Pack's Winning Streak Hits Double Figures
Sept. 16, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State rolled to its 10th consecutive victory Friday night, taking a quick 3-0 win over Liberty at Reynolds Coliseum in the first day of the Courtyard Midtown Invitational.
It’s the Wolfpack’s longest winning streak since 1987, when the team won a school-record 12 in a row en route to the ACC championship.
Head coach Bryan Bunn’s team plays two more games on Saturday, facing The Citadel at 1 p.m. and Towson at 7:30 p.m.
“I think we are finally getting into a good rhythm,” said freshman Nicole Glass, who notched a team-high 10 kills against the Flames (4-7). “We had some jitters in the first tournament, but the last couple of weekends we have played well together.”
Against Liberty, the Wolfpack (10-1) was sharp in the first set, led by Glass’ six kills and 6.5 points. Liberty came back strong in the second set, but State’s well-balanced attack allowed produced a 25-18 win and a 2-0 lead.
In addition to Glass, the Wolfpack had three players with nine kills: Buckley, Merriwether and senior Luciana Shafer.
Senior Margaret Salata had eight kills, four digs and four total blocks for a team-high 11.5 points.
“We were solid all-around,” Bunn said. “Everyone did a nice job, and Megan was great at distributing the ball.
“We were a little too careless with the ball at times and made too many errors. That’s something we will look to correct tomorrow.”
In addition to the Pack’s two matches in the four-team tournament, Towson will face Liberty at 11 a.m. and The Citadel goes against Liberty at 5:30 p.m.
All results will be posted on this GoPack.com link.