VOLLEYBALL: Hurricanes Top Eagles In Five Sets
Published: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 29, 2013 22:09
On Saturday, the Boston College volleyball team opened its ACC schedule with a game against the University of Miami. Both teams have had impressive starts during the first half of their seasons preceding ACC play, but it was Miami that came out on top in a five-set heart-breaker that saw the Eagles win the first two then drop three straight.
Miami came into the game with a 7-3 record and had already been tested earlier in the season against LSU when it played two five-set matches, dropping one and winning the other. In last week’s AVCA Coaches’ Poll, the Hurricanes received top 25 votes, but not enough to merit a ranking.
Despite the pressure of opening ACC play against such a tough opponent, the first two sets were tightly contested. In the first frame, the Eagles had a two-point deficit at 13-11, but a service error by Miami, and then a kill from graduate student Amanda Yerke, who maintained eligibility after two seasons of play for Michigan, brought the Eagles even with the Hurricanes. Kills from Katty Workman and Courtney Castle solidified the lead momentarily, but the remainder of the set was a back-and-forth battle with BC coming out narrowly on top with a score of 25-22.
The second set was even closer, but Workman came through in the clutch for the Eagles with eight kills and five digs. Two of those kills came late in the game when the BC was down 19-21, pulling the team back into it. After the teams battled back and forth past the regular cap of 25 with no team pulling ahead by two, Courtney Castle had a kill to make the score 33-32, and an attack error by Miami closed the set for BC at 34-32.
The third, fourth, and fifth sets, however, were different stories. Miami took the final three 25-14, 25-19, and 15-10, putting up efforts that BC was never able to counter offensively.
In the third, the Hurricanes leapt out to a 14-3 lead that was never reeled in by BC. The fourth was more balanced to start, but once Miami pulled ahead for a 20-16 lead, the Eagles never fought their way back. The fifth set was another case of Miami taking an immediate lead that was too much to overcome. The Eagles held the lead at only one point during the last three sets—early in the fourth.
Workman had yet another standout performance, posting her seventh double-double of the season with 22 kills and 13 digs. Castle also had a double-double with 14 kills and 13 assists, the 24th of her career.
Also contributing on offense for BC was Yerke. The former Michigan student added 10 kills to the Eagles’ effort.
Top contributors for the Hurricanes were Savanah Leaf, who posted 17 kills and 12 digs, and Misty Ma’a who had 16 kills and 10 digs.