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    Wolfpack's Strong Start Falls Short in Season Opener, 3-2
    Sophomore setter Maggie Speaks
    Sophomore setter Maggie Speaks
    Aug. 29, 2014

    Box Score

    WILMINGTON, N.C. – The NC State women’s volleyball team jumped out to a 2-0 set advantage in its season opener against Eastern Washington, but the Eagles rallied to win the final three sets and claim a 3-2 (25-16, 25-16, 24-26, 25-27, 11-15) win over the Wolfpack Friday night in Hanover Hall on UNCW’s campus.


    The Wolfpack falls to 0-1 on the year, while Eastern Washington improves to 2-0.

    Turning Point
    - EWU fought off match point two different times in the third set, as the Wolfpack took a 24-21 lead but the Eagles reeled off five consecutive points to win the set, 26-24.
    - Eastern Washington found itself trailing late in the fourth and fifth sets, but was able to use the momentum created in the third set to claim the victory.

    Worth Noting
    NC State’s offense seemed to be clicking on all cylinders during the first and second sets, as the squad recorded attacking percentages of .385 and .292, respectively. In contrast, the Wolfpack held the Eagles to just a .143 clip in the first frame and -.043 in the second.
    - The Pack finished the match with a team attacking percentage of .323, while limiting Eastern Washington to just .209.
    - It was only the second time in head coach Bryan Bunn’s tenure at NC State that his squad has dropped the season opener. The last time the Wolfpack lost its first match was in 2011 against Appalachian State, 3-1.
    - Friday’s lost was the first of its kind for NC State since Sept. 21, 2013, when the squad won the first two sets against Colgate but dropped the final three frames.



    Top Performers
    Four different players tallied double-digit kills for the Wolfpack, led by senior Rachel Buckley and freshman Kaitlyn Kearney with 13 apiece. Seniors Dariyan Hopper and Alesha Wilson each chipped in with 10 kills.
    - Sophomore Maggie Speaks dished out a match-high 42 assists and also paced the team in digs with 10 to record the first double-double of her career. The Camden, S.C., native also contributed seven kills from her setter position.
    - Wilson had an impressive night at the net, turning away several offensive attempts by the Eagles to tally two solo blocks and three block assists.

    Up Next
    The Wolfpack will return to action at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30, when it takes the court against the Fairfield Stags. State will face UNCW in its second contest of the day at 7:30 p.m.

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