Volleyball Shuts Out Binghamton, 3-0
Sep 7, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's volleyball team collected its second win in the 2013 Courtyard Midtown Classic against the Binghamton Bearcats, 3-0 (25-19, 25-7, 25-22), Saturday afternoon in Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack kept its streak of consecutive shuts outs intact by stymieing the Bearcats offense and playing great defense.
State struggled to get into a rhythm in the early moments of the first set, but found its groove midway through the frame and went on a 6-0 run to take the lead, 17-13. The Wolfpack never relinquished the lead and earned a 25-19 first set win.
In the second set, junior middle blocker Alesha Wilson got the Pack on the board early with a kill from setter Tanna Aljoe to take the lead, 1-0. Minutes later NC State began to pull away from the Bearcats by scoring six unanswered points to make the score, 12-4, in favor of the Wolfpack. After a State service error briefly interrupted the Pack's run, it went on another 8-0 run to make the score in the set, 20-5. Redshirt sophomore Laura Blab earned the match point with a kill to lift the Wolfpack to a 25-7 second set win.
Binghamton tried to reverse the momentum in the match by coming out strong in the third set and winning five of the first seven points decided. The Wolfpack, however, remained composed and battled to even the count at six after the first 12 points. The Bearcats led, 20-17, before the Pack put together a 6-0 run to take the lead, 23-20.
Wilson paced the Wolfpack with 12 kills and an incredible .800 attacking percentage. Junior outside hitters Rachel Buckley and Nikki Glass each chipped in with nine, while senior middle blocker Meredith Richardson contributed eight.
Aljoe ended the match with 32 assists and has now recorded 25 or more assists in all five of the Wolfpack's matches. Alston Kearns, a junior libero from Apex, N.C., led NC State on defense with 11 digs.
NC State returns to action later today in the 2013 Courtyard Midtown Classic to face the Towson Tigers at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Coliseum. Admission to the match is free and it will also be streamed live on GoPack.com, free of charge.