Pack Volleyball Matches School Record With 12th Straight
Sept. 17, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State’s volleyball team matched the school record with its 12th consecutive victory, toppling Towson 3-0 in a closely fought final match of the Courtyard Midtown Invitational Saturday night at Reynolds Coliseum.
The Wolfpack finished the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record, with wins over Liberty on Friday and the Citadel and Towson on Saturday. The two-day event completed the Wolfpack’s non-conference schedule. The Pack (12-1) begins ACC play next weekend with a road trip to Boston College on Friday and Maryland on Sunday.
Junior Megan Cyr became the third different Wolfpack player in as many weekends to earn Most Valuable Player honors, joining sophomore middle blocker Brie Merriwether (Courtyard Midtown Classic) and freshman outside hitter Nicole Glass (Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire Tournament) to win such awards.
“It’s exciting to win the award, but it is a team game,” Cyr said. “What makes this team so much fun to be a part of is that there are so many different options to pass to. I trust each and every one of them.
“We have a lot of depth to choose from.”
Cyr, who leads the ACC in assists per set, was steady throughout the weekend, with 104 total assists in three matches.
“Megan played great,” second-year coach Bryan Bunn said. “She struggled a little bit early in the season, but we watched a lot of tape and she’s done a great job lately of setting up her teammates.”
The 12 straight wins match the school record established in 1987, as the Wolfpack was en route to winning the ACC championship. The Wolfpack has also won 16 straight sets, dating back to its third-set loss to Charleston Southern in the first match at the Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire Tournament in Wilmington.
“It’s exciting for us, good for the program and good for the NC State community to be successful like this,” Bunn said. “But we are looking forward. We will start scouting Boston College on Monday and prepare for ACC play.”
Despite the 3-0 final score, the match against Towson was tight throughout.
Trailing 22-21 in the opening set, the Pack scored on a kill by Salata, took the lead with a service ace by senior Becah Fogle and an overhand smash by senior Luciana Shafer. On the winning point, Shafer and Merriwether blocked a Towson shot at the net for the final margin.
The second set was just as even until the Wolfpack scored five consecutive points to break a 10-10 tie. The Pack cruised from that point to take the set 25-15. The third set was the closest of all. The two teams fought through 22 ties and seven lead changes until the Pack prevailed 27-25 on a kill by freshman Dariyan Hopper.
Salata led the team with 10 kills, a .450 attack average and 16 points. Cyr had 37 of the team’s 41 assists. And Wood led the team with 13 digs.