Wolfpack Grabs First ACC Road Win With 3-1 Decision at Virginia Tech
Oct. 12, 2012
NC State (16-3, 6-2) at Virginia (2-12, 0-7)
BLACKSBURG, Va. - For the second consecutive season, NC State volleyball has guaranteed a non-losing season, thanks to its 3-1 victory Friday night over Virginia Tech at Cassell Coliseum.
It's the first time since 1995-96 and only the second time in 25 years that the Wolfpack (16-3 overall, 6-2 ACC) has posted back-to-back non-losing seasons.
The victory also broke the Pack's 15-match losing streak to Virginia Tech and gave third-year head coach Bryan Bunn's team its first ACC road win of the season.
"They came out sharp and locked-in," Bunn said. "We got on a roll at the end of the first set behind our best server, [sophomore] Nikki Glass, and were able to put together a pretty good run of points."
The Hokies (11-7, 4-4) led by as many as eight points in the first set and owned a 23-16 advantage late in the game. The Pack won the serve on a kill by sophomore Alesha Wilson and Glass took over from that point.
With Wilson posting a pair of kills and three blocks with Dariyan Hopper and Brie Merriwether, the Wolfpack scored nine consecutive points to win the opening frame 25-23. The Hokies had five errors in the run, while Glass added a big service ace to give her 28 on the season.
"It was a good run that set the tone for the rest of the match," Bunn said. "Alesha has been playing great lately and she was terrific tonight."
The contest was close throughout, but Wilson carried the Pack with 19 kills, a .517 hitting percentage and 10 total blocks. Hopper added 14 kills, while sophomore Alston Kearns had a team-high 17 digs.
In the second set, the Hokies again took an early lead, but this time held on, tying the match 1-1 with a 25-19 win.
In the third set, the two teams played close throughout until the Wolfpack took a 23-20 advantage, the biggest lead by either team in a set with 13 ties and four lead changes. But several Wolfpack errors allowed the Hokies to close the gap to one point. Freshman Mo Cormier got the Pack to set point, and Wilson finished it off in a 25-23 victory that gave State a 2-1 lead in the match.
Wilson and Hopper went on a roll in the fourth set, taking turns scoring the final four points in a 25-22 victory.
The Pack will have a quick turnaround before playing Virginia at Memorial Gymnasium in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday at 7 p.m.