Nov. 16, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C - The NC State women’s volleyball team suffered its first home conference loss of the season against the Virginia Tech Hokies, 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-16), Saturday night inside Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack falls to 20-8 on the season and 11-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while the Hokies improve to 21-9 and 9-7 in conference play.
“We didn’t pass well and we didn’t serve tough enough to win tonight,” said head coach Bryan Bunn. “We had more kills than Virginia Tech, but you’re not going to win if you don’t pass well.”
Juniors Dariyan Hopper and Nikki Glass led the offensive attack for State with 10 kills each, while junior libero Alston Kearns registered a team-high 13 digs. Glass recorded her fifth double-double of the season as she pitched in with 10 digs as well. Freshman Rachel Eppley also chipped in with 10 digs defensively. Freshman Maggie Speaks dished out 28 assists and had seven digs.
Virginia Tech won a tightly contested first set, 25-23, despite the Pack limiting the Hokies to a .128 hitting percentage. State held a 22-20 advantage late in the frame, but Tech closed out the set on a 5-1 run.
The Hokies increased its lead to 2-0 in the match by capturing the second set, 25-20. The Wolfpack opened the frame with a 6-3 edge, before Virginia Tech came back to take a five point lead. State trimmed the deficit to one point after a kill by Hopper, but Virginia Tech scored four unanswered points to end the set.
In the third set, Virginia Tech opened with a 6-1 advantage, before the Pack clawed back within one on two occasions. State used a 6-1 run to cut the Tech lead to 10-9, but the Hokies responded with a run of their own and won seven of the next 10 points decided en route to winning the third set, 25-16.
Seniors Katie Ganny, Brie Merriwether and Meredith Richardson were honored prior to the match in observance of senior night.
Up next, the Wolfpack will conclude its home slate against North Carolina inside Reynolds Coliseum on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.