Wolfpack Volleyball Sweeps Boston College, 3-0, To Improve to 18-3, 8-2
Oct. 19, 2012
NC State's 2012 Results
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State volleyball team matched the school record for ACC wins in a single season by beating Boston College, 3-0, on Friday night in a contest that marked the midway point of the 2012 conference schedule.
The Pack (18-3 overall, 8-2 ACC) extended its home record against ACC opponents to 6-0 and its overall home mark to 13-1. It was the Pack's second three-set sweep in a league contest this season and the first since a 3-0 win on Sept. 19 over Wake Forest.
"We played pretty steady throughout the match," said third-year coach Bryan Bunn. "We played really well in the second set, when we hit .483. We held them down and they couldn't score."
The Pack's defense - which ranks third in the ACC with a .161 opponent hitting average - was strong again Friday night, holding the Eagles to a negative-.148 hitting average in the first set. Boston College didn't reach a positive hitting average until midway through the third set.
"It's kind of our characteristic - we play good defense and hold the other team down," Bunn said. "That has helped us throughout the season. We also served really tough and that takes them out of their offense."
Friday night against the Eagles, sophomore Alesha Wilson continued her strong play for the Wolfpack's front line, as the Pack turned in a dominating performance. It led from start to finish in both the first and third sets (25-13, 25-18) and overcame six ties in the second (25-17), when the offense was at its peak.
Wilson finished with a match-high 11 kills on 17 attacks for a .529 hitting percentage. Teammate Dariyan Hopper had 10 kills and a .233 hitting average. The Pack added six aces on the night, including three in the opening set by sophomore Alston Kearns.
The trio of aces matched Kearns' previous career high, which she had on three occasions.
"We served really well all night and that took them out of their offense," Bunn said.
The Wolfpack jumped out to an early lead in the first set, forcing Eagles' coach Chris Campbell to call timeouts down 7-2 and 10-2. That didn't stem the Pack's momentum, as it never trailed en route to a 25-13 win in the opening frame.
In the second set, the Pack hit a blazing .483 as a team, led by Wilson's five kills and Hopper's four.
The Pack again jumped out to a big lead in the third set, led by Hopper and sophomore Nikki Glass, who each recorded four kills.
Bunn was aware of tying the school record -- set by last year's squad, which broke a record of six established in 1983 and matched on three occasions -- but he wasn't necessarily impressed by the feat.
"We hope to set a new record," he said. "We are happy with where we are at right now. We have to keep working. We have 10 more matches - that's a lot of volleyball left to play. But the girls are locked in and working hard."
The Wolfpack returns to the court at Reynolds on Saturday at 5 p.m., when it plays Maryland. The two teams split a pair of matches last season, with each team winning at home.