Wolfpack Volleyball Goes to 12-1, 2-0 With Win Over Wake
Sept. 19, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State made quick work in Wednesday night’s 3-0 win over Wake Forest at Reynolds Coliseum, breaking free in a tight first set to win its seventh consecutive match (25-20, 25-16, 25-16).
The Wolfpack (12-1 overall, 2-0 ACC) improved its league-best total wins and winning percentage, outhitting the Deacons .231 to .038 with a balanced effort from its outside hitters.
“Our outsides struggled a little bit over the weekend, so we worked on that a lot this week,” said head coach Bryan Bunn. “They all played well tonight.
“As a team, we took care of the ball, we limited our errors and we served well.”
The Pack had just 13 attack errors and six service errors, while Wake had 26 attack errors.
It’s the first time since 2008 and only the second time in the last 24 years that the Pack has opened ACC play with back-to-back wins.
Dating back to last year’s solo match between the two rivals, the victory was State’s second in a row over the Deacons. Last year’s win broke the Pack’s 25-match losing in the series.
This is the first time State has won two consecutive matches over Wake since 1997, when State won its home match and in the ACC Championship, which was also played at Reynolds Coliseum.
“Winning is always good,” Bunn said. “We don’t really look at what our record is, we look at what is coming ahead. But winning definitely builds confidence.
“I definitely see growth with this team right now. They are a lot more confident. We are playing more cohesively.”
In the opening set, the Wolfpack pulled away with a 9-1 run, outhitting the Deacons .122 to .023 en route to a 25-20 win. Both sophomore outside hitter Dariyan Hopper and freshman outside hitter Morgan Cormier had three kills for the Pack. Senior setter Megan Cyr and junior middle blocker Brie Merriwether both had solo blocks on defense.
The Wolfpack played efficiently in the second set, taking the 25-16 win by outhitting the Deacons .273 to -.029. Hopper had four kills in the set to lead the Pack.
In the final set, the Wolfpack led throughout, hitting a sturdy .333 in the set. Sophomore outside hitter Nikki Glass led the way with seven of her team-high 11 kills.
Hopper finished with nine kills and a .308 hitting percentage.
Glass, who leads the ACC in service aces, added two more to her season total on Wednesday.
The Wolfpack returns to action on Friday, when it faces Duke at 7 p.m. at Reynolds Coliseum, in the 11th contest of a 13-match homestand.
“They are always good,” Bunn said of the Blue Devils. “They are always in the top two or three in the conference. They always have a lot of top 50 recruits. It will be a good contest.”
Admission is free for all spectators. A live stream of the match will also be available for free on GoPack.com’s All-Access.