold them to a .162 hitting percentage on the night, but attack errors of their own hurt BC offensively.

Oct. 15, 2011 - Winston-Salem, N.C. - Phenomenal hitting nights from Castle and sophomore Melissa McTighe helped the Boston College volleyball team sweep Wake Forest on Saturday evening in Reynolds Gym. The Eagles (7-13, 3-6 ACC) used a .317 attack percentage, their most productive of the year, to outlast the Demon Deacons (5-13, 2-7 ACC) in three close sets, 25-22, 25-22, 25-23.

Scouting the Eagles
Middle hitters Krystle Higgins and McTighe have been BC’s most efficient attackers. In the three ACC wins this season, the duo has combined to hit over .300 each time. The middles also paired up for 13 blocks in those matches. McTighe leads the team in blocking with 85, while Higgins has 84.

Dureva and Castle are most looked to on offense and the outside hitters have delivered a team-leading averaging 2.87 and 2.44 kills per game, respectively. Castle also leads the squad with 26 aces, 0.33 per set, and is second on the team in digs with 3.15 per game.

Clark’s 5.02 digs per set is second best in the ACC. The Mililani, Hawaii, native is 18 digs shy of becoming the second Eagle to ever record 500 digs in one season and is third on the team with 20 aces. Similarly, freshman Lauren Fields is third on the team in digs per game (2.12) and second in aces (22).

Rookie Kellie Barnum has handled most of the ACC this season, ranking eighth in sets per game (9.07) during that time. The setter from Pacific Palisades, Calif., has 564 assists on the year, third most ever by a BC freshman.

Scouting the Demon Deacons
Kadija Fornah, Carlin Salmon and Andrea Beck all average over 2.50 kills per game for Wake Forest. Fornah leads the way with 360 kills and 3.53 average, but Beck’s .329 hitting percentage is highest on the team. Salmon is above and beyond her teammates with 109 blocks on the year, while Beck’s 14 aces are also a team-best.

Dani Thompson has 413 digs, 4.13 per set, and Danae Rosendall is averaging 9.81 assists per game heading into this weekend.

Scouting the Blue Devils
Christiana Gray’s .390 hitting percentage is second best in the ACC and 18th in the country. Her 2.78 kills per game have helped three other Duke players registered over 200 kills and post similar attack averages this season. Gray’s 96 blocks are also most on the team.

Kellie Catanach has distributed nearly all of the Duke offense, amassing 1,077 assists with the quartet of attackers.

Duke is 27th in the nation with 17.36 digs pet set, spurred by Ali McCurdy’s league-leading 5.71 dpg.

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