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    Wolfpack Volleyball Rolls to 3-0 Win over Catamounts
     
     

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    RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State's volleyball team cruised to a fast 3-0 victory over Western Carolina on Friday night on the first day of the Courtyard Midtown Invitational at Reynolds Coliseum.

    The Wolfpack (6-1) opened the match by hitting .333 against the Catamounts and followed up with a .363 average in the middle set. Overall, it ended the match with a .310 hitting average in the straight-set victory (25-13, 25-13, 25-15).

    "It was a good night," said third-year coach Bryan Bunn. "We took care of the ball. We served a high percentage. We got them out of their system pretty easily."

    Junior middle blockers Meredith Richardson and Brie Merriwetherled the way for the Wolfpack, notching 14 kills between them.

    Richardson, the tallest player on the court at 6-4, dominated the net, posted five total blocks, with one solo, in the match.

    TimeMatchMedia
    9/7 - 4 p.m. Central Michigan 3, Campbell 0
    9/7 - 7 p.m. NC State 3,  Western Carolina 0
    9/8 - 11 a.m. Central Michigan vs. Western Carolina Gametracker
    9/8 - 1 p.m. NC State vs. Campbell
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    9/8 - 5 p.m. Campbell vs. Western Carolina Gametracker
    9/8 - 7 p.m. NC State vs. Central Michigan
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    Sophomore outside hitter Dariyan Hopperhad a match-high 11 kills on the night, including six in the final set, which the Pack won 25-15.

    In the opening set, the Wolfpack posted a .333 hitting average in a 25-13 victory. Richardson had a team-high five kills on six attacks for a .833 average.

    "The good thing was that the energy level kept getting higher," Bunn said. "We talk a lot about playing with emotion and not on emotion. You have to make sure we are emotionally in the game every time out."

    The Pack dominated all around, with three service aces by Megan Cyr and one each by sophomore Nikki Glass, Hopper and Merriwether. Glass and senior Alexa Micekhad nine digs each, while Cyr had 30 of the Pack's 35 assists.

    The Wolfpack will play two matches on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. against Campbell and at 7 p.m. against Central Michigan in the final match of the two-day tournament.

    The action begins Saturday at 11 a.m. when Central Michigan faces Western Carolina at Reynolds. The Catamounts will also play Campbell at 5 p.m.

    Admission is free for all spectators. The two Wolfpack matches will be streamed live for free on GoPack.com.


     

     

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