NC State Volleyball Loses to New Hampshire and Montana State
Sept. 21, 2002
Saturday wasn't a good day for the NC State volleyball team, as it dropped matches to New Hampshire and Montana State during the second day of action at the New Hampshire Invitational. The Wildcats defeated the Wolfpack 3-0 (31-29, 30-28, 30-22) in the first match, while the Bobcats won the second bout by the scores of 30-22, 30-20, 30-20.
Against New Hampshire, NC State took a five-point lead in game one, only to have the Wildcats answer with a rally of their own. The two teams battled back and forth until UNH held off two potenital game points by the Wolfpack. The Wildcats then notched a point and the lead with an ace by Jen Williams and then the win off a kill by Lauren Knight.
With the scored tied at 28 in the second game, UNH managed to break the ice with a kill by Karen Harrington. A hitting error by NC State off the next serve put the Wolfpack in an 0-2 deficit. In the last game, the two teams continued to stay at each other's heels, but the Wildcats would eventually prevail. NC State was led by middle blocker Sarah Ensminger and outside hitter Rebecca Anderson. Ensminger finished with 12 kills and a match-high 11 digs, while Anderson recorded 10 kills of her own.
In its final match of the tournament, the Wolfpack struggled offensively, finishing with a team attack percentage of .125, while the Bobcats notched a .400 percentage. Anderson led NC State with five kills, while adding three digs. Aimee Halyk help to lead Montana State to its ninth victory of the year, recording seven kills off of a .700 percentage.
The Wolfpack now drops to 2-15 on the season, while New Hampshire moves to 5-8 and Montana State to 9-5. NC State will return to action on Friday with a 7 p.m. match on the road against North Carolina.