Volleyball Defeats Towson, 3-1, to Claim Tournament Title
Sep 8, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State women’s volleyball team collected its second tournament title of the early season by defeating the Towson Tigers in the Courtyard Midtown Classic, 3-1, Saturday evening in Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack won the first two sets, before Towson took the third frame to force a fourth set.
“We started off really well and then we let down a little bit after getting some big leads, but we bounced back,” said head coach Bryan Bunn. “Towson played with more energy and intensity in the third set so they ended up winning it, but we came back in the fourth set and raised our energy level to take care of business.”
“Rachel did great,” Bunn added. “She took good care of the ball, played with a lot of energy and there’s a reason why she got MVP.”
Hopper led the Wolfpack offense with 16 kills and a .484 attacking percentage. She had just one error among her 31 attacks. Merriwether, a senior middle blocker, notched 12 kills at a .733 hitting clip.
Buckley contributed 11 kills in the contest after recording nine in the match against Binghamton and seven versus Appalachian State. The Wolfpack also registered 20 blocks as a team, led by Merriwether’s six.
Sophomore setter Tanna Aljoe was once again great for State, tallying 39 assists, five digs, three blocks and two kills. Junior libero Alston Kearns paced the squad on defense with 22 digs, followed by freshman defensive specialist Rachel Eppley with nine.
NC State returns to action on Friday, Sept. 13, when it travels to Houston, Texas, for a tournament at Rice. The Wolfpack plays the Missouri Tigers in the opener on Friday at 1 p.m. ET before returning to the court later that evening to face Houston Baptist at 5:30 p.m. ET. State will take on the Rice Owls at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14.