Pack Volleyball Falls 3-2 at Duke
Oct. 27, 2012
DURHAM, N.C. – For the second night in a row, the NC State volleyball team dropped a five-set ACC road match, losing to Duke 3-2 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday.
The Wolfpack (19-5 overall, 9-4 ACC) led 2-1 and had a 23-21 advantage in the fourth set, but was unable to put the Blue Devils away. Duke came out strong in the fifth set, building as much as a 10-1 lead before the Wolfpack closed the gap in the 15-8 win.
Junior Brie Merriwether had 20 kills with a .655 hitting average for the Wolfpack, while sophomore Alesha Wilson had 16 kills. State also had three regulars with negative hitting averages for the match and hit .134 as a team.
Senior Megan Cyr had 51 assists on the night and sophomore Alston Kearns, for the second night in a row, set a career high in digs. She had 29 in Friday's 3-2 loss to Wake Forest and 33 against the Blue Devils.
Duke was led by freshman Emily Sklar with 20 kills in the contest.
In the opening set, the Wolfpack opened with a strong serve, as senior Alexa Micek and Kearns both had service aces in the early going. Merriwether had four kills, as the Pack outhit the Blue Devils .237 to .027 in the 25-16 win.
Duke had the hitting advantage in the second set, with a .293 average to .196 on its way to a closely contested 25-22 win.
In the third set, Merriwether helped the Wolfpack take a 25-16 win with her outstanding play in the middle.
In the fourth set, the Pack jumped out to an 11-4 lead, but the Blue Devils used a seven-point run to take the lead. Two errors and solo blocks by Cyr and Hopper gave the Pack a 23-21 advantage, but the Blue Devils won the set with a kill and an ace by freshman Elizabeth Campbell.
Duke jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the final set and held on for the 15-8 victory.
The Wolfpack will play a pair of home contests next weekend, as the ACC’s top two teams visit Reynolds Coliseum for televised matches on EPSN3. The Pack will host No. 12 Florida State on Friday at 7 p.m. and Miami on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Admission to both matches is free for all spectators.