NC State Volleyball Falls 3-0 To Virginia Tech
Sept. 25, 2005
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State fell short Sunday afternoon against Virginia Tech, dropping an ACC volleyball match 3-0 in Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack, 6-4 and 0-2 in league play, was led by senior middle blocker Stefani Eddins' seven kills, a .389 attack percentage and four blocks, but the Hokies (6-5, 1-1 ACC) had an answer for every NC State momentum swing.
"We need to be stronger mentally," said NC State head coach Mary Byrne. "We need to find that confidence at the end of games to reach 30 points first. Physically we are there, we just need to get tougher mentally. We've got to let it go and get some work done in practice this week because we've got 20 more matches to go."
The Wolfpack made a run in the third game, taking a five point lead at 23-18, but the Hokies rallied to finish the sweep. Junior setter Lyssa Ramirez came off the bench to lead NC State with 13 assists and sophomore defensive specialist Andrea Bentley led the Pack with 16 digs. Freshman outside hitter Karlie Urbaniak added seven kills and six digs and senior middle blocker Adeola Kosoko provided six kills and four blocks.
Katie Esbrook led the way for Virginia Tech with 13 kills, while Melissa Markowski had 45 assists and Amanda Clyd came up with 15 digs.
NC State returns to action next weekend when it travels to Durham, N.C., Sept. 30 to take on Duke at 7:00 p.m., and then to Winston-Salem, N.C., Oct. 1 to face Wake Forest at 6:00 p.m.