Pack Volleyball Sweeps Cleveland State, 3-0
Aug 30, 2013
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The NC State women’s volleyball team showed no signs of fatigue while playing in its second contest of the day, as the Wolfpack swept Cleveland State, 3-0, Friday night at the Koessler Athletic Center. State claimed the first set by a score of 25-18, prior to winning the second and third sets, 25-20 and 25-17, respectively.
The Wolfpack’s win against Cleveland State was its second shutout win, as the squad defeated Canisius, 3-0, earlier in the day.
“It’s always good to start the season 2-0,” said fourth-year head coach Bryan Bunn. “We had a lot of people step up at different times. We saw some really good things and some things that we need to work on.”
Junior Dariyan Hopper led the Wolfpack offense with 15 kills and a .462 attack average, while Meredith Richardson chipped in with 11 and a .389 hitting percentage. The senior from Brentwood, Tenn., finished the day with 23 kills after leading the squad with 12 in the first match of the day.
“Meredith did a great job today,” said Bunn. “She took care of the ball, hit a high percentage in both matches and I’m really pleased with her play.”
Sophomore setter Tanna Aljoe nearly mirrored her effort from the previous match of the day, tallying 37 assists in the second contest of the day, compared to 36 in the match against Canisius.
“She did a really nice job, she’s young and is getting used to our system and learning the things we want her to do,” Bunn added. “The only way to do that is to get in some matches and start figuring out what you need to work on.”
Alston Kearns, a junior from Apex, N.C., and defensive specialist, led the Pack in digs with 18. She recorded 19 in the first match of the day to total 37 in both victories. Junior Nikki Glass contributed nine and freshman Rachel Eppley registered eight.
The Wolfpack returns to action on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 4 p.m., when it takes the court against the Hartford Hawks in the Golden Griffin Invitational. The Hawks fell to Cleveland State in their first match of the day on Friday, 3-0, and suffered a tough 3-2 loss to Eastern Michigan later in the evening.
“We don’t play until 4 p.m. so the team has plenty of time to sleep in. We will be ready to go tomorrow against Hartford.”