VOLLEYBALL: Eagles Outdueled In Matches Against Crosstown Rivals
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 10:09
Before kicking off ACC conference play next weekend, the Boston College women’s volleyball team (8-4) had the opportunity to compete against some cross-city rivals in the New England Challenge this past weekend.
Playing against Northeastern and Harvard, BC was able to gain valuable out-of-conference experience that should prepare them for what lies ahead. Unfortunately for the Eagles, they were unable to gain bragging rights over either of their rival schools upon the tournament’s conclusion.
The Eagles started off the weekend on Friday at Solomon Court against rival Northeastern (5-6). Despite standout play from a few Eagles, the Huskies were able to win the match by a score of 3-1, dropping only the third set. It was the 26th time in school history that BC and Northeastern faced one another, and Northeastern extended its all time lead by gaining its 16th win.
The Eagles fell behind early, losing the first two sets by scores of 25-19 and 25-21. BC was able to collect 12 kills in the first set and 15 in the second, while Northeastern earned 12 in the first and 13 in the second. The reason for this early deficit can be attributed to errors. The Eagles committed a total of 12 errors in the first two sets, compared to the nine tallied by the Huskies.
Momentum briefly shifted to the Eagles when the team was able to win the third set, before dropping the fourth. In the third, the Eagles put away 12 kills, compared to nine by the Huskies. Northeastern used an energy surge in the fourth and final set to fend off the BC threat. The Huskies allowed the Eagles to collect eight kills in this set, while they were able to earn 13.
Despite the loss, BC saw some impressive individual efforts. Sophomore Katty Workman led the Eagles, putting away 11 kills and recording a team-high 20 digs. This performance marked Workman’s sixth double-double of the year. Junior Courtney Castle also had a double-double in the match, chipping in with 11 digs and 11 kills.
Freshman Jamie Bredahl, who recorded the lone triple-double of the match, led Northeastern to victory. Bredahl tallied 10 kills, 17 assists, and 11 digs.
Other standouts for the Huskies included Kelly Bacon, who capped off a double-double with 13 kills and 13 digs, and Natalia Skiba, who recorded a game-high 29 digs.
The Eagles looked to rebound Sunday at home against Harvard (5-2). It looked as if the Eagles had brought their A-game, coming out aggressively and capturing the first set. Following the first set, the Crimson made a statement, winning the next three sets to secure a 3-1 match victory. It was the 24th time in school history that the two teams have met, and BC leads the series 17-7 with the loss.
The Eagles fought hard in the first set to gain an early match lead. With the score tied at 2-2, BC won the next point and held the lead for a 25-18 win. In this set, the Eagles put away 13 kills, compared to 11 by the Crimson. Junior captain Kellie Barnum helped the team out with 12 assists in the set.
The Eagles were unable to build upon this momentum, dropping the next two sets by scores of 25-17 and 25-23. In the second set, the Crimson took advantage of five errors that BC committed, while only committing one itself. Senior Melissa McTighe put home seven of the Eagles 10 kills in the set, while the Crimson combined for 15 kills as a team.
The Crimson was able to run away with a very back-and-forth third set. The teams were tied at 13-13 before the Eagles found themselves down 18-24. Despite a late rally, this deficit was too much for BC. Harvard built off of momentum from the second set to out muscle BC in the third. The Crimson put away 20 kills in the third set alone, compared to the Eagle’s 10.
The Eagles fought hard in a close fourth set, but the Crimson continued its strong play to close the match out with a 25-23 set victory. Down 18-22, the Eagles rallied to bring the score to 23-24, before Harvard put away a kill for the victory. In an exciting final set, both teams were plagued by errors. BC committed eight while Harvard committed seven. Like throughout the entire match, Harvard was able to use timely attacks to fend off the threatening Eagles.
For the Eagles, McTighe had a team-high 12 kills, plus an assist and three blocks. Barnum kept BC competitive with a match high 37 digs. Workman continued her strong play with 10 kills and nine digs. Harvard was paced by sophomore Kathleen Wallace, who recorded a match-high 15 kills.