Volleyball Captures Comfort Inn & Suites West Ashley Invitational Title
Aug. 25, 2012
CHARLESTON, S.C. - NC State's volleyball team opened the season 3-0, after defeating host College of Charleston, 3-1, to capture the Hampton Inn & Suites Ashley Invitational title.
"We were playing on a very good team's home court tonight, but we came out and fought and passed the ball well," said head coach Bryan Bunn. "We won the first set and we had our chances in the second set, but we made some errors".
Senior setter Megan Cyr of St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada, was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, while teammates Alexa Micek, a senior libero from Oxnard, Calif., and Dariyan Hopper, a sophomore outside hitter from Shorewood, Ill., were also named to the all-tournament team.
"It's nice to have those three players on the all-tournament team because that's who we felt played best all weekend," Bunn said.
Cyr was tremendous on the day, following up a 44-assist performance in the first match of the day with 48 assists against the Cougars. The senior-setter also had four kills, eight digs, and six blocks in the tournament final.
Micek, who had strong performances in the Wolfpack's three matches, had a 15-dig outing against Charleston. Hopper led NC State in kills on Saturday, posting 15 in each of the Pack’s wins.
Junior middle blocker Meredith Richardson along with sophomore outside hitter Nikki Glass posted the other double-digit kill totals with 12 each. Richardson had a team-best .632 attack percent in the victory.
The Wolfpack took the first set of the match 25-20 to gain an early lead, before dropping the second set by the same score. The Pack stormed back in the third and fourth sets winning 25-21 and 25-20, respectively.
"We're growing, we still have three sophomores on the court and at times some freshman," said Bunn. "We're still young and we're going to be growing all year."
The Wolfpack opens its home season on Friday when it hosts the NC State Midtown Courtyard Invitational at Reynolds Coliseum. The Pack opens play on Friday against South Florida at 7 p.m., and will face Kent State on Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by Virginia Commonwealth at 7 p.m.
Admission is free for all spectators.