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    Volleyball Cruises to 3-0 Win over Ohio in Final Non-Conference Match
    Dariyan Hopper and Brie Merriwether at the net.
    Dariyan Hopper and Brie Merriwether at the net.

    Sept. 16, 2012

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    RALEIGH, N.C. - After a pair of hard-fought matches earlier this week, the NC State volleyball team cruised with relative ease to a 3-0 victory on Sunday to perennial NCAA participant Ohio in Reynolds Coliseum.

    The Wolfpack (11-1 overall, 1-0 ACC) was led by junior Brie Merriwether's 10 kills and seven blocks, sophomore Alston Kearns 12 digs and senior Megan Cyr's 26 assists against the Bobcats, who have qualified for the NCAA Championship in nine of the last 10 seasons.

    "We played really well," said head coach Bryan Bunn. "No one stood out - it was a good all-around effort."

    The Pack opened with a 25-19 win in the opening frame, outhitting the Bobcats .244 to .000 and owning a 4.0 to 2.5 advantage in blocks.  State won the second and third sets by identical 25-20 scores, though its hitting percentage went down in successive frames.

    "We didn't finish as strong as we could have, but this will be a good win for us as the season goes along," Bunn said. "Ohio is a quality program, and this is the kind of match that builds confidence."

    It was the final non-conference match of the season for Bunn's squad, who will now play 19 consecutive ACC matches to end the season. The Pack, which opened ACC play with a 3-1 win over North Carolina on Friday, heads into conference play with confidence, owning the most wins and best winning percentage in the league.

    "Winning always helps," Bunn said. "We have played well lately."

    The Wolfpack continues its homestand on Wednesday and Friday, hosting Wake Forest at 7:30 p.m. in the first contest and Duke at 7 p.m. in the second.

    The Wolfpack's 11-1 record to start the season matches the 1982 team's mark for the fifth best in school history. It's the second year in a row the Pack has started the season in strong fashion. Last year, Bunn's team started 13-1, which matched 1980 for the second best start in the first 37 years of the program.

    The best start in school history was the 1979 team's 18-1 mark under head coach Pat Hielscher en route to a 39-10 overall record.



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