Volleyball Finishes Road Trip with No. 24 Miami, No. 11 Florida State
Nov. 16, 2012
Boston College volleyball concludes a four-match road swing with matches at the top two teams in the ACC standings - No. 24 Miami and No. 11 Florida State.
Head coach Chris Campbell and the Eagles (10-19, 4-13 ACC) head to Coral Gables, Fla., to take on the Hurricanes (23-4, 15-2 ACC) at the Knight Sports Complex on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:00 p.m. before traveling to Tallahassee, Fla., to play the Seminoles (24-3, 15-2 ACC) inside Tully Gymnasium on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1:00 p.m.
Earlier this season, BC dropped a 3-2 five-set match on Oct. 14 to a Miami team which holds an 11-0 record at home this season and sits at No. 21 in the RPI. The Eagles lost their previous matchup with FSU, 3-0, on Oct. 12. The Seminoles (No. 10 RPI) also carry a perfect home record into the weekend with 10 wins and no losses.
Three Players Sign NLIs to Join BC in 2013
Three players - Jackie Bowman, Madisen Lydon, and Anna Skold - have signed National Letters of Intent to play volleyball at Boston College in 2013, according to an announcement made by head coach Chris Campbell.
All three players captained their respective high school teams as seniors and have committed to the Eagles during the early signing period.
Bowman, a 6-2 setter, comes to the Eagles from Pacific Palisades, Calif., and the Brentwood School. Lydon, a 5-8 libero, joins the Eagles from Stuart, Fla., and Martin County High School. Skold, a 6-3 middle, joins BC out of Omaha, Neb., and Westside High School.
Volleyball Coaches Support Movember Foundation
During November each year, the Movember Foundation is responsible for the sprouting of mustaches on thousands of men's faces in the United States and around the world. With their moustaches, these men raise vital awareness and funds for men's health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.
With the motivation "to change the face of men's health," Boston College's volleyball coaches - head coach Chris Campbell and assistants Edgard Da Gama E Silva ("Dega") and Patrick Johnston - have teamed up with the foundation. To learn more or to donate to the cause check out the trio's team page on the Movember Foundation's website here.
BC vs. Miami, Florida State
The Eagles hold a 2-16 all-time mark against Miami entering this weekend with the first meeting between the two schools coming in 2002. The Hurricanes have taken the last eight matches in the series with BC's last victory coming in a 3-0 win in Power Gym on Oct. 12, 2007. Under head coach Chris Campbell, the Eagles are 0-4 against UM.
Boston College pushed Miami to the limit in this season's previous matchup but eventually fell to the Hurricanes, 3-2 (28-26, 16-25, 25-18, 11-25, 15-10), inside Power Gym in Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Oct. 14. Courtney Castle (career-high 22 kills, 16 digs) and Katty Workman (18 kills, career-high 19 digs) each recorded double-doubles for the Eagles.
BC carries a 1-14 all-time record against Florida State entering the weekend in a series that began in 1997. The Eagles are 1-13 against the Seminoles since joining the ACC in 2005 and 0-4 against FSU under Campbell. The Seminoles have won the last eight matchups in the series with BC having captured their lone victory over FSU in a 3-2 win on Oct. 13, 2007 in Chestnut Hill.
In this season's prior meeting, the Eagles dropped a 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-19) decision to Florida State before 582 fans on Oct. 12 in Power Gym. Workman posted a match-high 17 kills to go with nine digs, and Kellie Barnum distributed a match-best 25 assists for BC in the loss.
Scouting the Eagles
Freshman Katty Workman leads the ACC in kills per set in all matches (4.04 k/s) and in conference matches (4.12 k/s). The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native has more total kills in a season (376) than any other freshman in program history. Julia El-Hag previously held the record with 358 kills as a rookie in 1997.
A 6-0 outside hitter, Workman has recorded 11 double-doubles on the season and has tallied double-digit kills in 22 of the 26 matches she has played in this season including in 12 of the 14 ACC contests she has appeared in.
Sophomore Courtney Castle ranks 10th in the ACC and second on team with 2.98 kills per set while also sitting second on the team with 3.33 digs per set. In conference play, the Orange, Calif., native has averaged 2.60 k/s and 3.32 d/s.
A product of Orange Lutheran High School, Castle has tallied 13 double-doubles on the season with double-digit kills in each of 15 matches and double-digit digs in each of 20 matches.
At the setter position, sophomore co-captain Kellie Barnum ranks seventh in the league in assists per set (7.99 a/s) on the season and comes in at sixth in the ACC in assists per set (9.20 a/s) in conference matches. The Pacific Palisades, Calif., resident currently ranks ninth on BC's all-time assists list with 1,331 career assists.
Barnum, who has six double-doubles on the year, has distributed 20 or more assists 16 times this season, 30 or more assists nine times, 40 or more assists six times, and 50 assists three times. She has had 45 or more assists in three of her last four matches.
At the net, senior co-captain Krystle Higgins has notched 100 total blocks on the year for a 0.99 b/s average and has posted 57 total blocks for a 0.95 b/s average in ACC play. In BC's all-time record book, the Inglewood, Calif., native currently ranks second in career total blocks (366), first in career block assists (302), and sixth in career block solos (64).
Freshman libero Franny Hock ranks 10th in the ACC in digs per set (3.52 d/s) on the season and sits at ninth in the league in digs per set (3.94 d/s) in conference play. The Manhattan Beach, Calif., native has totaled 10 or more digs 18 times, including in 11 of the 15 ACC matches she has played in, and has connected on 20 or more digs in each of three matches. The Marymount High School product has compiled more digs in a season (345) than any other freshman in program history. Lauren Schwer previously held the freshman record with 341 digs in 1999.
Boston College came up short in its two matches - losing 3-0 at Virginia Tech on Nov. 9 before falling 3-2 at the University of Virginia on Nov. 13.
The Eagles dropped a 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-13) straight-set decision to Virginia Tech before 778 fans inside Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va. Franny Hock led all players with 15 digs in the match while Kameron McLain and Courtney Castle each scored on nine kills for the visiting Eagles.
BC extended its match with Virginia to five sets but lost 3-2 (25-13, 16-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-10) to the Cavaliers inside Memorial Gymnasium in Charlottesville, Va. Katty Workman (19 kills, 15 digs), Courtney Castle (12 kills, 15 digs), and Kelle Barnum (50 assists and 13 digs) each tallied double-doubles for the Eagles as they fell to 0-4 in five-set matches this season.
A Look Ahead
Boston College concludes the 2012 regular season with a match against the University of Maryland on Saturday, Nov. 24 at noon inside Power Gym in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Earlier this year, the Eagles topped the Terrapins, 3-1 (25-23, 25-14, 16-25, 25-22), on Sept. 7 inside Comcast Pavilion in College Park, Md. In the ACC opener for both teams, Courtney Castle notched a double-double on 17 kills and 20 digs as BC took its first match in the Spring Hill Suites at Arundel Mills Invitational.
Scouting the Hurricanes
No. 24 Miami (No. 21 RPI) enters the weekend with an overall record of 23-4, a mark of 15-2 in the ACC, and an unblemished 11-0 record at home this season.
Last weekend, the Hurricanes won twice on the road - at Wake Forest (3-0 on Nov. 9) and at Duke (3-2 on Nov. 10). The Canes have won 13 of their last 14 matches.
Junior Taylor Hollins leads the team and ranks eighth in the ACC with 3.20 kills per set while senior Nrithya Sundararaman leads the conference with 10.63 assists per set. Junior Ryan Shaffer sits at second in the league with 4.68 digs per set.
Sophomore Preseason All-ACC selection Emani Sims ranks second in the league in blocks per set (1.35 b/s) and stands at eighth in the conference in hitting percentage (.334).
As a team, the Hurricanes pace the ACC in opponent hitting percentage (.166), assists (13.26 a/s), and blocks (2.97 b/s). UM ranks 12th in the NCAA in blocks per set.
Head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch and the Hurricanes conclude the regular season with a match at Florida State on Nov. 23 at 1:00 p.m. on ESPN3.
Scouting the Seminoles
No. 11 Florida State (No. 10 RPI) comes into the weekend with a 24-3 overall mark, a record of 15-2 in the ACC, and an undefeated mark of 10-0 at home.
Last weekend, the Seminoles earned two road victories - at Duke (3-0 on Nov. 8) and at Wake Forest (3-1 on Nov. 10). FSU has won 18 of its last 19 matches.
Junior Preseason All-ACC honoree Ashley Neff leads the ACC and ranks fourth in the NCAA with 1.66 blocks per set while also ranking 10th in the NCAA in hitting percentage (.410). Fellow Preseason All-ACC pick, Sareea Freeman, leads the NCAA in hitting percentage (.444).
Sophomore Katie Mosher, who also garnered Preseason All-ACC accolades, sits at sixth in the conference with 4.38 digs per set, and senior Duygu Duzceler stands 10th in the league with 6.10 assists per set.
As a team, FSU ranks first in the ACC in hitting percentage (.280) and kills (14.29 k/s). The Seminoles rank second in the ACC and 16th in the NCAA in blocks (2.85 b/s).
Head coach Chris Poole and the Seminoles finish the regular season with a home match against Miami on Nov. 23 at 1:00 p.m. on ESPN3.